As the astute, passionate bloggers we all are, we’d like to think we’re the only writers out there talking about a particular topic, story, or trend. Yet – as I’m sure most of you probably already know – that is never the case. For every topic we choose to write about, there are thousands upon thousands of other bloggers already writing about that very same idea.
It can be rather disheartening to realize that there is no such thing as originality when it comes to blogging, but do not despair; in fact, talking about a common, popular topic is a good way to gain blog followers. Truth be told, some of my most viewed blog posts are ones where I discuss popular topics in the news and pop culture. For those of you who hoping to gain some more blog followers, here are three topics you should consider blogging about.
Have you ever heard the term “food porn”? Well, that name is very fitting – given there are countless blogs out there dedicated to raving about cuisine.
People are so thrilled with food imagery, delicious recipes, and exciting cooking challenges that I seriously doubt we’ll see food blogs losing popularity anytime soon. After all, food is a source of our survival, so we all depend upon it in some shape or fashion. If you are having trouble gaining followers, try integrating some unique recipes and food imagery into your blog’s content. Doing so will most certainly reel in the attention of your readers.
DIY and Crafts
Ever since the invention of Pinterest, people have re-immersed themselves in the art of making crafts. Martha Stewart kept people minutely interested in DIY crafts in the 1990s and the early 2000s, but Pinterest has made the topic more in vogue than ever before.
If you want to start drawing more attention to your blog, perhaps conjure up some posts on crafts people can make on their own, such as building an herb garden, painting an old piece of furniture, quilting a blanket out of t-shirts, etc. Whatever it is you think might catch the creative eye of your readers, try it out. Along with your crafty posts, make sure to post step-by-step images as well. People don’t only want to be told what to do; they’d also like to be visually guided through the process as well.
Celebrities and Pop Culture
For years, trashy, sensationalized magazines and newspapers have successfully sold stories about celebrities and public figures to the public at large.
Why, might you ask? Well, as much as we despise them sometimes, celebrities create a lot of controversy and public discussion in our society. Think about it: we watch them in movies, look at pictures of them online, follow their workout routines, and talk to friends about them. Many people are literally obsessed with celebrities, so what better way to market your blog than to dedicate a few posts discussing these intriguing figures.
If you don’t want to talk about celebrity gossip on your blog, believe me, you don’t have to. However, you could try integrating different celebrity topics, such as Kim Kardashian’s butt-busting workout routine, how to get Katie Holmes’ full outfit for under $100, how to replicate Kate Hudson’s cat-eye makeup, etc. If you can stomach adapting some celebrity posts into your blog, give it a try. You may be surprised at the number of people that start positively commenting on your celeb-savvy posts.
Most bloggers are on a quest to create a truly unique blog, but – alas – it is an endeavor they’ll likely find to be impossible. If you’re looking to round up some more followers on your blog, try and integrate these three popular topics into your blog and you might be amazed how readers respond!