There are two big steps to starting a blog – picking your main topic and writing your first blog post. I like to think everything else is easy. That may not be quite true but you can follow an easy guide to start a blog. If you’re okay with social media and can use a laptop it’s not that hard. It’s the creative part that’s difficult. That’s why I’ve put together these blog ideas for beginners.
I try to tell people not to overthink their first blog. Just pick a topic you enjoy and know a little bit about… and just write.
Your first few blog posts don’t need to be perfect either. Why? Because in 6 months to 12 months’ time you’re probably going to completely rewrite them or delete them. How do I know that’s true – because that’s what I did.
Of course, you could prove to be one of those super bloggers. You know the ones. The guys who get everything right from the word go.
Do you want to know the truth? They’re not real. Maybe these bloggers started out at just the right time when Pinterest was exploding and giving everyone on the platform lots of easy traffic and dofollow links – call it beginner’s luck. Or that fantastic exponential growth they like to boast about didn’t happen the first time around. It was on their second, third, or even fourth blog.
Successful bloggers do the hard work and for most beginner bloggers, success doesn’t happen overnight. It can take a long time. There isn’t a unique blog topic with your name on it that other people have overlooked. The good news is blogging rewards persistence. The slow and steady approach. It’s wonderful and it’s frustrating – often at the same time. But it’s a genuine way to make money.
What Are Good Topics For A Blog?
I’ve already covered this in quite a few posts. It’s best not to reinvent the wheel as they say. There are some tried and tested blog topics that do really well – food blog, mom blog, travel blog, personal financial management, arts and crafts…
You can get some ideas in these posts:
- 10 Types Of Blogs That Make Money (And The Money Making Rules)
- 115 Trending Blog Topics & Ideas For 2022
- How To Start A Lifestyle Blog (Plus Tips For Success)
- How to Find the Best Blogging Niche (plus 10 Profitable Ideas)
Is there a unique niche blog idea with your name on it? Maybe. Something with a massive potential audience? Who knows.
You can spend your whole life looking for that fantastic blog niche or just pick a topic that’s popular. I’d go for the popular blog topic every time. Why? Because you know there’s a large audience.
Competition is good when it comes to blog topics. Yes really! You can thrive off the interest generated by different writers. Take a look at food blogs. It’s amazing how many of these food bloggers write about exactly the same recipes. A few tweaks, unique images but very similar blog posts.
Does that stop people from making a lot of money from food blogs – hell no! It’s a very successful blogging category. Competition may be tough but even new bloggers can make a go of it.
My advice – take your first step and pick a popular topic. Get on with it!
Avoid Starting A Personal Blog
What do I mean by this? Personal blogs are where the writer blogs about their day-to-day life. It could be what your child did today at school, your beastly neighbor, or the family trip to Disney land and how much fun you all had. That’s a personal blog and unless you’re an extremely gifted, funny, and entertaining writer, NOBODY CARES.
That doesn’t mean you can’t start a lifestyle blog or a mom blog and write about your own experiences. Just write these blog post ideas from a different perspective. The blog post about your child’s day at school becomes a post about parenting tips for school-age children. You write a blog post idea about how to deal with difficult neighbors. The Disneyland trip becomes the “Ultimate Guide to Visiting Disneyland With Your Family”. Blog post ideas with a much wider audience.
Personal stories bring the blog post ideas to life but the focus of every blog post must be on your target audience. Your blog readers.
Write great content. Answer the questions people ask in search engines. Write about the important things and you’ll find your audience.
Next Step – Start A Blog
Once you’ve picked your topic it’s a good idea to set your blog up before you disappear down the rabbit hole of dreaming up blog post ideas.
To help you out I’ve written the Ultimate Start A Blog Step-by-Step Guide and you can read it for free! Find out everything you need to know to start blogging as a beginner including choosing your domain name, finding the best hosting platform, using your WordPress dashboard, and setting up your blog with a free theme.
Disclosure: If you purchase products through links on my site (eg Bluehost hosting) I may earn a commission. This is at no extra cost to you but it helps me create more free content.
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What Should I Write In My First Blog Post?
You can take the conventional route or go down the route I followed on my second blog Love Life Be Fit.
The Conventional Approach To Writing Your First Blog Post
I started conventionally on this blog Simply Hatch. It was my first proper blog. I wasn’t new to making money online – in my last business, I grew an eCommerce site to a 7 figure turnover. So I thought I knew what I was doing. How hard could it be?
