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How To Find The Latest Trends For Writing Articles

Updated on October 14, 2013

Words to Consider

Can you tell me who the first person was to break the four-minute mile in track and field? If you answered Roger Bannister you would be correct. Now, who was the second person to do so?

Chances are pretty good that you have no idea and that, quite simply, is the point of this article.

In the writing field, it is often said that by the time you write about a hot trend, a new one has taken its place. With that as a reference, wouldn’t it be lovely if you were able to predict new trends before everyone and their mother wrote about them? In other words, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be at that revolutionary period just before a trend begins, so that other writers are following in your footsteps rather than the other way around?

If I am one of the obedient sheep, today I should be writing about the suicides of musicians or the continuing debate about gun control. Either topic would garner me some reads and a modicum of interest. However, what if I was the first to write about a new trend or topic, or I gave in-depth coverage of a subject rarely written about just before it became big news?

Do you see what I am saying? One way is safe and easy. The other way requires some research and fore-sight but it may well render huge results. Read along and see if any of these techniques can help you spot trends before they happen.

England has always been at the forefront of trends
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England Swings like a Pendulum Do

My apologies to Roger Miller, but his lyric seemed like the perfect lead-in to this first tip.

If you are a writer in the United States, and to a lesser extent in other parts of the world, you should be paying attention to England, our neighbors “across the pond.” For whatever reason, England seems to be the birthplace of many new trends that occur here in North America. Shall I mention The Beatles? How about “The Office?” My goodness, folks, from romance novels to chick-lit to clothing, England seems to have its pulse on the latest in styles, literature and even off-beat bizarre culture. Pay attention to the Brits and learn what’s coming down the pike. They have been teaching us here in the States for over five hundred years. Obviously they know things we do not.

How Important Is Television?

Gee, I don’t know! Let’s see, the average American household has over three television sets in it. Americans watch, on average, over four hours of television each day, or 28 hours per week. Having said that, you can bet your bottom dollar that television executives have done some serious research before presenting you with the latest in programming.

Take a close look at the new offerings in September. Are there any new trends in the shows being presented? Remember that all it takes is one wildly successful tv series and you can count the minutes before ten clones of that series will appear. All we have to do is look at the success of shows on the Food Network to understand that success breeds success and it also breeds efforts to capitalize on that success.

Turn to Hollywood

What kinds of movies are in production? What under-funded indie film did really well lately? Again, success breeds success.

What about the classics? Which ones would appeal to today’s market? Remember, we have millions of Baby Boomers who are a viable audience for anything nostalgic. Can you spot a trend in the theaters that will play well to that demographic?

You can check industry magazines to find out about movies still in production. Those movies themselves may be worth writing about but they may also point to a new shift in production theory.

Flip Through the Catalogs and Magazines

How would you know a new trend even if you saw it? The simplest answer to that question is repetition. If you see a new idea start showing up in catalogs, there is a good chance it is a new trend and worth writing about. What is the hottest new toy on the market? Are there any clones of that toy coming out? How about new beauty products? New car technology?

The same can be said about magazines.

I love going to the supermarket and browsing the magazine rack. I look at story titles in a particular field, like fishing. Then I’ll look at a different fishing magazine and see if there are any similar stories. If so I may have just found a new trend.

What are the movie stars doing lately? Is there a trend you can spot among them?

YouTube is a great source

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Newspapers and the Internet

Without a doubt the best source of information is the internet, followed closely by newspapers. The writers and editors have done most of your work for you. All that remains is for you to spot a trend in all of those articles.

I tend to look at articles that have a strong personal interest attached to them. I’m looking for a human connection that everyone will associate with. Last year I saw a small article about a man named Arthur Boorman, who lost a great amount of weight and overcame crippling injuries through the practice of yoga. I wrote an article about Boorman, concentrating on the personal aspects of the story, the struggles he went through and his refusal to give up. It was a great success. You can bet I’m always on the lookout for more stories like that one.

