Face the fact – your blog needs to be regularly updated to
maintain its readership! Hence, you must always find fresh
topics to write about, and we’re going to discuss how to do
just that in this article.
We have discussed how to write attractively, so now we are
going to discuss what we are going to write on. The very
first option that I think a blogger should write on is a
topic that he or she feels passionate and interested in.
You’ve chosen to make blogging your career because you want
to escape a mundane job – forcing yourself to write about
something that you’re not interested in is as torturous as
as your mundane job!
The other reason I ask you to write about something you’re
passionate about is because your feelings and emotion shows
through your writings! If you feel indifferent to a certain
subject but still write about it just for the sake of it,
your readers will notice it. Remember the advice about
writing with a personality? Forcing yourself to write will
not establish a welcoming style at all.
Once you have chosen your main theme, start posting to your
blog about it and make it a habit to post at least once
every day, even if it’s only a comment on the newspaper
article you read today. Think of yourself as a gigantic
train. It takes a lot of effort to get you moving. First,
you might just budge an inch, and later trudge slowly on
until you finally reach your full speed. Then, it’ll take a
lot of effort to stop you instead!
However, no matter how well you know your topic, your brain
is bound to get exhausted over some time, so here are
methods to brainstorm for content for your blog.
1) The very best way to brainstorm is to see what other
bloggers have to say about stuff happening in your field of
discussion. And the very best way to find related blogs is
to use http://blogsearch.google.com/ or www.technorati.com.
There are other decent search tools too, you just have to
look around. From other blogs, you can gather more
knowledge on your subject and you can also comment on what
others have to say on your own blog!
2) Once you’ve established contacts with other bloggers in
your field, you’ll have quite an unexhaustible
“conversation” ongoing, so you’ll not need to actively
search for content to write about. However, if you’re still
stuck, search for news articles related to your niche in
the local newspaper or online through sites like
http://news.google.com and http://news.yahoo.com.
3) You can also have conversations with people with the
same interest as you in the particular niche you choose, so
you will eventually build up a bank of questions and
answers and interesting discussions to write about in your
blog. To do this, join forums related to your niche, but
don’t join every forum there is out there. Stick with one
or two with the biggest number of members or the one which
is most focused on your niche. This will also come in handy
much later in gaining traffic and generating profits.
Remember to keep up your momentum of posting at least once
per day (or more if you have a lot of content to write
about) so that the major search engines will know that your
blog has fresh content everyday. This will attract the
search engines to spider your page on a more frequent
basis, hence gaining you extra traffic.
Don’t worry about the paragraph above about generating
traffic and search engines, because we’re going to talk
about that in more detail later. For now, remember to keep
a consistent effort everyday and build up momentum like
that of a locomotive!