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Finding Lifestyle Topics to Discuss

Often, when people decide to start blogging, they feel overwhelmed: “What should I post about? Will, anybody read this? Does anyone even care?”

I think you’ll find that if you just pick a certain lifestyle topic or an area of focus and stick with it, things will become much easier and less stressful.

Having a true focus will give you the answers to your other questions.

Lifestyle Topics to Discuss

Now if you know what you’ll be writing about, you know who to target, why they might be interested, and what to do to keep them engaged. To get you started, here are some broad lifestyle blog topic umbrellas to choose from. Maybe one of these will speak to you, and before you know it you’ll be off and away, a pro blogger in no time!

Personal Blog Post Ideas

Possibly the most obvious of lifestyle blog topics is talking about yourself and your life. You might wonder whether anyone would even care, but you’d be surprised how many people are surfing the internet looking for connections and people they can feel close to.

This is especially the case if they’re shy, in which case they might prefer to just be able to read about your life and feel like your friend without feeling the pressure of keeping up their side of a friendship. Furthermore, having a blog about your own life lends itself well to storytelling, something that humans instinctively love and latch onto.

Possible personal blog ideas include:

  • Personal stories (an embarrassing moment, a triumphant moment, a breakup, a memory from your childhood, or an epic failure)
  • Your current lifestyle (your morning/evening routine, why you chose a certain diet, or a day in the life of you)
  • Advice (how to succeed in a job interview, how to navigate college, relationship advice, or managing finances)
  • Random tidbits

Inspirational Blog Post Ideas

It might sound strange to advise you to write about something you haven’t done as a lifestyle blog topic, but if it’s something you want to do and are passionate about, that passion will shine through and attract readers.

People love hearing stories of struggle or achievement or even failure, and these types of stories often have more passion and energy behind them than telling a story of what you’ve done in the past. Readers will get caught up in your excitement and will want to be with you throughout the journey, wherever it leads.

Possible inspirational blog ideas include:

  • Bucket lists (things you want to do before you die, places you want to travel to, experiences you want to have, movies you want to watch, or people you want to meet)
  • Resolutions (fitness, dating, dietary, spiritual, or financial)
  • Monthly/yearly goals
  • Participation in a challenge.

Roundup Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas

Everybody loves these roundup lifestyle topics because it means you’ve done all the hard work for them already! They no longer have to trawl through hundreds of Google search results to find the best rice cooker or movie night movie because you’ve given it to them right there on your blog. They might even find that you post “top” lists of things they didn’t even realize they needed. Sticking with a list of favorites as your lifestyle blog topic will give you unlimited blog post ideas.

Possible roundup lifestyle blog ideas include:

  • New media (from books, movies, podcasts, magazines, or music)
  • Must-haves (from stuff in your life, kitchen appliances, makeup, or workout gear)
  • Event ideas (from birthday parties, holidays, weddings, or group hangouts)
  • Recipes
  • People (from social media, authors, bloggers, or YouTubers)
  • Smartphone apps

Money Making Blog Post Ideas

These are the money making lifestyle topics to discuss. These are the lifestyle blog topics that people seem to enjoy reading!

Basically, if you can show people how to do something they couldn’t before, find another use for something they were going to chuck or give them information that might change their outlook on and approach to life, you’ll have devoted, lifelong followers. These are blog topic tips for those wanting to focus strictly on making money on day one.

Possible money making blog ideas include:

  • Tutorials (cooking, home improvement, gardening, crafting, tech, social media, or productivity)
  • Hacks (upcycling, multiple uses for an object, improving upon pre-existing items, how to travel more efficiently/painlessly, anything that saves time, or money)
  • Life lessons

Simple Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas

Finally, these last lifestyle blog post ideas are simple ways a content creator can help readers improve their day. They will come to this blog for beautiful or creative posts, posts that show them how to be their best selves and posts that make them feel just a little bit better about the world.

