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Adding spice to content that makes you yawn

Updated on September 18, 2014
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Yawn. The expression is a nightmare that plagues authors. It is a nightmare, at least, if a reader is not tired.

Every writer struggles to make his or her content tease the senses and engage the mind.

A boring topic makes the task even more tedious, so how can we make a subject that most people yawn at interesting for yourself and your readers?

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A. What makes content boring?

Making boring content capture interest is as difficult, if not more so, than creating an entirely new topic. Writers have to strike a balance between making the topic useful and turning it into unique content that pleases a crowd. We have to add spice to generally tasteless food.

Before they even start, they have to recall what makes a topic mundane.

Boring topics have irrelevant information. The content may have little to do with the title, or is not useful in any way to a reader.

If there is no new information, we write the article off with a "been there, done that." After all, there are so many similar articles on the internet to read.

A topic is boring if it does not touch the heart. If you write about a situation that readers find hard to empathize with, they are lost.

As a writer, I have found out, the hard way, that people read what they want, not what they need. Articles written on useful topics get less attention than titillating humor, unless readers desperately need them.

Further, if "how-to" information is not presented in a user-friendly way that the reader can digest immediately, you lose them.

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B. How do we spice up boring content?

But how do we make spice compatible with tasteless food that has its own characteristics? We can ask ourselves, then answer, a few burning questions. (Note to self: Do this everyday).

1. What do I know about the topic?

If you have to write a topic that is a bore, you have to research it. The only way you can work your writing magic and make it interesting is to do some reading.

2. Is there anything new about it?

Then, find out if there are any updates to the information. Perhaps no one has addressed the new information yet, so introduce it.

3. What is my angle?

If you cannot find any new information, ask yourself what your perspective of the topic is.

Old content becomes unique when you introduce your own opinions.

4. How can I make myself part of it?

How do you claim boring content? I am a poet, so I would throw in an inspirational senryu.

A humorist may add a rib-splitting joke or two. If you love sports stories, throw in a relatable sports anecdote and tweak it.

5. Do I have visuals?

Ask what relevant interesting visuals you can add to the article.

Photographs catch attention instantly.

6. How can I make my readers part of it?

Ask your readers questions, or throw in a quiz to get them involved.

Interact with them in comment boxes as best you can.

7. Can I mix it up?

Try not to write on topics that you are expert in all the time. Try writing on something else for a change.

Mix your boring topic with more engaging content. Throw in a music video, or funny song lyrics.

8. What do my readers want?

Ask what your readers want. What content would your readers read at the moment? What would they connect with?

9. What fun can I have?

At least 70% of your writing is about you. So have fun writing, because you deserve to make it enjoyable for yourself.

10. Can I connect with my readers?

Lastly, ask how you can connect with your readers. Allow them to ask you questions and reply to them.

To you, why is boring content useful?

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C. When boring content has its uses

Yes, always spice up the content that makes you yawn. Boring content, though, has its uses.

Boredom dilutes controversy. Informational articles teach and unless someone disagrees with the content, seldom create heated debate.

With boring content and organization comes flow. Predictability creates security.

We may find content boring, but we cannot deny that we understand it. Boring content acts as a useful base from

which to generate more interesting ideas.

For article writers, boring content is a boon. If nothing else, it helps us decide which keywords are searchable.

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Conclusion


You deserve to make boring topics work for you.

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      mactavers 2 years ago

      Lot's of interesting information. Sometimes I'll post of Hub thinking this isn't my best, but it gets mega views, and some of my best get a few views. Some of my book reviews will have 5-10 views and then some weeks none but I'm glad I wrote them. Your Hub did inspire me to update a few. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This should be required reading for every online writer. Great points, Michelle.

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      Janet Giessl 2 years ago from Georgia country

      Very important points for writers. Well done.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Thanks for these tips on spicing up content. It's a tough thing to do if you don't have a vested interest in your subject. But then, without that interest, you probably shouldn't write it. I've found the ones that get the least attention from the reading public are those I wrote for quests and prompts, that I really did more for the exercise than for any other reason. I won't do that anymore. Thanks again for these tips.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very helpful writing tips - and they weren't boring either.

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      manatita44 2 years ago

      Perhaps coming up with new ideas help. Like yours, for instance. Never once felt like yawning, and I like the cat. Cool.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Hi Michelle, thank you for a spicy delight. Tasted the article really its very spicy. Excellent points, worth consideration.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Love your angle and especially the great pics. Many good ideas.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Actually I should say inspirational. Love that cat pic and passing this on.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas. I try to write about my personal experiences more than about what is constantly read about online.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for sharing! It's really genre at times, Mactavera!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Bill!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Eternal balance, Nancy!! We just keep

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Lambservant!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      LOL! he's a cute fellow isn't he, Manatita?

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Javed!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Sandra!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Rasma

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Devika!

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      danicole 2 years ago from United States

      I love that picture of that cat!!!!!!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      The cat pictures are fantastic :) What a fun way to highlight the important points of your hub. I agree that it's important to take boring information and jazz it up to gain and keep readership. It can be a daunting task at times depending on the subject matter. Voted + and shared.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Christin! I love them myself!! Yes, the subject matter makes it a doozy!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Cute isn't it?

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great suggestions to all writers. We should keep the interest from start till the end. I liked your selection of pictures.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Chitra!!

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      Ann1Az2 LM 2 years ago

      Your title caught my attention and then when I saw the yawning cat, you had me! Great choice of photos and great points all around and some that I will keep in mind, particularly adding some fun and my own personality to my writing. Well done and voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      You already do, Ann, you already do!!

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