The joy of random conversations that lead to new ideas for your blog

Have your socialising habits changed since the beginning of the pandemic? Do you have time for unplanned interactions that could lead to new ideas for your blog? I look around me and see a lot of people back in their busy pre-pandemic life as if nothing unusual had ever happened. It is understandable now that virus restrictions don’t seem to control our lives any more. And for many people it could be a good thing.

It is only natural to want what once was familiar. To crave a sense of normality. Life may have been restricted for too long by things outside our control.

In any case, you can’t easily replace that leisurely chat with a good friend over a glass of wine. Going back to an office, a face-to-face networking meeting or a live book club may feel way more acceptable than sitting alone in front of your screen at home. Somehow video calls never seemed to foster the same sense of familiarity or quality of communication.

Some bloggers have continued to write whilst others have struggled with staying inspired. How can you come up with new ideas for your blog when everything feels out of place? When you may now have the next thing to worry about, i.e. the financial impact of the energy crisis?

When a friend asked me recently what I miss most from my pre-pandemic life I told her without hesitating that for me it’s spending quality time with friends and colleagues – offline rather than online.

But then I stopped myself. Is this actually still (completely) true for me?

The new versus the old

I realised that I too miss the sense of normality I used to feel around meeting up. My chronic lung disease has taken some of the ease away as I face different risks to a healthy person. Yet it is not the whole picture.

Because overall, I like my “new” life. Like the fact that every meeting now feels so much more special and is never taken for granted.

I don’t feel isolated or lonely either. I found that over time, everyone seemed to become more relaxed online. There is a new appreciation for being able to see and talk to someone without having to rush from A to B first.

Quite a few people I know use their car a great deal less now, and they enjoy the lack of pressure to cram lots of activities into their lives.

Being online seems to have made it easier for women to honour our boundaries and say “no” more often.

Many of us have also learned to embrace our more introvert side. My own life certainly feels simpler.

I haven’t become quieter nor do I connect less. On the contrary.

Not only do I chat and message with my existing circle of friends more, I connect more often with new friends and followers on social media all over the world. Especially with bloggers, creatives and writers who also enjoy having satisfying two-way conversations. This is how social media was always meant to be, a place of connecting, sharing, listening and learning.

Sometimes my new friends and I even follow up with a video call. Recently I chatted for 2 1/2 hours with an Instagram friend from my home country. Not only did we put the world to right, we discovered we had so much in common and now stay in touch quite regularly.

The power of appreciation and slowing down

I see another positive outcome of the pandemic: more people are appreciating the little things. Having slowed down their life they now share more of the little moments. We connect more with nature and things that nourish us.

There are a remarkable number of “slow living” hashtags in use on social media and what I didn’t realise is that slow living doesn’t have anything to do with ageing. How times have changed.

Simple connections can be magical

On Instagram recently I wrote about how much I appreciate all my interactions now.

The zoom calls with clients, colleagues, friends and family, some planned, some spontaneous.

The little impromptu private messages on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.

The quick hello and thank you to the delivery driver.

Chatting with the regular window cleaner about the weather and how good (or how challenging) his business is.

I’ve even had some fascinating little conversations in hospital clinics. They might start with a throwaway comment about waiting times or the weather. I’m always amazed by where a simple “Isn’t it cold (or hot) outside today!” might lead…

Being in the moment may lead to new ideas for your blog

I believe it is so important to connect whenever we can in these virus and war-stricken times. Because when I now ask people how they are, fewer people reply “Thanks, I’m fine”.  More will say “OK, but…” and actually open up about what is really going on with them.

By showing that we understand and care, by making our eyes smile more behind the mask (that’s if you’re one of the few who still wear one), every random little conversation has the power to create a connection. And potentially make two people feel better.

But that may not be all.  A random conversation could provide you with interesting new ideas for your blog. (It is how this post came about!)

A word, a story, or a mood can all trigger creative thinking.

Please don’t get me wrong… I’m not saying that you should look for the ideas in any of your conversations. The point I’m trying to make is about being open to these random opportunities to connect with someone –  especially someone you don’t know.

Why not be the first person to say “hello” and see where that takes you?! Random conversations can be both joyful and eye opening and give you an insight into different beliefs and perspectives. This learning may work wonders in boosting your creative thinking!

Whether you end up making a new friend, simply enjoy the chat for what it is or get a new idea for your blog, you could both be gaining from the connection. That’s a definite win-win, don’t you agree?

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Ute Wieczorek-King
 

Ute Wieczorek-King is an experienced Business Owner, Trainer, Coach & Mentor. As co-Founder of Attract Readers she specialises in helping women to share their voice confidently through blogging to get known, liked and trusted online (especially when feeling a little shy). She ran the first government funded social media courses in the South East 13 years ago and has partnered with Corporates, Charities, Start-up Academies, and hundreds of independent women in business. Since taking up blogging in 2007 she has written for Huffington Post, Prowess UK, Attract Readers as well as her own blog.

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