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Do you blog? Would you like to? Here are some ideas to get you started

I have a question for all you bloggers out there: How do you decide what you’re going to write about?

I’ve known many people in the last few years who have started blogging. Many of them really don’t know what they want to write about, but they’ve decided it would be a good thing to blog, so they start blogging.

Many other folks have heard they can make money blogging, so they eagerly follow one blogging guru or another and that’s how the decide what to blog about. Still other folks have been told they can find a “niche” or specialized topic for their blog site, so they work hard at finding something they think will make them money, and build “niche blogs.” Most of them only have a vague idea of what a “niche” might be, and really no idea about how to find a niche they could blog about — and others think they’ve found a niche but really don’t know how to blog about it.

Then there are folks out there who’ve surveyed the multitude of niches, topics, etc., about which they could blog — ranging from toy tricycles to chess boards to colon cleansing to financial investing systems — and they found something they are personally interested in. They began blogging about something they felt passionate about and they absolutely love what they’re doing.

If you’re interested in blogging, the first thing I would suggest you do is eliminate “blog” and “blogging” from your vocabulary. That’s right. They are made-up words that have become culturally entrenched, but they are not helpful. In fact, if you’re getting started writing on the Internet, they are words which can mislead you.

Think of it this way: If you had never heard the words “blog” or “blogging,” what would you call such websites? How about “writing”??

Blogging is nothing more than writing articles on the Internet and having them almost instantly available for reading by anyone who has access to the Internet.

All the rest are simply technical details you really need to know little or thing about — the writing software you use for a “blog” takes care of all that for you once it’s been set up.

So, if you want to be a “blogger,” simply 1) use your writing skills to write online at a site you can easily find or set up for yourself with software that will publish your writing, and, 2) find what you have a passionate interest in and focus on that for the topic of your blogging — uh, scratch that — WRITING site.