As we already tackled turning ideas into amazing articles and blog posts in our previous posts, it is time we focused some more on the ways to come up with something new and fresh when your idea pool is a tad dry. If you consider yourself to be a blogger, you must already be familiar with the importance of blogging in this day and age.
Being out of ideas can happen to anyone. I have experienced it loads of times. In the moments when I haven’t posted anything in ages, well, days, but it feels like ages, I turn to a few tricks known by the more skilled of bloggers. And that helps me get through the idea drought and get to the phase of the idea draft.
I have decided, in my infinite blogger’s wisdom, to share this inside knowledge and help out people who have found themselves in similar situations and see no way out.
Worry not! There is a way out. Actually, there are 8.
With my list of 8 ways to come up with fresh blog post ideas, you will never feel powerless in the face of a deadline again.
#1 Draw ideas from your previous blog posts
What else is better to look for inspiration in than your work itself. If you have written plenty of materials before, you must have a hefty knowledge of certain subjects. Read those older posts you have loved and you were immensely proud of. Maybe those posts will give you a vision of what you should do next.
Not only that, you should read the posts you were not very proud of. Make the best of them, try to write something different that would improve on your previous articles and offer something new and current on the same topic.
Finally, there might be a topic you touched upon, but haven’t really paid the right amount of attention to. You could do a whole post on it now.
#2 Draw ideas for other people’s work
It is not shameful to look for inspiration in other people’s work. We all do it. Only we won’t always admit to it.
I am not talking about stealing someone else’s work. Don’t get me wrong. I am talking about mere harvesting of the ideas planted deeply in other people’s posts.
You might get completely new ideas unrelated to the content of their articles while reading them. But then again, you might see something interesting that you would like to expand on in an article of your own. Maybe do some additional research on it and give your own valuable opinion on the subject.
#3 Give new life to your older posts
Revivals can be amazing for your blog. Just like in film or theater. Rejuvenate an old story that has been dead for a long while and let your newer visitors read something that will be useful and informative for them.
Change part of the articles that need to be refreshed, from references to external links and newer statistics. Maybe write your new opinion on the matter, if it has changed, and explain why that has happened. You are smarter now than you were before. And some topics never get old, your approach to them changes. That is all. Sometimes all you need is a facelift.
#4 Do a round-up
As a blogger, you read plenty of other blogs, out of curiosity, searching for information or just staying up-to-date. You admire some of your colleagues’ work or you think they are on to something. Yes, I dare to call them my colleagues. Maybe you just believe they make a valid argument, even though you are not so vested in the subject itself.
If you don’t have the time or you just can’t come up with fresh blog post ideas at the time, after reading several of other people’s posts you can compile a list, or a so-called “round-up” of the worthy ones.
By doing this, you don’t really have to do a lot of writing yourself, although it is best if you say a few words about why you chose to include each particular blog entry. After all, you are offering your readers your expert opinions. You can use other people’s original content. They will be grateful, if anything.
Not only that, remember that being a blogger is not only about sitting in front of your laptop and writing, it is about being a part of the community, contributing to something larger. Building good relationships with other people like you is necessary for your survival. Networking is crucial in any vocation, blogging included.
#5 Do a personal piece
Every once in a while a blogger needs to show that they are human as well. Your blog followers will feel more connected to you if you let them in a little bit. By making them feel closer, they will trust you more and you gain credibility. If a personal story fits the theme of your blog, you can do them more often.
For example, if one blogs about cooking, they should do more of pieces like “The best recipes for helping you with a break-up” or “How I made my special day even more special with these recipes”. If a blogger is into literature, they can write an article on what book they like to read when they are sad and why, or what is the most inspirational novel they have read and what it has inspired them to do.
However, if a blog is rather impersonal, it is slightly more difficult to do that. But there is always a clever way to do it, just not as often perhaps. Write about how you have learned something from your own life, and carry the same experience into words relating to the overall theme of the blog.
I try to do it as much as I can, since it makes both writing and reading my posts much more enjoyable and I feel more connected to my readers, as they do to me.
#6 Read printed publications related to your work
Traditional print is waning in popularity, but that does not mean that its influence is lessening with experts. With most significant contributors stating their opinions in monthly or quarterly published magazines, they are clearly a go-to place for intellectual food or news of innovation.
You don’t get just the story itself, you get the way it was told, which can at times be more valuable.
