“I don’t know what to write about.”
That’s often the first excuse I hear when I encourage someone to begin blogging.
There may be valid reasons you choose not to blog, but never let a lack of potential topics hinder you. We live in an abundant, colorful world. To begin writing, just start talking about what you see. Or what you’ve experienced. Or what you’ve learned. Or what you think. Or what you do, and how you do it.
Never forget that you have a special place in the universe. Your journey has been unlike anyone else’s. That gives you a unique vantage point from which you can write things that can best be said only by you.
I would love to read your blog, and here are some topics you could write about that I would find quite interesting.
If you are a student, your blog posts could be titled:
- Seven things I hope to find in my first job.
- Why I am pursuing a career in _______________. Insert the profession you’d like to work in after graduation. Trust me, writing this blog post will later help you ace that all-important job interview.
- 10 things I learned on my internship that my first employer won’t have to teach me.
- Things I know as a college senior that I wish I’d known as a high school senior.
- Memorable quotations that inspire me.
- Career advice from my interview with _______________. Insert a mentor, parent, professor, intern supervisor or professional you admire.
- Words I’ll always remember from my favorite professor.
- What I learned about life from my _______________. Insert an adventure such as a service project, a mission trip or a volunteer job.
- How playing on a softball team (or whatever you like) will make me a better _______________. Insert a job title—writer, accountant, PR professional, sales person or whatever career path you are pursuing
- Twelve commitments I can make to the person who hires me.
If you are a young professional, your blog posts could be titled:
- What they didn’t teach me in college (that I needed to know).
- 10 things I’d change if I was in charge.
- What I learned from my first 90 days on the job.
- Things my mentor has taught me.
- How to find and keep a good mentor.
- Reasons they said I was selected for this job (from among the 200 other applicants).
- How my mother’s/father’s career advice shaped who I am today.
- Five reasons I’m optimistic that the future will be better than the past.
- Reflections on my rookie year as a _______________. Insert job title.
- What I’ll look for in my next job.
If you are a seasoned executive, your blog posts could be titled:
- What I wish I knew at 20 that I now know at 40.
- Tips on how to survive a corporate reorganization.
- How to stay relevant in an ever-changing world.
- An insider’s perspective on dealing with office politics.
- My thought process as I interviewed and hired my newest employee.
- What I expect a new employee to do during his or her first 90 days on the job.
- Ways I’ve benefited from serving as a mentor.
- Lessons I learned from my three biggest career mistakes.
- Ways I’ve found to balance my personal and professional priorities.
- The commencement speech I’d deliver at my alma mater (if only they would ask me).
If you are a job seeker, your blog posts could be titled:
- Three things I’m looking for in the next phase of my career.
- Tips on staying focusing during a job search.
- 10 things I’ve found to be grateful for during this career transition.
- My interview with an HR manager: What it takes for a job applicant to stand out from the rest of the pack.
- Six things I’ve learned about myself during this job search.
- What I’ll do differently someday when I am the hiring manager.
- How I add value to people within my professional network.
- Reflections on the legacy I left at my last job.
- How I am using social media to connect with people during my job search.
- What I want my kids to remember about the way I handled this life change.
If you are a human being, your blog posts could be titled:
- What I’ve learned as a cancer survivor.
- Adventures along my meandering spiritual journey.
- Why I enjoy _______________. Fill in the blank with a hobby or activity such as mountain climbing, scrapbooking, running, journaling or traveling.
- How to cope with the stress of being a family caregiver.
- 25 things I’m thankful for today.
- How I survived a week of turning off Facebook, Twitter or other social networking tools.
- Things my mom used to say (that I now tell my kids).
- How diversity has enriched my life.
- Questions I wish I could ask my late grandmother (and responses she’d likely give).
- Three reasons it’s take me this long to write my first blog post.
You get the gist. There are plenty of things you can write about. Ideas for blog posts are endless.
As you begin blogging, you will become more aware of the world around you. You will observe things you’ve never seen before. As you continue writing, even more ideas will come.
Enough of this blog post! I’m eager to hear what you have to say. Let your voice be heard. Blog!