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What would be a good blogging topic for a first-timer?

Asked by Emilyy (2133points) February 20th, 2008

Someone recently told me that I should start a blog since my “internet presence” is virtually nonexistant. I do agree that in this day and age, it would be good to have some sort of public record of ME out there. I know some people have topics, like cooking blogs, for example. But are there any fantastic suggestions out there for topics I could use to get my blog rolling?

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christybird's avatar

Everyone I know seems to start a blog when traveling overseas. My favorite of these was by the friend who went to a different Parisian cafe every day and reviewed it ( He had a nice format for that. International travel might be kind of an expensive way to start a blog, though, if you weren’t planning on it!

Do you have expertise in any specialized area? Cooking seems a bit too common, unless you can give it some kind of interesting, even quirky, spin.

vanguardian's avatar

you should do a topic that you are passionate about, but with a twist.

ezraglenn's avatar

something that won’t be too expensive to maintain (unless there is no such limitation for you, in which case, go wild). Other than that, make sure it is something you have a great interest in, or you won’t want to blog about it.

kevbo's avatar

My cousin has a pretty decent blog that covers a variety of his interests as well as his work and issues related to his field—everything from the voice recognition technology that his company provides to his incinerator toilet at his cabin to the anatomy of the perfect shrimp po-boy. I think the challenge is changing your mindset to recognize that your interests can become quantifiable experiences. Probably when you start out, you’ll be all over the map, and then eventually your blog will coagulate into distinct categories.

Also, I found interesting for a while (categories included his tech company, video games and reviews of snack foods). The blog has really slowed down though since he got married.

I think the most successful blogs, though, are the ones where content comes from a team of regular contributors regarding a common subject.

Do you find yourself playing the role of an expert or “go to” person for any topic/skill among your coworkers/family/friends? Maybe start with that.

cwilbur's avatar

Write about things you’re passionate about.

If there’s no passion in it, writing about it on a daily basis will seem like a chore, and you’ll stop doing it.

PupnTaco's avatar

If you don’t have something to say, skip it.

Vincentt's avatar

+1 for PupnTaco’s answer. I’d only start a blog if there’s reason to start one, not for the sake of having a blog. An internet presence is much better acquired at a social network.

Emilyy's avatar

Yeah, I feel you guys. I think I do have a lot of things to say, but I guess I’m just trying to figure out how to get started so that rather than just a bunch of thoughts from my brain, there’s some sort of cohesion to the thoughts. Maybe rather than posting a question here I should just be doing some soul searching. Anyway, thanks for all the suggestions!

cwilbur's avatar

Just start a blog and start posting. If you have something to say, you’ll find a way to say it, and you’ll discover the cohesion as you write rather than trying to impose it from outside.

biz's avatar

When I was little I used to ask my mom, “What should I draw?” She told me “Draw whatever you want.” But that didn’t help. When she would finally say, “Okay, draw a truck!” I would start drawing and it would end up being anything but a truck. Nevertheless, it got me started.

Why don’t you start a blog featuring the questions you’re asking on Fluther? Maybe you can post the answers you found the most helpful and let your readers learn about you and something new along the way. Be sure to tell us if you create a blog so we can read it!

bmrumble's avatar

Blogs focused on a single topic are good but that well can run dry quickly. I think personal blogs are really entertaining of the writer has his/her own voice and unique spin on things. Perhaps you should just set up a schedule for posting (say three times a week?) and stick with it for a bit to see what develops. No need to promote it until you see something cohesive forming from it. Also, keep a journal with you at all times and jot down any little ideas you have throughout the day and tap that when you’re stuck for topics.

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