How To Create The Winning Angle For Your Content Every Time

by 9 03/28/2012

 Wondering what to write about?

If you are, you aren’t alone. Countless bloggers wonder the same thing as they sit in front of a blank screen and wait for inspiration to strike.

It’s an important question, after all; what you write about will determine whether your post will be read and shared, or sit in your archives, gathering digital dust, not being read by a soul.

And the sad truth is that far too many posts fall into the latter category.

Does that sound familiar? And maybe even a bit scary?

Well, I’ve got good news. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can easily and consistently pick winning angles for your posts…

The Blank Screen and the Muse

Is there anything more inspiring than a blank sheet of paper (or computer screen)?

In theory – no. They represent boundless possibilities, infinite options, and a real chance at genius.

Then you actually sit down in front of one, and try to write. Your palms get a little sweaty, your gaze starts wandering around your desk, and your brain starts running through all of the really important things that you need to do today – after writing your brilliant post.

It’s really hard to get started.

You see, when you sit down in front of that beautiful blank page, you’re putting a lot of pressure on yourself. The possibilities are boundless, and so it’s easy to be stymied and accomplish nothing.

That blank page is your enemy, not your friend. Because it could turn into anything, often we worry that the something we write won’t be good enough. So our brains start looking for something else – something easier – to focus on.

That’s how sitting down to write a blog post turns into sorting your income tax receipts, reading random blogs, or thinking up uses for your leftover roasted squash.

You’ve fallen victim to the myth of inspired writing…

The Myth of Inspired Writing

The trouble is that the inspired writing that we expect from literary (and blogging) greats… doesn’t really exist!

Sure, there may be a time or two when you get a flash of insight, sit down, and dash out 2,000 words of unadulterated brilliance. It’s a great feeling, as though something is writing through you, and you’re just a vessel for a pre-existing and desperate to be known idea.

But it doesn’t happen that often.

Writing is hard work, and so we need to hone our skills, practice our technique, and rely on processes that get consistent, solid results, without needing to wait for unpredictable flashes of brilliance.

And what’s the foundation of these reliable, effective processes? In a word: research.

Wait – research? Really? But that’s so… boring.

Let’s get something straight – research for your writing on the topic that you’re passionate about isn’t the same as research on the evolution of tax law in pre-industrial Germany (unless that’s your thing). Properly conducted research on a topic that you’re passionate about is going to be a hundred times more inspiring than sitting in front of a glaring, malevolent blank screen ever could be.

Besides you’re not researching to find ideas – you’re researching to find your angle.

Finding the Winning Angle

Finding an angle starts with the audience you’re writing for. That can be your own blog, or somebody else’s – it works the same either way.

“Blogs I write for? That’s where my research is going to be? Awesome, I’ve already read them!”

Not so fast, tiger.

You have to do a little more than just read the blogs. See, the blog content is your starting point, but not all blog content is created equal.

Look for the blog’s most popular posts – the ones that have done really well in terms of comments, social sharing, or whatever else the blog is tracking. These are the posts that the blog’s readers responded to the best, and so they’re the posts that you want to model in coming up with your own angle.

Once you’ve got a list of about ten or so of these posts, go through the comment sections. Read all the comments. Look for questions that readers ask. Look for the alternative viewpoints that they express. Look for arguments and discussions that develop surrounding the topic.

You’ll start to get an idea of what angles the readers of your target blog are really interested in and passionate about. Then all you need to do is find the crossover between those particular subjects and your area of expertise.

For example, if you find that readers of a blog on new technology get really hot and bothered about Smartphone apps, and you write about productivity, you can write a post about the very best new apps for increasing productivity that the readers are sure to enjoy, comment on, discuss and share.

That’s the winning angle.

Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?

Putting the Pieces Together

Follow this advice, and you’ll be coming up with winning posts one after the other that your readers will love, whether they’ve known you for ages, or this is the very first they’ve read of your work.

Of course, the angle is just a part of the mind-blowingly effective writing process that will get you there. It’s arguably the most important part, but still not the whole thing.

Like any other real trick of the blogging trade, effective and powerful writing is both and art and science; part networking and part content creation, part research and part creativity… which is why getting it right can be a bit of a challenge.

That’s why I created the Write Like Freddy Training Program that goes over, in depth, every element of mind-blowingly powerful writing, from the idea, angle and pitch, straight through to the writing and reader interaction.

If you’re struggling with your writing, and tired of staring at blank computer screens and sub-par traffic numbers, I urge you to check it out. And either way, take the time to research your target blogs and find those winning angles that will put you ahead of the pack.

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Danny Iny(@DannyIny) skyrocketed his industry-leading marketing blog to success by writing 80+ guest posts on major blogs in less than a year (earning him the nickname “The Freddy Krueger of Blogging”). Now he teaches others how to do the same in his Write Like Freddy blog writing training program.

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9 COMMENTS

Danny @ Firepole Marketing

Hey guys, thanks for running this today. I’ll be hanging around the comments, so if anyone has questions, I’ll do my best to answer! :)

March 28, 2012 Reply

Davalene Hirsch

Your article on blogging really helped me out. You are an excellent writer. Thanks for the ideas!

March 28, 2012 Reply

Mike (@michaelbrazell)

I think that this is a sound approach for producing content that is shared, rt-ed, and commented on, but often times, this produces the dearth of horrible internet content that we have these days from the likes of Gawker, etc., where for technology articles they seem to very literally put the most sensationalist spin on the most sensationless story, only because it drums up comments and traffic. While this is a solid approach for getting notoriety, we should be careful to not mistake notoriety for popularity.

Sadly, we live in an over-saturated blogosphere where good content is often drowned out by sensationalist, populist garbage. But, personally, I don’t think that the modern world is all that different from any other age in writing. It’s just something humankind has always had to deal with.

Good article.

March 28, 2012 Reply

Mathias

Good post, I hope it’ll help me next time cause I reckon that the page has a tendency to terrify me. :)

March 29, 2012 Reply

Gladys

When I first started out in our company, my position was as Researcher/ Content Writer. As our company grew, they omitted the Researcher in the writing position. When they did that, newly hired writers turn out to be more like re-writers because they do not do the research. Thank you for writing this post, it has stressed the need for the element of research in proper informative writing. Your post also proved that the idea of research and effective writing is not passe.

ps. consider this shared

April 1, 2012 Reply

Linda

Hi Danny,

Totally agree about the research issue being mega important. The only aspect I struggle with in this respect, is the researching of what others have written that is considered ‘killer content’.

Quite often I can’t see what everyone is getting excited about. There may be lots of commenting; heaps of tweets; and all the rigmarole, but too often it’s all just more of the same being regurgitated. Lots of back-slapping and nice things said, but nothing new added.

Wait – I think I’ve just found my ‘voice’ – enter the grumpy old woman of blogging!

Present company excepted from the above muttering and moaning, Danny – I have to say that when I read your stuff I see the added value and extra mile that’s been put in, making the back-slapping warranted!

Power to your pen… or as i would prefer, quill!

April 7, 2012 Reply

    Danny @ Firepole Marketing

    Hey Linda, thank you for the kind words!

    I know exactly what you mean – sometimes, whatever the “killer content” of the day happens to be, I’m not impressed.

    What you need to remember is who you are ultimately writing for. They’re the people who have to find the content to be killer, and it’s their comments, shares, and excitement that you have to go by.

    Does that make sense to you? :)

    April 9, 2012 Reply


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