The Power of Questions in Blogging
When I read, sometimes I make some notes. Non fiction, especially how-to stuff, gets this treatment. I congratulated myself for taking notes. Then, everything changed.
As I began reading Jeff Goins’ Beginners Guide to Build Audiences, the first thing that occurred to me was a question. An 8 by 5 card was handy, so I wrote my question on it. As I kept reading and thinking of questions, I added them to the card.
By this time I was into turning Goins’ points into questions for me, personally. This is the first time I’ve done notes this way. It’s intriguing in its possibilities.
Here are the questions I came up with as I read.
- What do I really want to write about?
- What do I feel strongly about?œ
- What do I create when no one is watching?
- How do I play my own game?
- Where do I grind it out?
- Can I dedicate myself to what I feel most strongly about?
- Can I put in 30 minutes a day to my grind?
- When am I concerned about what people will think?
- Can I let go of that?
- What can I share that really adds value?
- When I launch elancopy.com, can I do these things:
- have an email list? Yes
- do guest posting? maybe
- ask readers to share on social media? yes
- .Can I use AWS for mp3 files?
- How can I get informed about “the Conversation”?
- Can I send emails to leaders?
- Am I right about what my niche lacks? working by hand and releasing blocks
- What is the best way to share my weaknesses and struggle?
- recent error
- personal flaw
- unseen mistakes
- biggest fail
- fear or challenge
- What can I do that is remarkable?
- What value can I give away or sell for less than it’s worth?
This group of questions sometimes indicates the subject matter. But, not every time. Here’s the point: they are my questions. If you did this you might get different questions.
Some can be answered imply yes or no, or maybe. Some require more thought and consideration.
Asking questions can be very powerful, and even liberating. The first advocate of asking questions, that I know of, is Anthony Robbins. He strongly recommends asking empowering questions. “How can I do this project successfully and have a lot of fun doing it?”
Another hit on this tactic is from Noah St. John. His Afformations lead you to ask questions like, “Why is it so easy and fun to do this project?”
These are motivation building questions. They help get thing going. They may stimulate creativity also.
Asking a good question can also save you from flogging yourself for not getting something done. “Put down the riding crop, we’re just walking around today.”
I like working with questions. If you want to try it, simply get a sheet of paper, (or a card), and write down your question. Then, to can 1. free write a response to the question, 2. think of and write another question, or 3. put it down and go to something unrelated, letting the subconscious part of your mind handle the issue.
One rule I feel strongly about: use pen or pencil and paper. Not long ago I read that working with pen and paper stimulates the retucular activating cortex of the brain. That’s the part involved with noticing what’s on your mind. You might “by chance” see or hear something that reveals a solution.