I started off with an about page and a key content post. That’s the advice you’ll find everywhere.
Some people make their first post an introduction to the blog. It’s a bit like writing an online CV. You write about what the blog is about, why you’ve started the blog, who you are, and what’s your experience.
But this is really an About page – so why write both? Instead, my first real blog post was a key content post.
What Do You Put In A Key Content Post?
Most blogging courses, (including some very expensive ones), will tell you to write an extremely comprehensive post about your topic. At the time, my topic was going to be helping people start a small business from home. The post is still on my own blog.
I’ve rewritten it several times and it only gets a tiny amount of traffic. Why? Because it’s chasing a very competitive keyword. You’re new to blogging so I don’t want to overload you with too much detail about search engine optimization, (SEO), and keywords. Let’s just say a keyword is the main topic of your blog post for example “small business from home”.
Some keywords are extremely hard to rank at the top of the search engine results – ideally, you want to be in the top 1-3 positions. And some are fairly easy. The hard keywords tend to have lots of traffic and most of the really easy ones get very little.
Then sometimes your post will rank for an unexpected keyword you didn’t even think you were targeting when you did your keyword research. I call this getting lucky. And it happens a lot.
I’d need to build a lot of credibility as a new blog to get any chance of ranking my post “small business from home”. Credibility usually means links to your site from other blogs or websites with high authority.
It’s not going to happen for a brand new blog unless you put a lot of effort into link building. For a new blog that means paying for backlinks – an extremely dodgy area for SEO with the risk of getting blacklisted by Google. It’s called black hat SEO and I really don’t advise it.
So my first few months of blogging were a bit of a flop.
Eventually, I switched my focus to blogging about blogging – which is still really hard and very competitive – and wrote enough different posts around the topic to get some traction on Google.
Writing a key content post MIGHT help Google understand what your blog is about but in my experience, it’s a waste of time and effort. You may have success sharing a key content post on social media platforms but it needs to be a stand-out post – not something really generic.
For me, what eventually worked was a case study:
This leads me onto my completely unconventional approach to starting my lifestyle blog – Love Life Be Fit.
The Alternative Approach To Writing Your First Blog Post
By all means, go ahead and read the case study. I think it shows you sometimes you have to zag when everyone else is zigging in the opposite direction.
There’s a trend at the moment to start only niche blogs – I ignored it. Now a niche blog can be a great way to start your blog – you gain authority by being the BEST resource for a specific topic on the web. Lots of successful bloggers have gone down this route.
It can be a really effective way to start a blog if you’re selling a product – ebook, online course, or your services. But it’s not the ONLY way to start a blog.
Instead of focusing on one AMAZING first blog post, I looked for popular topics on Pinterest that matched my interests and came up with 30 great blog ideas. I’m going to say that again – not one – THIRTY!
Now I know – you’re at the very start of your blogging journey. Just writing ONE post is freaking you out. But these blogging ideas were for very short posts. Just 300 to 500 words long. And I blasted them out quickly. At one stage I was writing 3 posts a day.
I could write them quickly because most of the blog post ideas aligned with my personal experience – so no research and most of them followed really easy formats.
Plus they were far from perfect.
That’s a great thing about blogging. You can write a quick post. Wait for 6 months and see if it gets any interest or page views. If not, you can rewrite it.
My 30 short posts were a quick way to build blog content. It made my blog look credible – at least to anyone who stumbled on my blog from social media. And it helped with search engines. A few of these first posts still get decent traffic today.
My biggest takeaway from starting my lifestyle blog was to IGNORE THE RULES and best practices. Just start writing.
Finding Your Writing Style
Before I dive into blog post ideas I thought I’d give you a few writing tips.
- You don’t need to be a fantastic writer. Your blog posts provide advice, useful information, solve problems and maybe inspire people. It just needs to be easy to read and understand.
- Write as if you mean it. Don’t be another bland blog. There’s enough of those cluttering up the web.
- When you write from the heart as if you mean it you’ll find your writing style. Everyone’s style is different. You just need to be authentic and write like a human.
- Your job is not to sound smart or use big words. Your job is to communicate your message as clearly as possible so people get value from your blog post. Write the way you speak.
- If you’re worried about making mistakes – don’t be! We all make them. Just write your post, read through it out loud, (it’s the best way to find glaring errors), and hit publish.
Best Blog Post Ideas For Beginners
These creative blog post ideas will help your writing get off to a great start. There are blog ideas everywhere – you just need to know where to look.
