A year ago last month I took the plunge and started this blog. Since then I’ve blogged topics from “Do You Have What It Takes To Be Chicken?” to “I Died At Gate B4- 5 Tips to Pace Yourself On The Writing Journey.”
I’ve learned a lot with you this past year and I am grateful for your part of my journey. This week I will share a few tips I’ve learned along the way and some resources with solid information.
First, I’d like to give credit to someone who taught me a lot of what I know. Edie Melson covers Social Media on her blog and her new book “Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.” You can find her on My Book Therapy Chats the fourth Monday of the month at 7pm CST.
One of the biggest deterants I hear from writers about blogging is that they don’t know what to write about. Brainstorming topics before even starting your blog, or long before having to write one helps you to avoid writer’s block.
5 Tips to Brainstorming Blog Topics:
*Understand your readers. This is first and foremost important thing to consider before brainstorming your blog topics. If you don’t connect with your readers, then there is no reason to write.
If you write romance, then think of topics that fall inside of that. If you write biographies, think of fascinating people your readers would love to hear about. I blog about writing because my first book is a nonfiction book for writers.
*Once you have a focal point for your blog topics, brainstorm a list of subtopics. This is just a list of words or phrases that are topics in your focal point’s category.
Example: Focal Point – Mystery
Possible Subtopics- Unsolved Mysteries or Guess the Ending
*Brainstorm a list of recent personal life highlights. Vacations, conferences, family life (you don’t have to share names to share the fun), hobbies, etc. Connecting these to your topics will help your readers connect to you.
*Do an internet search to find out the most common Googled topics in the past month and make a list of the top twenty. This is one thing that will change frequently, so you will have fresh material to add every month.
*Pick the subtopic you want to talk about and look at the other lists for things you can connect. For example, if I am writing about perseverance as a writer, I might take a story from my family life where I have seen perseverance.
Another possibility is to talk about a contestant on American Idol and how they have persevered, or talk about how far you would go to have the most amazing chocolate.
One of the most important parts of this is to brainstorm each list separately without considering the other topics. This allows you to avoid the pressure of coming up with an idea right away.
What are your favorite types of blog topics?