One of the hardest things for people when they finally make the decision to start a blog is, “I want to start a blog but I don't know what to blog about.”
Start With The Basics
For me, what helps me decide what I want to blog about is starting with the basics. I begin with:
- What do I want to achieve?
- What is important to me?
- Why am I starting a blog in the first place?
Also, don't let anyone tell you that you're a terrible person because you wanted to start a blog to make money. I don't think it's wrong to want to start a blog to make money online. I firmly believe that blogging is a very great way to make money. It's even a great way to supplement your full-time income or to turn into a full-time income to give you a lot of freedom to enjoy life the way you want. In fact, building an online business to create a life of freedom is exactly what blogging can provide for you.
However, if you're only blogging to make money, then you're probably not going to like it, which will cause you be inconsistent, and you won't have the patience it takes to find success with blogging.
On the other hand, if you want to start a blog because you want to make money online AND you want to be able to share your thoughts or passions about a specific topic, then you have something working for you.
Blog To Entertain Or Educate
The next thing I would suggest you do is to think about what you are passionate about. What do you want to share? Remember, blogging is a platform where we share our ideas with the world.
There are two ways that we can do this:
- Entertainment or
So, when you're starting your blog, something to ask yourself is, “Will your blog be for education or will it be for entertainment?” Once you narrow that down, you can start to think about what you want to entertain people with or how you want to educate them.
I know a lot of people who blog about their life and what they're going through. Honestly, even if it is sad or depressing, it still is entertainment. You don't have to get stuck thinking that entertainment is only cars crashing into each other or all Hollywood effects. Entertainment can actually be about blogging about some sort of sickness that your children are going through or some sort of mental illness that you suffer from. You can blog about those types of topics and it's still entertainment because people are consuming it to relate with you or find compassion around a situation that you find yourself in.
You can also write to educate people. Maybe you're knowledgeable about a certain subject like sewing, cooking, fishing, traveling, cleaning, or organizing your house. There are a lot of topics out there that you can blog about to help educate people.
Those are the two core foundations of a blog. Are you going to blog to entertain or are you going to blog to educate?
What Are You Passionate About?
The next thing to consider would be to find what you are passionate about. You might be telling yourself, “Well, I want to start a blog and I'm passionate about a lot of things.” Now, that's not wrong in any way. In another post, General Blogging Versus Niche Blogging, I talk about the differences between General Blogging and Niche Blogging.
If you say you just want to blog about your life, then, once a week you could write about what you did during the week with your kids. That would be considered a lifestyle blog meaning you just blog about your life and maybe touch on different topics from there.
One thing that I very much recommend to people who are starting a blog for business purposes is to focus on a specific niche that you could build some authority around. You're going to find it a lot easier to turn your blog into a business if you can focus in on a specific subject.
Don't be afraid to try out different things and see where life takes you. One of the first blogs I ever started was about five years ago which was about producing music. I no longer run that blog because I realized that I liked making music more than I liked writing about making music or trying to teach people how to make music. That blog was something that I transitioned into a different topic that I was also passionate about which was technology. And now I've moved away from that altogether and am on another topic.
Don't hold back from trying different topics and see what you enjoy best. It took me multiple tries with an online business to find out what I was actually passionate about. If you're just chasing online business to make money, you will realize that you're not happy doing it and that is the whole point of blogging. You want to do something that you love.
So, try out different things and if it doesn't work, that's okay. Move on to the next thing. I promise you that you will eventually find a niche topic that you enjoy writing about and are passionate about.
Once you are ready to start a blog, I've got full instructions on my website to walk you through the step-by-step process of starting your blog. These instructions are the way that I started my blogs and are very affordable. I highly encourage you guys to browse my site and even subscribe to my newsletter. Also, go join my Facebook group where we talk about blogging and sharing our thoughts and ideas. If you have any questions or comments, please leave me a comment right below this post. I'd be happy to answer you the best I can!