#1 Start With A Great Blog Post Title
Your blog post title is the first thing people see. It’s what entices them to click and read more.
So how do you come up with a great blog post title? Use a headline generator!
#2 Write A List Post
Listicles or list posts are very popular. They’re easy to read and scan so people can quickly find the information they need.
You’ve probably seen headlines like “The Top 100 Ways To Make Money” or “50 Blog Post Ideas For Beginners”. These are both list posts.
To come up with ideas for your own list post, start by looking at other blog posts in your niche. See what topics they’ve covered and make a list of your own.
You can also use Google to find popular lists on any topic. When you find one that interests you, simply rewrite it in your own words.
Listicles are great for beginners because they’re easy to write and don’t require a lot of research.
#3 Write A How-To Post
Just like list posts, how-to articles are also easy to write.
Think of something you struggled to master in your niche or something you get asked about a lot. Teach people about it and make it a topic for your blog post.
Once you have your topic, simply write out the steps needed to complete it. Be sure to include pictures or videos in your how-to guide to help break up the text and make it easier to follow.
If you’re still struggling to come up with ideas, try looking at popular YouTube videos. Not everyone wants to watch a video, so they’ll search for a written tutorial instead.
#4 Share Ideas From Real Life
We all have stories to tell. And what better way to connect with your readers than by sharing something that’s happened to you in real life?
This could be funny stories, heartwarming stories, or even a cautionary tale. Whatever it is, make sure it’s entertaining and relatable. And something that’s relevant to your readers.
People love reading about other people’s experiences, so this is a great way to connect with your audience and make your blog stand out.
#5 Write About Something You’ve Created
If you’re a creative person, this is the perfect topic for your blog. Share photos and videos of your latest creation and tell your readers about it.
This could be anything from a new recipe to a piece of jewelry you made. If it’s something you’re proud of, share it with your readers!
When writing about something you’ve created, be sure to include all the details. Your readers will want to know how you made it. Teach them how to do it themselves by including clear, step-by-step instructions.
#6 Check Out The Competition
Do you admire other bloggers in your niche? Check out their blogs and see what types of posts they’re writing. Spying on your competition may seem a little unethical but it’s actually one of the best blog ideas for beginners.
Analyzing another blog doesn’t just give you blog ideas, it can help you benchmark the standard of their blog posts.
See what topics they’re covering and how they’re presenting the information. Are there any gaps in their content? Is there something you can write about that they haven’t covered yet?
Looking at other sites is a great way to get blog ideas. But don’t copy them!
Use their ideas as inspiration to create content but come up with something unique for your own post idea. You can write about a blog post idea from a different angle or add your own spin to the topic.
A word of warning: NEVER directly copy another blogger’s work. It’s not only WRONG it also infringes trademarks and copyright laws. Not to mention, it’s just plain rude!
#7 Write A “What Not To Do” Post
Just like personal stories, “what not to do” posts are always popular. People love to learn from other people’s mistakes.
When writing this type of post, be sure to give specific examples. This will make it easier for your readers to understand what you’re talking about.
Think of a topic that’s relevant to your niche and offer some advice on what NOT to do. For example, if you’re a beauty blogger you could write a post about the biggest makeup mistakes people make.
#8 Write A Weekly Round-Up
Struggling to come up with blog ideas? Try doing a weekly round-up of the latest news in your niche.
You can include links to articles, videos, and anything else that’s relevant. This is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest trends. Don’t forget to share the finished post on social media!
If you’ve linked to other awesome blogs let them know! They could be flattered and will hopefully share your blog post with their readers. It can be an excellent way to get more traffic.
#9 Make Notes From Podcasts
You don’t need your own podcast to follow through with this idea. If you’re found a particular podcast episode helpful or informative, make some notes and share them on your blog. Just make sure you credit the original podcast.
Your readers will appreciate having the information in a written format that they can easily refer back to. And if you’re providing value, they’ll be more likely to follow your blog and become regular readers.
#10 Find Trending Topics In Your Niche And Blog About Them
Write about trending popular topics!
You can use Google Trends to see what people are searching for. Just enter a keyword related to your niche and see what comes up. I’ve written a full blog post about trending topics. You can read it here:
#11 Write Related Blog Posts
Did a particular blog post get shared a lot on social media? Write a related post!
This is a great way to build on the success of your previous blog post. You can share more information or delve deeper into the topic. Just make sure it’s relevant and interesting to your readers.
