How to Get Great Article Ideas for the Online Writing Venue – Use the News to Launch Your Mind

Recently, there was an interesting research paper that noted when people allow their mind to drift and daydream for up to 15 minutes prior to going into intense study where they need to memorize a large number of complex facts, they performed 41% better than those who didn’t spend the time to daydream. Now then, we all know about writer’s block, and there is some stress as they need to come up with new and compelling topics for blog posts, online articles, or for the information that they distribute on the Internet.

If we are to stay up with the onslaught of all the information flow, then we have to constantly come up with new and intriguing ideas Sherry Dyson. But how can we do this, how can we stay on the leading-edge day after day? No, it’s not easy, and whereas I have been able to do this for long periods of time, and often go through a little bit of mental brainstorming between all the data I read and research, I’ve come up with some techniques that like to share with you, as maybe they will help you get over your own writer’s block, or stay in the creative flow.

One thing I often do is read the newspaper and write thoughts and ideas that come to mind in the spaces of the margins, or up near the title of the article, things that the article didn’t mention or experiences or observations I’ve had in common or even contradicting that article. In this way, I have the basis for an article which is of interest as it has been in the news, but my information and additional data has not been discussed – thus, it is needed for the national dialogue and discussion.

Otherwise the news misrepresents, distorts, or misses important points of contention, and things people need to know. Likewise participating in forums, or comment sections of news items is similar. If you think about making a comment on a news site, save your breathe, write an article instead, often the comments sections only allow 100 words and your comment might be 250 – add a little more information to that, perhaps cite the article and give a personal story, example, case study, and you instantly have a whole article.

How do you make this happen? Simple, after reading the article, close your eyes and think about what you had just read, daydream a little, and become one with the creative flow, and collect that information for later use in your memory for your additional input placed in future articles.

In any case, this works for me, it seems to also jive with that recent research paper I told you about. Now I understand why this technique works, and therefore I feel competent on suggesting that you might try it for yourself. Therefore, indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

The internet these days is just full of blogs masquerading as websites. A blog that looks like a website? What happened to websites?

The difference between the two used to be quite distinct. Traditionally a blog had a journal type layout. People posted their thoughts or news and it was displayed within  a single column. Each new post appeared just above the previous post with dates displayed beside them. As the month passed the posts automatically became archived on the right or left hand side of the main column. A website however was structured into a number of columns and headings that directed traffic to various locations within the site.

A blog layout was standard for a number of years whereas websites differed by design and depth. In fact, when I first looked into the best software to design various sites, using a blog was not an option because of its standard format. I would use Joomla or Drupal instead, content management systems with greater functionality. Fast forward to 2012 and I have switched from Drupal and Joomla to WordPress. Quite simply, blog layouts had caught up over the past four years and are now the better option.