How to Know What to Blog About


On my article about increasing blog traffic, a reader asked about reviving her blog. These tips will help you know what to blog about – especially if you want to take your blog in a new direction.

how to know what to blog aboutWhen I was struggling with what to blog about, I read The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles. I also read Amanda Lang’s The Power of Why, Maria Konnikova’s Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, and other books on how to think more creatively. I am almost always reading authors such as Seth Godin and Guy Kawasaki, and dozens of books on writing, blogging, and business.

If you’re a blogger who wants to make money but you don’t read books about business, creative thinking, being an entrepreneur, marketing, or writing…then you’ll fail to create and run a profitable blog. Blogging for money is a business for entrepreneurs who are willing to put time, energy, and money into their venture. Earning a solid income as a blogger is NOT about making superficial comments on blog posts in the hopes of increasing blog traffic, or stealing other bloggers’ work, or creating websites that are solely designed to make readers click on ads.





Here’s what my reader – a travel blogger – said on 4 Ways to Attract Readers to Your Blog:

“How do I resurrect my travel blog? While living abroad, I nurtured a blog for five years describing my experiences as an American expat living in Greece. I really didn’t know how to promote my blog (I was just doing it for fun and to archive my travel memories). When it was featured as Freshly Pressed (twice) my readership skyrocketed and my blog even went to the top of Google search. Now I have returned to the States but would like to rejuvenate my blog and try to earn some money on it. Any suggestions for keeping it going with a different angle since I don’t live there anymore? I just hate to see my blog die because I think the stories I tell are timeless.”

Ah, the timeless question – “What do I blog about?” That’s why I started Putting Parables Into Practice! It gives me a whole new angle and a million different ideas on what to blog about.

My tips to help you know what to blog about are inspired by The Parable of the Two Wolves…

The Parable of the Two Wolves

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old Cherokee chief to his granddaughter. “It’s a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.”

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“The Parable of the Two Wolves” image by libellchen via DeviantArt

The granddaughter nodded. She knew the wolf her grandfather was talking about because it was alive in her.



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“The other wolf inside me is good,” said the grandfather. “That wolf is patience, joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

“Yes,” said the granddaughter. “I know that wolf, too.”

“Both wolves are fighting to win,” said the old Cherokee Indian chief. “This same fight is going on inside you – and in every other person, too.”

The granddaughter thought for a minute. Then, she asked her grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

“The one I feed,” said the chief.

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How to Know What to Blog About

These tips – inspired by The Parable of the Two Wolves – are based on my own experience with starting 15 or more new blogs (I can’t even keep track of how many have come and gone!), recreating my Quips and Tips websites, and finding my voice as a blogger.

Feed the wolf of hope and faith

The most important tip on knowing what to blog about is NOT to give up! Don’t starve the hopeful, faithful wolf inside of you, the wolf that believes your blog is simply lying fallow right now. Don’t feed and give into the wolf of defeat, desperation, despair. Learn from me – I went through three years of wandering in the dry bloggy desert. I didn’t know where I wanted to take my blogs, even though I knew I wanted to keep blogging. Three years is a long time to wrestle with the “the how to know what to blog about” question…but I kept feeding the right wolf. I stayed positive and optimistic that my blogs – and myself as a blogger – WOULD be revived!

Write down three reasons you want to blog

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What Will You Blog About?

Figuring out your main reasons for blogging will help you know what to blog about. Don’t do an internet search for “reasons to blog.” Don’t blog because your sister is a blogger or you found out that I make a couple hundred bucks a day with my blogs. Blogging is NOT an easy way to make money, nor is it a profitable source of passive income. Why do you want to blog? Tell me in the comments section below, or write a blog post about it for your own blog.

If you want to make money blogging, read What Types of Blogs Earn the Most Money? Earning a living as a blogger changes the “how to know what to blog about” question significantly.

