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After writing this blog for over four years now you would think I would run out of things to say and projects to post. If only I could get everything out of my head and into a blog post as fast as I think of it, I would have enough blog post scheduled full of project ideas to last for many years to come.
One thing I find interesting is other people’s curiosity about blogging. I get questions about it often whether in real life or online. I try my best to share without oversharing so no one thinks I’ve went off the deep end. Blogging or owning/running a website that’s personal is such a great thing for me. Sure I get frustrated with lots of behind the scenes technical things but I love it 99% of the time. When you can’t sleep for ideas running through your head, that’s when you know you are in your passion zone.
The ideas that turn into real life projects are what I share on the blog with you week after week for over 4 years. How to choose blog topics isn’t just about throwing every single idea I have into a blog post. There are certain things that I believe are more useful than others and other times when my idea just doesn’t pan out. If you are just curious or are a blogger (new or in a rut) needing help deciding on those ideas here is how I work it out.
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How to Choose Blog Topics
Share what comes natural.
This has to be at the top of the list. If you try to write post that don’t come natural to you, the blog will never work. For instance, I love food and love to eat but I hate cooking. Writing recipes and taking food photography would not come natural to me. Although, food blogs are highly successful and Pinterest loves food shares, food blogging is not natural for me.
What is it you do that comes natural? Things you do or did before you were a blogger? Share those things and you will be off to a great start.
Showcase your talent.
This one works great when combined with the first tip. What are you good at naturally? Think of things you have done for years. Things you have taught real life friends to do.
Most people go to Google and Pinterest to search for things they need help with. The majority of those phrases begin with how to. For example, how to glaze cabinets, how to cook tender chicken, or how to start a blog. You name it and people look for it. Think about what you search. Most often you are searching for the answer to a problem.
Write blog post that solve those problems. If you are a woodworker then you are more than likely good with tools. Teach others your tips to get straight lines. If your talent lies in budgeting, teach others how to budget for specific things like groceries or family vacation.
Learn something new.
Learning something new can help stretch your mind and creativity while also giving you more blog post topics. Try finding something in your blog niche and that you don’t know how to do. Try it and share it with your readers.
Your readers come to you because you know more on a particular topic than they do. You are the expert so you must always be willing to learn and grow in your craft.
Show your failures.
We all fail, even those of us who are seemingly experts on a topic. Make sure your readers know that you are not perfect. It will allow them to relate to you better and understand we all make mistakes. You know, like that time I totally used the wrong paint and had a BIG mess on my hands.
Blogging is such an interesting way to earn a living these days. The digital world has created many new jobs and opportunities that make it possible to have a career you are truly passionate about.
If you’ve ever thought about starting your own blog or have started but already feel stuck, let me introduce you to my dear friend Abby Lawson of Just a Girl and Her Blog, the queen of successful blogging. Abby and I actually started our blogs the very same month back in 2013 but she and her husband Donnie have taken their blog to places I dream of for mine. The knowledge Abby has about blogging is shared in her ebook and course Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook, which I’ve referenced many times. Next week (March 7th), she’ll be relaunching it with a ton of fresh, updated material geared specifically toward helping new bloggers.
As a way to celebrate, she just released a free blogging guide for “5 Types of Content That Will Boost Your Blog Traffic.” You will not want to miss this freebie, YES FREE!
If you want to start earning money from your blog, you need to read my it’s ok to get paid for you talent blog post!
Are you a blogger? I’d love to know! Share with me in the comments.