The internet has proven to be a birthing ground for new trends, so pay close attention to what is going on with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites. There is even a new phrase called “Twitter Trends,” and that should tell you how influential social media is in any discussion of hot trends.

Kids know long before we do
Kids know long before we do | Source

Talk to Your Kids

Do you have children? If so, ask them what is hot and what is not? I promise you, they will know. Somehow they have their finger on the pulse of all that is cool in the world, so you might as well tap into that resource while they are still living at home.

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Open Your Eyes and Pay Attention

I’ve given you some suggestions. My best suggestion is to just pay attention. If you see an idea take root and appear several times, there is a good chance a new trend is forming and you need to be on top of it.

You can always check on Google Trends for assistance, but those just relate to what is trending for the day and may not help for long-term. You can find that site here.

By the way, the second person to break the four-minute mile was John Landy of Australia. He did it forty-six days after Bannister and his record stood for three years. Remember him? Of course you don’t.

Get out in front of the pack and race for the finish line. Be the first to discover a new trend rather than the one-thousandth to report about it.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      NMLady, thank you! I hope it helps you in the future.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      This is great information.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tiger, it is nice to see you again. I hope these suggestions help you in the future.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      There some great suggestions here! You gave me some new things to try. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ketage! It makes me feel good to know that my hub helps someone.

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

      When I run out of ideas of what to write I pop in here, this is the second time I read this hub :) voted up useful

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, in truth I don't much care about trends either, but I know a lot of writers do. Thanks again; you are a doll.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Interesting read, Bill! Now you've made me think. I do read a bit of news and check out the magazines when I go shopping, but I don't really make much effort to stay on top of trends...or find new ones. I'll be keeping this in mind from now on. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I love it. I've never been very good at following the crowd. I suspect that is true of you as well. :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Even better, start the trend yourself. Like, "give it a rest." Or "Sup?" Those were both mine.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, it's always nice to see one of my earliest followers. It's amazing how much of our culture comes from England. They obviously know something we in the States don't know. :)

      Thank you and enjoy that snow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I have never had writer's block and I don't understand how it can happen either. Watch, now that I said that, I'll go blank tomorrow. LOL

      Thanks as always.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bill, these are great ideas. I love England and constantly see interesting things going on. I never thought of that angle. I will give it a try.

      Thanks for the tips!! :-)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Once again, great advice Bill. With so many resources at our fingertips and all of our senses, how can a writer possibly suffer from writers block?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dwachira no, it is not easy at all. Maybe that is why so few writers online are successful. Besides my friend, the fact that it is hard makes it so enjoyable when we do actually hit on one. :) Thank you!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Bill,

      This is a great look on writing trends but i can tell you is not easy. I try to look for any trend that does not look newsy as newsy trends are short lived. I do agree, tapping on trends before it hit in writing circles can be hugely advantageous. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, I don't even have a television, but with the internet I really don't need one. I hope these suggestions help you. Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thank you once again. I really need to pay you a visit and I'll do that in a couple minutes.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paul, you just named three big ones. The baby boomers are going to be a hot topic for another ten years or so, and then what do we shift to? If I knew the answer to that I'd be a rich man.

      Thank you Sir!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Thank you Billy for again writing a timely and interesting article, which gives us a great ideas and once again you lend a helping hand. Voted up all over!

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Another great hub, Billy! I have started looking through articles for ideas, but I never really considered observing the Brits. I must be one of the few people on the planet who rarely even turns the television on unless it's the weather or a movie once in a while. So I am at a loss on that one, but I will definitely start paying attention to the rest of your tips! Voted up and useful.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Billy,

      Knowing the latest trends and anticipating what will be trending is so important in writing. Right now anyone who is writing about immigration, moral values, and what appeals to baby boomers to name a few should be attracting readers. Voted up and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I realized that, but it still annoys the hell out of me. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill they were not talking about me, it was about a friend who writes beautiful poetry. It just rubbed me the wrong way. Thank's for kindness...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carter! You are taking the path I'll be taking starting next week. More time spent on my craft and novels and less time on HP.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is a good one Billy..you make a lot of sense with the trend thing..it def works right!! I'm not writing much of late, working on short stories and my novels in my writing group but will keep this in mind for future reference. Votes ++..cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vinaya! If these help you then I am happy.

