A friend said to me the other day, "I like reading your blog because you do interesting things. If I wrote a blog, it wouldn't be interesting. Maybe later my life will be more interesting and be worth blogging about."
The thing is... my life is interesting by design. I made it this way - I made it something that other people would want to hear about.
It's not like at some point I looked around and noticed that my life had become interesting, and therefore I should write about it. I made a conscious decision to make my life interesting - in this case, by taking the trip, but even before the trip, I was making that decision as much as possible. When I first moved to Peoria, I decided I was going to take road trips - so I did. I went to New York, Denver, New Orleans twice, Tallahassee, South Carolina, Washington D.C., and tons of shorter trips too.
I decided I wanted to go to as many Nickel Creek concerts as I could - so I did. I decided I wanted to start rock climbing - so I did. I decided I wanted to go to 25 concerts last year - so I did. I decided to go to (and eventually be one of the leaders for) the No Pants Train Ride in Chicago every year - so I did. I decided to go to the Philippines and visit my friend Laura who was there with Peace Corps - so I did. I wanted an interesting life, so I found interesting things to do.
And while many of those are expensive, being interesting doesn't have to be - sometimes I'll just see a building that looks like it would be fun to climb, so I will. Or I'll find a way to get around paying $11 to get into a national park. One of the people I stayed with recently talked about hitchhiking from Seattle to Minneapolis, and it's an awesome story - and didn't cost much. Even just talking to the right people can make your life more interesting. One of the people who hosted me for a night told a hilarious story about the first guy he hosted and how he was hitchhiking around the country.
The point is - if you want life to be exciting, make it that way. Find something to do that most people wouldn't do, and just go do it. Climb a building. Take a road trip. Talk to a homeless guy on the street for five minutes. Do something that someone else would want to read about on your blog.
In fact, you can just make that a homework assignment: tomorrow, do something exciting. If you have a blog, post about it there. If you don't, post a comment here or send me an email. Do something interesting, and give yourself another story to tell.