Figuring out what to blog about can be easy or hard: A blog is well suited to sharing information, documenting your life, exploring a hobby, or expressing your passion for a subject. The key is choosing just what to talk about on your blog.
Choose a subject that genuinely interests you. Don’t choose a topic that you think looks good to be interested in or will attract a lot a readers. You’re the one who will have to do the writing for the blog, and it really helps if you’re enthusiastic about your subject. That passion will shine through to your readers and keep them coming back.
For most bloggers, being successful is defined as attracting, keeping, and growing an audience of interested readers.Unless your blog is strictly for your own enjoyment, you’re probably hoping to gain readers. So, it’s important to consider what others might want to read.
After observing blogs for years, below are five overarching blogging categories that seem to attract the most readers.
1. Readers want to solve a problem
What do people get frustrated about? Do you have a solution?
2. Readers want to relieve their fears
What are people afraid of? How can you help ease those fears?
3. Readers want to learn something new
What would people love to do if only they knew how? What do you know that you could teach them?
4. Readers want to reach a goal
What are common goals people have? Have you set and reached some significant goals?
5. Readers want to be entertained
Do you have a fascinating story? Do you lead a wildly interesting life? Are you outrageously funny?
Now that you know what others are looking for, here are some tips to decide where your interests might overlap and therefore make a good blog topic.
Write for others
A lot of new bloggers fail to think beyond their own interests when starting a blog. Your blog should undoubtedly be an extension of you, but if you’re not writing for the benefit of others at the same time, you might as well just keep a diary.
Pick a niche
Instead of just writing whatever comes to mind, try to write around a topic. Not only will it be easier to stay on task, it’ll be a lot easier for readers to track with you.
Is this niche too broad or too specific?
If your blog’s topic is too broad, it’s hard to compete with and stand out from all the other blogs and websites in your niche.
Do you have plenty to blog about?
Choose a topic that you can write about regularly and indefinitely. Remember, you’re in this for the long haul. If you post once a week, that amounts to 52 posts a year. Three times a week? 156 posts. Five times a week? 260 posts. And that’s just barely getting started! Don’t choose something so narrow that you run out of writing fodder after only a few weeks or months.
What kind of site do you wish you could find?
Sometimes a good way to determine a viable blog niche is to ask yourself what you’ve found to be lacking online. After all, if you’re looking for it, someone else might be looking for it too.
Once you choose a niche, don’t feel like you’re committed to it for life. Blogging is very fluid and changes constantly. Being flexible and taking advantage of ways to be different will serve you well. In fact, expect it.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to find a blog you love…and then try to create a clone. One of the greatest things about blogs is that they afford us the opportunity to get to know the individual behind the blog. Blogging is part of social media because it’s just that: social. Let your personality come through. If you’re goofy, be goofy. If you’re feisty, be feisty. If you’re contemplative, be contemplative. Your readers will be drawn to what you have to say, but they will also be drawn to who you are. BE YOU.
Resist paralysis of analysis
Many people get stuck at this point in the process because they’re terrified of making the “wrong choice.” While a well-chosen niche is a benefit, one wonderful thing about the internet is how forgiving it is. Don’t be afraid to dive in and figure it out as you go. We all do that. Better to do that than to do nothing at all. Just go for it!
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