      Enjoy your weekend as well my friend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, you have presented the lists of amazing sources for writing ideas. I'm already using some of the source, and will try to incorporate your novel approach.

      Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pete! I am at a crossroads right now, trying to decide which route to take. My soul hates writing articles like this one; the pocketbook praises me for it. LOL

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great ideas here Bill, although I have trouble forcing myself to write about something I have no interest in, but you gotta pay the bills! Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it is a tightrope act we perform daily, trying to get ahead of the trends, or at least catch them at their beginning. My story about Boorman has a life of its own that has lasted six months since it began. We just never know, do we?

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I couldn't agree with you more. A couple of my successful Hubs were based on newspaper articles. A problem, of course, is that the trend won't be a trend for long. I wrote a Hub about teenagers snorting cinnamon. That was a trend about two years ago and I thought the Hub would "die", but it still gets good traffic from Mr. Google!

      Voted UP and will share.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      torrilynn, my pleasure and thank you for another visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      moonlake, you aren't the only one. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jainismus, thank you my friend! Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy! What need have you for trends? LOL Just keep writing the way you write so we can all share in the beauty of your words.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rajan! In truth, you really don't need these tips. You have found a great niche that you do very well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, most of my inspiration comes from the internet. I would be lost without it. :) Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      billybuc, thanks for the tips on which articles i should think about writing and why some readers like some articles more than others. thanks and voted up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Good idea but I always seem to be a day late on everything. Voted up.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great tips for finding new subjects for writing.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Another great share Billy and one which I am voting up up and away!!!!!!!

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You have provided enough to chew and think about Bill. I certainly enjoyed reading this.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great suggestions Bill. Always providing information which is thought provoking. I usually look through the Internet searching ideas that just come to mind. Jot down the possibilities and then narrow it on down from there. Passing on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...great quote, Suhail! That brought a genuine laugh from me. Thank you!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Yes, England of course, I should have known. First and second waves of heavy metal came from England to NA.

      Good advice to be aware of trends, but like Paul Valery (1871 - 1945) had once said, "The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I will never understand that kind of myopic thinking. Poetry is the beauty of the written language. Why would anyone want to disparage it in a forum? I love how you write and I think you should start a trend. :) You take care too my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great ideas Bill. I have been wanting to write a poem about people who ridicule poetry. I saw some pretty nasty remarks on HP forum, i never go there but was directed to do so just to read their remarks. I know it's not trendy but maybe we who love poetry can start a new trend, ' if you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all. ' Take care..Peace..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosika! It's always nice to have you stop by.

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      rosika 4 years ago

      useful article bill....tv, megazines and newspapers, all my favs, both to entertain myself and to get new ideas .....!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Jordan, you are welcome, and thank you!

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      Jordanwalker39 4 years ago from GA

      You have me thinking about what to write next. Thanks for the great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Casimiro, very interesting about Sweden and I did not know that. I wonder why that is? Anyway, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay....LOL...sounds like something I would have done. I can't keep track of it all my friend; hopefully these suggestions will help someone out there. Thank you for the visit.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      There's a lot more to Google Trends than just the hot trends page. Great place to discover what's trending, and for long periods of time, as well as researching the "trendability" of what you think might be a trend.

      It used to be, maybe still is, that Sweden was a social harbinger for the U.S. New social trends there usually took hold in the U.S. about 10 years later.

      Nice hub, voted up.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Again a great hub full of good ideas and tips.

