41. Get inspiration from seemingly unrelated niches
Coming up with good blog post ideas can be tough at times. But keeping yourself inspired by consuming content only from within your niche can be a double-edged sword.
- On the one hand, it keeps you informed and with your finger on the pulse.
- But on the other, it doesn’t let you open up to new ideas and perhaps try out new things that haven’t been tried before.
A popular author and podcaster, James Altucher says that idea sex is one of the most powerful things that a creative person can experience (paraphrasing). In other words, the only way to have good ideas is by having lots of ideas. And once those ideas start having sex with each other this is when great things/products/articles are born.
That’s why we need to expand. Read a lot. Watch a lot of videos. Do a lot of stuff. Allow yourself to consume content outside of your niche. This is perhaps the ultimate path to follow when starting a blog.
Tim Ferriss – an Amazon bestselling author – also sees value in allowing himself some freedom in this regard. One of his things, for instance, is reading fiction before bed. He’s not a fiction writer. It would have seem that reading fiction should be doing nothing for him. But still:
Do not read non-fiction prior to bed, which encourages projection into the future and preoccupation/planning. Read fiction that engages the imagination and demands present-state attention.
– Tim Ferriss