When creating your articles, it’s always ok to include the basics or fundamentals about how to do something but it’s not ok to expound generic platitudes to meet your minimum word count.
Platitude Defined: A trite / obvious remark or “A flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh and profound.” (dictionary.com)
The difference between a generic platitude in an article vs. educating the reader on the fundamentals is that the reader will see right through a thinly veiled platitude and reject your article as not being credible. Articles that discuss fundamentals often tell the reader WHY the various basics of the topic being discussed is important or what it will mean to the reader whereas a platitude is like a useless statement.
Some of our editors shared that an article that expounds platitudes are like statements that could be made by anyone without any expertise vs. a true expert who is defining the action behind the fundamentals about how to solve a problem or achieve an outcome in something.
Bottom line: Don’t be a platituder! :-) Instead, give the basic fundamentals and brief reasons why the fundamentals are important.