      I thought about writing a hub on the plain packaging of cigarettes and the millions it is going to cost us tax payers in legal fees, when I tried to do a little research I found that although New Zealand is the second country to bring this into force this idea had been going on for years around the world. Guess I need to get my finger on the pulse haha.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, you just voiced my biggest problem. If I am to make money then I have to look for trends. If I am to speak my heart then money will never enter the formula. It is troubling at the least.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      I agree Bill that a writer ought to write about the latest, but then when does he really speak his heart ;)

      Money is the king and gotta get noticed.

      Good suggestions indeed :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kohuether, that is a very insightful comment. Since I will never be a trend-setter, I found that to be very informative. Thank you for that, and thank you for the visit.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 4 years ago from New Hampshire

      This is very insightful. For me, it isn't about trying to find/spot trends. It's about keeping my pulse ON the trends, and then embracing things that I actually like and chasing topics that really fascinate me.

      For example, if I page through Spring/ Summer 2013 Fashion Trends info from the runways and decide I really like the use of Japanese prints and kimono style dresses, I buy one of my very own ASAP just 'cuz. If the trend takes off, then I am way ahead just because I simply LIKED it.

      Another example: I got a popular hair cut 6 months before it took off simply because I got bored and told my hair stylist to experiment. She must have just learned it and was eager to try it out. By the time the trend took off, I was already sick of it and growing it out.

      To be AHEAD of a trend, it takes not only knowing what the trends are, but also embracing something just because you feel like it without actually caring if the trend will completely take off.

      A great place to spot trends is on twitter - they let you sort the hashtag trends by region so you can see what's going on everywhere. Also, I like to pop in at Google Trends now and then to see the top 20 keywords.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, a lot of times I'm pointing it out to myself. LOL Thanks for the visit my friend. Rain a'coming!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really good info and tips here Bill. You pointed out what is in front of our noses, but maybe we just were not looking.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, that's a great observation about the quits. Thanks for that, for any of my readers who are into quilting. As for kids....I never knew how dumb I was until I hung out with a classroom of kids. LOL

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Magazines are a definite clue especially in quilting. Take a look at the colors in all of the adds and you'll find the next fabric/pattern trends. Love that you added kids. My daughter never fails to remind me how out of touch I am. :-) Great idea for a hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, I realize I make it sound much easier than it is, but that is our goal as article writers. Good luck and thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas here, and yes I totally agree - " Be the first to discover a new trend rather than the one-thousandth to report about it."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Georgie, how ya doing? Are you feeling any better?

      Trends are a pain in the butt, but necessary to gain views, if that's your thing of course. I don't worry that much about trends mainly because I don't have the patience to do the research. I do look for human interest stories that I think will have a long life.

      Anyway, thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, i swear I'm going to hire you as my publicist. I always feel so much better after reading one of your lovely comments. Thank you my friend. You are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, that is one tough field to predict trends. Like you say, if you blink you will miss the next trend. It is interesting that you have never written a hub about your chosen field. :) Anyway, thank you and I think I owe you a visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, hopefully this will help you. I just toss this stuff out there and if it helps then great. :) Thank you again for the visit my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I love it, but I'm afraid I don't have twenty years to wait for my ideas to become trendy. LOL With my luck I'll become famous after I die. How crappy would that be? :) Thanks for the laugh this morning.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, I'm just searching for answers like everyone else. I do know there are a lot of views in the crafts area, but unfortunately I'm lost on that topic. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      NM, I have heard others say the same thing although I have no run into it. Obviously I have no answer since I haven't experienced it. Hopefully it is an oddity that will straighten out. Thanks for the heads up.

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      These are all great ideas! I sometimes watch the trending news items on Google, Yahoo and even Twitter for ideas. This can be a pain in the butt, because we want what we write to be "evergreen," but those trending items can be very valuable.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Our guru strikes again! What great ideas Bill. Being on the curve doesn't help, being ahead of it does. Your imagination and sense of good, readable subjects is certainly a benefit to you but I must say this hub is a benefit to all of us. Following your advice we won't have to "dream the impossible dream".

