How to Find My Area of Interest in Blogging ? or
How Should I Decide a Subject or Topic for My Blog ?
They are the questions that bloggers asked me last week. So, here we have long answer where I through some light on the importance of choosing the right subject for your blog (how to choose what to blog about) which I recommend you should go through but there is also a straightforward step-by-step answer. So those who have less patience, can click here to get the short answer.
Why It’s Important to Blog About that Interests You
Blogging is a subject which is on rise on internet and which has gained a huge popularity. Anyone who reads or listens about blogging, they also want to blog. The major reason for this is that most of articles and posts about blogging talks about money-making through these blogs. Earning money from the comfort of home is the biggest onus in rising interest in the field of blogging. But these articles ignore the fact that blogging is not a profession but a hobby. It was not the blog which created the bloggers, but vice-versa—the bloggers created the blogs. The only people who can successfully earn money through the blogs are those who actually enjoy blogging and writing on the daily basis. It is important to understand that blogging is not for everyone. Blogging calls for certain level of writing skill along with a subject to blog, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. The subject should be such that the writer has the capability to churn out good articles about it, so that the people can appreciate the blog posts. This is the basic thing in order to attain success in earning the money from blogging.
But this in no way means that if you do not have sufficient interest in writing, you cannot blog because many of the time the writing skills go unacknowledged. It is completely possible that, after being inspired from these articles, once you start writing the blog posts, you realize that you already have those writing skills and also the passion in blogging and writing. Even if you have never blogged or written previously, the blogging may turn out to be your love. There is no harm in trying if you are interested in the blogging.
To the people who are new to blogging or are thinking of experimenting with blogs, the biggest question they have is that what should be the topic of the blog. Every aspiring blogger has a dream or an aim to gain success in the field of blogging, despite their newbieness. The most important tip that the experience blogger can impart for this success is the right subject for the blog. The subject should be such that blogger should be interested in the subject and should also have good knowledge to write the credible posts on the subject. This helps in creating genuine, reliable and useful content for the blogposts, and since it is the subject of the blogger’s choice, there is little chance of getting bored by writing about the subject. This also ensures that blogger can write on that subject continuous. Focus on a particular topic is essential for the growth of the blog. This is one of the most important and coveted secret to the success in blogging world. This secret has given rise to the question most of the new blogger asks: how to know which subject the blog should focus on.
New bloggers indeed want to blog, but the biggest dilemma they face is selection of topic that is interesting to them as well as can help in making the blog successful. The focus of this blogpost is to answer this question of newbie bloggers. It is quite easy to recognize one’s area of interest, it does not call for specific investment, and it is not going to take huge amount of time as well. In my opinion, this is the shortest way to find that elusive topic to blog about. Let us get to the method now.
WordPress.com is a free blogging platform with two different plans—a free plan that does not cost anything and provides 3 GB space and a premium plan. In order to start the blogging, the free plan and 3GB provided by the platform is sufficient to start a blog and identify one’s capabilities. So, the first step should be the registration to the WordPress platform as a blogger. The next step should be the creation of blog. One will need to give the title to newly created blog itself. This title can be decided in two ways: it can be either based on the name of author or it can be as per the subject covered in the blog. Since right now, you are not aware of the subject of the blog, it is better to name the blog as per your own name. You are ready to write the first blogpost.
Now you must be wondering what should be written in this blogpost, what topic to cover here—but the first need is to write and not to focus on the subject too much. This first post can be about any situation, theme or subject. Forget about the mistakes you are going to make, discard the fear that the post might not be liked by the audience—keep out all the negative feeling; just be bold and open up. This is the most important thing for the blogger. If you are still unsure about what to write, here are a few examples for the same:
- You have just downloaded a new app for your phone, but despite its usefulness, the app is not exactly what you needed. Hence you uninstalled the app. But during the process you formed an opinion what more the app needs to be your favorite. You can blog about this, listing out the whole situation and the complete experience logically. The title for such post can be “The reason you should not install so and so app”.
- You have gone to a special place for celebration or vacation with friends and family. You can write this as a blogpost, by adding in some interesting stories and fantasies associated with the trip to make the post interesting. The topic for this can be: “what you like most about this hangout spot in your city”.
- Suppose you have gone for an interview, but unfortunately, you did not get selected, but there must be some lessons you learned. You need not recount your mistakes or bad interview experience, but you can write what you learned from the interview. Such articles need a level-headed and objective viewpoint so as the reader can empathize with your situation. The title for such post can be: “Promise me you will never do such things in a job interview”.
Since it is a trial phase, you can write about anything without any hesitation. You can focus on any theme whether it is based on your personal experience, or it is based on your knowledge. You can write a review or express your opinion or you can share your innovative idea and get feedback for them through this blogpost.
You should be careful while writing the blogpost, like you should not disclose the privacy in the blog—neither your own or someone else’s. You should not share the personal information on the blogs, whichcan be taken advantage of at later stages. Another thing to be careful about is that you should respect others like there should not be unnecessary comments about others. Foul language should avoided in the blogposts. Care should be taken not hurt the opinion and religious sentiments of others. One should not promote the subject and articles that can harm others or put others in dangerous situations. Rest you can write anything you want—be free, be happy and enjoy the process.
It is believed that one should write the topic one likes to read and talk about, or the areas one is more comfortable or knowledgeable about. Although this is true to some extent, there is no hard and fast rule that one would be able to write good blogposts if one loves to read that subject. So better is to experiment with all kind of topics so that no stone is left unturned.
The files in the blog should be organized in different categories, just like we organize the files in folders on computers. It is very important to categorize the blogposts and each category to have a meaningful name. The blgopostshould be filed in the category to which it is best suitable. The process of writing the blog post should continue for around two to four weeks or until the blogger has 30 blogposts.
Once the blogger has reached the mark of 25 blogposts, the blogger should review and self-evaluate the blog. The purpose of this evaluation is to find the posts which is loved by the bloggers. You can also find the posts, which are too long. Longer posts mean that you were enjoying the process of writing these. Shorter blogpost indicates that the blogger was not very interested in expanding the post and was ina hurry to wrap it up. The purpose of this exercise is to find the post which is enjoyed by the reader and by the writer as well. Next step is to find the categories to which these blogpost belongs. These are the categories where you can utilize your writing skills. These are the categories, which has the greatest potential for you as a writer and the reader.