What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?
What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?
What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?
What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?
What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?
What makes a response great? What makes you “star” a Plinky response?
What is your worst quality?
What is your greatest weakness?
What have you been putting off doing? Why?
What do you love most about yourself? What do you love most about your favorite person? Are the two connected?
What do you display on the walls of your home – photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
What bores you?
What are the six impossible things you believe in? (If you can only manage one or two, that’s also okay.)
What activity, task, or game most brings out your competitive streak?
What activity, task, or game do you love most in the world? Why?
We each have many types of love relationships – parents, children, spouses, friends. And they’re not always with people; you may love an animal, or a place. Is there a single idea or definition that runs through all the varieties of “love”?
We cry for lots of reasons: sadness, pain, fear . . . and happiness. When was the last time you shed tears of joy?
We all know someone who could use a pep talk – so write them one!
We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel – blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?
We all have something we’d like to write about, but that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway.
Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.
Walking down the street, you encounter a folded piece of paper on the sidewalk. You pick it up and read it and immediately, your life has changed. Describe this experience.
Turn to your co-workers, kids, Facebook friends, family – anyone who’s accessible – and ask them to suggest an article, an adjective, and a noun. There?s your post title! Now write.
Today, tell us about the most unconventional love in your life.
Three people walk into a bar . . .
Think of your favourite book or film. If you could change the ending in any way, what would you change? If not, why is it perfect?
Think of your blog as a mirror: what does it reveal? Consider your blog name, theme choice, design, bio, posts? What does every element tell you about yourself?
Think of three important years in your life – not including the year you were born. Why are these 3 separate years so important? What happened, and where were you?
Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?
Think about something that drives you crazy. Now, think about something that makes you happy. Does it change your perspective on the former?
The next time you’re in a public place – a coffeehouse, a park, a store – observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like.
The New York Times is going to feature your blog on its home page, and you’ve been asked to publish a new post – it’ll be the first thing tens of thousands of new readers see. Write it.
The language of the future: what will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary – abbreviations, slang, new terms.
The internet is full of rants. Help tip the balance: today, simply be thankful for something (or someone).
Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.
Tell us how your week went by putting together a playlist of five songs that represent it.
Tell us about your hero.
Tell us about your first day at something – your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.
Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity – running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?
Tell us about your favorite pair of shoes, and where they’ve taken you.
Tell us about your favorite meal, either to eat or to prepare. Does it just taste great, or does it have other associations?
Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.
Tell us about the last time you had a real, deep, crying-from-laughing belly laugh.
Tell us about the last thing you got excited about – butterflies-in-the-stomach, giggling, can’t-wait excited.
Tell us about the harshest, most difficult to hear ? but accurate ? criticism you?e ever gotten. Does it still apply?
Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).
Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair – and explain how you would rectify it.
Tell us about another blogger who has influenced your own online journey.
Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.
Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.
Tell us about a time when you should have helped someone? but didn’t.
Tell us about a time when you felt out of place.
Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong – and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.
Tell us about a thing you’ll never write about.
Tell us about a talent you’d love to have? but don’t.
Tell us about a sensation – a taste, a smell, a piece of music – that transports you back to childhood.
Tell us about a journey – whether a physical trip you took, or an emotional one.
Tell us about a habit you?d like to break. Is there any way it can play a positive role in your life?
Tell us about a guilty pleasure that you hate to love.
Tell us about a favorite character from film, theater, or literature, with whom you?d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?