Overcoming Writers' Block (part two) Regardless of what the statistics tell you, some sites will soar and others will flop and you are a better man than I am if you can work that out 12 months in advance. My tenet is, that if a web site does not triple my financial outlay in a year, I ditch it. I do not count the pieces of writing because they can be recycled to point at other pages and the web pages can be recycled as new web pages on new or old web sites or, at the last resort, into articles. For that reason, I have groups of loosely related sites based on the main subjects I have identified, to wit, love, sport, cars, health, travel etc. The foremost thing is to start with what people want - not what you want. Then, attempt to find a niche within that market that interests you. The more removed your personality is from the norm, the more vital this is. Never start with yourself, but you can twist the topic back to something that you know something about or are willing to research because you are interested in it. I do a heck of a lot of research and love doing it. I am not interested in collecting gold and gems, but my wife is and she wants my opinion often, so I am learning. Her son is getting married on 28-12 and he has to give his wife an ounce of gold as a present - that is what her mother wants for her, which is another incentive to learn about gold, investing and market trends and swings, because I have to stump up for that gold. There are so many things to write about. I want to write a site on orchids - I know nothing about them, but they grow like weeds here and they are my wife's favourite flower. If that is too narrow, maybe 'Thai Gardens'. I was in Nan yesterday renewing my visa. I have already written a site on how to get a visa, but there is a stone-age tribe living in Nan Province of northern Thailand! 285 km from my home. They live in bivouacs and are nomadic. They are 10,000 years behind the remainder of Thailand. My wife is getting skin spreading across one of her eyes. It can easily be taken off and will need soon, but I can see a website on cataracts coming up. There are hundreds of millions of us Boomers so topics for us are certain to become popular. We are aging, entering a new stage of life, are computer literate and are not poor. That's a fantastic blend. A further thought is: a man on the BBC said the other day that there are more middleclass people in India than the entire populace of Europe. Think about that!
And it is growing by hundreds of thousands a year. And China is two times the size of India. So they have (or soon will have) a middle-class equalling the population of Europe and America combined. That is excluding the upper-class. Find what interests those nouveaux-riches and you will strike it big. I believe that they love old-world style. Old European 'style' - not antiques, but silver salvers, beautiful whiskey glasses, posh dog collars, fancy walking sticks, Panama hats, silk scarves, reasonable shoes, home schooling, English language courses, etc, etc. Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on a variety of topics, and is now involved with Blogging. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at PLR Articles.