It's a bit funny (and maybe even hypocritical) that I, who has been posting on and off for the past few years, decided to all of a sudden talk about the key to coming up with regular content, but I've been thinking about it for a while, and I thought "why not?"
The "tldr" version, for those who aren't interested in reading the entire article and just want to get to the point quickly, is this: consume a lot of content, do a lot of things, diversify as much as you can, and always keep a note-taking app open, a any note-taking instrument near you.
I've spent the past two years working at a job I disliked, and consuming all kinds of content that made me temporarily forget about my situation. One of those things, as I said in a past article, was philosophy. Stoicism, to be more specific.
I'm not gonna go into specifics, explaining what Stoicism is, because you can find all that info yourself. Plus, I already wrote about it in a past article, "The Practice of Stoicism"
I was always attracted to the idea of reading about philosophy but I never actually did it until I found myself in a situation that forced me to try and keep my mind busy with whatever I could find, and that's when stoicism became, at first, a distraction, and later, a solution to my problem.
But reading about stoicism didn't only help me cope with the fact that I was spending 9 hours a day doing something I really disliked. It also opened my eyes to a whole new world of ideas and views. It made me realize, once more, how many interesting things are out there, and how much experiencing them, through a book, a video, or a trip, could enrich your life.
Since then, I've been trying to diversify my life a bit by consuming different types of content. I started listening to different music, at least temporarily, I started watching different YouTube videos, even different movies that I would have normally avoided. And all I can say is that it was worth it.
But besides the fact that I now know more than I did in the past, and besides the fact that my experiences with content consumption is now more enriched, I also have new and more diverse ideas about articles I could write.
The way it works is really simple - you consume new content and you expose yourself to new ideas, new concepts, new knowledge, and your brain automatically takes all that and forms opinions about them, or about other things with those new ideas.
Once that happens, new ideas for new articles will come to you in more frequent occasions, and that's when you should always write them down. I mentioned this in a previous post, and I'll mention it now as well: always write down your ideas. No matter how much you think you'll remember that one thing you thought about while you were in the shower, I assure you, it will happen more than often that you'll forget, and sometimes you won't even realize it until it's way too late.
I have different ways of writing my ideas down: I have an agenda near me for thoughts or ideas I might want to work on in the future, Evernote, for ideas about articles I'd like to write, Notion, in case I think of a topic I want to write a lot about, or unless I need to write down an idea that I want to really think about it later or, when I need something quick that I want to look at again in a few hours, I use notepad, and I save it on my desktop with a title such as "LOOK AT THIS YOU IDIOT" to make sure it gets my attention later.
It really is that simple. If you only watch one type of content, if you only listen to one type of music and if you only read one type of book, then it's obviously gonna be hard for you to come up with ideas that are different from any of those things that you constantly consume.
If, however, you diversify all the content you get on a daily basis, you'll see that in time you'll have all kind of ideas that you can write about.
Diversity in your content is key, and you should take advantage of it, especially now that most of us are stuck inside, willingly or unwillingly, and don't have much else to do.