Keep it in the family:
•Family stories. Do you have any family stories that you can tell others? They don’t have to be larger than life.
•Why family matters. Think beyond the traditional notion of family.
•Stuff my father says. Of course, you need another spin on this popular topic.
•What I learned from my big sister. Did you learn something special from your sister?
•Why being in the middle is best! How to see the world from being in the center.
•What my little brother taught me. Any lessons from the youngest in your family?
•Importance of family chores. How a small chore can be the entryway to a bigger picture.
•Why we’re a family. This is a great way to talk about your employees or your customers.
•Family trips. Did you learn something by traveling with your family? Can you use this as a start for talking about your business or showing us your farm or other venue?
•Childhood memories. Images from your youth are powerful connections. Recently major brands have been using them. Kraft’s mac and cheese campaign and Oreos’ Facebook page stand out as examples.
•Dress up. Did putting on your parents clothes play a role in your childhood? Can you show us some new insights about being grownup that we’re missing?
•Visit the zoo. Can the animals at the zoo give you a new perspective?
•Under the big top. Flying high and taking risks.
•Visit to grandma’s house. Did you grandparents teach you anything? Favorite stories they told you? Dishes from grandma’s table – using food as a metaphor. (Of course, my Jewish grandmother never made anything except cold cuts. (Really, I’m not making this up!))
•Hand me downs anyone? What was it like to wear someone else’s clothes? I had a favorite red sweater that my mother made for my older cousin.
•Listen to your mother. Moms are always great as a source of inspiration. What did your mom push you to do? How did she make you feel better about something?
•Spring break. Did you take any family trips that were memorable? Did the car break down? Dad got lost? Fun family lore that you can apply to your current situation?
•Wait until your father gets home! Everyone knows this isn’t good. How can you turn this around?
•Say your prayers. Hope springs eternal. What can you show your readers?
•My favorite pet. Did having a pet, even a pet rock, teach you something?
•Family photos. Did someone say cheese? Do you have an old photo that you can use to show how you’ve changed? Or something else that’s useful to your audience?

Tell me a story – These are important for every company or organization:
•Nursery rhymes. These provide a treasure trove of possibilities. How about a week of nursery rhymes?
•Fables. Known for their classic morals, consider how you’re going to incorporate your lesson into your post. These stories usually use a form of nature like animals.
•Fairy tales. Every girl dreams of being a princess. How can you use these classic tales to make your point? With Prince William’s wedding in the making, there’s bound to be discussion on this topic. Here’s how I turned this one on its head with reference to Chelsea Clinton.
•Goldilocks and the three bears. Great lead for ideas about how to deal with feeling out of place.
•Greek myths. These are similar to using other classic story arcs. What’s your Achilles heel?
•Little Bear anyone? These stories are filled with simple lessons such as “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”
•Lessons from Sesame Street. How can you use these lovable characters to introduce a complex or difficult topic?
•Dr. Seuss. Who doesn’t love this rhyming childhood classic? Cat’s Eye did a fun post inspired by the entire oeuvre of his work.
•What’s Your Green Eggs and Ham? This book is a classic for helping for sales people to keep asking questions. It teaches persistence. Is this a lesson you want to discuss?
•Barney the purple dinosaur. A perennial fun character for the very young. It’s hard to be too serious with this start.
•Power Rangers. These characters come in variety of colors.
•Clifford. Another childhood classic that lives on public television.
•Where’s Waldo? This could work for a series about locations.
•Lightening thief. This is a newer series of children’s books. It’s a way to learn 101 information using updated stories.
•Where the wild things are. What this famous childhood classic inspire you to write?
•Nancy Drew. The classic series for girls.
•Hardy Boys. The classic series for boys.
•The Little Prince. With wonderful drawings, how can you go wrong with lessons about love and friendship?
•Harry Potter casts his spell. Engaging children of all ages, Harry Potter provides many characters to help you spin your magic. Margie Clayman has this Harry Potter related post. (What industry doesn’t have someone who can’t be named?) Other members of the Harry Potter cast offer their options.

