I was on Twitter earlier today, and I saw a promoted tweet about a website being able to generate blog post topics for you. Normally, I don’t pay much attention to promoted tweets, but this one caught my imagination so I decided to find out more information. I clicked on the tweet’s link and it took me to the company’s page with the topic generator.
All you do is put in three words (nouns, ideally) and hit a button to generate the topics. First, I put in “writing”, “books” and “literature” (those topics are SO me, don’t you think?) and it gave me 5 fairly decent topics in exchange. Then I put in some people who have been on my mind lately — “Thoreau”, “Dickens” and “Austen” — with some hilarious results.
Then I got really audacious. How dare they limit me to nouns! Who do they think they are? The nerve! I’m putting in three adjectives. Take that, buster!
The adjectives were “exciting”, “frivolous” and “hunky-dory”. These words created blogging topics such as “Miley Cyrus and Exciting: 10 Things They Have In Common” (I’m afraid to ask!) and “Five Tools Everyone In The Frivolous Industry Should Be Using”. (I’m VERY afraid to ask.)
Trust me, you do NOT want to know what it said about “hunky-dory”. Ever.
And someone on the other end of the computer, back at the company, is probably checking out the words I put in and thinking, “What the heck???!!!”
Seriously, people, it’s a fun tool for playing around (please note the disclaimer next to it, and no, I don’t work for this company — the commute would be insane). Here’s the link if you ever want to visit it yourself and play.
I may have to seek out more of these generators when I’m stuck for a topic. Mostly I jot down ideas for posts as they occur to me but sometimes I have to dig very deep. I also like to ensure that my post titles and content have some words in them that relate to SEO so that Google and other search engines find them.
Most of my blog post topics come from books I’ve read, reactions to social media happenings or any topic that crops up in my mind that ties back to writing in one way or another. I try to keep my blog posts as original as I can. It’s a constant challenge, but a fun one.
Now I have to run. I’m hoping the good folks at the company know that I intended this post purely in humor, but I’m taking no chances. Anybody got a spare cave I can borrow? (*looks with beseeching eyes at blog audience*)
Next time: THE VERBS.