Blogging is like partaking in an individual sport.

What attracts one person to blogging often differs from that which attracts the next.

Not only are we attracted to blogging for different reasons, we also differ in what we blog about (our niche).

Today’s Lesson

When I started blogging, I was not interested in having a blog about blogging. Instead, I saw myself blogging about that which I had learned over the years; sharing hints and tips and general life observations.

With my Observation Mountain blog, I did that, however after writing close to 200 posts, I began to run out of things to share.

In the meantime I was using this blog to document my blogging journey, as well as for sharing what I observed about blogging. Since I normally question things in life, and wonder if there’s a better way to accomplish “xyz”, this blog slowly grew into what it is today – my observations about blogging (lessons), followed by questions (assignments).

By reading your comments (answers to the questions), not only do I gain a different perspective to all aspects of blogging, but for those who read the comments, they do too.

When I reflect back on those first months of blogging, I never thought I would enjoy blogging about blogging. So, in a sense, it was this topic which picked me, instead of the other way around.

What about you?

Today’s Assignment

How did you decide what to blog about?

Have your choice of topics changed over time?

Care to share?

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  1. Barbara, I knew for a long time that I would like to share my diary entries with others, so when I learned about blogging it made sense that I could combine those two endeavors. I am starting the third year of my posts which are nightly diary entries that I wrote 50 years ago. At the present time I am posting entries about my first round of finals as a college student.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barbara,

      What a perfect combination – your old diaries and a blog. I like how it’s now fifty years later. I’ll bet rereading your entries brings back lots of wonderful memories.

      • Hi Barbara,
        I’ve just read your replies to the comments on your latest post and I would like to comment on that. You are so upbeat and inspirational. Every article you write and all your comments, and you do comment on all your comments, are complimentary, appreciative and gracious. It’s no wonder that you have such a following. Thanks!
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  2. JoyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    The theme of my new site picked me, so I listened and created.
    The theme of my previous site was one that I picked and I loved sharing. As I evolved in life, though, I outgrew the structure of my previous site. I still practice and teach the ideas (unfolding), but now I do so from a very specifically centered place.
    Also, I went from including quite a lot about my personal life with my children on our boat to less about our specific journey and more about the lessons we may reflect (in the few stories I share). I still share readily about my self and my journey but less about loved ones in my personal life.
    On this site, though, I have lots of room for personal expansion..so I am committed to that journey:)

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Joy,

      That’s interesting how that works, isn’t it? It’s not uncommon for us to outgrow our original idea, but if we listen, there’s usually a better one just around the corner.

      It’s great to see your passion shining through.

  3. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    I set a goal to become a published author and decided to start up a blog to start my platform and form an online presence. That was my original goal.

    I had no idea I’d end up working on the radio, writing articles about hip-hop, producing radio shows, and running a weekly teaching tip series. I guess all of that stuff kind of found me in a way.

    I’m very happy with what’s happened since I started blogging and wouldn’t change it for the world. Now I just need to get back to my original goal :)
    Check out Chase March’s awesome post.Redefining Masculinity in Hip-Hop Part 2 (Know Your History: Episode 24)My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chase,

      You’ve come a long way. I still remember you writing about your dreams to become a published author, and even some of your short stories. Now look at you. Wow! Sounds like you have a bright future ahead of you.

      I’m very happy for you. You deserve it. :)

  4. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    My personal blog is largely about sharing my photos and occasionally commenting on other things. How I share my photos continues to evolve and, I suppose, my topics do, too, especially with trying to incorporate the facebook fan page, too.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mike,

      You’re becoming a video expert. I love the clips you put together – photos mixed with music. Instead of calling yourself a blogger, I’d say you’re also a vlogger (video blogger). And a mighty fine one, at that.

  5. I started blogging because I want to enhance my English writing skills, considering that English is not our own language.

    Time came that my driving interest in my blogging activities has changed, from enhancing my writing skills to earning money by giving advices to people who are asking my help and advices.

