Finding Ideas1:29 with C.C. Chapman
To run a successful blog, you must have a way to generate new ideas constantly. Consuming content - online and off - will become essential to the continued success of your blog.
Once you have your blog set up, you're going to have to be inspired 0:00 to create content on a regular basis. 0:03 Some days this is going to be easier than others. 0:05 The way I get through it, is to always be consuming. 0:08 This doesn't mean just going out to the tech blogs or the news sites. 0:12 It means to be consuming on a variety of platforms from a variety of sources. 0:16 For me, I love reading magazines. 0:19 I read the in-flight magazines when I travel because I never know what I'm going to find. 0:22 It also means reading books. 0:25 I try to look at other sites that maybe I'm not going to on a regular basis. 0:27 But I'm always consuming, because you never know when something's going to inspire you. 0:30 Now, you want to make sure that what you're consuming is not the same old, same old. 0:35 Because that's going to limit your scope. 0:40 It's going to limit what you're taking in, and thus, what you're going to produce. 0:42 Take some time to get some variety in there. 0:45 Look at images, photography websites, 0:48 go watch videos beyond just YouTube and silly cats. 0:51 Go out to other sites like Vimeo and other video-sharing platforms 0:54 to consume content from there. 0:58 By expanding your horizons and consuming content from a variety of sources, 1:00 you never know what's going to inspire you. 1:04 And you've got to find inspiration. 1:06 Because if you're creating boring, bland content, nobody's going to want to consume that. 1:08 Think about what gets your attention. 1:14 You're either educated, inspired, or entertained. 1:16 Keep those three things in mind, because as you produce content, 1:19 those are the three sort of things that are going to grab people's attention, 1:22 make them come back to you, as well as share it with others. 1:25
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