Are you experiencing writer’s block? Do you feel that you don’t have the faintest clue how to begin writing your first blog post?
When I first started blogging I had absolutely no clue where to begin or how to start. Choosing a blog topic was usually a reason to postpone blogging for the week. You know: writer’s block.
I would sit at the computer and stare at the screen, pondering one topic, then the next, and the next. I would then go on a binge search of other blogs in my topic and see what other mamas out there were blogging about.
Although this could have been a great strategy for finding a great topic, it just didn’t work for me. I didn’t have any interest at all in blogging about every moment of my life as a mom. (I tried that for a bit with my first mom blog, and soon became bored.)
“What to write about? What to write about?” Are you asking yourself what in the world to blog about? Here are a few quick tips for choosing a blog topic that will get you moving.
Write about what you know
What do you like? What are you passionate about? What are good at? What do you know?
If you write about what you know, you will seem more authentic to your readers. Never, ever feel obligated to write about subjects you don’t know well or don’t have a passion for. It will be very obvious that you are stretching to talk about a subject that doesn’t interest you.
When you share what you know, you engage your readers. You help them with your knowledge, which in many ways can be equated to virtual coaching. Even if you’re not a life coach or business coach, by sharing what you know with others you end up coaching them.
Write how-to topics
How-to topics, or tutorials, are great for sharing your knowledge and expertise when choosing a blog topic. Readers want to know how to do things. If you have the knowledge, you can show them how.
Some how-to posts I’ve done are:
- how to start a blog on SiteGround hosting
- how to create blogging goals you can keep
- How to batch schedule your posts
- How to create blog posts people want to read
The thing about how-to topics is that they never go out of style. Someone somewhere will always want to learn how to do something.
If you know how to do it, then why not share?
Write themed posts
For years I loved writing around themes. On my homeschool blog, themes work so well because parents are looking for specific types of information during certain seasons of the year.
If you find that seasonal themes will work for your niche, then you should definitely consider incorporating this into your blogging strategy. You could make a list of themes you want to cover throughout the
Themes can consist of: the weather and seasons, goals, emotions, food- whatever it is that fits in well with your blog.
Once you determine your theme for the month (or week), write posts based on that theme and stick with it until you feel accomplished.
Answer reader questions
Answering reader questions is probably one of my easiest ways to come up with blog post ideas. Reader questions are spot-on and let me know exactly what they want. There’s no second-guessing.
Remember when choosing a blog topic,
Answering reader questions gives you an opportunity to serve them in a tangible way- giving them more personalized attention. And you don’t have to just stop at creating a blog post. You could:
- Answer questions on Instagram
- Hop on Facebook Live
- Make a video for YouTube
- Send a newsletter broadcast
There is just so much you can do to serve your readers who have specific questions for you.
Have these ideas given you
Go ahead and leave a comment letting me know what your next blog topic will be about.