Do you struggle with coming up with blogging topics?
Hey, I wouldn’t be honest if I said that blogging is such a breeze, I could do it in my sleep. Or when I’m sleep-deprived.
There are times when blogging topics come to me in bunches. I could be sitting at my desk, and one thought triggers another, and before I know it, I have six or seven or even ten new blogging topics.
I love those times.
But then there are also the other times. You know, when my fountain of creativity has run dry.
There have been times when I’ve followed my advice and set up a blogging calendar. I’ve used Excel to track my topics, an online app, a scrap of paper floating around my desk, or just a Word doc to keep all of my blog topics organized.
But lately, I seem to be a seat-of-my-pants type of blogger. During these times, I tend to write about whatever is up with me whether there’s something new in social media I’m trying to learn or certain issues that keep cropping up.
I know that other authors have this problem too because they’ve asked me for advice on what to blog about.
When we publish our first book, especially if it’s a nonfiction book, we think we’ve said everything we can on the topic. Then we find out that we need an author website and blog. So we wonder, should I write about my cancer, my trip to the Bahamas, or my garden?
The answer to that question is that it depends. If you wrote a gardening book, it would make sense to write about your garden in its current state. If you wrote a memoir about surviving cancer, then you might want to write about your cancer treatments.
But if you wrote a novel intended for middle-grade kids, well, unless the book has a character facing cancer, then it would make no sense to write about cancer.
To help new and veteran bloggers who are Indie marketers and struggling what to do with a blog, I created this list of potential blog topics for you. It’s not exhaustive by any means, but it’s designed to at least get you started.
Blogging Topics for Nonfiction Writers
- If you wrote a book about how to become a better leader/entrepreneur/business owner, write a series of blog posts that outline the success of a variety of well-known business leaders from Steve Jobs to Richard Branson. Analyze their success, trying to find common threads.
- Contact successful business people –in your community and elsewhere– and ask them if you can interview them about steps that led to their success.
- Is your book about surviving cancer or living with diabetes or another chronic condition? Keep up with advances in treatment and profile people who are living well despite their diagnoses.
- Regardless of your niche – be it grammar or engineering – continue your education in your field, keeping up with the latest advancements. Then write about changes in your niche so that your readership can keep up with the latest trends as well. Include interviews and analyses. Write a post that lists other blogs writing about a new development or write a glossary of terms that your readers need to be familiar with.
- Make lists of your favorite nonfiction blogs in your niche and influencers you follow on Twitter.
- Write about your favorite books in your niche written by other authors.
Do all that you can to continue your learning curve so that you can simultaneously help your readers with their continued education in your niche.
Blogging Topics for Fiction Writers
If you write fiction, you will have fun exploring potential topics. Write about:
- The character you killed. Explain why you removed him/her from the story.
- The genesis of the story. How did you come up with your idea for your novel, novella, or short story?
- How you determined your characters’ names.
- Your protagonist’s favorite meal, food, or flowers.
- Your first public reading. Were you nervous? Was it well attended?
- An alternative ending to the story that you considered. Ask for feedback from your readers.
- An obstacle you encountered while writing the book or story. How did you overcome it? How did the obstacle affect the story itself?
- The parents of your characters if they didn’t figure in the story.
- An illness one of the characters suffered from. Why did you assign that condition to that character?
- A scene that you removed from the story. Explain why you deleted it.
- Why you chose a particular socio-economic class for your characters?
- Your writing process. What time of day do you write and what’s your routine?
- How old you were when you first began to write and what that felt like.
- Your favorite authors and why you love their books.
- Which author you would most like to emulate.
- Who has been your major supporter as a writer?
- How your love of reading grew into a love of writing if that’s the case.
- Other genres you dabble in, such as poetry. Don’t hesitate to publish some of your poems as part of a blog post.
- If you wrote a political novel and you have traveled to the country or area where your story takes place, share some of your photographs you took and write about your visit there. What did you learn during your trip and how did you apply that knowledge to your story?
- Write about your publishing process. Did you look for an agent? Did you create your cover? Was the self-publishing process arduous or did you have help? Do you have suggestions for your readers who might also be writers wanting to publish someday?
- Books by some of your colleagues.
- Your struggle with writing sometimes.
- Write about your favorite author and include quotes by that author.
Blogging Topics for Poets
Here are some ideas for poets who blog.
- Which poet(s) influenced you the most in your writing and why?
- Discuss your imagery. Help your readers (like me) to understand references that might otherwise be obscure.
- Are you participating in a Slam? Use a Camcorder to videotape it and use the video as your post.
- Host a contest by giving your readers a challenge. Give them four words to use in a poem and ask them to submit their entries. Judge their poems and award prizes.
- Describe your experience at a poetry reading. In fact, you might also want to create a recording of it and include it on your blog, so your readers can hear your voice.
- Did Billy Collins recently visit your town? Write about your experience hearing him in person. What was he like? How did the crowd respond to him? Write about your experience hearing other poets as well.
- Write about your writing process. Do you write every morning? What’s your routine like?
- If you meditate, write about how mindfulness enhances your poetry.
- Write about the story behind the poem.
- If you also write short stories or novels, explain how poetry enhances your prose.
- How do the outdoors inspire your poetry?
Blogging Topics for Authors Who Write for Kids
If you’re an author who writes for the younger audience, here are some topics for you.
- Explain why you became a picture book, middle-grade, or young adult author.
- What was your experience as a reader when you read books intended for the age you write for now?
- Which authors in your genre do you love to read, and why?
- Discuss the importance of reading at any age.
- Take pictures of your audience at a recent reading and describe how it felt to read some of your stories to the kids.
- Write about new advances in how we teach kids to read.
- If you write picture books, explain to parents recent studies that back the importance of reading to their kids starting at a very early age.
- If you write for the young adult market, describe what you were like when you were in high school.
- Write about what inspires you most in life.
- Explain the importance of volunteering in the community and include information about a volunteer post you recently held. Include photos of your volunteering.
Finally, query your readers. Use Survey Monkey to find out what they want to read on your blog and then tailor your posts to their preferences.
Please continue this list of blog topics for writers in the comments below.