Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Blog Topic Resources

Choosing a blog topic can be a daunting task. You need to pick something that will lend itself to lots of content, without regurgitating the same old thing over and over again. It would help if you can add pictures to your blog; personally, my limited photography skills tend to intimidate this idea. More importantly, you need to be able to share important information about your topic. Content is king.
~Books are wonderful resources for blog topics. I’m literally talking about picking a book and following it along, snippet by snippet, chapter by chapter. If you’ve ever seen the 2009 movie Julia and Julia, you’ll understand what I mean. In the movie, Julia followed one of Julia Child’s recipe books and blogged about it. She gave it her own personal twist and eventually ended up becoming famous for it.
~Scholastic studies are another good source for topics. Pick a subject you excel in and write about it each day. Provide tips for students and lesson plans for teachers.
~Everyday life is a wonderful topic. Create a satirical blog that helps people laugh at themselves or recognize community problems. Hey, comedians do this all the time. If you have a good sense of humor, use it in your writing and poke fun at life a little bit.
~Advice is always welcomed in the blogosphere, provided it doesn’t get too personal, remains polite and actually helps people with their problems. Take it easy with this one, as disclaimers must be stated clearly to avoid unexpected fallouts.
Life is full of blog topics that lend themselves to unending information. Choose one that you will enjoy for years to come. Blogs tend to hang around for a while once you get them going. Whether you want to use your blog as a personal internet diary, or help others with anything and everything in it, your blog will become an outlet of expression for you. Use it wisely, remembering that most blogs are fairly public and meant to be read by strangers. Any notoriety you receive should be because people enjoy your writing, not because they are shocked by what you actually wrote. Although, shock value does tend to improve page views. Just saying…