How do I pick a topic to blog about?
I have always wanted to write a blog, and I see other people writing about all different topics. I want to write something that people will actually read. What are popular topics; family, work, hobbies, inventions? What is a good platform to use? There must be a good program to use to publish.
I agree with the answers you have already received. First step is to clearly articulate what you want to accomplish with your blog. What is your goal? What results do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Once you understand what you hope to accomplish -- you will have better direction on what to write about.
To be a good blogger, you need to be knowledgeable on the subject, comfortable to express an independent view and have a flair for writing. You need to find out what topics excite you or you're passionate about, so that you can put across a competent viewpoint on them. There are numerous guides to make your blog interesting, such as adding pictures or graphics, giving reference to other publications on the subject etc.
There's no one topuc that you can guarantee for people to like. Rather, its up to you and your style and frequency of writing, that can make your blog successful. All the best!
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Look inside of yourself. What makes you excited? Sky diving? Training and running a marathon? Handling snakes? Writing a non-fiction book? Watching movies? Eating Snickers bars? Your mother? In order to write something to share with others, you have to write about what excites you. Do that, and you're on your way!
Actually, ask yourself this:
What does your HEART tell you?
What do you feel most passionate about, or what truly resonates with you?
What boils your blood or what cause in humanity most hits you immensely?
When you write from the Heart, the words naturally come out and energy flows to where your thoughts are, and where your thoughts lead to your heart.
What do you FEEL most alive about?
Write about that.
1. Its fun
2. Words flow out more
3. Creativity comes into play
4. And we get to know YOU, the writer from the words you choose and write with
Forget the topics and information overload, what do you really CARE about?
And take it from there.
LISTEN to your HEART
and then let the WORDS speak for your Heart
What interest you? what do you know or can do? what experience do you have? because it is best to write/blog about what you actually know about. There are many topics of interest and people change their interest every hour and so there is no sure thing of picking the right topic. As in platforms to use wordpress and wix are the best ones out there as they are for free "if you choose free, there will be some banners on your blog/site", out of the two, wordpress is more orientated to blogs as where wix is more orientated to webpages, also social media networks such as facebook, twitter, google+ and many others are great ways to start and test your topic/blog as to see what feedback you get. If you have got something to say or share, put it out there and see what happens.
Six things to get you blogging...
Firstly, a lot of what I would have said has already been said, but WordPress is a fine platform to use [I use it], but you could also use something like medium that has an existing intrinsic following.
To answer your main question you can blog about anything, even how depressing you find the world, and you will get followers, as long as you do it well!
The thing to remember is that what you are doing is creative, so really it's more a case of finding what works for you, and the people who follow your work than any rigid guide to blogging, but in the mean time here are 6 simple rules to get you started...
1) Every post should have a clear message: A blog post, like any other piece of writing, should encapsulate a complete thought or idea. It really doesn't matter what it's about, your cat dying, your family holiday, as long as it's about something the reader can understand in a way they can follow.
2) You don't have to make a point, but it helps: The first lesson every writer learns is have a beginning, middle, and end. Blogging is no different, although it's a much more fluid concept, but we'll get into that next.
3) Don't limit yourself to the written word: A blog can use just about anything to convey it's message. The use of video, images, audio [usually refereed to as a pod cast] and other interactive content is actually a good idea. Studies have shown that people are for more likely to engage with interactive content like video than words alone. 55% of users spend less than 15 seconds assessing your site, so you need to grab them right off the bat.
4) Write with your own voice: What ever you do and however you do it, do it your way. Don't try to engage though clever gimmicks that feel unnatural. If it feels weird when your creating it, it will feel wrong to the user.
5) Write about what you know and love: As obvious as this sounds it's possibly the number one mistake people make when setting out to create a blog. If your not genuinely interested in the material, no one else will be, so make it something you're passionate about. If you've never been homeless, or travelled the world, no amount of research will make up for that in what you present.
6) Post regularly: I can't stress this enough! It's not enough to have met all the above if you don't do it in a predictable schedule. People who read blogs are very much creatures of habit, and there not going to drop by your blog on the off chance that you've posted something.They also have a very short memory's, so post on a regular basis. It doesn't matter weather it's every week, every month, or even every year, as long as it happens every time...
Rounding this up I would say that it's not enough to just keep it short and snappy, you need to convey that fact in your title. "Six things to start you blogging..." a great post because firstly blogging is something I love, the post has a definite purpose and follows a flow, and more importantly in conveys it's length in the tittle. When I read 6 things I know I'm not getting six pages, I intuitively understand that I'm getting a bullet point list, and it will have a finite amount of information.
"How to start blogging" on the other hand might well have gone on for six pages, and no one except your most die hard fan will read it...
Good luck, and most importantly, have fun with it...
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There are already many good answers here. And I also agree with some answers that you have already received from the other users.
According to my opinion, you can ask yourself, what you want to write & what is your interest area? If you have clearly known what is the goal of your blog? Then choose the same that your heart says. Once you know all of these things, after that you will have to go the better direction/field on what to write.
To blog you can choose Wordpress or Blogspot platform. You have the option to choose the free & paid version. WordPress gives you more compared to Blogspot. In wordpress platform you complete control on your blog and you have many options to custom your theme.
Anna Kendrik has a geat blog or maybe not because that was years ago since I checked but it was outstanding nonetheless
You can get an blog topic ideas via Hootsuite blog post topic generator here: www.hubspot.com/blog-topic-generator and you can also keep an eye on latest social media talk related to online marketing, seo, sem.
It depends on who your target audience is. I would determine who I'm trying to reach, and what my purpose is. Do I want to help with their problems? Do I want to educate them, sharing my knowledge and expertise in areas that are relevant to them? I use and highly recommend Wordpress as a blogging site.
I think you have found your subject. How to pick a topic to blog about.
What are your clients talking about the most?
Develop your own personal mission and vision statement and then start blogging in linked in or create space etc.....
If you have to ask, you need to not blog. Newsweek doesn't ask what stories to chase. They have a purpose. You have no purpose.