The truth is, I don’t know.
So I googled the words how, blog, topics.
Some excellent blogs about blogging came up. Some of them talked about how to find popular topics to make money. Some talked about how to find subjects to write about. Some were descriptive, some were prescriptive, some suggested how to find the perfect match between you and a topic while some were trying to encourage you to just get going. Some provided actual titles like essay questions. I was impressed.
But I guess I was looking for something a bit different.
I was looking for the more mundane stuff.
Let’s say you’ve found the perfect match. Or the suitable match. How do you keep the conversation going?
In other words, you’ve decided to blog. You’ve even posted a few. How do you keep going at it day after day, week after week?
Here are a few things that worked for me.
The blog subject: Choose a topic that you really care about. It has to be a topic that you’ve liked/ been concerned about for a while so that you know that your interest will not wane in a few weeks. Otherwise, keep the topic fairly broad and let the blog take shape. That way, you and your blog will find yourselves grow together without the blog feeling too restrictive.
The post topics: If you’ve chosen a topic you care about, potentially any everyday experience or nugget of information can turn into a post. Nothing is too small to turn into a piece. Keep a journal, jot down points, make a mental note–whatever works.
The ideas, events, things etcetera: I think different people think differently. Some of us mull over an idea we care about in our minds and then talk about concrete things we’ve encountered as examples. Some of us note down the concrete experiences first and string them together later when the idea emerges. Either way, those notes, written or mental help.
The development: Not all ideas will develop immediately. Don’t worry. An idea might stay put in your notebook for weeks before developing or it might end up combining itself with a different post in an unexpected way. It’s important to lead to some larger concerns from your immediate concrete experiences or ideas so people have a reason to read unless you’re writing a private blog.
The planning: Find a balance between impulsiveness and planning in a way that works for you. If you are the sort of person who can plan your topics a week in advance, do it. If planning kills inspiration, choose a time frame that suits you so that you don’t blame yourself either for your impulsiveness or lack of it later after you’ve hit the publish button.
Reading: Read blogs. Read all kinds of blogs regardless of subject matter or similarity to your own style. Read popular blogs but also read blogs that may not be so popular at the present moment. There’s lots to learn from people. It’s a treasure house out there.