Today I want to talk about a question that I keep hearing coming up over and over and over again, and it’s, “I don’t know what to blog about, I really don’t think that I have anything to share with anyone.” I keep hearing that a lot. I know it’s a legitimate concern by people, and usually there’s a reason for that.
I’m not sure how always to respond to people whenever they say that because I truly truly feel that every single one of you has something to share with the world that’s unique, that of your own vision, and of your own opinion. You just maybe lack the confidence to feel like anyone else is going to want to read it.
I want you to put that aside and pretend as though you are not writing for anyone at all. You’re just writing for yourself like it’s your own personal journal. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, if your only reason for blogging is to make money, then maybe you shouldn’t do it. Why? Because it’s going to come off when you do it as a person who just wants to make money from that person who’s reading. And people get turned off by that, so they’re not going to read it anyway.
When you blog, at least when I blog, my main reason for starting my blog was to help teachers and to connect with them, and to give them ideas and hear their ideas. If that’s not your main reason, then you’re going to have a really hard time coming up with new topics, with new ways to connect with people, and probably no one’s going to read what you have written. If you are having problems of writing to others, you haven’t connected with your audience yet.
When you’re trying to come up with ideas for what to write about, just look around you. Grab a little stack of post its. As you’re walking through the hallways during the day, during your classroom lessons, or even after school, always have a stack of post its in your pocket and something to write on it, and literally just start jotting down ideas.
If you see a student acting up in the hallway from another class, jot down what you might do differently if you were her teacher. If you just taught a lesson on the solar system, and you got the glazed look in the eyes from your students, write down what you would have done differently the next time you will teach that lesson. If you had a huge idea for grades or for how to do a great group work, jot it down so that you know that you have it in your arsenal of potential blog posts.
Start collecting those post its and put them in a little folder or even better: snap a picture and save them in a digital folder so when you sit down to write, they are there waiting for you. Even if an idea has been done a million times, you are going to have your own unique voice and your own unique take on it that someone out there is going to resonate with. Just because they’ve heard that same idea 20 million times doesn’t mean they’ve heard it from you, and in your own unique perspective. Or even applied it yet. Sometimes timing is everything.
Those are some things to start thinking about when you’re thinking about what you should blog about. Look to that and that’s going to be your very first inspirational point. I hope that was helpful for you. If it was – please let me know in the comments below. We would love for you to follow us on Facebook at Teaching Blog Traffic School and also at YouTube.
Have a great and wonderful day and I look forward to hearing from you,