I think that’s a fair question to ask a blogger. How do you choose what you blog about?
Do you ever ask yourself that question?
How do you choose what topics to write about in your blog? Do you choose to write about them because they are of interest to you? Or because you think they will be of interest to your readers?
Do you write about subjects because you are learning about them and want to share what you learned? Or because you are an expert determined to help others learn about what you know about?
Do you write about your hobby or passion, hoping to find others who share in your interest, creating a community and network of like-minded folks?
Do you blog about specific subjects because everyone is talking about them? Do you feel the need to share the hottest news and gossip, racing to be the first with the news?
Do you write just because you have to? Because you can’t help yourself? Because the words are rushing out of your fingertips through the keyboard before you can stop them? Or is it the feeling you get when you hit “publish” which gives you a much needed thrill? Do you blog because you can say “I’m a published writer”?
Do you blog because you have something to say, something you think worth reading? Because the information in your head is frequently requested and you know someone out there needs to know this? Or because you feel that the information will be lost unless you share it publicly?
Or do you blog because you know that writing is therapy and the process of sharing your thoughts, feelings, and story with strangers will help you cope with life?
Or is it for work? Do you blog to create a reputation in order to get a job? The job could be blogging or it could be something else, but the blog helps you find a job? Or is the blog your job and you blog to put a roof over your head?
Do you blog about the same thing all the time? Or does your blogging subject choices shift and change with your mood, popular trends, or the wind? Do you blog about a specific catchall topic, or blog within a very narrow field?
There are a million topics out there covering millions of subjects within each topic. Choosing is hard, but there must be some process of narrowing down what you will blog about.
How do you choose what you blog about?
Lorelle VanFossen blogs about blogging and WordPress on Lorelle on WordPress, and is a long time support volunteer for WordPress. Lorelle travels too much and reports about life on the road in Taking Your Camera on the Road and covers family history and genealogy on Lorelle’s Family History, teaches and presents workshops and programs, and writes for many blogs, ezines, and magazines.
The author of Lorelle on WordPress and the fast-selling book, Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging, as well as several other blogs, Lorelle VanFossen has been blogging for over 15 years, covering blogging, WordPress, travel, nature and travel photography, web design, web theory and development extensively as web technologies developed.