Related blog posts are also great for SEO as they help to show Google that your website is an authority on a particular topic. This will help to improve your website’s ranking in search engines.
#12 Use Your Own Experience
You could do what I did when I started Love Life Be Fit – write about the things you know.
Everyone has a lot of interests and unique experiences. Take a deep dive into yours and share what you know with your readers.
You could write about your favorite places to travel, the best restaurants in town, or your favorite beauty products. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you’re passionate about it and it’s relevant to your niche.
#13 Write A Book Review
Books are always popular and there’s bound to be one that’s relevant to your niche.
When writing a book review, be sure to include your thoughts and opinions. Did you agree with the author? What did you like or dislike about the book? Would you recommend it to others?
Be sure to share your review on social media and include a link to the book on Amazon or your favorite bookstore.
#14 Write A Movie Review
The chances are there will be a movie or documentary related to your niche. Watch it and write about what you thought.
Be sure to include your thoughts on the characters, the acting/presentation, and the overall production. Did you like it? Would you recommend it to others?
#15 Keep Doing Things And Use Your Hobbies
It’s easy to cut yourself off from the World when you start a blog – spending all your spare time writing. DON’T Do It. Make sure you’re still doing the things you love.
First, it will help to keep you sane, secondly, it will give you great content for your blog.
Think about it – if you’re a fitness blogger and you like going running, why not write about it? If you’re into cooking, write about your latest creation.
Use your hobbies and experiences for inspiration. You won’t find much to write about if you’re holed up in the spare room with a laptop!
#16 Use Quora and Reddit
Both Quora and Reddit are great resources for finding content ideas. Just enter a topic related to your niche and see what comes up.
You can also find questions that people are asking on Quora and answer them in a blog post. It’s one of the best ways to research what really matters to your audience.
#17 Write About Your Journey
Everyone has their own journey and it’s interesting to read about other people’s experiences. Share your story with the world and let them know how you got to where you are today.
Write about the highs and lows, the good times and bad times. Let your readers into your life in a way that they can relate to.
When writing your blog post, describe your journey in a way that will inspire and help your readers to overcome similar problems.
I find a lot of journey posts on Pinterest from people that have lost a lot of weight, made enough money to retire early, started their own home business, downsized and adopted a minimalist lifestyle, become a vegan… and those are just stories that are relevant to my blogging topics.
#18 Carry Out A Reader Survey
A lot of creative blog post ideas can come from your target audience. Carry out a survey to find a blog post idea that really matters to your readers.
If you don’t have many readers yet, you can try the same approach in Facebook groups relevant to your niche – just check it’s allowed by the group admins first! This can be a great idea to advertise your blog and get more traffic.
Ask your readers a question that will help you to come up with a blog post idea. For example, you could ask them what their biggest challenge is when it comes to your topic or what they would like to learn more about.
#19 Write A Review Post
Reviews are a good post idea and easy to write. Linked with affiliate marketing, they can also be a good way to earn money. You can review pretty much anything – from products to services, websites, apps, software… the list goes on!
To write a good review post, you need to be honest and helpful. No one wants to read a biased review that’s full of lies!
Be sure to try out the product or service yourself before writing a review. If you’re not happy with it, be honest and say so.
Include images, screenshots, and videos to make your review more interesting and helpful.
When writing your review post, always keep in mind that you’re trying to help your readers make an informed decision, so make sure you give valuable advice!
#20 Write A Comparison Post
You can also use review posts to compare different products or services.
For example, if you’re a beauty blogger you could compare two different foundations or two different hair straighteners.
There are endless buying choices people struggle to make every day and your comparison post could help them to make a decision.
In your post, be sure to state which product you prefer and why. But don’t just list the pros and cons – give your readers an informed opinion on each product so they can decide for themselves.
#21 Compile A List Of Your Favorite Things
This blog idea is a little different and can be a lot of fun to write. Compile a list of your favorite things – it could be anything from your favorite books, movies, songs, restaurants… you get the idea!
For each item on your list, write a short paragraph explaining why you like it. Be creative and have some fun with your blog post. You could even ask your readers to contribute to your list by leaving a comment with their own favorite.
#22 Write A Gift List
This is a favorite blog post idea and one I’ve used many times! Write articles listing gift ideas related to your niche. For example, a food blog could have gift suggestions for people who love food.
#23 Guest Posting
Personally, I hate guest posts and I know many people feel the same way. It’s because I’m inundated with requests from people wanting to guest post on my site. These people are all looking for a backlink to their own blogs.
