As I’m sure regular readers may have noticed by now, I have a set way that I title my blog posts and start. Although ironically enough this post talking about said conventions of mine also breaks with those conventions.
For instance for my things that vex posts I always title it “Things that Vex me…” and then whatever the topic is, so squirrels or noisy kids on trains. And then if you click on the post to read it (which I hope you do) you’ll be greeted by an introduction I use every week (or when I next write a things that vex me post).
“Welcome back to another edition of things that vex me, the place where we rant, rave, moan, groan, and complain about all the things, big or small, that vex us in life.
Last time it was Slow Walkers (again), this time its the turn of squirrels.”
Only varying the last line to mention the current topic and the one before it.
It’s weird, I knew I was doing it, but at the same time I wasn’t aware how much I was doing it.
So why do I do it? Well part of it is some weird compulsive need for everything to be neatly labelled so that I can easily categorize my posts. The main reason why I do it, I think, is because it makes it easier for me to write the actual post. I have lost track of the amount of blog posts I have given up on and scrapped because I couldn’t think up a title for it or an introduction. By having my set formats I’ve taken away worry for things like the daily prompt, but the struggle remains for me when trying to write outside of them. I just get stuck and end up obsessing over the title and its introduction so much that the actual post never gets written.
So here’s my question. Or rather questions.
- Does my title and introduction convention annoy you?
- Do you think I should break it?
- How do you come up with titles and introductions?