Possible simple lifestyle blog ideas include:

  • Daily photo
  • Weekly artwork (samples of your work, behind the scenes moments of your work, pieces in progress, or participation in a challenge)
  • Inspirational quotes/stories/interviews
  • Things that make you happy
  • Advice from successful people

Conclusion

Now that you have an idea of what to write about, check out our post on tips for lifestyle blogs to make an even better product and gain even more followers!

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Best New Tips for Blogging

It looks like you’re interested in starting a lifestyle blog.

Since you’ve already hammered out what it is you want to write about, here are some tips to really make your lifestyle blog stand out and shine!

New Tips for Blogging

When you’re writing blog posts, try to really lay your emotions bare and put them in your posts. Readers respond to real emotion, whether it’s something you’re excited about or something you’re upset about. But even if you choose not to write a blog all about your life, or even if you want a little more privacy, try to write about something you’re passionate about.

This will not only make your writing job much easier, but it will grab readers and show them why they should be passionate about that topic as well.


Introduction to Blogging

Create several social media accounts that are linked to your lifestyle blog niche and be sure to consistently post updates and engagement with your growing audience. You might find that some potential readers will be drawn in by your Instagram feed way before they’re interested in reading your blog. But enough solid, high-quality posts on your Instagram will win them over and turn them into devoted readers.

Another way to increase visibility is to befriend other bloggers. It’s a supportive and engaging community, and if you feature someone’s blog or post, you may find that they’ll return the favor, introducing you to a whole new set of readers.

Be Transparent

Don’t try to trick readers or pull a fast one on them. If you are being sponsored to write a post, it’s much better, in the long run, to be honest, and upfront about it. If you’re worried readers won’t respond well to a sponsored post, you could write about why you decided to accept sponsorship.

It would also be in your best interests to make sure that it is a quality post, sponsored or not so that readers will take value out of it even if they’re not interested in the product. If you try to trick readers and they find out later, their sense of betrayal will be strong enough to completely ditch your blog without a second thought. Blogging communities are based on trust, and you need to be careful to cultivate and maintain that.

Best Days to Blog

Readers like to know what to expect, and they won’t know what to expect if you just blog whenever you feel like it! Chances are there will be some occasions where you just don’t feel like blogging, but consistency is key.

Usually, the best days to blog will depend on your niche. The usual good times are between 6 – 9 pm. So read your data and make a schedule (even if it’s just “twice a week,” any two days of the week) and keep to it so that readers know when they will receive new content and know they can depend on you.

Blog Design Matters

Your lifestyle blog is an online representation of you and your brand, and it’s important that you represent yourself well. Even if your writing is stellar, if your website design and layout and your photos aren’t up to snuff, it will reflect poorly on you.

Also, people like things that are aesthetically pleasing and are much more likely to read your blog (and to trust you) if it all looks good.

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Friendly Blogging

I know I said to write what you’re passionate about and that sometimes you’re passionately angry about something, but stop and take stock for a moment before posting it on your blog.

If, after your head clears, it seems like a productive thing to write about and bring attention to (a company mistreating workers, a social cause you care about that’s being threatened), write about it in a measured and balanced way. If it’s not in line with what you usually write about, however, keep in mind that your readers might have different stances than you on these topics, and speaking up might lose you some followers.

People come to your blog for lifestyle tips, not politics. And absolutely never say something negative about another person or blog. That will just start a beef that will spin out of control, bring negativity to your blog, and drive readers away. Stay positive and at the very least, polite, about other people.

Conclusion

If you want to really succeed with your lifestyle blog, you have to know what works and what doesn’t work. To do this, pay attention to how readers respond to certain posts. If they like certain posts, do more of that. If there’s less response (or worse, a negative response) to another post, try to figure out what about it isn’t working so you can avoid that in the future.

Another way to gain more insight is to read other people’s blogs, especially really popular ones. See what they do different or better than you, and figure out how you can learn from that, internalize it, and make it your own.

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