Are you an HIV blogger with writer's block? We can help.

Published 12, May, 2016
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with 20 writing ideas borrowed from the recent HealtheVoices social media conference in Chicago

Are you an HIV blogger with writer's block? We can help.

Are you stuck? 

It strikes me that many people who have a passion for writing about HIV nevertheless sometimes run out of ideas. It’s called writer’s block and it affects most of us who blog.

Luckily, I’m mostly immune to it. I blogged daily in another life. But for those for whom blogging isn’t ingrained, it isn’t so easy and thus as an editor, I’m often asked for writing ideas. 

At a recent conference in Chicago that I wrote about here  one session included distribution of a list of 20 Instant Story Ideas from Amy O’Connor of Everyday Health  I’ve adapted and added to these with an HIV lens and recommend them to anyone stuck for what to write about, or looking for inspiration. 

1. Interview/profile an expert or another person living with HIV with an interesting story 

2. Findings from the latest conference or when HIV has been in the news – and what you think. 

3. How HIV is addressed in or by social media 

4. Food, diet, nutrition and recipes – particularly if they have an HIV slant 

5. Fitness, healthy living and HIV 

6. What people don’t know about living with HIV 

7. Myths vs facts about HIV and living with HIV 

8. Dealing with stress and emotional or mental health issues 

9. How others can help you live better with HIV 

10. HIV in the workplace. 

11.Travel challenges and HIV 

12. Parenting and family issues 

13.The surprising upsides of living with HIV 

14.How to choose a doctor 

15.What doctors don’t tell you about youir condition 

16. Dating with HIV 

17 Disclosure – when I do it, when I don’t and why. 

18. What I would do if there was a cure? 

19. What I do to forget about HIV 

20. What my pets mean to me in the context of HIV.

Any help? 



About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s campaign, along with founder Brian Finch. He joined at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.