There are in fact thousands of things that you can write about but I’ve narrowed my own list down to 75. These are the things that I personally love and care about, you of course should make your own list and I’ll bet there are a few things on my list that you love (or not) so feel free to grab a few. You’re likely to love them for completely different reasons than me and that’s the beauty of multiple people sharing the same things.
Some of these ideas are super niche, some are broad but I’m hoping they give you some brain fuel to run with. The key to success is writing with passion and sharing the things that you know and love. Being humans we often times love the same things which brings about connections and sharing and brilliant conversation. Share online like you share in person.
So your exercise for this week is to make your own list. Try to add as many ideas as you can (even if it’s 10). As your list grows you might find some interesting patterns and new ideas. What’s awesome about this exercise is that you’ll have wonderful ideas for lenses going into the new year.
Reach deep, go far and make human connections via your writing. As you write down one idea a new one is sure to be sparked from the previous…I call this the “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” phenomenon (which I love).
This is what it’s all about, YOU!
- Han Solo – Yep, I’m a huge fan of Han and I could write for hours on why he trumps Luke any day. Any Han Solo memorabilia is tops on my list.
- Qwirkle – I just recently discovered this game and have been playing non-stop with my mom. I’ve discovered I’m pretty darn good at getting Qwirkles!
- Parry Sound, Ont. – I vacationed there as a kid and have a slew of great memories, photos and information about the area.
- Dramaturgy – I was a Dramaturg in college and enjoyed it immensely.
- State Quarters – My collection is vast. I am such a fan of the art work and design.
- 200 Cigarettes - One of my favorite movies and a fun ride for anyone who loves the 1980′s.
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers – I could review every album they ever made with reckless abandon. Go Anthony and Flea, these guys know how to rock.
- Speaking of Rock – I really need to do a lens on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (me being in Cleveland and all).
- Meat Loaf – This man can sing! I’ve met him once, he’s quite amazing and his music is the best on the planet. He still rocks it in his 60′s.
- The Keurig – We have two. One for coffe and one for tea. My how I love technology.
- iPad – This little device goes everywhere with me and it’s often the place where I e-mail you all back at odd hours of the day. Could not live with out it.
- Mums – I have some and like to keep them alive. My journey in doing so needs documented.
- Star Wars (see number 1) – I could write books on the value of the 3 original movies and win at Star Wars trivia.
- Martha Stewart – I like her and her stuff.
- Breaking Bad – My all time favorite show. I could talk about the genius of Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad for days. Oh how I miss Walter!
- Lake Erie – I live near it and it’s not as bad as the news reports. We love the lake in the Summer.
- Lake Effect Snow – Now that’s something to behold. 30″ in 6 hours.
- Crocheted Blankets – I’m actually quite good at crocheting and wish I had more time to do it.
- Rod Stewart – A favorite of mine, he looks amazing at 68 too. Did you know he builds model trains?
- Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs- I need to review this book. Steve Jobs had a great impact on the way I think.
- LEGOS – We love building with LEGOS at our house and I could write 10 lenses about our creations and the unfortunate byproduct of building for hours…Lego Finger.
- Birkenstocks – My feet love these shoes.
- Indiana Jones – Yes I know, more Harrison Ford but come on Indy was amazing. My favorite was the first movie.
- Minions – As in Despicable Me. I prefer the yellow ones. Kenny is my favorite.
- Speaking of Kenny…I am a South Park fan.
- Scrabbled Eggs – The one food I am pretty good at making.
- Penn & Teller – I was such a fan that in college I wrote a pretty complex term paper on their genius. I love them together and as well as individually (they have very separate lives off stage).
- Duran Duran – If you saw me at 14 you’d understand my obsession.
- Can you tell I love Pop Culture? I could/should write a book.
- The Blue Hole – An underwater sinkhole in Ohio.
- Guinea Pigs – I have 4.
- Drew Barrymore Movies – I have a great respect for Drew as a female leading lady and character actress. Ever After is an all time favorite.
- Sand Dollars – I have a collection.
- Sea Glass – Another thing I collect.
- Fords – I’ve owned my fair share.
- Mario Bros. – I’m old school I love the 8-bit Nintendo but I’ve grown fond of Super Mario Bros. on the Wii in recent years.
- Banana Splits without the banana or pineapple but with extra nuts.
- Freddie Mercury.
- Beads – I collect glass beads and try to make things once in awhile, mostly I just love looking at them.
- Marbles – Marbles are kind of like beads only bigger and with no hole and they’re pretty.
- Abandoned Amusement Parks – There is something hauntingly beautiful about their decay. I’d love to do a series on this.
- Community Organizing – I do this for a living and can alway write more.
- The Little House Series – Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my early heros.
- The Kinks – I’m listening to Ray Davies sing right now.
- Stephen King – More than anyone he inspired me to want to write. I loved how affected I was after I finished one of his books.
- My Fitbit – I try really hard to walk every day.
- Horses – I rode nearly everyday for 8 years.
- Peanuts – I could gleefully share at least 3 recipes with peanuts.
- Early 80′s Punk Rock – I lived in that world for a few years and loved every minute.
- Books – I love my iPad but there is something magical about holding a book in your hands.
- Atari 2600 – Old school fun, jittery paddles and all.
- Badfinger – Breaking Bad connection.
- Malcolm In The Middle – Because I was a Bryan Cranston fan way before Walter White came along.
- Bob Geldof – For heading up the Boomtown Rats and founding BandAid with Midege Ure.
- Robin Zander.
- Play-doh – Even as an adult I can stop everything I’m doing to play with Play-Doh.
- Murphy Brown – Because she’s the only woman on TV I aspired to be. We share multiple personality traits.
- The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach – Because after my stint with punk rock I became a Preppy. Penny Loafers and all (only I wore black ones with dimes).
- The B-52′s – Rock Lobster
- Educational Reform – My ideas are vast.
- Genealogy - My mom and I have traced our heritage to American Indians and the Revolutionary War.
- Snorkeling - Something I want to try.
- Molly Ringwald – She rocked our world in the 80′s and she did it with class.
- Vera Bradley – I like paisley and bright colored patterns.
- Rock Gardens – One day I plan to make one.
- Paper Snow Flakes – I need to get better at these.
- Parakeets – I have 2.
- Pottery - Play-doh for adults and something I love doing. I could spend all day in the studio and never get bored.
- Chewbacca – Because he hangs out with Han Solo.
- Midnight Oil, Blue Sky Mine – Peter Garrett is an amazing human.
- Canasta – I am an expert player.
- Steve Martin – My favorite Steve Martin movie is by far The Jerk.
- Valley Girl – Missing the 80′s again…and the music.
- Astronomy and Space – My second career choice.
- Meatballs – One of the best Summer Camp movies ever, just don’t watch the sequels.
This list was fun and I could easily add about 200 more things that I love. This is just a small collection of things that shape my personality and I could create a quality lens about every one of them and I know that you can too.
I’ll end with a Steve Jobs Quote: If you keep your eye on the profit, you’re going to skimp on the product. But if you focus on making really great products, then the profits will follow.
Start now…make a list…then…