(I will pause while you give a resounding “yes”.)
Do you want to blog about the interests you are passionate about?
(Again, I pause while you think “yes” in unison.)
What if I told you that you could not have both, but you could have one or the other?
Which would you pick?
This article will explain, with the help of my guest author, how you can have a popular blog and help you decide if you even want one.
Over the weekend, I read a dialogue between two bloggers.
Blogger 1 asked Blogger 2 what he wants from his blog. Blogger 2 answered, “I want it all.”
Suppose you could not have it all.
Do you want a popular blog? It’s yours for the asking. However, it may not be the blog you want to author.
3 Ways to Have a Popular Blog
- Go to Pinterest.com and go to “Popular” in the dropdown menu. Write about one of those topics.
2. Pick one of the nine most popular topics according to blogging expert Beth Hayden. These are Beauty, Crafts, Home Decorating, Fashion, Fitness, Food, Kids, Pets, and Travel.
3. Go to Buzzsumo.com to find a popular topic to write about.
Should You Have a Popular Blog?
Do you want to blog about any of the topics you just discovered were popular?
You have a choice between popular and passionate. What do you want? A blog that is popular, with boatloads of comments, likes, and followers, or a blog that is interesting to you?
I have invited my guest author Chhiti Pandey, a Huffington post author and former doctoral candidate raising a toddler in Holland, to help answer the question.
Chittry, take it away.
My Take on Blogging
“What are you up to these days? Aren’t you bored to be at home all the time?”
These are the questions many people have asked me numerous times. No, it’s not wrong to be concerned about someone’s sanity as it’s a bit overwhelming to be with a toddler at home all the time.
In my case it was like chewing a bullet to tell people that I have decided to start a blog; above all, at times it was even harder to convince myself that blogging is what I really want to do.
Before people go bazooka over me let me explain: anyone can write but getting what you write to resonate with people is hard, and to top it off, if your aim is to make money, I believe it’s even more difficult.
This world is full of so many people, cultures, beliefs, religions, races, regions, languages to be honest even in a family people don’t have same thoughts, so here we are battling for a diverse group of people. Above all, you are not the only one who is blogging; there are a plethora of people blogging about the same topic as you do.
Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Starting A Blog
- Right off the bat the first question people ask me is why did I start blogging? There were times in my life when a lot of emotions, conflicts, and anxiety were curtailed for a moment or ‘cured’ by reading blogs.
When you are lonely and alone, reading blogs feels like you are talking to someone, someone who has gone through what you have gone through. Some of the blogs really give you the power to overcome anything or to work around your weak points or give you the strength that if other person can do it, so can you. I think some can make you feel like a millionaire!
- The second question is what do you blog about? It could be anything whatever you are passionate about, very familiar with, or topics extremely popular and in sync these days or any topic with humongous monetary returns.
- The third question you ask yourself: Do I like it even if it’s not returning me what I expected?
Let me clarify this question. We have expectations about everything we do in this life, either consciously or subconsciously. We do have some expectations, some more, some less.
A lot of people write really well, but maybe they have a limited audience, or maybe they are not able to promote well.
It’s really hard to stay motivated when you don’t get in return what others get, every like and comment at times can raise your heartbeat or ease the pain.
Are you patient enough to go through the thought that maybe the topic you chose is not in the same league as the blogs that are immensely popular, and you might have to start over again? Hey, you need to always be prepared for the worst in life right?
I love to write and blog, to me it’s redefining myself, rediscovering myself, to evaluate what was wrong and right and how I will never do it again, at times frustrating–that why did I do it this way?
I have some amazing people who told me their stories, who became friends and helped. It’s like I am acting, and it’s my stage where I can be funny, humorous, serious, angry, flirty and of course bitter (my classic trait), complete freedom to express myself in my own way.
I will be lying if I say it’s all that rosy, it’s not for faint-hearted people. When you open up about your life to people, they have their own views, interpretations, and, at times, criticisms, and if you can’t handle them, it’s not a place for you.
The other thing for me is that I try to attract the attention of Google communities by posting my pictures or relevant pictures. However, at times people just visit your profile but not your blog, which is really discouraging…
Try to connect with as many bloggers as you can, when you need help ask for it, there is no shame in it. Of course, you need to have a great content, which is also highly subjective as some people might not like it, some might like it, so it will vary like desert weather.
Try to be as active you can on Facebook and Twitter. There are many other forums I am not aware of. I am also exploring my options here. For now, at least I know people understand what I am trying to tell them, and if with my journey I can make even a single person who is disappointed, bullied or lonely in life smile, I will consider this journey a success.
Admin Blogger’s Commentary
Me again: Thank you so much Chhiti for giving us your take on blogging.
This is my take on Chhiti’s take on blogging:
You have a choice. You can either choose to write about a popular topic trending on Buzzsumo or Pinterest or be prepared to encounter the disappointments of a blog with a lackluster reception.
I hope that you will share this post, so that bloggers who are disappointed in their number of likes, comments, page views, and subscriber counts can read Chhiti’s article and realize that they are not alone.
After you share, please go to Chhiti’s site and show her some blog love–comment, like, and if you are interested in her topic, subscribe to her blog.
What is your choice? According to Beth Hayden, Beauty, Crafts, Home Decorating, Fashion, Fitness, Food, Kids, Pets, and Travel are the topics that will get your blog the best reception.
Do you blog about one of those nine topics which you are fortunate enough to find interesting, or do you blog about another topic that interests you? I look forward to your views.