If you are a content creator, you are going to have days where you simply draw a blank. Days where the creative juices have run dry. Days when even conjuring up a tweet can be a struggle.
But it doesn’t need to happen for too long.
There are a plethora of sites and resources that offer odd, funny, or novel content that can help you swerve around a creative road block.
Bonus Tip: Use these sites with caution. It is very easy to lose an afternoon once you start clicking from one weird fact to the next bizarre story or weird photo. If you are taking a break to find some unusual inspiration, set a time limit on your search.
Days of the Year
Use Days of the Year — a resource of funny holidays, celebrations, and festivals from around the world — to create themes for your content. You will be able to find inspiration for just about any niche with a list that includes wacky holidays like Bad Poetry Day, Kiss and Make Up Day, and International Strange Music Day.
Bonus Tip: Use Days of the Year when planning out your editorial calendar. Schedule posts for holidays and celebrations that best match your theme or market.
Mental Floss Amazing Fact Generator
Everyone loves a good fact that makes them stop in their tracks. You can find those types of facts in the Mental Floss Amazing Fact Generator. Use it to quickly browse through unusual tidbits about history and pop culture. It’s a good way to get your brain going in different directions — especially if you spend too much time focused on information strictly related to your niche.
Bonus Tip: Good content creators should know a little bit about a lot of things. Mental Floss is a good resource for any content creator looking to expand their knowledge base as the site’s other resources (lists, videos, and quizzes) are a great place for picking up bite-sized tidbits of interesting information.
Odd Stuff Magazine
People are amused by novel and strange information — the more unbelievable the better. Use Odd Stuff Magazine to find the weird and bizarre stories that people crave. The site curates odd photos, news, lists, and facts from around the web that are perfect for catching the attention of your audience.
Bonus Tip: Don’t believe everything you find on the Internet — especially when dealing with unusual or strange facts. If something sounds too good (or too weird) to be true, use a reliable source and confirm that it is true before you share it with your audience.
You can find a full collection of strange labels, riddles, facts, phrases, jokes, crafts, and more on Weird Facts. The site curates and organizes their facts which makes it pretty easy to find something related to your topic.
Bonus Tip: People love to share crazy or unusual facts on social media. So if you use one in your blog post, put the fact in your social promotion and highlight it in your post so that your readers will do the same.
List of Common Misconceptions on Wikipedia
While we don’t recommend using Wikipedia as a source for information, we also don’t think you should ignore it completely — especially their list of common misconceptions. The collection lists facts and stories that most people consider common knowledge but that are actually not true at all.
Bonus Tip: Again, always confirm your facts with a trustworthy resource. When using Wikipedia, use the references and go back to the original source. Never cite a Wikipedia article as a source of information.
List of Unusual Articles on Wikipedia
Like the list of misconceptions, the Unusual Articles page on WikiPedia that needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The page links to all sort of Wikipedia entries that are considered unusual or humorous. It’s a great tool for finding strange hoaxes, funny historical stories, and unusual pop culture references (but you need to confirm everything you find before you publish).
Bonus Tip: Don’t ever just add random facts to your social stream or blog post. Make sure that the interesting information ties back to your theme. Building interesting connections between your topic and an unrelated topic is a fun way to show your niche in a new light. (For more ideas on how to create interesting concept connections in your content, check out the CopyPress guide for brainstorming.)
Despite what you might think, the Farmer’s Almanac isn’t just for farmers. From wedding planning to cooking to health tips and natural remedies, the site offers information that has been complied from centuries of data, history, and trial and error. There is a reason the annual copy of the magazine is North America’s oldest continuously published periodical.
Bonus Tip: The Almanac publishes a post on “Today in History” everyday. It’s a good place to find a fun daily tidbit if you don’t have anything interesting to share for the day.
Oddee curates unusual lists for all types of extreme, weird, or odd information. Topics include arts, science, home design, medicine, places, tech, and people so content creators in a variety of niches will be able to find interesting information that relates to their themes and topics.
Bonus Tip: Use odd information to support the content you are creating. Never rip off a list of information or simply rewrite a list in a different order and call it original. Instead use tidbits that you find to support your original content or find one item in a list and dig deeper and create one piece of content about one of the items.
For Unusual Facts
- 50 Really Weird Facts About Your Body
- 50 Facts About Each U.S. State
- 40 Weird Facts About the United States that Are Almost too Crazy to Believe
- 45 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day
- 40 Random Astonishing Facts to Increase Your Trivia
- 30 Weird Facts Most People Don’t Know
Want even more brainstorming ideas? Check out CopyPress’ complete guide on brainstorming and coming up with content ideas.