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Content Generation Idea: Writing About Your Mistakes and Failures



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Content Generation Idea: Writing About Your Mistakes and Failures

Content Generation Idea: Writing About Your Mistakes and Failures
Hello! The other day I posted about how you can use your own success to come up with content for your site. By just writing about your success stories, such as the success you or your business or company has had. That could be anything from meeting and achieving small goals to something much bigger like securing new premises or connections and equipment etc. However, writing about your failures is just as good as writing about your success stories when it comes to using something to come up with content from that for your site or blog.

And all you really have to do, to use your failures for content generation purposes. Is just to look back at some of the decisions you made in the past that didn't turn out well for you. Or as well as you had hoped they would anyway! And then just write about what those decisions are/were and how they failed for you.

Your readers will like to hear and read about these failures just as much as they would your success stories too! And by posting about them, it shows your human side. It shows that you're not afraid to talk about your failures and people will respect that. But you would have to talk about what you've learned from those mistakes and failures and how you've changed too.

Here's a live case example. Why My First Blog Failed … and What You Can Learn from My Mistakes. That is a guest post by Ali Luke of Aliventures.com on ProBlogger.com. Basically, it's Ali talking about how she failed, and succeeded from her failures in his early days of blogging. And from that, we can really learn a lot! And the girl has some big Kahunas posting it too!

Because not a lot of people like to admit their mistakes and failures so openly like that! Most people are afraid to in case it leads to them losing some respect or credibility among their readers and peers. But if you read that, you'll see that the way she's done is to talk about what mistakes he made and what he learned from committing those mistakes.

And one thing she has said that is very poignant is near the end of that story in "Share your best blogging experiences with us in the comments, so we can all learn from one another, and celebrate our successes together." And that's what makes her posting her own failures in blogging such great, helpful and informative reading!

So don't be afraid to post about your failures that you've had. Whether as a writer, blogger or author! (All one and the same these days). By doing so, you'll not only be able to come up with some great content for your site or blog, but you'll be able to show off your human side to you. You just have to spin it in such a way so it's helpful to people.

How to Turn Failures into Content?

  • Think about the failures you've had in the past when it comes to writing, blogging etc.
  • Write down what mistakes you made and how they panned out for you in general.
  • Write down what you learned from making those mistakes and how it's made you better today.
  • Write down how it changed you for the better and what sort of things it lead to.
Do you use your own past mistake and failures for content generation purposes?

What was your biggest mistake and or failure and what did you learn from it?

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fishmonk

I do use my personal mistake and failures to generate some content sometimes. It depends on whether my personal experience has to do with my niche. If the topic is similar then I would be able to use this as an article. I try to be direct and straightforward on the points required for the content. There is no need to drag on about personal life stories due to the nature of my writing platform.



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JoeMilford

This is an inspirational post, I must say. I have most likely only learned from my failures. In our lives, in the most awful moments, we find out how strong we really are. it is how one rises to these terrible occasions which defines their character. As a writer, one of my greatest failures has been to be too self-indulgent and not conscious enough of the needs of my audience. Also, as a writer, I have been lazy, and therefore, I have missed out on good writing opportunities while my ideas faded and lost momentum. Admitting one's faults or failures shows a strength of character, and I can see how this type of blog would be appealing--i would read it.



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peachpurple

I have two failed blogs on recipes. I now know the reason behind my failures. I did several mistakes that had jumbled up my traffic and Adsense earnings. This is a good idea to voice out my opinion on my failure. Can I also write blog about my failure to become a chef too? I became a housewife instead which wasn't my dream occupation. Where should I write? In my recipe blog or create a new blog?



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Martinsx1

I understand how painful it is when you fail in what you set out to do, it gives you a sick stomach anytime you remember it. But take comfort in at least trying to start out something even though it wasn't successful. At least now you have all the data on what you did wrong and I'm sure you won't be repeating such mistake when you set out again on a new path.



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DarthHazard

I'm sure that there are a lot of people out there that are willing to read content about your mistakes and failures. It may not sound interesting at all to a few people but there are a lot of positives about writing about your mistakes and failures. Both you and your readers can learn from your mistakes. They can make sure that they do not make the same mistakes and failures and therefore can do better. You can turn those failures into a success.



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JoeMilford

I agree with you here, and I think that people like to feel less alone in their own failures, so reading about how others have made mistakes in similar ways in similar fields can help the person reading to get back on the horse and continue on after misfortunes have occurred. It is easy for people to be really hard on themselves in these types of situations, so I think that content like this not only helps the person writing it but it also has the potential to really help the people reading it to understand and gain some much needed perspective on what has happened or is happening to them.



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wiseagent

This post is very inspiring, I like to read post like this (and I loved the quote: "Your best teacher is your last mistake."), but I think this type of writing only fits within projects that target motivational content. So, it's a very specific content type that doesn't allow many ramifications and / or modifications.

Particularly, I don't do very well writing about content that doesn't let my imagination fly (literally). I like creative freedom.



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Corzhens

This is a practical one because we all make mistakes one time or another. When I submitted my first article to a blogger, it was 2 pages long but the corrections and notes was more than a page. It was fortunate that I love the niche so I didn’t surrender. In fairness to me, not much was said about my grammar. The most problem found were in the sentence construction and style of presenting the facts. I don’t remember how long it took me to reach a passable version, maybe 2 or 3 days just for a 2-page article. Writing is really a learning process and you just have to persevere in order to succeed.



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Kakashi2020

I do agree in what you said and sometimes writing about my own mistakes, travails and difficult situations in the past and how I've survived it , helps boost my confidence in writing and also the finish article can be a source of inspiration to other writers and readers.



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Martinsx1

No human being is perfect no matter how much such person tries to hide the ugly and sad truth, we all born flawed in one way or another. So, trying to deny it or hide from it doesn't make any less truth but when we learn to embrace our flaws and work towards getting better from it would be the only best way to get into being perfect from such a flaw. So, writing about one's flaws can actually inspire you.



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Martinsx1

Nothing teaches more like one's experience and failures, personally I'm more interested in reading about other people's failures instead of their success because there is a lot of things to learn from one's failure in order to prevent yourself from making such mistakes and experiencing such problems along your success path.



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anchoreztin

I also use my personal mistake as content but not to the point of oversharing personal stuff about me. Also I use my mistakes to gather strength and stand up. As a newbie content creator it is hard for me to keep up with the competition but I don't give up.



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jaymish3

I think that this is a great content idea. In life one of the best ways to learn is by making mistakes. Sometimes mistakes cost you in terms of time and resources. The other way/the shortcut to learning is from other people's mistakes or failures. You do this by talking to them or reading an article or book about them. This is a great way to generate content and to grow an audience. That's why the self-development niche generates billions of dollars per year.



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Kakashi2020

I do think writing about ones failures and accomplishments is a good idea. People do like to read about real life experiences and such content would be a great resource to readers, it could be the motivation they need to accomplish whatever they need to accomplish.



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cmoneyspinner

I don't so much write about my failures or mistakes as I write within my content that I did fail and make mistakes. Nevertheless I'm still going at it each and every day. My point is that mistakes and failures should never stop you dead in your tracks. I will continue on unless I get banned from the Internet. LOL. Content Generation Idea: Writing About Your Mistakes and Failures



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jpk0007

Well, I think that telling about your mistakes and failures can definitely be a great idea for content generation. However, it may be difficult for some individuals to even accept that they went wrong somewhere in whatever they did. If however, a person is able to accept his mistakes and learn from them then eventually he will definitely share it with others. When others learn from your mistakes and get benefitted because of that, they will always remember your favor



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