Choosing a blog topic

Will I have enough things to write about on this topic?

You’ll be writing a blog post just about every class through the end of the semester.  Do you think that you could have enough ideas to do that?  Just imagine if you had to write a post everyday for the next five years – would you have enough ideas around your niche?

Read this blog post about finding a niche (focus) before you move one:

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/15/how-to-choose-a-niche-topic-for-your-blog/

Is there an audience for your topic?

In today’s world of specialization, you can find an audience for just about anything.  Yet, blogs are a lot more fun if you get some sort of interaction.  So you need to know that there are people out there for you.  You don’t have to worry about getting a millions subscribers to your magazine about Mountain Biking in Marin – you are looking for numbers in the hundreds or thousands.

You’ll do a few things to narrow this down.   Open up a blank email and address it to rpmteacher@gmail.com.  Type the word BLOG in the subject line.  Then start taking some notes and answering questions.

1. What is the niche/focus of your blog?  Write two sentences that will describe your blog to someone else in a way that would lead them to visit your blog.

2. Write a list of three post ideas around your niche

Give me three post ideas below – great posts are informational and give your readers something that they need.  What sort of information would your readers want?

Read this blog post before you write your list:

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/11/29/20-types-of-blog-posts-battling-bloggers-block/

Include three+ post ideas in your email to me (rpmteacher@gmail.com).

Click here to see a sample of this assignment.  

If you can’t think of at least three ideas for blog posts, move to a different niche or topic . . .