Take your time finding your blog’s focus

I love my “Putting Parables Into Practice” theme, but it took me a long time to come up with the idea. It felt like I struggled to figure out what to blog about forever.

Actually, to be honest I rarely struggled with knowing what to blog about. I had no problem coming up with ideas for blog posts. My problem was getting bored with writing tips-based posts (like this one) without having an overarching theme or focus. Since I don’t like blogging about myself and I don’t want to share my experiences as a foster kid, daughter of a single schizophrenic mother, ex-pat living in Africa, teacher of missionaries’ kids, half of a childless couple, failed writer, revived Christian, Big Sister….there are so many interesting parts of my life that I could blog about! But I don’t want to blog about my life.

This tip for knowing what to blog about involves figuring out if you want to write about your life or your opinions or your memories or someone else’s life or other people’s opinions or memories (those latter two options are boring things to blog about).

How to find a different angle to blog about

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On my article about increasing website traffic, my travel blogger didn’t just ask how to know what to blog about. More specifically, she asked for suggestions for keeping her blog going with a different angle.

When I added Putting Parables Into Practice to my Quips and Tips blogs, I did exactly that: I found a different angle to blog about. How did I do that? The bad news is that there are no quick and easy answers. If you read the preceding tips on how to know what to blog about, you know how long it took me to find an angle that satisfied my need to blog about something different.

The good news is that the answer you’re searching for is within you – just like the two wolves! I’ve always loved parables and quips and practical tips, so it’s a given that I’d blog about parables and practical tips for life, work, writing, and being in this world. For you to answer the “what to blog about?” question, you simply need to look within you. Explore your personality, interests, hobbies, passions, hates, values, beliefs, experiences, desires. Just like the two wolves, it’s in you. (This is both simple and extremely difficult. It only took me three years to find my answer).

Do other things in the meantime

When I was trying to figure out what to blog about, I accepted a full-time temporary contract position with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver. Then, after nine months there, I got my Master of Social Work (MSW) at UBC in Vancouver. That took two years. After that, I did some part-time temporary work with a couple of different non-profit organizations. I also learned how to play the flute – and now I play with the North Vancouver Community Band every Thursday night! But through that, all I could think about for those three years was how to get back into blogging without being bored as a blogger. My blogs were hungry wolves that I didn’t let starve to death.

What new, interesting, different, adventurous things can you do while you’re wondering what to blog about?







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For more ideas for your blogs or other types of writing, read How to Know What to Write About.

As always, fellow scribes, I welcome your thoughts on how to know what to blog about – or The Parable of the Two Wolves – below.


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18 thoughts on “How to Know What to Blog About

  • Laurie Post author

    Dear Shiyam,

    Thanks for sharing your blog, Christian Delight. I like the idea because I’m a Christian! I don’t write about explicitly spiritual or Christian topics, but I tried to weave in God’s light, life, and love in my blog posts.

    I’m not sure why you’re not getting more blog traffic, and I don’t do blog reviews. But here is an article that may help you:

    How to Get More Blog Traffic – 13 Blogging Tips for Online Writers
    https://www.theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/how-to-get-more-blog-traffic-blogging-tips-for-online-writers/

    I think the best way to increase traffic to your blog is to learn as much as you can about writing online. This includes knowing what people want to read about, what your strengths are, and how to be a good writer in terms of search engine optimization.

    Have you done any research or study into increasing blog traffic, or learning search engine optimization?

    • Shiyam

      I have done some study on that, but the ideas I use to get are random, its like I take a walk and see something and get inspired relating with biblical reference and use to write them either in a form of poem or article, you can understand it if you can read one or wo blog from my blog. And also I do not get it too often.

