January 8th, 2013 | by Beth Barany
Please welcome new monthly columnist, Irish writer, Annmarie Miles. She write about blogging and her writer’s adventures in her monthly column. Enjoy her ideas and her humor!
If you’re stuck for subject matter to blog about, just take a look around and see what’s going on in the world. In the last year or so there have been huge events that have captured attention of blog readers and writers alike, both nationally and internationally. Just a few examples include, the US Presidential election, Blog Action Day, 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and International Suicide Awareness Day.
Here are 2 reasons why blogging about current big events is worth doing!
1. The first one is a practical one… it helps get you some readers
Millions of people surf the net every day in search of reports and comment on current world events. So if you’re blogging about them, someone is bound to find you!
Google Trends shows that searches for “Olympics Games 2012” went from 93 in July to 100, its peak, in August, with only 22/12 in the months before and after.
These figures (in a much smaller ratio obviously mirror the statistics on my blog for readers of my post on that subject.
Obviously you won’t be interested in every single thing going on in the world, but it’s worth taking a look at what is trending. Get a few hundred words down on the subject and you just might be surprised at how many will find you! Make sure to add tags to your blog post and if you’re tweeting about it, find the relevant hashtag and add it to your tweet.
2. The second is a personal one… as a writer it’s good to learn to communicate your take on world events
As you build a following and the people who read your blog and like what you have to say come back for more, they will be interested in your take on things. Maybe they’ll disagree with you or maybe they’ll learn something they didn’t know. Whatever the reaction, it encourages connection with your readers.
But this is about more than just interaction. As a writer, especially if you’re new to it, crafting a view of what’s going on in the world is a great exercise.
For a long time I was afraid to express my opinion on things. I would be half way through writing a post, then thoughts of certain individuals would pop into my head and I’d think, “oh she would hate this. She totally disagrees with me on this subject.”
I would allow that thought to paralyse me and I’d give up on writing the post.
To help me get over this, I started an anonymous blog just so I could say all the things I wanted to say and not worry about the reaction of people. It was actually good practice for me. I was able to just… write. I was able to finish a thought process and put down my views on issues without being ‘stalled’ by my own insecurities.
So take a look around and see what the world is saying! Find a subject dear to your heart and share with the world your view on a top trending topic!
And make sure to let us know when you do
Annmarie Miles is 40 yrs old, Irish, Christian, married, and proud to be all of those things. She loves words, music & chocolate! She mostly writes about the things that life has thrown at her and how she has tried to learn, love and laugh at it all along the way!
Where to find Annmarie:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/amowriting
Personal Blog: www.auntyamo.wordpress.com
Fiction Blog: www.ficticiousamo.wordpress.com