School work:
•ABCs. Can you give people 26 pieces of advice? Sue Young did.
•Show and tell anyone? What did you bring in to show your friends? What do you want to spotlight?
•An apple for the teacher. Did you do something special for any of your teachers?
•Teacher’s pet. Were you the teacher’s favorite? How did that work out?
•Class clown. Why does every class need a clown and what can you learn from this?
•Flash cards. Here’s another teaching device for your list.
•Do you need a tutor for ___? Good for talking about coaching senior and junior staff
•History lessons. What does the past teach you about a specific topic? This can be related to your company.
•Play hooky from work. Every one loves to take the day off. Think Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
•Do your homework. This is always a useful device to talk about how to get things done.
•How to fail at ___ Another teaching device.
•How to succeed at ___. The positive side of learning.
•What’s in your reportcard. Do you want to examine how a company is doing?
•Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. This is yet another spin on the how to basics.
•One plus one equals two or does it? Another way to introduce your column.
•What my teacher taught me about ___? This is a great way to spotlght a feature. It’s even better if you have a real life teacher that you can discuss.
•How to pass the test. Hints for how to succeed.
•Why cheating doesn’t work. Here’s a morality tale in the making.
•Cheaters never prosper or do they? Use this to show your readers some work arounds.
•Back to school. This can focus on the annual process of going back to school after summer vacation or what you need to learn to be at the top of your area of expertise.
•Can you count to ten? Use the numbering technique to get your creative juices going.
•School bus. This can be a useful device to discuss a topic that has a lot of different points.

After school activities:
•Love those extra curricular activities. What can you learn from them?
•How to be a girl scout (or boy scout). Does “Always be prepared? Work for you?
•Being on key. What does it take to be part of a choir or orchestra?
•What practicing my instrument taught me? Practice makes perfect for everyone.
•What I learned outside of school. How can you leave this great opening without a word?

Kid stuff:
•Who’s your super hero? This can include a wide variety of characters.
•Spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility. Here’s a spin on this theme that I used. Social media’s social responsibility. It even has a picture of a Spiderman.
•What’s your favorite television show? Did you learn anything from television that will help your readers?
•Build a snowman. Remember snow days before we all worked remotely. Here’s my spin on this topic: Is social media a snow job? (Snowman included!)
•Go to camp. Who didn’t like going to camp? What did being away from home mean to you?
•Candy is sweet and so are you! Even without Valentine’s Day, we all love this kid favorite.
•Trick or treat. What’s working and not working for your business?
•Eat your vegetables. What can you learn from doing thing you don’t like, particularly something that doesn’t taste good but is good for you.
•Drink your milk. Builds strong bones.
•What I learned from my lemonade stand. Did you do anything to earn money as a child? If so, what did you do and what did you learn that can help others?
•Take your vitamins. Another thing mom always told you.
•Mind your manners. How behavior influences your work or other lesson. Here’s Lucy Goldberg’s spin on this topic: Got Up From the Kids Table and Haven’t Looked Back.
•Nightmares. What is your audience afraid of? This is a great subject.
•What flavor ice cream for you? This title is good for showing a variety of options.
•Brush your teeth twice a day. This can be a useful starter for something else that needs to be done daily that applies to your audience.
•An apple a day keeps the doctor away or does it? Good hook for a health related topic.
•What do you want to be when you grow up? Dream on.

