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Blog What You Know – Blog Your Life

Posted by on 19th Mar 2008 | 3 comments

Most of the real blogs you create will be a marathon, rather than a sprint, because creating a popular high-traffic blog will take years, rather than months.

(By “real” blogs I mean conventional blogs, which grow over time. A blog is just a Web site, so you can create blogs for any purpose – for a product launch, or an event, or as a sales tool for example.)

Can you face creating content about your chosen topic for years?

Before you start a blog, consider basing it on your own life experience in some way. This doesn’t mean that your blog needs to be about YOU, as an autobiographical blog, although it could be. Some bloggers do this very effectively.

Here are five ways in which you can blog your life, to make content-creation easier:

1. Use your knowledge and enthusiasms

What are you passionate about? When you blog about a topic you’ll be talking about anyway, blogging is easy and fun. For some bloggers this may be politics, or productivity, or sports.

2. Where are you? Blogging local

You could blog about your city, town or state. As more businesses move online, they look for Web sites on which to advertise. By creating a local blog, you should be able to collect a faithful group of advertisers, once you get some traffic.

Since you live in your locality, you’ll collect content easily.

3. What do you do? Blogging your career

Your career may be boring to you, but if you can talk about it in an interesting way (without betraying secrets and thus losing your career of course) you could create an excellent blog.

4. Lifestyle blogging – travel, cooking and gadget blogs

Travel, cooking and gadget blogs are fun to read, and if these topics are fun for you, you’ll create a blog with a wide following.

5. Turn disasters into blogs – health and financial blogging

If you’re battling with a health challenge, you could blog about this. You’re providing a service to help others in the same situation to cope.

The same applies to financial blogging. If you’re digging your way out of long term debt, or have formed an investment club, you’ve got ready-made topics for blogging.

So there you have ideas on five ways in which you can blog your life.


Angela Booth is a professional copywriter, author and writing teacher.

3 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Andy MacDonald on 19th Mar 2008

    This is a brilliant post, and one which is particularly relevant to me right now. I am actually disabled and am in the process of going through 26 operations, having already had 7. I had never thought about blogging on myself and my health before until a friend suggested it to me last night. I’m still not sure whether to go and do it yet, but its certainly given me something to think about, and since you brought the idea up in your post too, it looks like it might be something people may be interested in.

    Who knows…

  • Posted by Jon on 19th Mar 2008

    Nice ideas. I’ve been following tips 1-4 for a while. And might have to follow 5 by writing about an illness I’ve just picked up from Venezuala.

    Another idea I’ve been toying with is blogging my dreams. They’re pretty surreal, but I keep on forgetting them, which makes them hard to write about.

  • Posted by James Mann on 20th Mar 2008

    Great post Angela, as usual.

    I love to talk about my hobbies and have a few hobby blogs that are moving right up the ranks in the search engines.

    The thing I notice is that when I am out with the gang we seem to compete for the best stories. It show just how people think. It's a me-me-me world and you can definitely use that to make money online.

    I started a fly fishing site for the province we live in. It's where I do 95% of my fly fishing so it seem like the thing to do. I talk about fly fishing every chance I get.

    I have also started a healthy heart blog because I spent the last four years doing nothing but recovering from an in-operable heart attack. It took me a while before I was willing to talk about it but now I have a blog about it. It's just new so I don't know for sure where that's going.

    I wish I could get my friends to start blogging. They finally agree that it's a good thing and happy I make money doing but they know they couldn't do it. And with that thinking they won't.