There will always be something to add to our learning that we can always share. But.
There will be moments when despite racking your brains for ideas, nothing comes up. Very true, it happens to every type of writer. It is a common denominator (among writers) to experience ‘zombie’ moments where you are so tired you can’t think of anything, or you simply cannot generate the needed ideas for your content even when you’re active, or perky you want to dance (that is where the problem is – you want to dance more than you want to write).
This is where online tools come in handy. There are a lot of them on the web. Some are easy to navigate and some are difficult to explore. Some require a sign-up and some can be used right away without signing in. But why torture the self?
I find these five (5) online tools very handy and helpful when I brainstorm ideas:
Although there is that sign in button, you can immediately use this tool. Which is amazing. For content writers, or bloggers, who have deadlines inching along, this tool can be very helpful. There are three (3) search fields to fill up with nouns (they call it terms) related to your search. You click the button ‘Give me blog topics!’ and voila, you get a week’s (5 days) blog titles/topics.
I tried to fill in the fields with these: content, online tools, ideas. Here is what I got:
To use them is not compulsory. You can tweak the words anytime you like it. Or click that ‘Give me blog topics!’ button and you will be given another set of topics for a week.
This ingenious online tool will not require you to sign in, too. It’s that lone page that will give you those funny but witty titles. Unlike Hubspot Blog Topics Generator, it does not give you ‘serious’ titles or topics for a week. You can write a single subject on a single field and click the go button as many times as you like. You will be given different titles.
Titles are provided in a unique, and as I said witty humor. Surprisingly, it makes the mind work.
I tried ‘ideas’ (they prefer single words). The first result is:
7 Least Favorite Ideas
Where each word has a shout-out that explains:
7 – Numbers make the world feel organized and manageable.
Least – Negative words appeal to a reader’s gossipy side. They want to know and to tell others.
Favorite – Pairing opposite words in your title gives it energy and interest.
Ideas – Pro Tip: Everything is exciting if you are excited while writing about it.
The principle behind this search tool is to answer questions that are being asked. This way, too, connections are built, and people are guided and informed.
You have to create an account to enjoy all the features and be able to participate. Just write your question in the search field and click ‘Ask Question’. Interesting, isn’t it? Actually, even if it’s not a question, and you chose to write a topic or a person’s name, Quora can provide an answer. If there aren’t stories yet to the question or topic, you type and wait for an answer, or you can click on a related topic on the right sidebar.
The available answers may not be the ones for your question but they can be suggestions for other blog or content topics and even while you are typing your question or topic, suggested topics will appear.
Categorically, the key objective of this tool is to find key influencers for a particular content. It’s a storage of content articles classified according to the number of shares. Just like Quora, it is one of the best tools to brainstorm ideas for writing content or blog posts.
If you only intend to search for ideas, you do not need to sign up/sign in. Just write your blog topic (or a domain) in the search field then click ‘go’. You can customize the search by filtering the date, the language, the domain, and the content type.
Last but not the least is Google. The simplest way to gather ideas is through Google. The moment you type the first letter of your search, you will be directed to Google’s search tool. It is not necessary to sign up/sign in to do the search.
While typing the first word, suggested topics that are well searched on the web appear. During this time, the page adjusts automatically to other related searches where you can scroll down. You can easily get ideas for your blog posts or content articles from this selection.
Easy as a pie.
The goal is to get an instant selection of ideas or topics for content writing or blog posting. While developing that habit of reading to gain information, it pays to have amazing tools that are available when recall button of the brain is not functioning as needed.