I Want To Write a Blog, But I Don’t Know What to Write

i want to write a blog


As some famous person once said the worse type of businessman is someone that aims low and still misses.

Worst still is the blogger who vaguely knows the target is over there somewhere and then makes a half hearted attempt at hitting it, if they knew what it is or what it looks like.

There are Five Types of New Bloggers

  • those who know what they want to write
  • those that are writing to promote their business
  • those that are writing to promote a cause or raise an issue
  • those that want to write a blog, but don’t know what to write
  • and people who like to write, but are unfocused

I Want To Write a Blog, But I Don’t Know What to Write

This article looks at a common problem of many bloggers.  I want to write a blog, but I have no idea what to write.

Categorize Your Thoughts

If you haven’t got a clue what to write about on your blog, then the first stage is decide on a category or set of categories.

Some Techniques You Can Use

  • Research: You need a pen and pad. Spend a couple of hours surfing the web and write down the titles and topics of some of your favorite websites. These could be topics that you are interested in.
  • Networking: What are things that people ask you to help with? What topics do people ask your opinion on? When you’re socializing with family and friends, think about which subjects interest you and which ones bore you.
  • Tools: Using a keyword research tool, like Long Tail Pro, is also very helpful. I use this tool to find topics that other people are looking and I simply write about those topics.
  • Reading materials: The items that you end up reading are potentially good topics.

Generate Ideas Using a Mind Map

Mind Mapping can be done manually. You will need a large piece of paper.  Turn it so that it is landscape. Write your category name in the center.

Use lines to generate sub-categories and related topics.  Then break down the sub-categories further.  This should give you  a good number of potential post subjects.

lose weight mindmap

If you would rather use mindmapping software, I recommend Mind Meister. Here is an example of a mind map that my wife used when looking for niches using Mind Meister.

Mind Meister Mind Map Example

Start write Writing

“We were talking about kippers” (smoked fish).  This was a writing technique taught to me by my father. When going into an English exam and you know that you’re going to write a strange first line – you know you’re going to get a good grade.

So if you have a write on the topic of “my summer holiday” or “my best day ever”, then starting with the line “we were talking about kippers…” gives you a great advantage over the other kids who will mostly start with “my summer holiday was…”.

You can generate your own unusual phrases and see if that will help you generate a post idea.

Alternatively get an old book of famous sayings, pick a saying at random and see if you can generate a post from the saying.

With some practice, some things from this article will work.

Over to You

What do you think?  Any tricks for generating posts?  We all want to know.

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    • says

      Hi Sarah

      I always carry a notebook and mind mapping is the way I take notes. It’s really useful in all sorts of techniques.

      Another techniques is comments in other blogs. Try and write slightly longer posts than normal and you’ll soon have your first part of your blog.

      Happy Blogging

      Paul Odtaa

  1. Vanessa says

    I would also like to write but am unsure where to start…Thanks for the great tips! I also like your mapping technique…I will try that.

    • says

      Thanks Vanessa

      Mind mapping is great for taking notes, making decisions and coming up with ideas. You’ll alsp find that it information easier to remember.

      I’ll work up some more articles on what to write in the near future.

      Happy Blogging

      Paul Odtaa

  2. says

    Great thoughts regarding the blog startup. Many are confused over what to write about; although most have a great knowledge on a lot of different topics. Write away I say!

  3. ElDarioCafe says

    While reading your blog on writing, I remembered a series of travel agent classes that I took.  All that I had to do was find a travel agenda that got me excited, and I would get another “A.”  

    So, sit and jot down a list of the things that make you feel your real “PASSION.”  For me, that could include Seattle’s Sea Fair and the tall ships in Puget Sound, the Daffodil Parade,  and the downtown Farmers Market where I grew up in the 1950’s.  

    But the secret for me is to relax and let the thoughts flow.  I can’t do this if I am struggling.  

  4. Gandalftheredskin says

    And then, I typed, “So, I want to write a blog” into my Google bar, and lo, there appeared this enlightening post. Heartfelt thanks from another member of the unfocused.

  5. says

    Remember that writing a post is only hard if you make it hard. You can post about anything: what your doing, how your day has been, new ideas, and stuff like that. I’m not trying to sound like a hippie or some peace maniac, I’m just trying to give some good advice. But don’t post anything that might embaress you or you might regret. Have a good day. :)

  6. carolyn says

    I’m thinking of doing my own blog but not sure of the approach. I have a whacked sense of humor and would like to use humor. I write stuff like, ” How I found a wrinkle cure in Boise.” The twisted tale of Cowboy X and Cowboy O. I also do serious commenting. Do I need to choose or can I blend. I’m new to net writing.

    • Kenneth Byrd says

      You can blend if you like, but you’ll want to make sure that people are interested in reading your content. So, it might be worth focusing a little to build an audience.

  7. says

    I don’t know how it works with everybody, but what I do is that I always carry my phone – which has a notepad on it, then just write everything that pops into my head. Mostly it’s about the things I love, things that I kept thinking about. Then the words will just flow. Being in a quiet/peaceful place is also helpful.

  8. neha says

    I want to write a blog but i am confused about choosing the site.
    And i also want to know is it legal to write about my own story in it.

  9. says

    I guess I just have a “website” , there is always a million ideas running through my head about boating , floating and trop rock music, So i just built a website with lots of pages, Its not a blog site ie… wordpress, blogger, etc…… its a website tonight site, but I think it’s clean, I am no professional web designer by anymeans, but I try. Problem is, the site is not connected to a blogging site so people can’t see the site just by surfing around. I am not the Tech savoy so wordpress is hard to me. I do however love the advice on the ideas Thank You

  10. Millieee xx says

    Thanks alot!

    Some great syuff on here… But how do I get peoples attention to look at my blog?

  11. Gaurav says

    Rate max hospital and fortis hospital one of the worst medical negliencency centers as well as collegues indulge in sex scandals

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