Ever since I started properly blogging, I hoped my words were reaching someone out there. I know that blogging is not about the numbers, but I couldn’t help being excited about a hint or two that people were actually reading my writing. It took a lot of wistful staring at the stats page and swallowing my fear to talk to veteran bloggers and, of course, actually posting content (more or less) regularly.
And a year or two later, there are suddenly 300 of you.
Granted, some of those 300 are probably not even real people (robots or spammers or robot spammers?). And yes, it’s not all about the numbers. But regardless of all that, behind that number is an indication that at least some people are taking the time to read a flash fiction here or a literary rant there. And that makes me very happy.
So, in honour of that, I’ve decided to make a second part to my post popular blog post, 16 Things To Do When You’re Bored. I present to you:
0 Things To Do When You’re Bored
- Read old emails
- Write letters you’ll never send
- Change the lyrics of a song with random words (Happy birthday to potato)
- Make a deck of cards
- Teach yourself some card tricks
- Look at the world through a prism
- Try to count to ten without thinking of anything else
- Write a story backwards
- Learn morse code
- Make up names for imaginary places
- Think of words you can say without your tongue touching the roof of your mouth
- Compliment someone
- Take a walk down memory lane
- Take a walk down an actual lane
- Learn how to touch type
- Edit a photo beyond recognition
- Draw without lifting pen off paper
- Chat with Cleverbot
- Listen to a casette rewind
- Write a terzanelle
- Find words made entirely of vowels or consonants. Or, make up your own (e.g. uioiu: a fruit that looks deceptively like a pear, but is exceptionally bitter unless eaten before dawn)
- Take turns creating a story
- Give your earphones a clean (seriously, those things can get germ-y)
- Experiment with camera settings
- List words that don’t look like they’re actual words (e.g. syzygy)
- Make some bookmarks (shameless promotion of my own content)
- Type/write something with eyes closed. Make a story with it.
- Draw people in cartoon form
- Re-imagine things (e.g. the moon = a sphere of half melted butter on a pan)
- Come up with a list of things to do when you’re bored
And that’s it! If any of these help you beat a moment of boredom, let me know. Thanks for reading, and until next time!