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LET’S FIGURE OUT WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT
You’ve been going back and forth for months – maybe even years! You’ve been debating whether or not to stata blog. You wonder can you really do it? Can you find an hour or so each day in between the laundry, kids and housework to blog? Can you make money off your blog? But what you’ve been REALLY trying to figure out is what to blog about. You have so many cool interests, hobbies and business ideas, it’s hard to narrow your blog down to just one topic.
As a mommy blogger, you must decide what to blog about before you can move forward with your blog. This is the most important thing you need to decide as a blogger. Everything hinges on this decision. So, if you are unsure and don’t know how to decide on a blog topic, this blog post will help.
In this blog post, you’ll complete 3 simple steps: 10 Rocks Exercise, The Circle Exercise and read the eBook “Want to Create a Blog? Read This First!”. (Don’t worry, it’s a quick read :). The 10 Rocks Exercise will help you focus on your values and what’s important to you. Next, you’ll take all those different interests, passions and business ideas you have and whittle them down into your blog topic. But when you get your blog topic, you still have one more step to complete. I want to you read my beginner’s guide of what to do before you start blogging before you dive into the world of blogging. Completing these 3 steps will take about an hour of your time and will help clarify what to blog about.
I know you are anxious to discover your blog topic, but please do not rush through these steps. Please complete all three steps in order. Also, do not skip or omit a step. Each step is important and builds upon the previous exercise. These exercises and materials are most beneficial when they are followed in order and correctly.
And finally before you start, you’ll need to download the 10 Rocks Exercise Worksheet, the Circle Exercise Worksheet and the eBook “Want to Create a Blog? Read This First!”. You’ll need them to complete the tasks in this blog post and help you figure out your blog topic. Click HERE to download those 3 documents.
Step 1 – Complete the 10 Rocks Exercise
Let’s begin by writing out your 10 Rocks. I know this may sound a little crazy or unrelated to blogging. But trust me, just stick with me on this one. It will all make sense in a few minutes. Your 10 rocks are the ten things in your life that are most important to you. Examples of things that are rocks are family, health, and God. You may be thinking to yourself, “Dr. Wilson, why are we doing this? What does this have to do with blogging?” Your blog is going to pass along your beliefs, value system and the things that you love to your readers. This is the true reason people will keep coming back to your blog over and over again.
I suggest brainstorming (page 3 in the Worksheets) for a few minutes and writing down all the things that you feel are rocks. Don’t really think too hard about it. Just write them down as they come to your mind. If you have more than 10 rocks, see if some of them can be combined. But do try to stick to just 10 rocks. After you’ve written down all your rocks, rank them from 1 to 10 with 1 being the most important rock (page 4 in the Worksheets).
Step 2 – Complete the Circle Exercise
The 10 Rocks Exercise helped you rank what is important to you and what values you want to convey to your readers. Now, the Circle exercise will help you figure out what to blog about. But before we jump in, I want to let you know that there’s a difference between what your interests are and what you should blog about. Just because you’re interested in something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should blog about it. For example, I love red carpet fashion but that doesn’t mean I should start a fashion blog or a blog about celebrities. Just because you like it doesn’t mean you have to start a blog about it.
Okay now let’s get started on the Circle Exercise.
Step 1: Write out all the topics you are interested in blogging about (page 5 in the Worksheets). Don’t hold back here. Just list them out without thinking about it. Give yourself permission to write out all your interests, passions and ideas. If you don’t know what topics you are interested in, you can write down things you want to do like visit the 7 wonders of the world or swim with dolphins.
Step 2: Group your topics into larger categories (page 6 in the Worksheets). Some topics may overlap and that’s fine. However, you should notice that you have a 1-2 main topics, while the other remaining topics are sub-topics to the main topics. The main topics are what interest you the most.
Step 3: List out ways to make money for the 1-2 main blog topics (page 7 in the Worksheets). Or more specifically, what ways do you want to make money? This is important because we all have to eat. I don’t want you to pick a blog topic that has no chance of earning some type of income for you and your family. If you are trying to work mainly online, think about eBooks, webinars and eCourses as income opportunities. Other ways to bring in revenue can include things like live events, classes and physical products.
Now, pick the blog topic that you are interested in and can realistically make money with (page 8 in the Worksheets). When I say realistically, I mean something that you actually can and will do. For example, you may be interested in selling Mary Kay products to make money. But if you are shy and don’t like meeting new people, you probably won’t make any money selling Mary Kay. So, pick a blog topic that interests you and also have fun, exciting ways for you to make money.
And presto! You’ve got your blog topic! It interests you and has several ways to generates income. Yay! Congratulations on completing the Circle Exercise. But hold on. You’re not finished yet! Let’s move on to the final step.
Step 3 – Read my eBook “Want to Create a Blog? Read This First!”
This is probably the most important step in this blog post. Why? Because it’s gonna prepare you for your blogging journey. In the eBook, I answer your most frequently asked blogging questions, discuss how to structure blog posts that make money and so much more. It’s a quick, easy read chock-full of lots of information you need to know before you get started. I know that your blog will be around for many, many years, inspiring readers and making you lots of cash. So, before you jump into the wonderful world of blogging, please read this eBook. You’ll find the link to download my free eBook in page 9 of the Worksheets.
Yay! You’ve figured out what to blog about! What’s Next?
Hopefully, at this point, you are feeling great about finding your new blog topic. Don’t second guess your topic. Trust the process and yourself. However, if you’re not 100% on the topic you picked, sleep on it. Then come back and look at your Circle Exercise Worksheet tomorrow. If you find that you really can’t narrow down what you’re gonna blog about to 1 or 2 topics, no worries. You can have more than one blog. However, I don’t recommend having more than one blog if you’re new to blogging. But once you’ve had one successful blog, hire some help and start another blog on the other topic you love so much.
Since you’ve got your blog topic all sorted out, let’s get your blog all setup. Because the most important thing is that you keep moving forward with your blog, take action and believe that you can do this. I can help you start your own blog quickly and cheaply. I have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a WordPress blog in about 20 minutes. As I stated previously, for a limited time, you can get web hosting service from Blue Host for as low as $3.95 a month, which is ridiculously cheap. And as an added bonus, you’ll get a free domain name ($15 value) through my Blue Host link if you purchase at least one year of web hosting service.
Just think, right now, you are only 20 minutes away from having a blog. So what are you waiting for? The time for action is now. I am excited for you.
Oh, and don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you are going to blog about and the URL. I’d love to check it out 🙂
Dr. Marcella Wilson