The first time I learned about the Power of Ten Things I was driving back into the city with my friend, @TerribleTexter, and bemoaning that the weekend went by so quickly. “Ten things that were great about this weekend, go!” she demanded and then she made me list the ten things. Some were better than others: I was able to see my little sister. Some were as simple as: I did laundry so I had undies for the week. But you know what? By the time I listed those ten things, even if I had to search for nine and ten, I felt better about the whole weekend. I could attack Monday with gusto and did not fall victim to the Sunday Night Blues.
But let’s talk about about the Power of Ten Things for the blogger. Here is the thing, if you are producing content on a regular basis–in my case five to six times a week–sometimes there is a moment when you feel as if the well has dried up. I’ve been doing this (writing) long enough to know that the well is never dry, it just needs some tending. Enter @TerribleTexter who shared Second City’s brainstorming activity of ten things. In the improv world, a group gathers and brainstorms ten ideas for a setting or a problem and solution that may occur during sketch. There can be no judgement while this goes on.
So as I sat across @TerribleTexter she shared this with me. And since I had already seen the Power of Ten Things in my personal life (I have been known to speak a list aloud to others or no one to combat the Sunday Night Blues) we decided to use it for my blog. And you know what? We came up with some pretty good ideas. We actually went over ten but that’s okay. The hardest thing to do is not to judge your own ideas. One of the things @TerribleTexter suggested for a topic was “windows” which I laughed at. But that turned into “found objects” which you will probably see here sometime.
So when you feel that well drying up, consider Ten Things. If it’s good enough for Second City (aka Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell and every great comedian), it’s good enough for us, right?
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