Do you want to start a blog but don’t know what to write about? You’re not aloneI recently put out a Tweet asking for any request for blog posts.
This was one of the responses:
@skinnedcartree How to blog when you have no life/nothing to write about.
— Ida 💞 (@girl_importance) 31 January 2017
And here we are. Hello.
It might seem like many bloggers are always out doing stuff. At blog events, product launches, travelling, or even grabbing brunch at the new joint in town.
But if instead, you’re on your own at your computer every night, you’re probably wondering what you actually have to blog about.
Here’s the thing: because your blog is YOURS, you can write about what you want.
This means you don’t have to write about things you do on a day to day basis.
Think about it.
Beauty blogs: write about products, launches etc.
Interior blogs: write about home design etc.
Gaming blogs: Write about new games and consoles.
I could go on.
Not having a busy social life could work to your advantage with blogging as it means you have more time to follow the tips I’m about to share with you.
So grab a cuppa, read on and start planning:
Think about what you love.
Blogs don’t have to be about what you do. Instead, make them about what you love. Whether it’s music, games, computers, animals, fitness, self-improvement or something else – have a blog that has a niche and serves a purpose.
Once you have figured out what you might like to talk about, then it’s time to turn to Twitter, Google or Pinterest for inspiration.
Search for blogs that talk about similar topics to what you want to talk about. What type of articles are they writing? What do you like about their blogs that you can bring to your own?
Remember: we’re getting inspiration from others – not copying them.
Plan your content.
Now is the time to start planning ideas.
Pick 6 topics you want to talk about and give them possible headlines. When you’ve decided what you want to talk about, then start drafting the content out. Write some subheadings to get you started and remember to include an intro, an ending and consider a call to action or a question to encourage engagement.
If you don’t have a blogging schedule, or you’re new, aim for two a week and see how it goes.
This is where you want to use all the time you’re spending not socialising to reach out to other bloggers that are posting similar content to you. They’re likely to be interested in your blog if you have the same topics – so follow them on Twitter, reply to their tweets, comment on their blogs and start forming friendships.
Don’t limit yourself.
If you want to talk about more than one different topic, then do so. It’s fine to have more than one topic if that’s what you want to do. Many bloggers even have theme days, for example:
Monday: Beauty post.
Wednesday: Food or fitness post.
Friday: Motivational quote post.
Learn keyword research
Getting your blog seen is half the fun! So start learning about how to get ranking in search. These two posts on SEO tips and keyword research are a great place to start. Looking into keywords can give you ideas of other things to write about by getting really specific and well targeted keywords.
So if you don’t have a life, don’t despair. Blogging isn’t just about showing what you get up to on a day to day basis. I’ll be sharing some blog post ideas tomorrow, so don’t forget to come back and check them out!