What stops you from creating content?

by John Ayling 26 replies
Creating engaging content and creating enough content seems to be the 2 biggest goals for a successful content creation marketing strategy.

What stops you from creating great content and lots of it?

Content ideas?
Technology slowing you down?
Get lost in the detail?
Not sure how to write posts, articles, etc?

.....?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #content #creating #stops
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  • John do you write content for the website ? what is the average time you will take for 500 words article? what is the price ?
    Are you providing one and one coaching for content writing ?

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    • Profile picture of the author John Ayling
      Hi Christy.

      I'm a software programmer for internet marketers.

      Looking at what problems people have with content creation, so that I create products that will be really useful in this space.

      I actually offer coaching for WordPress plugin creators and marketers.
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  • Profile picture of the author spartan14
    Well English its not my native language and its an impediment for me to write on my blog .In youtube i can make good because its not so complicated but writing in blog my grammar its bad
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  • Profile picture of the author GrowthforLife
    For me personally it used to be very overwhelming writing more than one post a day. My posts were an average of 1,500 words, and after tons of research, writing and editting, I just couldn't get myself to write another quality article in the same day lol
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  • Profile picture of the author HowieP
    For me it's getting ideas to write about in the first place, I get myself all psyched up to write and I end up staring at a my monitor like a zombie.

    I think a good way to get ideas is to go where people are asking questions like forums and maybe Q&A sites.

    See what problems people have got, and if you see similar questions and problems that are all quite closely related, write something based on that topic, as long as it's related to your niche of course.
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  • Profile picture of the author franker110
    Yes, writing is the hardest subject
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    Well most days nothing slows me down. Most of the time I am on flow and the Universe just pours through me...my fingers just hit the keyboard (or I turn the camera on and away we go).

    But if there is a day where it's just hard...

    That would be due to a low energy day...me buying into negative bullshit day from my mind.

    Everyone has them.
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  • Profile picture of the author RichardThessen
    Writing great content is a choice. You can choose to put in the time and work required to create great content and build a prosperous brand. Or you can choose to take the easy path and write poor content – a path that ultimately will get you nowhere. It will only result in a waste of time, energy and resources.
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  • Profile picture of the author davntt
    I would hire someone do it for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nurkholis Hidayat
    in internet marketing area there are so much to do, creating engagement content is just one of them and it time consuming, so many people just hire content writer for them.
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  • Profile picture of the author yanisheyd
    For me the biggest hurdle is domain expertise. There are only a handful of topics I have enough knowledge to write about, and most are not big or profitable enough niches. Let's say I want to start a blog about playing the Piano. If I don't know how to play the piano (or barely do) how can I write anything interesting about this ? Or even write product reviews, when you have thousands of life-long experts writing hundreds of razor-sharp content about piano every day ? I know one should aim for sub-niches, say learning to play piano for kids or for elderly people ... But the problem is the same, if you don't have domain expertise I don't see how you can beat the competition out there for any worthwhile niche or sub-niche. Of course you could pay someone to write for you - in this case someone who knows a lot about piano - but can you really build your whole business on that ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by John Ayling View Post

    What stops you from creating great content and lots of it?

    Nothing. I write what and when I want and have been doing so for many years.

    But I can tell you what stops many people dead in their tracks. It's trying to write authoritatively about topics and subjects where they have no expertise or passion. The BS can only continue for so long and then the writer realizes that what they are trying to do (fool their audience) is not working and it's a heck of a lot of work. So they stop and move on to something else.

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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I love the writing part of the equation. I always have more ideas than I have time to write. Research is part of the fun and I'm very good at trivia now

    But technology can give me fits of rage.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author clairelynn23
    I have to admit that I can write, but I am slow and often lack imagination. So, coming up with original content can be an obstacle.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Sometimes yukon writes in 3rd person but you know what yukon likes better than writing in 3rd person? Yukon likes knowledge, and Lamborghinis, and bookshelves in garages, and refrigerator magnets, but mostly Lamborghinis.
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  • Profile picture of the author robinaraoz
    I agree with Rory's and davntt's posts,

    I guess one thing comes with time, but it'll depend on what you want to achieve and how.

    The issue migh be a lack of time or you just don't want to do it yourself...

    Another aspect could be how to produce quality and "readable" content in a more automated way (without compromising the quality I mean...)

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  • Profile picture of the author TheMentorGuy
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    "Get lost in the detail" Sometimes my issue is getting too hung up on one thing and over-complicating the idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrjackpowers
    Well, it's my job, so, nothing stops me. I have to do it ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Every morning I literally JUMP out of bed and can't wait to switch on the computer because I love this stuff so much.

    I know what I'm going to create today, tomorrow, in 2 months time I know exactly what stuff I'll be making.

    And that's not the content that I want to make (although I do enjoy it), it's because I'm making what my students need.

    That makes content creation unstoppable.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Nothing John I've created over 20,000 pieces of content during my online career, between blog posts and videos, podcasts, all that good stuff. WAY back in the deal - like eons ago - I had confidence issues. Felt my content was worthless. But practice gave me confidence and clarity.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I would think that laziness, sorriness, lack of focus, etc. rank up there for a lot of us.

    And there is fear too. The fear of being laughed at, fear of failing, fear of being "exposed", etc.

    Mark
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  • Profile picture of the author joncoates89
    I am a strong believer in the fact that in a sense writing and practicing great blogging on a daily basis, creating ad copy, writing sales letters daily is a progressive and almost unconceiencly competence after a while (like any other skill)

    The reason why I say this is because, after a while, I have come to find at least just from personal experience along with the observation of other authors/bloggers...it tends to just flow..

    ..in the beginning, it was only easy to "pour" out an article of 1500 words only if the idea was already fascinating enough for us to clearly put it on paper from all of the times those ideas were swirling around in our heads prior...

    ...But then it always got to a point where there will "feelings of overwhelm" before we would start out on our next writing venture for our craft whatever platform that may be for, blogs, article, forum thread, email...

    ...what I have found is at that point it was just because I wasn't use to the consistence... that feeling of powerlessness that I came to associate with the thought this "Huge task" of writing 1500 words...

    ...the uncomfortableness that came with having to "sit there and think, "do work & research" ...that all went into the feeling of overwhelm,,, which in turn turned into procrastination. Which in turn into momentum crushing inconsistency...

    ...The best way, in my opinion, to get to the point of complete conscience competence of the art of being able to instantly snap ourselves into that "resourceful/productive) state thats required to be able to at any given moment (by simply just deciding to) regardless of how we "feel" and just type or write 1500 words plus in a little over an hour or so...

    ... I have found by taking massive action with the intent of daily activity without missing a single day... I'm serious... sheer brute force over a period of time helps burn the habit of "pouring high quality content out" in one sitting without writer's block or any of that crap..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Creating awesome content is a lot of work!

    And, the more you publish, the more exposure you get. (Haters, fans, etc).

    This can be daunting.

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