These day’s, staying on the cutting edge of technology and web design is imperative to competing in this industry.
However this can grow increasingly difficult with the workload of being a web developer. I mean let’s face it, we’re busy people. In the midst of all the coding, blogging, graphics design and meetings it seems like there is hardly enough time for shopping, cleaning, mowing the lawn and visiting with family. Not to mention finding content…
So I’ve come up with a few ways here and there to find inspiration and fish for content during my everyday routine. Today I’ve decided to share some of them with you, mostly because the Boss is making me write a blog and I can’t think of anything else to write about. So, I’ll write about the things I do for the times when I have nothing to write about arises.
Take it everywhere with you! Make believe it is part of you. Give it a name. Log things down like sites to visit, places to explore, objects to take pictures of… You know, just log stuff down that you randomly think about during the day as you’re “doin yo thang”.
Take photos of everything! Anything that stands out in any way. Anything old, anything colorful, take photos of people, places and things of all kinds. You may be able to use them as content later on. Use effects, black and white looks real nostalgic sometimes. I live in Tampa Bay where pictures of awesome stuff are quite easy to come by. Keep your pics organized in categories according to topic, not dated.
Create a Twitter and Facebook account and use them. Friend and follow other developers because they might just follow you too! Networking plays a vital role in today’s market and staying current in social media will help keep you relevant and build a network of clients, colleagues, and for the sake of the scope of this blog… Content.
When a certain project you’re working on becomes unbearably tedious and the monotony of it all just seems to make you want to punch yourself in the face, or someone else… Let’s not mention any names… Just move on to something else. No need to hurt the Boss. lol Sorry Steve 🙂 I love my brother. Anywhoo, yeah just find something else you can do that may be a little more interesting than that boring old blog, or that ten thousand quadrillion lines of form code. There is always room to get creative.
When all else fails, and no matter how hard you try you just can’t seem to move forward with what you’re doing, take a break. Clear your mind. Sometimes it just takes a fresh pare of eyes to see how things need to go and a little meditation can go a long way.
Of course I can’t give away all my secrets, although maybe in the future I’ll decide to share a few more. I hope you find these small tips helpful and thanks for taking the time to read this post.