Writing a book and blogging are two tasks that present very different challenges. While writing a book is obviously much harder, the best authors struggle to maintain their blogs because, as far as they are concerned, they have nothing to say. Coming up with new ideas for blog posts is difficult even for the best writers. Blog topics can be especially challenging to come by if you have to blog on a regular basis. Whether you blog daily, three times a week, or once a week, here are some blog topic ideas that you can easily maneuver:
- Book Reviews
Book reviews are popular because they guide readers who are looking to buy new books. They are also the easiest blog topics an author could possibly tackle. There are so many books out there that you do not have to worry about running out of reviews to write. You can write a book review monthly, or at least as frequently as your ability to read each book allows. Your reviews can simply include a short synopsis (no spoilers), a fact about the author and a quote from the book.
- Author Interviews
Giving the spotlight to other writers is a popular blogging option for many authors. You can attract interest from new audiences by interviewing people of interest within your field. Find authors of note to interview and bring words of wisdom from their experiences within the publishing arena. You can have each author focus on a specific blog topic reflective of their niche or genre (e.g. writing romance novels) and you will cement your position as a professional blogger.
People love lists. They are highly entertaining and very easy to digest. Delve into those topics and subject matters that people enjoy and distil them into very unique and entertaining ‘Top Ten’ Lists. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to provide useful information or fun facts/trivia in your lists.
- Question and Answer (Q&As)
If you have a loyal audience, you can always mine them for blog topics. Take their questions (which you can receive via email) and answer them. This makes your readers feel important – knowing that you think so highly of their opinions that you would assign any entire blog post to tackle their comments and questions.
- Guest Posts
Convince other bloggers to guest post on your blog. More than merely using other people to do your work for you, find bloggers within your particular area of interest who can contribute unique and educational blog topics to your audience.
- Personal Stories.
Talk about yourself. Let your guard down. Form a connection with your readers by sharing a deeply personal experience. Give detailed accounts of your daily routines, especially as they pertain to writing. This can include the places you have seen and any interesting occurrences throughout your day. Your readers will enjoy the opportunity to get to know you better.
- ‘How to’ Articles
Teach your audience something new by writing DIY posts, walkthroughs or step-by-step instructions. Find something you are good at and help readers learn how to do it. Even if you are restricted in the things you can do, your readers will happily read about the things you have witnessed others doing, so long as they are learning something new. When possible, include a tutorial so others can be inspired by your creativity to make their own projects like yours.
- Web Roundups
If you have a vast knowledge of the online arena, you can always do a roundup of the best resources from the internet within your particular area of interest. Resources can include the best interviews about publishing and the best YouTube Book reviews, etc. Roundups allow you to show off your extensive breadth of knowledge on specific blog topics.
Make comparisons in the writing and publishing industry. Versus articles make very entertaining blog topics. This is especially true if you can skillfully pit books, publishers, agents, self-publishing websites and the like against one another using your extensive knowledge.
Gather quotes from influential people in the publishing industry and talk about them. You can either expound upon the meanings you glean from the quotes or work to help your audience understand the context of your favorite quotes.
*Serialized Stories – Publish a story in episode chunks to keep readers coming back for more.
*Giveaways – If you have a new book coming out, consider giving away a copy or other promotional materials (bookmarks, journals, pens) by holding contests, etc.
*Competitions – If you have a large following, consider holding a monthly writing competition with a copy of your book or gift cards as prizes.
*Writing Advice – What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
*Bucket List – What do you still want to achieve as an author?
The benefits of blogging for an author are immense. You have the opportunity to engage with your loyal followers even while increasing your visibility on the internet. With a resource as powerful as the internet, you can never run short of interest blog topics. If your creative juices refuse to flow, explore other authors and their blogs. Find out what these authors are writing about and use them as inspiration to create your own unique blog topics.