    After some times, I became lazy. I seldom write post for the blog. But just to maintain my blog, I hire someone who will write post for me.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Sustines,

      Blogging is a great way to enhance our writing skills. It sounds like it worked out for you. With you hiring someone else to write your blog posts, I’m guessing that gives you the opportunity to concentrate on other aspects of your life.

  6. AdrianNo Gravatar says:

    Hello Barbara, well I started My blogging by being fascinated from the Sports cars and their specifications but over the period of time I got interested into computer development and software development and hence I switched Myself towards the development field. That was a sharp turn from One topic to another. honestly if I say i want to move now towards the Traveling topic because since last two years I have been In love with the nature. i want to get out of my computer screen and feel the natural environment with my Laptop on my Lap! Thanks

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Adrian,

      That’s one great thing about blogging. It’s easy to make a switch and oftentimes we can keeps a lot of our readers, as well. That’s a big switch to go from sports cars to computer software, but it sounds like travel is where your passion is.

  7. AbleakNo Gravatar says:

    Earlier I started blogging because of my need for money. I was doing my graduation and thought of using my talent in writing blogs. Slowly I got the hang of it and now I have started writing on a daily basis. I like sharing all my experiences and my knowledge with the world. So in a way you can say I picked it and later it picked me.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ableak,

      I think a lot of people start blogs with the intention of making money with them, but as you mentioned, as time passed you found other aspects of blogging which bring you joy as well. That’s what happened to me, too.

  8. That’s very nice that you decided to start blogging) And I agree with you that it’s very important when you get comments, and have discussions with your readers
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Yes. Answering comments we receive on our blogs is important (or at least I think so). Not only do we get to learn from those who share their thoughts, but we can make new online friends at the same time.

  9. jessietaylor92No Gravatar says:

    Blogs picked me but at the same time I picked it too. It’s nice to read blogs which caught your interest, they make you realize to write about things that are some what related with it. They might gave you some important points which are usually, we are unaware that we had already forgotten.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jessie,

      Definitely. Reading other blogs is a great source for not only learning, but for getting ideas for blog posts or ways to improve our lives.

  10. It is so nice that you find pleasure in the subjects you blog about. To find success in ‘blogging about blogging’ must be priceless. I wasn’t sure it would be beneficial when I started blogging, but have learned that many people do find interest in learning and appreciate the fact that people take time to share. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Barbara !
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Boulder Dermatologist,

      Yes. I do find blogging about blogging priceless. Not only to I get to share what I learn, but get to meet a lot of other bloggers, too.

      That’s one thing about starting a blog. We don’t know if what we share will be beneficial to others, but more times than not, people will show up and tell us what we shared was helpful.

  11. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara!
    I initially started my blog Erasing the Bored to help inspire and motivate people. I cannot now, nor could I then, see how anyone on this earth could be bored – ever! Too much great stuff in this world. I could have kept that up forever – never a lack of topics to write about but I found my writing reflecting my lifestyle more and more and the health/wellness issues.

    I still don’t run out of topics! :) I did change the name to Today’s Path with my website connected to the blog now when I set up shop. I’ve studied nutrition for a life time but a few classes in bio-chemistry and cellular biology lit a fire in me! Now I’m trying to inspire and motivate people to eat GOOD real food and take responsibility for their health. It is a darn good thing I’m self-motivating, because I am sure not finding an overwhelmingly receptive audience!

    But I blog on!
    Hugs (and an extra one for following me all this time!)
    suZen
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi SuZen,

      I, for one, am thrilled you blog on. What you share is priceless. That said, your topic is a tough one. People know they should eat better, lose weight or whatever, however until they’re ready to make that change, no blog post or prodding will help.

      What I see happening is your blog will become one of those blogs where people end up digging through your archives when they’re ready to make that change.

      And I know you’ll still be there. 8)

  12. Adam JamesNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I started off just blogging about my interests, but as I moved from and to blogging platforms I eventually found WordPress, I wanted more so wanted to set up a self hosted blog, from there I ended up spending so long search for plugins that my next subject to blog about just picked me.

    And now as I learn more I want to share that knowledge with others so they can benefit like I have from the knowledge others have past on.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Adam,

      I like how your blogging journey evolved and how you want to help others.

