Frequent blogging is one of the best ways to develop a positive web presence. But it can be a challenge to keep coming up with ideas for your blog posts.
Here are a few sources for current and relevant content:
Everyday there are interesting stories related to mental health issues, that don't make the headlines. Browse your favorite news sites in their Health or Living sections. You can also search by keyword.
Google news, which aggregates news from many different sources, allows you to customize the type of information you get, by topic, keyword and other variables, as shown in the video below.
You don't need a Twitter account to search Twitter for the latest tweets on any topic. Simply go to search.twitter.com and enter your keywords. For greater specificity add a hashtag - e.g., #alzheimers.
When you come across popular tweets in your area of interest, click on the links inside. Not all will be relevant or high quality. But the fact that someone has tweeted about it means that it was important to that person. If you see multiple tweets or retweets pointing to the same or similar content, that tells you it's important to a lot of people. Thus, it would be a good idea to blog on that topic.
Academic Press Releases
Universities and other institutions publish press releases about research conducted by their faculty. You can find some interesting summaries. Here are some example at the time of this writing.
Eurekalert (Social Science section):
From Psychological Science: "Uncovering a new angle on mental distance" - Why does the second hour of a journey seem shorter than the first? Research suggests that the answer lies in how we're physically oriented in space.
From Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation: "Head injuries can make children loners" - New research has found that a child's relationships may be a hidden casualty long after a head injury.
Newswise (Life section)
From Journal of Nonverbal Behavior: "Her Voice Is Hot, His Is Not" - New research suggests that men cannot intentionally make their voices sound more sexy or attractive, while women have little trouble.
From Journal of Personality & Social Psychology: "Feelings of Failure, Not Violent Content, Foster Aggression in Video Gamers" - The disturbing imagery or violent storylines of videos games like World of Warcraft or Grand Theft Auto are often accused of fostering feelings of aggression in players. But a new study shows hostile behavior is linked to gamers’ experiences of failure and frustration during play—not to a game’s violent content.
NOTE: News items and press releases that report research also mention the names of the scientists who conducted the research. You can contact these people. Most of them welcome interest in their work.
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