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Some good strong tips there, fashion is actually my thing in the real world, but I have yet to actually write a hub about it. I just worry it will be to short lived really, as it changes too fast!

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      You always have such great suggestions...I'm trying to find something to write about right now, so I will check out some of your ideas!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      How about I just make my own trends, and others can catch on 20 years down the line? Just kidding. I am not a trendsetter!

      Thank you for all of the advice. It is good to keep certain things in mind when writing, and you gave me a lot of ideas, and ways to get more ideas.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Good, solid suggestions, Bill. It reminds me of the age old advise not to keep our heads stuck in the sand. We need to pay attention! Love the photo of Tower Bridge in London. Voted up.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      I have spent some time thinking on this. The thing is, I am finding that what I post here is NOT being picked up by the big search engines. IF you ask for my articles specifically, you are still not guaranteed to get them. For example, when I put the name of one of my articles and NMLady in a search engine line I only get the older (as in 1 year or more older) that pop up. So, being timely may be moot! Anyone else having this problem?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, if I was bright enough to make every hub selection as good as Boorman's was I could retire on my passive income. LOL We both know that's not going to happen. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, I'm laughing at your comment....you are too funny! Wait for the rest of the world to catch up with you. Spoken like a true trendsetter. :) Thank you my friend. You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you for that comment. You reminded me that I need to worry about my niche and quit worrying about other established niches. Like you I never run out of ideas, but I do tend to get a bit scattered from time to time, so than you for giving me focus with your kind comment.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you, you wonderful man. You're always looking out for your fellow hubbers. There is so much to learn. At least for me there is. But I never, ever run out of ideas and I can see that by establishing my brand, my work is coming up on page 1 in search engines. (singing hubs)

      Thanks Bill for always having our back! Voted up!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Once again, you hit the bulls eye. Pertinent, relevant and so true. I wish I could predict trends, just like everybody else here. I end up writing what I'm interested in and I keep my fingers crossed that the rest of the world will catch up with me. :-)

      Thanks for the tips! voted up and sharing.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, a useful, interesting hub as always. I wish I could spot a trend! You give some good tips. I like your example about Arthur Boorman; you wrote about him because he sparked something in you which you knew had universal appeal. That is the trick with trends - if you can write about them in a way that makes your own interest obvious, others will read what you're writing about.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, the trick is to write about it just when it happens, or just before it happens. Otherwise every other writer in the world will write about it at the same time. Being first counts when talking about views. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, the things you mentioned are always good for views. I'm trying to find ways to get ahead of the crowd and catch a trend before most writers catch it and that is tricky.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I think Skylar needs to start pulling her own weight around there. The free ride is over for that young lady. LOL

      Glad you find these useful my friend. Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, if this helped then I am happy. I just toss this stuff out; it's bound to help someone, right? Good luck with that writer's block, and thank you as always.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Such awesome ideas here, definitely what is most spoken about is the way to go. Almost everyone wants to read the latest and updated news. Thanks for the well informed Hub on writing ideas.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Some really good ideas here that are under our noses. And of course writing about trendy things does bring views..just a slight advantage there I guess. Writing up people in the news is also a hot item and of course political arena..which is a daily challenge. Thanks for writing a timely and most helpful hub for all of us hubbers. Voting up and sharing.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Well, I took your advice and asked Skylar about any newest trends that might be good to write about. She just gave me a look, like she had no idea what I was talking about. Geesh! Two-year-olds can be difficult.

      Your writing hubs are very useful. Thank you for some great tips!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      bb, this hub was useful to me. I am suffering from major writer's block of late and need some inspiration pronto. Thanks for the tips.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Janine! I don't know what it is about the British, but we do tend to pay attention to what they are doing. :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      So true and loved your suggestions Bill. Also, quite enjoyed how you made the point to say to take a look at the British and then through the Beatles out there!! Great job. I have pinned to reference and of course shared, tweeted and voted way up!!