Starting A Blog...?

United States
January 11, 2013 2:53pm CST
I've been thinking about starting my own blog but I'm having trouble deciding what the main focus of my blog should be. So far, I have these ideas: - A 'Dear Megan' approach where readers can email me questions and I give them my advice / opinions. - A blog focusing on my daughter and life as a stay at home mom. - A more personal blog talking about things that go on in my life and that sort of thing (this is the last resort option). I really don't want to do a personal blog because I wouldn't make it completely public and I don't think it would be as interesting to my readers as other topics. I'm also not leaning towards a stay at home mom blog because I pretty much do the same things every day, but I would be able to branch out and also discuss my experiences with health insurance, WIC, and that sort of thing so I don't know. Anyway, I'm wondering what kind of blog you would be most interested in reading. If you have other suggestions, please share them with me! Thank you.
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11 responses
12 Jan 13
All three have been done a million times. That doesn't mean it's a bad idea if YOU get something out of it but it does mean it's a bad idea if you're expecting it to take off and become massively popular... it'll be an uphill struggle through a morass of thousands of other, similar bloggers. "A 'Dear Megan' approach" requires visitors who are interested enough to ask questions. That requires regular readership. And that requires time and effort (and luck) before it gets anywhere. Not an easy route. Unless you happen to be famous, then it'll be a cakewalk. "A blog focusing on my daughter and life as a stay at home mom" has been done and can be very popular (Dooce, for example). But that kind of readership is REALLY rare and you have to be really good and/or have a really good "voice". This one has a much better chance of success than the first. "A more personal blog talking about things that go on in my life". It's going to sound really mean and harsh but I have to say it... I know your life is terribly important to you but seriously, no one else cares. Not unless you have something remarkable on offer that will catch their attention. (No offense intended... no one cares about my life, either! )
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• United States
12 Jan 13
Well, thank you for answering my question. And you were the only one who actually did, in fact, answer my question. Haha With the 'Dear Megan' approach, I was thinking of first creating a Facebook page called 'Dear Megan' (or whatever I choose my name to be lol) and starting out there first. That way, I can see how many 'likes' my page gets and readers can email me with their questions. Then I can answer those questions in my blog so readers will have to go to the blog in order to see my response. I don't know yet though, it's all still in a working progress.
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@mensab (4208)
• Philippines
11 Jan 13
when i started my blogs, i did not really think about these things. that is why it is quite difficult for my blog to get a niche in the search engines. however, i discovered that the more i write on anything, the more that i attract more viewers and visitors. i think the key is to keep writing on blogs, rather than keeping one topic or theme.
• United States
11 Jan 13
Well I have OCD so I need pretty much everything to be tidy and organized so I'd really like to have a theme to my blog. I don't want to write about just anything that comes to mind because then I'll feel like I need to delete other things that have nothing to do with it. I don't know, I'm just weird I guess. Lol
@kourdapya (926)
• Philippines
15 Feb 13
Hi! I think it depends on your purpose why you want to create a blog. If you want to make money out of it, I guess you can make your skills and your expertise your niche. Like you said you have experiences with health insurance, WIC and those sort of things. Not all people know a lot about it so that's your strength, and make it your product/service to sell. I also think that being a stay at home mom can be your expertise too. I now some mom bloggers who are earning well because of their blogs because there are a lot of moms learning from her. I have a blog too, and it's more of a personal diary. I don't write very personal stuff in there, I don't think I need to. I just write anything I feel putting in there and I think worth sharing. Fortunately I have a few traffic from all over the world. I think you just have to be consistent and keep on writing and updating your blog to have some traffic.
• Philippines
17 Jan 13
If I were you, I will blog all about all your suggestions. I think it will be more fun for readers to read something different from time to time. Focusing your posts on a certain category is also one way but for me ... I prefer to make my audience feel as if I am talking to them. TO share things that may interest them.
@khithi17 (763)
• Philippines
13 Jan 13
If you want your blog to focus on just one topic this is also good because people can get to know your blog as somewhere they can read about this or that. Try to think about something that you love to do and that you are really interested in. This way you will not get bored of updating and thinking about new ideas for your blog because it will come naturally. Focus on things that really interest you, that is my advice.
@ARIES1973 (9441)
• Legaspi, Philippines
12 Jan 13
You can start on what you think is more comfortable with you. Personally, I started a blog about my life but as of now I am thinking of creating another blog about my place. But I need a good camera so I could start with. Good luck on your plan. I hope you to be more successful with your online career.
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
A pleasant day CosmoOwl12, In reality, starting a Blog is not that difficult. You just need to think how to maintain a successful blog. Well of course, having the patience is really an important attitude to have. The moment you start doing your blog, you must keep the ball rolling or else your blog won't be that successful. So, thinking how to do it, is just simple, first, you must bear in mind that you should write a post everyday to show the search engines that your blog is active. In doing this, you must have the focus in writing your post. Then be ready to promote it to different social media sites. And the moment you saw your blog being read by many, then, you can also earn through this way. Who knows, your passion could be your way towards to a much successful field of earning and learning. Goodluck.
• Indonesia
12 Jan 13
If you try to update your blogs frequently, that blog will attract many readers to read your content. As long as you posted original and interesting things, many people will come to visit your blog.
@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
12 Jan 13
I think the second option show the most promise--- don't just talk about your experiences but things that concern you and your daughter. like if you have a hard time choosing the right diaper then you can write about hw to choose the right diaper by basing it in your experience. Good luck!
@vivek19 (219)
• India
12 Jan 13
In my views, you should not opt a particular topic because in order to keep that continued, you will have to put in your time and hardwork to deeply search about that topic. Instead of that you can take topics that randomly come in your life and also you can answer to the queries people ask. This will make you feel happy and cheerfull.
@belaaa (181)
12 Jan 13
People lost time to follow personal blog only if is helpful for them. But don't give advice for noting, just share your experiences. If someone follow your advice and that screw him life you will be respond. I'm sure that your daughter is adorable, but if you want followers outside your family, after few months probably they will be boring. Focused on helpful subject, who can be used by others. First definite what kind of followers you want. And follow of some basic question, which will make your OCD to feel more comfortable. Example: what food recipes my daughter likes, how I teach my daughter to..., how to make fun child somethings and etc. Helpful blogs stays interesting longest than the diary. Also you will want people to can find you when search for some topic, so add many tags and clear heading on every topic: "chocolate cake" is better than "sweet dreams" when write for favorite food, till you find enough followers. Of course to be more creative write both Chocolate cake "sweet dreams" or use subheading. Also post many photos! I hope I was helpful! Good Luck! Happy blogging!