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Trending Searches - Helping Writers
No Man is an island
No Man Is An Island
None of us are isolated human beings. Thanks to the Internet we now have the world at our fingertips. While it may not always be a good thing, it is certainly educational. You can get a weather report for anywhere in the world, any time night or day. The same with news. You can find local, state, or world news, they're always there for the searching.
There is a diversity of subjects on the Internet. Did you ever wonder what an ant eats or how a bat sleeps? You can find it on the Internet.
Do you ever wonder what everyone else is searching for on the Internet? There are trends you can look up or follow as your heart desires.
One of the most popular search engines on the Internet is Google. We have even adopted the phrase, "Google it" when someone asks a question you can't answer.
The folks at Google know they are trendsetters so they have set up a page on their site they call "Trending Searches". It's a place where you can find what searches are currently the trend among Google users. I recently checked it out and for Monday, June 1, 2015 the top trend was Weather NYC with number two being Drive, about self driving cars and new technologies in cars.
Looking back to Sunday, May 31, 2015 believe it or not Kim Kardashian was the number one search, I don't know if I should say search item or searched person. Everyone's heard of Kim Kardashian whether they want to or not. Number two was Game of Thrones season 5 episode 8. Unless you have been off the planet for a while, I should not have to tell you about Game of Thrones. Coming in at number three was Windows 10. Windows 10 is the next, new Windows release from Microsoft so everyone wants to know about it. As you can see, searches have a wide variety of popularity. Each day a new list appears showing the current trendy searches. We are a fickle people and don't stay on one topic too long.
If you want to look at more answers to search trends in one place, Google has Top Charts. Top Charts classifies searches into Actors, Animals, Baseball players, Car companies, and Countries & regions, just to name a few.
There's also a Google Year in Search, Google Trends, and Google Correlate.
See, you don't even have to wonder what to search for, Google will let you know what's hot.
How do you think Searches on the Internet rate for writers?
Google isn't the only kid on the block. Bing is a well known search engine and Bing likes to keep you informed about trends as well. Bing's top searches are broken down into title followed by an itemized list. For example, one title is YouTube sensations followed by the top ten items. Number one under YouTube sensations is Sky Does Minecraft; number one under Professional sports teams is Seattle Sea Hawks; under Fashion Designers is Michael Kors.
Bing has Predictions Bing where it predicts what might be the trends for the coming year. It also has Most-searched celebrities, most-searched musicians and Bing Trends for the previous year.
Sample of Different Search Engines
Search in question form
To get answers quickly
Not tracking users
All search engines in one
Uses ten best search engines
Disney Group's Search engine
Being family friendly
Microsoft's search engine
Searches and Writers
Unless you're writing the novel of your dreams or the poem that has haunted you all of your life, you may be looking for something to write. Everyone gets hit now and then with the writer's block stick. A springboard to get you started is waiting in the Internet trends. What better place to look?
If you want to write about the fashion industry and narrow it down to women's clothing, wouldn't it be helpful and even educational to write about some of the top fashion designers and their clothes? Checking the trend you might find Michael Kors and Louis Vuitton. There's certainly a lot you can write about after choosing these two. Michael Kors designs everything from women's and men's clothing to handbags, jewelry shoes and more. What about the man himself? He was born in Long Island on August 9, 1959 and attended The Fashion Institute of Technology. Louis Vuitton is actually Louis Vuitton Malletier. Did you know the Louis Vuiton label was founded in 1854! Lots to write about there.
Any subject you write on leads you to research. In days of old it was off to the library where you would always find a reliable source. Now you can search on the Internet. That reliable source you had at the library is now at your fingertips. Beware though, not everything on the Internet is reliable. Anyone can post on the Internet and make it look authentic, even if it is an outrageous misrepresentation. It's always good to check two or more sources to be sure the information you are getting is accurate. The source itself may help you with this. If you are checking Time magazine online, chances are the information is accurate, but if you're checking Johnny Come Lately's site you might not be getting what you bargained for. Check the author of the site you are using, research him/her to make sure they know what they're talking about. You might want to see who sponsors the site to make sure it is a reputable organization. So, while the Internet provides a lot of information, always be sure the information is correct.
Originality in Writing
All of this information is certainly a help to writers. We can find things we've never heard of before and research them. Wouldn't it be interesting to learn more about the Large Hadron Collider? This might be an exciting topic, after all what do we know about matter's particles and forces? I'm just saying, there are things we can research and write on we never thought possible.
Now that you've found a subject through a search engine it's time to make it your own. I don't mean the subject itself of course, but how you write about it. What do you want to say about it? Do you like it? Maybe you can do a review about it or critique it. Maybe you want to use it in one of your stories as a reference point. Certainly your creativity can take any fact and use it to enhance what you are writing. You know the old saying, "the world's your oyster."
No matter how you use it, use it. Your own creativity makes it unique. Your way of writing makes it your own. It's your ideas that form your writing. Decide how much realism you want in your writing. Go with it. Let your ideas engulf the subject. If you run out of ideas, put it aside for a while. Do something else, and come back in a few days. You might be surprised to find it is more interesting when you return to it. Another idea might be to do a bit more research. If you're writing about dogs for example, you might want to research breeding or aging. Anything that gives you more ideas to help you write.
The key word of course is "originality". It is original when you write it yourself, with your own thoughts and your own feelings. No one else is in your head. This is your work and it's original. Check the Internet and write on!
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