  • Shiyam

    Hey, your article was so much a help. I use to read a lot of christian scriptures “out from Bible” and use to get some super cool inspirational poems and stuffs I use to share in my blog http://www.christiandelight.com. I do not get much traffic. I wonder why is it so? For when I share them with friends before posting online they are inspired. If time permits just have a look at my blog and guide me

  • Laurie Post author

    Darlene,

    I am so impressed by how clear you are on your vision – and how grounded in Jesus you are. I wish I could attend your Bible Study. I don’t have solid answers for you because blogging really is one step at a time, just like a life of faith 🙂 And blogging requires faith, discipline, passion, patience, hope, love and joy…just like a life of faith.

    You inspired me to write this article – and attempt to answer your questions:

    How to Write Your Truth as a Christian Blogger – and Make Money
    https://www.theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/christian-bloggers-how-to-start-a-blog-jesus-christ/

    I wove your comments into the post, and used your first name because you used it here. If this isn’t okay with you, please let me know and I will change your name.

    Also…when you do start your blog, I’d be happy to link to it from that article! That way, you’ve already got incoming links and maybe even some traffic.

    I hope it helps…and please do feel free to let me know if you have further questions in the future. I could write a more specific article on how to actually make money from blog posts, because I’ve been experimenting with that for years (but I won’t be writing a new article for this blog until next Tues).

    If you and your hubby RV up to Vancouver, I’d love to meet for a coffee! The beauty and freedom of the RV lifestyle, I hope I get to experience it one day….

    All good things,
    Laurie

    • Darlene Harris

      Well, all I can say is “Jeepers!” What an honor to be included in one of your articles! I don’t mind you using my name, although it is a bit weird reading it. I loved the article and it was helpful in that it confirmed that I needed to focus on the aspect of biblical truths for life and inspiration for blessing others. In the near future, I can maybe start another one just for the RV side of life and be taking photos and preparing while I establish this one. As of yesterday, I registered my domain name and am working, struggling, breathing hard, and fending off throwing my computer to get my website set up and running. I will let you know when if I survive and hit that publish button. I really appreciate the offer to link it up with the article and I will endeavor to get the site finished ASAP so you can. That would be awesome!! Vancouver, huh? Well, if we ever come there, I would definitely drink a cup of coffee with you and hopefully laugh about being so stressed out and praise God for all He has done since we first met online.

      Thanks again and I will be in touch as soon as I publish the site.

      Blessings along with a virtual hug!
      Darlene

      • Laurie Post author

        Beautiful blog, Darlene – thank you for sharing! I will include your link in my new post. And I left a comment on your latest article about finding and using your giftings.

        The beauty of blogs is that they are a work of progress – just like we are. They evolve and change, suffer hiccups and even short death spurts (sometimes they crash and go offline for a little while). That’s one of my favorite things about blogging.

        You’re off to a great start – and I’m excited to see where you take your Rooms Filled With Treasures!

  • Laurie

    Darlene,

    These are awesome reasons to start a blog! It sounds like you have a great deal of experience in Christian teaching for women – which you’re also passionate about. I love the idea of living in an RV. That’s my dream, actually. And now with the internet and the ability to make money blogging, it’s totally possible to live the dream!

    Do you have any specific questions on how to know what to blog about, or starting blogging in general? I’ve been planning to write an article for Christian writers and bloggers, but want to get more specific. I welcome your questions 🙂

    I also love that you and your husband are planning in advance. Three years is a good amount of time to get your blog going and learn how to make money blogging – as well as learning what to blog about. I encourage you to get as specific as possible with your blog topic. Not “just” a Christian blog for women…but something even more niched and focused. Do you have any ideas for specific topics to write about?

    Blessings,
    Laurie

    • Darlene Harris

      Dear Laurie,

      Thanks so much for your reply and interest in my endeavor! Quite honestly, I am not too worried about the writing side since I have been writing devotionals and teachings for a long time. I know I will need to focus on keywords in order for the search engines to pick me up, etc., but I can understand that kind of stuff. What scares me to pieces is the actual setting up of the blog and webpage itself. I am not tech-savvy, nor am I a good self-learner in regard to computer programs. I learn best by someone showing me as I do it and then I’m good to go. So, any help in that direction would be awesome!

