Software For Article Ideas – What Happen To Our Own Ideas

Have you ever used an article idea software to generate ideas for your articles?

It is as if we have run out of ideas to write about.

A very good example of software available is known as Article Ideas. This software is produced by the same producer of Automatic Article Submitter software.

The idea of this software is to help you generate ideas about a certain topics that you want to write about.

You just need to key in a keyword of your topic and voila, you get a whole long list of information to write about.

Where do the software get all the information?

Apparently, it pulls in all the readable information from search engines.

So, just how effective it could be? Do you think this is a great way to write articles? What about the quality?

People are trying hard to sell copies of this software, especially in Digital Point.

Personally, I don’t see any harm in using Article Idea software to assist us in writing articles but…

What happen?

Maybe it is useful for article marketing but still, what happen to our own ideas that we generate from our brain?

Do we need to have everything generated from the software (i.e. : the latest technology) so that we no longer have to think? I believe that fiction or non-fiction writers will have to think hard about the plot, the characters and the word flow.

This is something that the software cannot do.

This also reminds me of how electronic tools are taking over human resource in terms of job placement (especially in factories – more than 50% of the production are fully automated by machines. Humans are only monitoring their progress).

In the end, what happened to those workers? The got fired!

The Solution…

My advice when it comes to writing your own articles, use your own brain.

Keep the software for your work related tasks (article marketing or similar tasks) but when you write for your own blog or writing a story, always use your brain to think.

Come to think again, this is also the best way to counter amnesia / schizophrenia.

Don’t let your brain sitting idle.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

How Do You Keep Track of Time

Time is the essence of life.

Time is also money (or gold).

So, when you work on a project, how do you time yourself?

Do you place a timing clock next to you while you work? Do you keep glancing at the clock on the taskbar of your PC or laptop?

What if you lose yourself in time?

Wouldn’t it be a problem seeing that you have no idea how many hours you have been working on the bloody project?

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have tools to help you time your working hours so you can concentrate on your work?

Help yourself with these useful tools. They help you keep track of your hours so you can manage yourself better. These are designed to help freelancers to keep track of time.

  1. SlimTimer
  2. Tick
  3. Time Assistant
  4. Harvest
  5. FourteenDayz
  6. PunchyTime
  7. TimePost
  8. FunctionFox
  9. Work Log and Activity Timer
  10. Time Tracker

If you are looking for something simple like a stop watch, try these:

  1. Online Stopwatch
  2. Time Me

Paid timer:

Time Panic – with 30-day trial

Know a timer that is as good as these? Leave a comment!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

When Writing is Boring…

Do you ever feel as if writing is boring?

Seriously, when you spend most of your time writing, it can be boring.

However, what do you do to overcome this little problem that most writers experience?

A word of advice, don’t give up on writing.

Ok, so that is not the most perfect advice of all but there are things you can do to avoid getting bored with writing.

Follow these steps and you will be just fine.

1. Don’t just write.

  • Read.
  • Cook.
  • Watch TV.
  • Listen to music.
  • Listen to podcast.
  • Go to the park.
  • Wash your car.
  • Feed your dog or cat.
  • Play a game or two.
  • Chill out at the latest cafe.
  • Talk to someone.
  • Do anything else that you can think of apart from writing.

2. Mix your workload.

Why work on the same project when you can work on some other projects as well?

You might have some articles to complete, a blog to update and maybe a script in the progress. Try to mix everything in a balance act and you will be surprised how interesting it can be.

3. Communicate with people in the same industry, share stories and experiences.

Self employed doesn’t mean you need to cut off from other people. In fact, for the same reason why you should connect to other people, reach out and get to know other people in your industry.

Not inspiring you?

Let me know what you would do.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Managing Clients – Focusing on One or Have A Few Clients

Clients – we can never live without them (as a freelance writer). However, getting the right clients can be difficult. If you have got your very first client, I am sure you are jumping up and down, feeling motivated to get even more clients in the future.

Here comes the question:

“Do you focus on one client or handle many clients at a time?”

I am not sure if you have thought about this before you get any clients but this is what you will have to ask yourself once you have a client on hand, since you might be thinking whether you should get more clients so you have more projects to work on at the same time (if you are thinking of earning more – your first job might not be able to cover all your expenses).

The key is to ask yourself, how much time are you willing to spend for your clients. Say, you have a client that has more workload and another that requires just a few hours a week to work on the projects.

What you can do is, divide your time according to the projects and have an overview of how many hours left for yourself to manage your personal life. If you are spending more hours on work and have no time for yourself, perhaps you should limit yourself working on a limited number of projects at a time.

However, when you take up more projects from several clients, you might want to consider this,

  • the quality of your work
  • your productivity

Why?

First of all, you work alone. There is no way you can spend more time on each project. When you have less time on each project, you will have to do things in a hurry, perhaps overlook the quality of your work because the main thing in your mind right now is,

I want to get things done on time

Take some time and reflect on your work quality. Are you satisfy with it? Can you demand a higher fee for your work quality?

The advantages of having many clients at a time:

  1. You earn more money (if you can do a great job).
  2. You earn credibility faster (your clients can spread a word about you and your portfolio grows faster).
  3. You get to learn to manage your clients better since you have to handle a few of them.

The disadvantages of having many clients at a time:

  1. Less time for yourself, more time for work.
  2. If you do not handle your work properly, you might end up doing badly.
  3. You might not complete your work on time since you have so much projects to work on.

So, it is up to you whether you want to take on more responsibilities or drop them according to your capability. After all, not all freelance writers can manage their work properly. It might take some time to get accustomed to working at home but sooner or later, you will be able to overcome it.

Any questions or comments, feel free to express yourself here.

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*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Losing Your Job – What You Can Do And Not Do

It is devastating when one is being fired. It is even more devastating when the one who is being fired has a family to feed. More people are losing jobs thanks to the recession. Every day, there are news about companies firing people to save cost. If you still have a job, congratulations. If you are jobless and reading this, all I can say is that look on the bright side of everything that falls upon us.

Latest news title:

598,000 workers lose their jobs in January

Not so new news:

Workers in 30s and 40s losing jobs at fastest rate as young families bear brunt of credit crunch

What You Can Do

  • Get enough rest. Stop thinking about your job loss. Look into the mirror and tell yourself ‘this is not the end of the world’.
  • Get a new job. Go online and search for jobs. When one door closes, another door opens. Keep on trying until you get a job.
  • While you are looking for a permanent job, get some part time job so that you get some income, even when it is not the usual wage you get from your previous job.
  • If you can write/design/do coding – there are many freelance jobs you can get. Check out the freelance writing sites to help you get started.
  • There are other simple part time jobs you can do. Depending on your geographical area, you can be someone’s gardener, baby sitter or dog-walker. There are many ways you can earn extra $$$.
  • If you are not doing anything, get some companions and go for a cheap holiday (if you can afford it). You need people around you to make sure you do not fall into depression and get worse.

What You Should Not Do

  • DO NOT linger around at home doing nothing – this will beat your emotion, you will feel depressed over time and it is best to have people surrounding you at this time especially your close family.
  • If you are a man, I know you have your ego, but you SHOULD NOT keep your family in the dark. They deserve to know that you lose your job and they will be there to help you through the tough times.
  • If you are a woman, you SHOULD NOT hide this from your husband.
  • If you are not married, you SHOULD NOT keep this from your parents or siblings.
  • You SHOULD NOT blame yourself when you lose a job. It is not your fault.

Keep these in mind and you will be fine. If not, you can always add in your own ways to beat joblessness.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