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What to write about?
That's my problem...
BillDex

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Msg#: 2082 posted 7:44 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

It's not that I have a problem; I just don't know what to write about so far: I have a blog/weblog and I want to write about what interests people, what brings them back every week, day and hour. I tried news, but realized that I was just copying someone else's content which is not good at all, although I linked back to them - the whole idea just doesn't look good to me. Everything I'm looking at - cars, houses, trees, clouds, women, men, etc. - it's all there and established a long time ago, has steady visitors and, if I try competing, it's more likely for me to have no visitors after all because those webmasters who "know their thing" probably have lots of connections for their niche than me and can keep updating their site....you know what I mean. On the other hand, maybe I should just put a question on my blog, such as "What do you want this blog to be about?" - perhaps that could bring visitors for most people want their idea to be heard...

 

idolw

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Msg#: 2082 posted 8:25 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

those webmasters who "know their thing"

I am afraid that if your only target is 'make money online' it won't work unless you join some black hat forum for spammers.

I am pretty sure it is possible to make money online on anything.
Just an easy example:
If you are Madonna or Britney or whoever fan you can make money writing only about her. I bet you can be making a quite lot after 4 or 5 years of work. You just need to get into it properly.
Remember: no one is born with all these connections, etc.

steve40

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Msg#: 2082 posted 9:29 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

BillDex

I hate to say this but reality is dont spend all your time worrying about

what will make money?
what are high paying keywords?
what is available and not been done already?

Look at it a different way

What would you enjoy doing or writing about?
What would you like to learn more about?
What information have you looked for on a subject and not found what YOU wanted

What makes us all unique is each of us and our visitors have our own styles or thinking patterns or needs or wants. Because of this we see the same thing in different ways, I can think of a couple of very well known and respected sites in their own niche that do NOT match what I would be looking for in information on those niches, this does not mean they are no good just they do not match my needs

so my advice is think of something you enjoy or somethink you would like to learn more about , dont worry what other sites there are or sometimes dont even look at them, that way it will be your style and personality that creates the content and hopefully a number of searchers will appreciate your style and presentation

steve

best of luck

BillDex

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Msg#: 2082 posted 10:17 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, there must be some sort of misunderstanding here, but...did I even mention the word "money"? Wow, guys! Good reading...

stapel

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Msg#: 2082 posted 10:37 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

BillDex said: I just don't know what to write about ...did I even mention the word "money"?

When people want lots of traffic but have nothing of their own to offer, they are almost uniformly "just in it for a quick buck". If you aren't, then please clarify your post.

You say you have nothing of your own to say or offer on your site, but that you want lots of people to come view it, and to return regularly. And then you say you are not looking to generate a revenue stream.

What then are you attempting to accomplish?

Eliz.

BillDex

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2082 posted 10:44 pm on Apr 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, I basically need an idea, a muse...

Syzygy

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Msg#: 2082 posted 8:21 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

...I want to write about what interests people...

Why not write about something that interests you? Enthusiasm and insight can turn ramblings into "must read" content.

Everything I'm looking at [ideas for new content]... it's all there and established...

Reminds me of the quote:

"Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments."

Julius Sextus Frontinus, Roman Engineer, AD 10.

Based on that, substituting the word "ideas" in place of "inventions", and your comments, I guess we should all pack up our bags and head off home right now - there's no point in continuing. Let's give up now!

:-)

What you need is a new angle. Take any subject, even the dullest thing you can think, of and find a new perspective on it. Challenge yourself to do so. Explore ways of getting your own creative juices going...

Syzygy

idolw

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Msg#: 2082 posted 8:32 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Well, there must be some sort of misunderstanding here, but...did I even mention the word "money"?

Man, we are all doing it for money after all. That is the fact and you cannot argue with it.

I will give you an example. A friend of mine asked me how do we make money online. I told him how we do it and how expensive and slow it is if one starts from scratch and has virtually no $ for investment.
I told him that he must do what he likes or join the spammers (to join the spammers you must be a programmer or have some cash to invest first, though). He tried to do similar thing that we do even though he was not interested in it at all. Guess what happened :)

trillianjedi

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Msg#: 2082 posted 9:29 am on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Why not write about something that interests you? Enthusiasm and insight can turn ramblings into "must read" content.

I so agree with that. I've actually been glued to the screen reading about subjects which I'm not interested in, when they've been written by someone who is clearly passionate about the subject.

Write to satisfy yourself. If you achieve that, there's a very big probability that it will attract others.

What to write about?
That's my problem...

That really is a fundamental problem. If you are unable to traverse that one, I'd have to suggest that a website is not for you.

TJ

BillDex

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2082 posted 2:46 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Why not write about something that interests you?

Okay, guys, I'll try that...

shigamoto

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2082 posted 1:43 pm on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think I know what you mean there, I've had similar problems in the past. Dig where you stand is one approach that people perhaps already covered enough here.

Another approach that I use is to bring a notebook wherever I go. Often the best ideas for columns, blogs or whatever pop-ups during your normal life. Write the ideas down and evolve on them when you come home.

Pretty soon you will have a notebook filled with ideas which you can consult when you run out of fodder for your articles.

matt52

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2082 posted 10:10 pm on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Have you tried writing reviews or simply commenting on the news/media stories of each day? Most people are interested in reading about the opinions of others on different topics to see how they compare with their own.

Good luck!

Beagle

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2082 posted 12:55 pm on May 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

Must have missed seeing shigamoto's post back on April 27. 8-)

Last time I had my car in for servicing, I found myself taking notes from a magazine article in the waiting room. Now there's a commentary about it on my site (with proper credits and some related affiliate links).

I've been involved, one way or another, with my niche topic for over 35 years; since it's always on my mind, just about anything has some kind of connection to it for me. It doesn't necessarily take a narrow niche or long involvement to have that mindset, I don't think; just some practice of looking at things with "How could this idea fit my website?" in the back - or front - of your mind. Ideas can come from the strangest places.

I'd just add - Don't feel as if every idea has to become a full-blown article immediately. Look back over the things you wrote down last week or last month but haven't done anything with and see if any new thoughts pop up. I always have several "just started" articles sitting on my computer, where I've written a few thoughts/sentences I have for an article that I can't quite figure out how to take further. It's amazing how often I can pull one of those up and say "Of course! Why didn't I think of that before?" and end up writing a fully developed article in a short time.

Grassroots

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2082 posted 8:05 pm on May 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

As a famous sportswear slogan once read: JUST DO IT!

:)

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