      As far as topics, I have some ideas on how to broaden the blog. Following the commandment Jesus gave us to love God and love others, I want to address both of these areas of daily life. Along with sharing my spiritual side, I also want to bring in everyday life topics that will encourage and inspire others to use their giftings to bless others. For instance, I am passionate about cooking (kitchen), hospitality (dining and living room), and again, walking through the emotional and physical plan to move from a sticks and bricks home into an RV (tiny rooms/home). So I would love to incorporate my passions for God and life within the same blog as well as appeal to those like us, who desire or need to live smaller due to financial reasons. What do you think? Too much or do you think the blog can handle it all?

      Thanks again for your time and help!
      Blessings,
      Darlene

  • Darlene Harris

    My husband will be retiring in about 3 years and I work part-time as an at-home medical transcriptionist. I also teach a weekly women’s Bible study group and have been helping women apply God’s word to their everyday lives for 30 years. We will soon be transitioning into permanent 5th wheel living and I have been looking for a way to make money from anywhere as we travel or remain at our home base that doesn’t require working within a certain period of time every day like my job now. I want to incorporate a blog both for sharing my Christian faith and our process of going full-time from a home into an RV, along with our subsequent learning/traveling experiences. So my 3 reasons to start a blog are:
    1. I believe I have a writing, communication gift that would serve me well with a blog.
    2. I want to share my faith in God and encourage others by bringing the Word of God to life through short devotional teachings, plus share our RV preparation/fulfillment from the beginning as we move toward retirement.
    3. I want to make an income to support us after my husband’s retirement.

  • Laurie Post author

    That’s great, Linda! Please do come back and let me know how it’s going. I’d love to see your blog, and learn more about you 🙂

    Take a leap of faith, and you will be rewarded. Share your message with the world, and you will grow in ways you can’t even imagine! Trust.

    Write like you have a message from the King.

  • Linda Sawyer

    Hi Laurie,
    A friend just forwarded me your blog and I really enjoyed it. I’ll be starting a blog next month, first one ever. I agree with your advice on giving it some deep thought and prayer. It’s taken me seven years, lots of prayers, conferences and meeting with writing groups to get to this point but I’m ready to get my writing out there.
    Linda Sawyer

  • Laurie Post author

    I love your blog, Laurie Leslie, thank you for sharing it! I couldn’t figure out how to comment on your latest post – maybe I accidentally scrolled right past the comment box.

    It sounds like you really know what to blog about, and you’re secure in your faith. That’s awesome, I am very happy you’re sharing the love, peace, joy, grace, and freedom of God on your blog. Thank you.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • Laurie Leslie

    Hi! I’m Laurie and I run a blog about faith and how to apply the scriptures through our lives with meditation on the word of God. I am trying to help women mostly who have lost faith due to life circumstances. Right now its just mostly quotes and inspirational writings.

    to answer your question

    1 I want to serve God.
    2 I want t help people.
    3 I love to write.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    You’re welcome, Melanie! I look forward to reading your new blog 🙂 Please do let me know when you launch it – and how you figured out what to blog about!

    Thanks for being here, Rahul, and sharing your thoughts on how to know what to blog about. It can be difficult to balance blogging for money with one’s passions – but it’s definitely possible.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • rahul

    Even i often wonder what should i blog about. There are tons of similar articles on the internet. And i have seen many write the exact same posts in different ways. I personally feel their isn’t any purpose of practicing such an habit. And there are also an another set of people who blog for money without passion. I think the best way to know what to blog about would be to write what we love the most.

  • melanie

    Thanks so much for addressing my latest question to you, “How do I revive my blog…? So encouraging! I have already pinned a few thoughts down and my new blog is slowly gaining some structure. You’ll be the first to know when I launch it!
    Blessings, Melanie