Are suffering from writer's block (or "blogger's block), and trying to find a topic? One way to do this is to see what people are searching for on the search engines. There are a number of ways to do this.
Google Hot Trends
My favorite live search tool is Google Hot Trends (google.com/trends/hottrends). At any given point in the day, it will tell you what the most popular searches were within that hour. One this morning is "Chuck Norris Dead", because of an April Fools Day joke from yesterday. It was not a very funny "joke," and fortunately not true - but if you want to read more about it, click HERE. Another is Good Friday Quotes - for obvious reasons (today is Good Friday), as well as Passion of the Christ.
Yahoo also has a great live search tool, Yahoo! Buzz (buzz.yahoo.com). This morning, Yahoo! is still buzzing about all of the celebrity pranks for April Fools Day, the Health Care reform bill, and what to do for Easter.
AOL Hot Searches
AOL Hot Searches (hot.aol.com), as the name implies, displays the most popular searches from the previous day. On AOL, some of the popular searches on April 1st were April Fool's Day (imagine that!), Trader Joe's (my favorite weird little store), and Spring Dresses (apparently AOL Users are a lot more fashion conscious than Google or Yahoo users?).
Search.com, powered by CBS, has a great list of the top 250 searches (search.com/top)- updated live, from it's search engine. Search.com users this morning are looking for information about George Tiller, the Clash of the Titans movie, mental health, and the IRS (plus 246 other things).
So, hopefully, that will give you a good starting point. for a writing topic. Happy blogging, and Happy Easter, everyone!
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.