The crafting of short and edgy titles is not really my forte, as any of you who have seen the title of my first academic article will attest.
So, having recently stumbled upon an interesting blog that described tools and apps for writers, I decided to test out one of the recommended title generators. What a hoot!
The results are not the kind of thing I’d ever have considered for titles of blog posts, let alone for books – oh, but some of them are so funny!
Here’s what was recommended when I entered the term ‘Nerdy Swot’, which is the basic title of my current NF education project:
- what the government doesn’t want you to know about nerdy swot
- 8 things the media hasn’t told you about nerdy swot
- 8 reasons nerdy swot will change the way you think about everything
- 9 reasons you can blame the recession on nerdy swot
- 8 unbelievable things you never knew about nerdy swot
- 10 ways nerdy swot can suck the life out of you
- 7 things lady gaga has in common with nerdy swot
- 12 reasons nerdy swot is/are the end of the world as we know it
- why nerdy swot is destroying america
- 11 ways investing in nerdy swot can make you a millionaire
- 6 reasons to be addicted to nerdy swot
- 10 ways marketers are making you addicted to nerdy swot
- the rise of nerdy swot and how to make it stop
- 8 deadly uses for nerdy swot
- 10 ways nerdy swot can help you live to 100
- nerdy swot dies every minute you don’t read this article
- why you should forget everything you learned about nerdy swot
- why you should give up sex and devote your life to nerdy swot
- 13 amazing facts about nerdy swot
- 101 unusual uses of nerdy swot
- the connection between nerdy swot and sex
- the most boring article about nerdy swot you’ll ever read
- the most incredible article about nerdy swot you’ll ever read
- why nerdy swot sucks
Now that I’ve stopped laughing, I’m a bit disappointed that there aren’t a bunch of terribly witty humans making up the titles of all the click-bait we see on the web. For a long time I wondered how they kept it up. It’s kinda sad that now I know.
But of course there is a silver lining. I have been trying to think of good ways to reinvigorate the kind of ‘funny’ that people said littered the writing I did in my twenties. This tool, it seems, is doing the trick as a weird kind of writing prompts. I am having a great day, messing around with content I’ll never use, but which is absolutely successful in drawing me out of my uptight formal writing style!
Before starting, I also tried the Hemmingway app, which said I was writing at Grade 11 level. Not for long, buddy!
It might be nigh useless as a generator of titles I’ll use, but I think the results will make great prompts to get me in the zone of ‘just a little bit ludicrous’.
If you’d like to have a go, you can find the Link Bait Title Generator, by Content Row (Content Marketing Tools) at http://www.contentrow.com/tools/link-bait-title-generator