But guest posting can have its uses, especially for beginner bloggers. It’s one way of creating content quickly. You could approach people you admire who are just a little ahead of you on their blogging journey and ask if they’d like to contribute a post to your blog.
If you’re lucky, they may say yes and you’ll have yourself a great guest post! Just be sure to give them credit for their work and include a link back to their blog.
#24 Write A Mission Statement
This one is for the more introspective writers out there. A mission statement can be a great way to define your blog and its purpose.
It’s also a good way to keep you on track when things get tough, (which they will – trust me).
Take some time to think about what you want your blog to achieve and write it down. This can be a short blog post idea but can help to define what your blog is about.
#25 Use Google Analytics And Google Search Console
Both these tools can help you to understand your audience and what content they’re interested in.
Google Analytics will give you information on the demographics of your readers, their interests, and where they’re located.
Google Search Console will show you which keywords or queries people are using to find your blog.
They will both show you which posts are popular. Google Search Console is my favorite tool – I use it to find queries where I’m getting a lot of impressions but my ranking and number of clicks is poor. It means I’ve found a popular keyword but I need to write a more targeted post to get traffic. I find it’s a huge resource for blogging ideas.
#26 Write A Tips Post
Tips posts are always popular, especially parenting tips. So many of us have struggled to calm an upset toddler or set boundaries for challenging teenagers
We’re all looking for tips and tricks to make our lives easier! For example, I’ve written about tips to start a blog!
#27 Write About Upcoming Events
If there are any events in your niche may be of interest to readers, write about them! You could include a list of what to expect, who the keynote speakers are, or what the entertainment will be.
It can also be a great way to promote your favorite businesses and organizations.
#28 Do A Giveaway
It’s surprising how many bloggers don’t do giveaways. They’re a great way to generate interest in your blog and can be a lot of fun, too!
Brands can be extremely generous when it comes to giveaways. From their point of view, it’s an affordable way to promote their brand. Some brands will even pay to run giveaways on your blog – just make sure you mark the writeup clearly as sponsored.
It’s best to work with brands you admire and whose products you already use. This will give your readers confidence that the giveaway is legitimate and increase the chances of them entering.
There are a few things to remember when running a giveaway: make sure you have a good prize, include terms and conditions, and promote your giveaway on social media!
#29 Create Infographics
You can also use infographics as the subject of a blog post. Here’s one of mine – The Benefits Of Mindfulness. This post gets a lot of shares on Pinterest. Infographics are a great way to drive traffic to your blog.
They can be really effective in getting your point across quickly and clearly. And people love them!
You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create an infographic – there are plenty of tools out there that will help you. I use Canva and it comes with a free version.
#30 List Of Your Favorite Blogs
This is another great way to drive traffic to your site. Write a list of your favorite blogs in your niche. Include a link to each one and a short description of why you like them.
Let the sites know about your post and hopefully, they’ll share it with their readers!
#31 Interview People
Want to build relationships with other bloggers or experts in your field? Interview them and write a blog post about it.
Reach out to people you admire and ask if they’d be willing to do an interview. It’s a good way to get to know them better and learn from them.
#32 Motivational Quotes
This is always a fun type of blog post. People love motivational quotes!
Collect a few of your favorite quotes and write about why they resonate with you.
#33 Produce A Free Ebook
Advertising a free ebook is a great way to get more followers. It needs to be relevant to your niche and something people would actually want to read. Write about the ebook and promote it on your blog.
#34 Create Online Courses
Write an online course as a series of blog posts!
This makes excellent content for new blogs and can really boost reader engagement. With free online courses, readers feel they’re getting a lot of value from reading your blog. Just make sure the topic is relevant.
#35 Write A Terminology List
Every specific industry has its own language and it can be difficult for beginners to master. Help them out by producing a terminology list.
Write about the most important terms in your industry and explain what they mean.
#36 Write A Question & Answer List
Just like the terminology example, you can write a Q&A list for your topic. There are frequently asked questions for any topic. Try and answer as many as possible that are relevant to your niche!
When everyone else in is doing something the same way, that’s when you zag.
This is a great way to come up with blog ideas! Take a popular certain topic and try and think of a different perspective to write about it. Don’t worry about being controversial!
You could even do a series of posts on the same topic but written from different angles.
That’s all for now! I hope you found these blog ideas helpful and they give you some inspiration for your own blog posts. Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas to add to the list.
If you still can’t decide what to blog about, you’ll find some more ideas in this post: