Do you want to start a blog about a subject you know a little about, but have a lot to learn? Are you afraid you don’t know enough to keep a blog going? How can you learn more and keep your enthusiasm up?
If you’re starting a blog in niche that’s new to you, you need to be like a journalist! When I was in journalism, I encountered this all the time. I would be assigned a story on a topic I knew nothing about. I would have to research and find background information so I could understand the topic and explain it to readers.
Many types of writers, not just journalists, have a sense of inquiry and curiosity. They wonder. They ask questions, and they seek answers. If you’re new to blogging, and fairly new to your niche, this is what you have to do.
Let’s say you’re a beginning guitar player, and you want to broaden your blog to learning all musical instruments. Some topics you might want to research are:
- other common instruments that are good to learn,
- taking lessons vs. being self-taught,
- playing solo vs. playing in a band,
- the benefits of performing,
- and the best ways to learn how to read sheet music.
You might find resources in your area and share them with readers. You would also make your blog personal by sharing your own musical journey.
Whatever your niche is, you need to always be searching for new content related to it. You need to stay current and search for new trends.
To be a knowledgeable blogger, it doesn’t matter if you know everything there is to know about your niche before you start. What matters is that you are fascinated by your niche. If you aren’t fascinated enough to stick with your niche long-term, your readers won’t be, either. But if you are fascinated by your topic, your passion will drive you to seek new knowledge about it. Then you have new information to give your readers. That’s what will sustain your blog.
Readers, how do you learn more about your niche and keep your enthusiasm up? Let us know in the comments!