Writing and creating content for the internet is one of the most difficult aspects of an online career. Every form of content evolves around writing and with all the information available online sometimes it is difficult to come up with fresh content. It is like squeezing blood out of my body – metaphorically.
The internet is not the only source of ideas for content. I think the internet may not even be the best place to get fresh ideas for content. Everything online has been tried in one form or another, unless you are combining several ideas from various sources online – that could be a creative endeavor.
Here are some sources of information power bank where you can get ideas for your fresh content:
Books (Function and non-fiction)
Books are one of the best sources of ideas because books are generally a collection of ideas. Whether a fictional story or a business book, it is a collection of ideas organized by chapters.
Every chapter and or sub topic expands on an idea of the author. You can use the idea of a chapter or subtopic to come up with unique and quality content. Google will love you for it.
Quotes by famous and infamous people can also be very useful in sparking an idea in you to write some content. For example, while watching the Foundation movie series by Isaac Asimov I caught a couple of quotes that I will use for a fresh blog article. Another movie series that also gave me a couple of quotes to use was “Game of Thrones”.
“Love is more powerful than reason. Love is the death of duty. Sometimes, duty is the death of love; if you fall in love, you are compromised and will be at risk of making decisions based on love. Your judgment will be clouded, and you will not put your duty first” – Game of Thrones.
“The person who extends an open hand in friendship had better have a blade in a fist behind his back” – Foundation.
Academic research materials
Academia has many research materials just waiting to be utilized into something useful.
All over the world, universities are the places where there are ideas expounded by students and researchers that have not seen the light of day.
People basically write books using some of these research findings and analyses. Just check books being sold on Amazon and you will see it is based on research by someone or based on several research data across the globe.
The research-backed books make authors’ claims believable in the society we live in. In the same way, research-backed blog posts make Google and the audience trust your content.
Your personal experiences
Your experiences in life are what makes you special. Whatever you have been through in life is unique and nobody on earth has gone through that same experience as you have.
Therefore, writing based on your personal experience is powerful and unique. Take advantage of your personal experience to enrich other people through your content.
Other people’s experiences you have heard or witnessed
Other people’s experiences are also unique to them. If they share their stories with you, or you witnessed it yourself, why don’t you use this to fuel your creativity to create content based on their story? You don’t have to mention their names in the content, or you can use a different name or country in your creation.
Other people’s content
Other content in your niche or a completely different niche can spark new ideas for your unique content.
For example, when you read or view content on meditation and your niche is soccer. You can write about the importance of meditation for soccer players.
When you read a breakthrough research on foods’ influence on our cognition, you can write about how this same research and link it to how it may be influencing your industry as well.
This is the part one of How to become a content-generating machine without AI. Tomorrow we will post part two.