About Me:
•Name the most terrifying moment of your life so far.
•If you wanted to look very sexy, how would you dress?
•What famous person do other people tell you that you most resemble?
•What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
• If you could bring one character to life from your favorite book, who would it be?
•Do you believe honesty is the best policy?
•What vegetable do you most resemble?
•What dead person would you least want to be haunted by?
•Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with? Least like?
•What do you think Victoria’s secret is?
•Which cartoon character do you resemble the most?
•Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?
•Which of the four seasons do you most anticipate?
•You can choose your method of dying and the place in which you will die. Where would you like to die and how?
•You can choose your last meal. What will the menu consist of?
•If you had to be trapped in a TV show for a month, which show would you choose?
•List 5 people you know. Then describe each of them in 5 words.
•You can select one person from history and ask them a question to which they must give a thruthful reply. Whom would you select, and what question would you ask?
•If you joined the circus, what act would you most want to perform?
•You discover that your wonderful one-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to correct the mistake?
•Would you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years at any physical age you chose?
•Would you be willing to commit perjury in court for a close friend? What if your lie would save his life?
•Would you be willing to eat a bowl of live crickets for $40,000?
•Would you be willing to give up sex for five years if you could have wonderfully sensual and erotic dreams whenever you wished?
•Would you be willing to give up sex for one year if you knew it would give you a much deeper sense of peace than you have now?
•If you could have anyone locked in a room so that you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose, and how would you torment them?
•Do you feel that children should be sheltered from unhappiness?
•The children living next door are being horribly abused by their parents. The only way to stop the abuse is to adopt the children and care for them in your home. Would you?
•If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?
•What rights should the father have if his unmarried girlfriend wants an abortion?
•Assuming that complete recovery were instantaneous, would you be willing to accept a year of total paralysis below the neck to prevent the otherwise certain extinction of a species of animal?
•Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares every night for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth?
•Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 5 years to become extremely attractive? 10 years? 15 years?
•Would you enjoy spending a month of solitude in a beautiful natural setting? Food and shelter would be provided but you would not see another person.
•Would you generally be overdressed or underdressed at a party?
•If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else currently living, would you do so? Whom would you pick?
•Would you have one of your fingers surgically removed if it guaranteed immunity from all major diseases?
•Have you ever been sexually attracted to a family member or a person of an inappropriate age? How did you deal with it?
•Have you ever returned an item to a store for a refund after having used it?
•Would you like to have a child much more intelligent and attractive than yourself?
•If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?
•What was the most recent movie that made you cry?
•You can cast any actor no longer alive to play you in a film about your life. Whom would you cast in the role?
•You can cast any actor now alive to play you in a film about your life. Whom would you cast in the role?
•If you could be any age again for one week, what age would you be?
•What is it you like best about your mate’s personality. What do you like the least?
•If you could plan a trip anywhere in the world for yourself and your mate, where would you like to go?
•What outfit or article of clothing do you like to see your spouse wearing the most?
•What things would you like to know better about your partner?
•Have you told your partner about all of your past relationships?

Home:
•Where were you living for this period of time?
•Did this place feel like home to you?
•Were you settled or did you feel the need to move somewhere new?
•What was your neighbourhood like? Describe some of the sights, sounds and smells you experienced when stepping out your front door.
•Were you living in your hometown? If not, how far were you from your hometown?
•What kind of dwelling were you living in? Describe the building and surrounds.
•Did you share this place with others or were you on your own?

The Seven Wonders:
•The Great Pyramid of Giza
•The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
•The Statue of Zeus at Olympia
•The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
•The Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
•The Colossus of Rhodes
•The Lighthouse of Alexandria

About Relationships:
•Did you share this period of your life with a significant other?
•Did you make any new friends?
•Did you reconnect with any old friends?
•Was there anyone you met during this time who had a major impact on your life?
•Were there any major upheavals in your relationships with others?
•Did anyone bring you to tears?
•Did someone make you feel angry?
•Did you miss the prescence of someone?
•Were there any shared moments of pure happiness?
•Did you feel loved?

Travel:
•Are you currently holidaying? If so, where? If not, where would you most like to be holidaying?
•Does your perfect holiday destination include the beach and lots of sunshine? Or are you a skiing and snow kind of person? What about an idyllic mountain retreat, or a spot of fishing on the lake?
•What sort of holidays do you like the most? Those filled with lazy, relaxing days just mooching around or the action packed adventure variety, filled with excitement and new experiences at every turn?
•What’s your favourite holiday activity? Do you like to take lots of photos of your trips? Do you like to visit the local restaurants and places to eat? Are you a souvenir person, or do you like to hit the local shops for gifts for those back home? Do you like to visit all the local tourist attractions and activities?
•What was your most memorable holiday? Where did you go and who was it with? Was it the destination or the people that made it so memorable? Have you ever revisited the destination or tried to recreate the experience?

Are You A Dog Or Cat Person?
•Do you identify yourself as a dog person or a cat person?
•Or are you neither?
•Perhaps you’re just an animal lover in general?
•Was there a specific event or a time in your life that influenced you to prefer one type of pet over another?

Your Fortune:
•Have you ever had your fortune told? What was the experience like?
•Where did it happen? What were your surroundings like? Was the decor and atmosphere appropriate to the situation?
•Was the reading accurate?
•Would you have it done again?