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How to Become a Topic Generating Machine

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As the weeks wear on, generating new topics for your website or blog can become a real chore. Some days, creativity seems to be in endless supply, and you're able to come up with more titles and topics than you could possibly handle that week.

On other days, however, you will spend hours trying to come up with a few appropriate topics. In many cases, even after determining a few relevant topics, in relation to the web site that you are writing the content for, you may still determine that the topics that you chose are unworthy of further exploration.

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8 Values And Characteristics Every Successful Blogger Possesses

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Many new blogs, across the spectrum of virtually every conceivable topic imaginable, are created and started each and every day on the internet. However, the vast majority of blogs that are created are unsuccessful and the posts are discontinued after a relatively short period of time.

While it may be true that anyone can start a blog, there are certain specific characteristics that make one blogger more successful than another. Below is a list of 8 important characteristics and values that most successful bloggers possess.

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Defending a Giant: Why Wikipedia Doesn't Get the Scholarly Credit it Deserves

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In 2006, Emmy award winning comedian Stephen Colbert infamously introduced the concept of "Wikiality" on his show, The Colbert Report. Colbert poked fun at the concept of Wikipedia by editing an article on the air and stating, "...any user can change any entry, and if enough other users agree with them, it becomes true."

He then called on viewers to change the "Elephant" entry on Wikipedia to state that the population of elephants has tripled in the last six months. This caused Wikipedia entries like "African Forest Elephant" and "Babar the Elephant to be edited within minutes.

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How to Successfully Market Yourself as a Freelance Writer

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Though freelance writing can be quite a lucrative business, you need to have a solid client base in order to make any money. Probably the biggest obstacle for any freelance writer is finding people that are willing to pay for your content. If you want to get hired, you must market yourself as an effective and hard-working freelancer.

Establishing yourself as a freelance writer involves researching each article extensively and approaching it in an innovative way. If you want people to pay you money, you need them to first notice you and recognize that you can help their business grow.

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Research an Article in 20 Minutes

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Taking the time to thoroughly research the topic that you intend to write an article on is likely a major part of the overall time required to complete the project. If you approach researching the topic without the proper methodology, you may find yourself wasting hours doing unnecessary searching.

Learning to perform the research portion efficiently is an invaluable skill set for any high level writer. This being said, learning to do so will save you an immense amount of time and allow you to complete a larger number of articles within the same period of time.

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