#7 Visit informative websites dedicated to your line of work
The same works with big-name websites and portals. Actually, most of the traditional publishing houses, like The Economist or The New York Times, have transferred to the Internet as well, so you can access most of its content online. Sometimes there is a small fee required, but mostly you can do without.
The thing with visiting a website nowadays that makes it all easier is that they have their own search directories, so you find something of your and your readers’ interest in a jiffy. Tags are of immense help as well, so one can browse through certain categories and simply absorb ideas.
I am a big fan of this technique. Sometimes I feel like I am in the Matrix of ideas.
#8 Rely on your readers for new ideas
This is possibly the last resort, but certainly not the worst one.
Readers are eager to get informed and they will ask you for writing on certain topics all the time. You should pay attention to their wishes and keep records on what they want. When you are left with no topics of your own, reach for your readers’ questions instead.
You can do this in several ways, whether asking a direct question after you blog entries or via posts specifically designed for this purpose or even a Facebook poll.
This would be a good way to profound your relationship with your readers.
With these 8 tidbits of advice on how to think of some genuine blog ideas, you will have a blog as revered as massplanner’s. Hopefully, you will include us in a round-up or two
One of the most common terms used in the digital world is the IP address. It is a unique numerical address that is used for communication. But, how to use the address? Get to know more about this term in the following article.
IP Address: What Is It Actually?
The Internet Protocol address or mainly known as IP address is actually an identifying number which is used for a piece of network hardware. This address will make it possible for internet users to pinpoint a specific device from the total number of billion devices you can find on the internet.
Just like the mailing address which is needed by the email users to send messages or files to another user, IP address is needed by a computer to have communication with the other devices.
The IP addresses that are currently available can be an IPv4 address and IPv6 address. Generally, the IP address used now consists of four numbers in which each of them can have one to three digits. There will be a single dot (.) used to separate these numbers and they can range from 0 up to 255. If you look at the number clearly, most of the IP addresses will look like this following example: 18.104.22.168.
However, some other IP addresses will look completely different like this one: 2001:0DB8:0234:AB00:0123:4567:8901:ABCD. Unlike looking for a physical address in which a phone book or something like that is needed to find someone’s name, DNS servers are required by your computer devices help them get a hostname to find their IP address.
Types of IP Addresses
There are two classifications of IP addresses, they are static IP addresses and dynamic IP addresses.
As the name suggests, the static IP address generally never changes. However, the address can be changed in a certain condition, for example, if it is requested by the network administration.
This kind of IP address mainly works as a permanent address for the internet. It also serves to provide a more reliable and simpler way for a device to communicate with the other.
The internet users will be able to get more details related to the location of the computers to include city, region, country, and continent. the Internet Service Provider (ISP) serves to provide non-technical information such as the precise longitude and latitude of the country where the computer is located.
The ISP can only reserve the parts of the addresses assigned to enable the devices to share among their own subscribers. This happens since the static IP address only comes with a limited number only. There are many websites that can help you to find your own IP address.
Dynamic IP Address
Unlike the static IP address that almost never changes, the dynamic IP address is the contemporary one. The address is especially is generally utilized in computer devices each time they are connected to the internet.
However, the dynamic IP address is actually taken from a pool of Internet Protocol addresses which are shared over various devices at once. The address is also considered to be more secure than IP static address which is relatively easier to track.
Both the static and dynamic IP addresses which are available now come with two versions, they are IP version 4 (IPv4) and IP version 6 (IPv6). The two versions also have many features that will benefit the most for the internet users.
IP Version 4
This version of Internet Protocol was originally found in 1981. The IP version 4 doesn’t change much up to now since it was defined for the first time more than 3 decades ago. What makes you have to consider well before picking up this kind of version is that there are many IP addresses now.
The number of the addresses is much bigger than the IP version 4 could supply. This version uses the IP address of 32 bit or in the other words, the optimum number of the address is 22.214.171.124.
However, this number is little than the total amount of IP addresses that are currently available now and reaches more than 4 billion. This IPv4 is commonly formatted as four 8-bit fields in which each of them represents the byte of the address’ version.
The bytes of the IP version 4 is then divided into two parts, they are network and host part. The network part is the unique number especially created for your network. It also serves to identify the network class assigned.
Meanwhile, the host part is identified as the part of Internet Protocol address that can be assigned to each host. It functions to identify your network’s machine.
