Christian Writing Tips

Top 5 Terrible Sources for Research

When you research to produce the finest content, your search engine results may give you the most popular hits, but not the best options. Here are the top five options you should avoid.

1-Wiki-anything

Wikipedia, Wikimedia, Wiki-whatever. Wikis are a collection of opinions by ordinary people. This means the uneducated, the mentally ill, the mentally-challenged, the psychotic, addicts, felons, teens, and the Russians can post as if they are vetted to answer. Wikis hold no accountability nor standard for truth other than a copy-and-paste-and-insert-my-political/uneducated-agenda-opinion-here. Do not pay these sites money to run their sham of regurgitation. Learn how to seek real sources.


2-Q & A Sites

Quora, Yahoo, and other sites that let you post a question for others to answer are not great options for weighing life-altering decisions. Your spouse, parent, or relative who cares for you could provide a better response about life issues rather than John, the handsome 32-year-old traveler who is actually a 15-year-old gamer who never cleans his room, rarely showers, and is probably becoming sadomasochistic through his bad online habits due to his parent's lack of discipline.


3-An Interview with Jane

Jane has worked as a correspondent for a few networks and loves to bash her opposing political party, but is Jane really the next party leader that people should raise up or is she just a troll milking her spotlight who will cause divisions. Unless you are exposing charlatans, avoid Jane and be a peace maker. Find a level-headed spokesperson. After all, blessed are the peace makers, and God expects Christians to know that the wisdom that is from above is first pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.


4-Social Media

Yes, the blackhole of misinformation, is filled with opinions. Oftentimes you cannot tell exactly who is real and who is a bot even if you happen to notice their sociopathic yet random responses. For all followers involved, it’s best to stick to reputable world news sites and respectable businesses. Otherwise, if you’re a bit naïve, you’ll find yourself sucked into a pathetic conspiracy theory or a creepy addiction. Likewise, some “influencers” buy and fake their influence with faux alterations using photo filters to surgical enhancements. Drop the worldly fakes and embrace decency and authenticity. 


5-Harmful Agenda Bloggers

All blogs have an agenda, but your challenge is to recognize whether that agenda is beneficial or harmful. Does the blogging agenda ultimately cause destructive practices? For example, ask yourself why a blogger might often post articles against parental involvement so children can be the leaders of their own decisions, which is illogical because parents who fail to raise their own children is the essence of bad parenting. Perhaps that blogger doesn’t have any children since he or she disrespects parental involvement, and why is his or her agenda hard-pressed to push adolescents out of the will of most parents who want the best for them? On another vein, does the blogger twist statistical data to mean something different than what the facts represent? For instance, if 10k teens died from drug overdoses at home during a pandemic, does the author blame the stress of the pandemic lockdown when logic would suggest that those teens had access to drugs prior to the restrictions and so they bought in bulk knowing they’d be stuck at home? Learn to analyze the data through logical angles.


Be an intelligent researcher.

Use the Encyclopedia Britannica online or find the set at a library, interview intelligent human contacts who have integrity, watch PBS history films, visit large history museums with historical documents especially those supporting Tanakh* evidence of Creation, use beneficial blogs, and study PHD journals for vetted information. Any information you obtain for free by those other junk sources, may cost you in the end.

*Chabad.org | Wouldn’t you love to have a Jewish perspective on their historical documents? This contains commentary from a Jewish Rabbi about their history; an excellent version to add to your mobile device home screen.