Blogging is a super fun hobby but it can be downright daunting at times. I started my first blog back in 2017, and with inconsistent effort, I was able to grow a small blog to over 1,000 visitors and 3,500 pageviews in the first year. Since then, with semi-consistency, I’ve been able to grow my blog to have over 10,000 visitors and 18,000 pageviews to my site in the for the month of March and still growing daily.
Creating a blog is not hard, but should be done in a somewhat orderly fashion to prevent putting the carriage before the horse.
What’s Your Goal?
Step 1: Why do you want to create a blog?
This sounds simple, but it’s sometimes not as simple as it seems to be.
Whatever your answer is, make sure that it is a truthful answer. Not the answer that you are expected to give. If you want to create a blog solely to make money, that’s just as good as wanting to help people. I know that sentence sounds kinda dickish, but knowing why you are doing this will help you later on. Take some time to really think about this.
What if you create a blog and it helps a lot of people, but you don’t make a penny? Would you still be happy with it?
What if you created a site that was meant to replace your income? What if the income was really high, but you didn’t feel you were helping people in the way you initially set out to? Would you be happy with it, or would you be that unhappy CEO who makes buku bucks?
What type of content do you want to produce that will make you want to get up in the morning? What type of business will have you burning the midnight oil because you got caught up in it all?
Step 2: Set goals that are aligned with you and your needs.
Take your time with this step. If it takes you a few weeks to narrow down your why, then so be it. Just be sure you know why you are doing this.
If you are interested in creating a blog solely for the purpose of making money and don’t really care what the topic is, check out the top money making blog topics.
What are You Blabbing About???
Ok, so now that you’ve figured out why you’re doing this whole blogging thing, you need to figure out wtf you are going to talk about. Don’t even think about platforms yet, or names or any of that other non-sense. Think about what you are going to talk about.
What information can you offer people that would keep them interested? Or how can you offer information in a new and inspiring way?
Some things to consider:
- What can’t people shut you up about?
- If given the chance to talk about any topic, what would it be?
- What hobbies do you have?
- What is your favorite thing to collect?
- Do you see a gap in the knowledge around a topic?
- Do you have a unique viewpoint on something?
- What traditions do you/your family have?
- Do you have abilities that you can help people work with or overcome obstacles?
I realize most of these are vague and don’t sound very inspiring at all, but there are so many possibilities.
If you’re always droning on and on about fitness, or makeup or something that you are always keeping up with the trends on. Maybe you view something in a specific way that others don’t typically see it in.. These are all topics that you can start from.
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What About a Catch All?
Catch all blogs can be a great way to start a blog. If you are truly torn or stuck on what to blog about, starting a blog with multiple topics can help you to narrow it down. These types of blogs are typically called lifestyle blogs.
Lifestyle blogs are becoming more popular because readers are interested in the whole lifestyle of people. Following celebrities and seeing more of their personal life instead of just their music, movies, tv shows, etc. is on the rise. People want to make personal connections and feel like they’re friends with you.
So how do you know if a lifestyle blog is right for you?
The way that I have found that a catch all blog works for me is that I have stopped doing it. Wait, what? Even in proof-reading this I had trouble figuring out wtf I was talking about, so let me explain..
I like to think of this method as “all the pretty things”. You have all of these pretty things that look so promising and enticing but you’re not sure which one to choose. You finally decide that you can’t choose just one.. you must have them all. (Get it?.. Pokemon?… nevermind)
To save you years and a lot of trial and error effort try this-
- Make a list of the topics that you think you want to blog about.
- Go down the list one by one and stop thinking about it. Ignore it for a few days.
- In a few days, come back to your list and ask yourself:
- How hard on a scale of 1-10 was it to ignore this topic?
- Did I feel a pull towards the topic?
- Or was the pull towards the blog itself? I find this VERY important to distinguish.
- Now repeat steps 2 and 3 but instead of ignoring the topic, try to focus as much as you can on the topic.
- Did you run out of things to think about?
- Were you still excited to talk about the topic or was it just blah?
- Again, were you more excited about the blog than the topic?
When you seem to be more excited about the blog than the topic, it can be a hint that you are just grasping for a comfortable topic to talk about because you want to create a blog. Take it from my experience, that’s not the topic to choose. After you have spent the days to weeks creating your blog, you won’t want to post on it. But at the same time this may be a hint that your topic is blogging.
If you are still stuck on finding a topic that you feel is right for you, then it may be time for some research.
Your research can include:
- Finding trending topics on your favorite social media platform (check out the 2020 Pinterest Trends)
- Using Google Trends
- Taking a hard look at your own Pinterest Boards
- Checking out the highest paying blog topics
If you are still stuck on what to blog about, just start a blog on a free space like Blogger and start writing. This is sometimes the easiest way to find out if this is something that you can stick with for a while. If you don’t feel comfortable putting your thoughts online while you decide, then start a file on your computer with your “blog posts”. Essentially you can create these posts but never post them until you decide on the topic, then you may have a full arsenal of posts to get you started.
I hoped that this was able to help you get started with your blogging journey.
Tell me in the comments below what topics you are considering!