Coming up with a list of five things every week seemed easy enough at the start. Most times, it is. Some weeks, I just have no idea what to write about. I can’t just fallback on YouTube videos or music whenever that happens. I mean, I could … by my bosses may not love me for it. So, this week I wrote the Benchmark 5: Sites I Turn to for Writing Inspiration.

  1. Buzzfeed. It’s rare that a week goes by when I don’t see a Buzzfeed post get shared by 10+ friends on Facebook. Sometimes it’s easier to go straight to the source. These guys have their pulse on what it is people want to see on the Internet.
  2. Facebook. My friends on Facebook aren’t only sharing Buzzfeed posts. I go there to see what it is that they currently care about … or what they’re complaining about.
  3. Twitter. With Facebook, I can gauge where my friends’ heads are at. On Twitter, that sample size is expanded to all the news sources, TV and Film critics, comedians, musicians, etc. that I follow.
  4. TMZ. I know this sounds ridiculous. TMZ is ridiculous. Sometimes, I’m shocked about what is considered “news” on that site. However, it’s there because someone was interested in it. I can usually connect that thread to marketing or business to write a post.
  5. CNN. See? Actual news. It’s important to know what is happening in the world. Like the real world. Not celebrity nonsense.