The methods I choose to pick the topics are several. I find that too often topics in the news do not present the entire facts or they present a viewpoint with which I disagree. In these cases I choose to write an article presenting my viewpoint but not ignoring others on the subject.
Another is to present issues on which I either have strong opinions or issues that have not been addressed which seem to be a part of society. In this aspect I address the topic in an attempt to address the issues which to some may not feel it is an issue at all.
Another method is news topics which surface providing me with ideas to present different perspectives which may not have been covered or covered in the way I felt they should be. I want to present my views and explain why I feel the way I do.
I also have a method to not lose the topics in which I have an interest by identifying them in a spreadsheet. In this way I can address the topic or derivatives of them to cover various aspects while writing on the same subject. As I think of a topic I add it to my spreadsheet. It lists the topics which I have completed and those I want to write for each site in which I submit them such as hubpages.