How search engines can help you find your muse
Looking for a good way to find your inspiration? Why not try googling it? Use a search engine to gather up good sources of inspiration for a particular subject and see if it helps stoke your creative flame. Sometimes the best sources of creative inspiration are far off towards the fringe of the googleverse so do not be afraid to travel to the very last search result page.
Go on and Google It
What does it mean to “Google” something?
I find it fascinating how in a short period of time a made up word can end up becoming part of everyday vocabulary. Aside from being the name of an extremely popular search engine and a very profitable Silicon Valley company, google is also a verb, meaning “to look something up online”. While the company that created it might like to add “on the Google search engine” to this term, “googling” has taken on a broader meaning encompassing all search engines that are portals into the information super highway.
The makers of this ubiquitous search engine choose the term google because in the math world a google is a one followed by one hundred zeroes. They picked it because they likened their search engine as a portal to many, many sites that can offer up information about the keyword that you typed in. When you “google” something (no matter what search engine you prefer) you end up with a long list of ranked sites that can lead you to you to the end of the digital universe.
When you are looking for inspiration on a particular subject, try initiating a internet search to see what comes up. What shows up on your query might both surprise and enlighten you. The internet is crammed full of interesting things and these engines can help you find the things you need in order to spark your creativity. That one informational article that explains it all or that one video that sets the creative gears in motion are just a click or two away.
Also, when you are doing your search, do not limit yourself to just the first couple of pages. Sometimes that one really interesting site that you need to spur your creativity will lie on the outer reaches on the engine’s page ranking system. In fact, one way you can do it is to start your quest for your muse from the outside in. Start with the last pages of the search result and work inward to see what interesting things pop up on the fringes of the Googleverse.