IP Version 6
This is the latest version of the IP address that is developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The better performance of this IP version will soon replace the domination of Internet Protocol version 4.
It uses bigger bytes than the previous version of IP address, that is 128-bit. Thus, it is possible for this latest version to supply more IP addresses and represented by four hexadecimal digits which are separated into 8 groups. Each of the group is also supported by colons.
There are many features that the internet users can enjoy from this version of Internet Protocol address, include:
It provides relatively faster routing.
It has better mobility feature.
Provides more security for networks and applications.
This version offers better end-to-end connectivity.
It comes with better capabilities for Multicast and Anycast.
It requires simpler administration than the previous version.
It enables a smoother transition from IPv4 to IPv6 due to the key designs used.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making dreams come true. What used to be reality in movies and series people watched in television is now real. Everything is interconnected and can be accessed from anywhere, by anyone with granted access to them.
It makes easier to do any house chores, to check what is on the fridge and to have a lot of electronic devices working at the same time, while you do something else. In order to host the resources necessary for the IoT devices, one could go for a good VPS.
It’s possible to manage all of them using a virtual server, completely configured and set up by the owner.
Freedom from Third Parties
Rather than paying for a service or letting other unknown third parties access your data, owning a VPS is a very practicable and cheap way to have complete access to your IoT devices.
A VPS is entirely configured by the buyer, who is responsible for selecting the applications, how they will work and how much resource is needed and allocated to have all the devices working properly.
Monitor and Control
With root access to the VPS and the core system files, one can schedule automatic tasks that check every single IoT device with a specified routine.
It’s possible to monitor their functionality and scan for issues without having to manually do it, all thanks to the use of the VPS.
Your Own MQTT Broker
With a functional VPS, it’s time to have an application that makes the management of IoT devices an easy task.
The developers of IoT created the MQTT protocol, which means Message Queuing Telemetry Transport, responsible for exchanging messages between machines, an important aspect of the remote control of IoT devices.
Its main feature is the support of asynchronous communications, receiving all sort of transmitted data at once.
Suits Your Needs
By using a VPS to install IoT management applications, one may use them for all sort of necessities and requirements.
Take someone at their own house, for example. It’s possible to control electrical household items without leaving the room or the sofa. It’s very much practical and would help in many house appliances.
In the industry or enterprise, it could help to better manage the working area and the functionality of machines. It’s really applicable to any possible scenario. All that by simply ignoring third-party services and using your own VPS.
Customize to Your Needs
Now that it’s clear that one gets freedom from other companies by setting up its own VPS, it’s also mandatory to state how important the customization feature of a VPS it.
Differently from cloud services, it’s possible to edit and control every single aspect of the server, by using a virtual one. In resume, the IoT devices will be installed on a platform that is specifically customized to their use, either by the user itself or by a hired management team.
Since a VPS service separates an exclusive partition of a physical server, no one will have access to the data and functionality of your IoT device management. More important, errors and crashes from other servers won’t have any effect in the uptime of it.
Most of the possibilities are all related to your own use and configuration of the VPS, not being under the influence of how other users interact with the server.
Low-cost and Efficient
VPS are known for being much cheaper than dedicated servers and almost similar to shared hosting in terms of costs.
The only reason to have anything more robust, like the third-party services offered by big companies, is when an industry needs thousands of IoT devices connected and functioning at the same time.
If that’s not the case, the current hardware power of most VPS being offered online is more than enough.
Manage it Easily
While the IoT devices can be ruled and controlled through an application of your choice, a broker that will take care of communication between machines, the interface regarding the server is also important.
Fortunately, most cheap VPS providers have a great user-friendly panel in which all basic functioning and aspects of your virtual server can be controlled.
As everything within the range of the VPS is controlled by the user, so is the incrementation of security.
Most people won’t have to worry about it, as they most probably won’t even be threatened by something of such importance but encrypting the access to the IoT devices through the network is an option.
By using a cryptography defense, the chances that any trial of invasion would succeed are really reduced.
It’s clear that managing all the IoT devices in your house or business is efficient and easy with a VPS. The question left is where to purchase your own virtual server and how much of hardware power will be necessary.
Once these decisions are clearly taken, there are no more worries. Start controlling every single thing around you with the internet connection and the safety of owning it all in your VPS.