Picking out (or buying) a good domain name for your website can take a lot…
How to Choose a Blog Topic (Hint: Pick Something Remarkable)
This is part one of the One Week Blog Challenge series.
Life is too short to be filling your world, or anyone else’s with mediocrity.
What to blog about? If you’re going to start a blog, realize that it will take dedication. In order to have dedication you have to be writing about something that you really love.
Most pros advocate picking a niche and going all out after that one niche.
My view is – blog about whatever is the perfect combination of:
- your passion – what do you love doing, what makes you come alive
- your natural talent and ability
- monetizable – has profit potential
The size of the niche you’re tackling needs to be proportional to how much effort you’re willing to put in. If you wanna start a blog about a niche like real estate photography or coaching soccer, great. It will take work and dedication. If you wanna start a blog about something broad like finance, awesome – but you will have to work your ass off until you bleed out of your fkin eyeballs – to make it successful.
One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in the past is creating sites that I thought would make money but on topics I didn’t care about. The reality is that it takes time and dedication to maintain a proper website. With millions of crappy sites alreay online, please – don’t add any more to the noise.
Some help with #1 and 2: If you’re following along and want to figure out what you might want to start your own blog about, check out Jonathan Mead’s the Zero Hour Workweek – it’s one of my favorite ebooks of all time (plus it’s free). It’s more like a guide to living and builds on Tim Ferris’s 4 Hour Workweek, which sparked this whole revolution in the first place.
Some help with #3: If you want to learn more about the basics of monetization, just a few days ago Jeremy Shoemaker launched a new video series all about 6 ways to monetize websites aimed at the beginner. Darren Rowse’s Problogger is also a great resource.
One overriding philosophy of my blog will be “Be a Purple Cow, create something remarkable“. If you’re entering the blogging game in 2009, you HAVE to be remarkable to survive and thrive. There’s simply too much noise out there already. That’s why I advocate creating something truly remarkable in an area you love.
My blog will be about having fun with photography and tips for creating awesome photos that really stand out. It’s going to be called … drum roll … Hot Shot Photo.
There are a ton of photo websites out there, but few are dedicated to obscure or edgy techniques. The posts I plan on putting up with be dealing with really unusual techniques and only the super-fun aspects of photos like HDR, tilt-shift, etc.
Next up – picking a domain