10. Do laundry. Lots of laundry. And when you’re done with the laundry, launder things that have never been laundered before. (Yes, I actually did this today. Shoot me now.)
9. Google things. For an hour. When nothing inspires you, Google some more. You just might learn something.
8. Stalk old flames on Facebook. (Embarrassing, but true.)
7. Use Google Earth to check out the neighborhood where you grew up. Count how many blocks you walked to school and notice all the empty lots and boarded up houses. Be glad you still don’t live there.
6. Get rubbing alcohol and some Q-tips. Clean all the gunk between the keyboard keys.
5. Visit all the blogs in your “Needs Further Research” folder looking for inspiration. Realize why they needed further research in the first place.
4. Visit your favorite blogs for inspiration. Realize you will never match their brilliance, hence the reason they are your favorites.
3. Visit the bloggers who comment on other blogs. Realize for as many really great blogs there are, there are twice as many boring ones. (Sorry. Just being honest.)
2. Visit every single person who has ever commented on your blog. Be inspired by their posts. Begin to write your own and realize you are creeping dangerously close to every form of plagiarism out there. Quit while you’re ahead.
And the #1 one way to avoid writing a blog post?
1. Create a list. Any kind of list. And see if anyone notices that it actually turned into a blog post.