On Grey’s Anatomy 8.8, Christina must babysit a heart beating outside of a body that is in a box that is sitting on a cart. Whilst she is doing this, she’s also trying to make a bucket list of surgeries she wants.
The objective? Look at the heart in the box and think about your idea. If your idea can compare, then it’s one worth keeping. If it cannot compare, don’t keep it. Find something amazing and worth keeping — the heart in the box is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and it even inspires Jackson.
When applied to blogging, the same concept stands:
- Take something you consider to be an amazing thing.
- Compare it to your ideas.
Lately, the concept has helped me think of topics to post. I think about the heart in the box, and then I ask myself the following questions about said topic:
- Will I want to delete it later on?
- Will it backfire?
- Could I get into serious trouble for posting it? (i.e. tons of drama, making too many people angry at/with me, etc.)
If I answer “yes” to the above, I scrap it.
If I answer “yes” to the below, I keep it.
- Is it like a heart in a box? Is the idea unique? Is it one-of-a-kind?
- Is it something I can be proud of?
- Is it something I won’t mind being known for? (i.e. via shared links, etc.)
My ideas that I keep pend for at least a week. If my answers are the same afterward, then the topic is an idea.
This post is a fine example of the new technique I’m using.
However, I don’t and won’t always use it. Some posts are things I want to post. I mean, this is still my blog. Some topics I think of are simply things I’ll later want to delete. I don’t want to put in the effort to type up posts that I’ll merely delete later on. Some posts I have on 6birds since starting anew are even kind of embarrassing, but I’m really finished with deleting my posts.
I’m a writer at heart. Like a story I’ve been working on the drafts of for over five years, I don’t want to lose my precious writing.
On a side note, thank you, Shonda Rhimes, for an amazing television series.