      I know for myself, I’m often looking for a plugin to do this or that and my searches don’t always lead to the best one. Your recent post looks to be a great resource, not only for new bloggers but for seasoned ones, too. Great job!

  13. Whenever I decide to blog about something new, I just start a new blog. :-)
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  14. Cherish AkermanNo Gravatar says:

    Sounds confusing at first. You blog about blogging. But your thoughts are really true. I don’t know how to come up with a topic to begin with. I just write what I feel writing at the moment. Like hilarious experiences and realizations. Aside from blogging about blogging, what special topic do you write about?

    Thanks for your ideas! Well done!

    -Cherish
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Cherish,

      With blogging we don’t have to have a specific niche, so if you just blog about whatever comes to mind, that’s okay, too.

      As for me, I have another blog where I blog about recycling. I call my “green blog”, however I haven’t updated it for ages.

  15. Marnie ByodNo Gravatar says:

    I was started blogging a month ago for personal interests in blogger but I have only 3 posts there and I don’t use to update it because I have so many things that I need to do. For now, I use to keep update it and thanks for the inspiration that makes me to do more about blogging!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Marnie,

      Welcome to the blogosphere. One thing I learned about blogging is life needs to come first. Blogs can wait.

      Enjoy your journey. :)

  16. I had tried writing on a few other topics with the express purpose of making money. It wasn’t until I just wrote about my passions that I fully enjoyed it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi John,

      You nailed it. When we blog about that which we’re passionate about, the blogging experience changes.

      P.S. I skimmed your blog and by the looks of it, you’re on track to having a blog filled with interesting reading and lots of photos.

  17. This is one of the toughest decisions that a blogger can make. It is because the topic or genre of the blog will dictate the readers that will follow the blog.

    Yes, it was a dilemma of mine years ago.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Christopher,

      That’s true. What we write about will determine who our readers will be. One thing I found is if we share what we’re passionate about, like minded people find us (eventually).

  18. CatrienNo Gravatar says:

    In the beginning, the topics came pretty easily but after about 100 posts, it took me a lot of time to think of what to write. Earlier I used to pick up topics based on my knowledge and spread it to the world. But it was pretty obvious that ill run out of knowledgeable ideas one day as I am not Einstein. So now I have started writing on real life topics. Topics like my daily activities, love, nature and many such things. So now I just wait for something to happen and I write about it. In this way you can say, I wait for the topic to chose me.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Catrien,

      Some topics are that way. They limit our ability to continue to blog about them. When that happens, we can easily lose our desire to write.

      Waiting for a topic to write about is a great way to have material to share. It’s always a surprise.

  19. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. my blog was to outline ideas I talked to my mother about after her strokes … and to stimulate anyone interested – thankfully there have been many.

    I now blog for my audience and for myself – so I’m educating me .. as well as others who are interested enough to read.

    My topics are very varied and so I’m not following a theme – other than anyone that comes and visits will enjoy themselves looking at things from a different perspective.

    I just love the mix of blogs and the ability they offer for me to learn more about many different subjects; the supportive friends I’ve found around ..

    Cheers Hilary

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      As I’ve told you before, I see you as a historian. Every time I visit your blog, I learn something new and interesting. I can see how you’d never run out of topics and why you appeal to such a wide audience.

      Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s a hit. :)

  20. My blogging topics are always about my own experiences – i.e. even when I write about technical topics. Basically I wait till a good topic is available with me and then blog about it. These days I do not get alarmed if I don’t post for a month :)

    As for the choice of topics, yes. As I get older, I think I have a more impartial view of things and tend to pick topics that I can pass as a message to the younger crowd.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ajith,

      I think when we blog about what we’ve learned, it helps others to see the “big picture” more clearly.

      I agree. Age is a great teacher. If what we share can help others, we’ve made a positive contribution to society.

  21. SvetlanaNo Gravatar says:

    I was just thinking today – how come that the most popular blogs are, well, about blogging? How come that people never run out of ideas of blogging about blogging? lol. But to answer your question – my topic picked me. I live in Toronto, and it’s an amazing city. Even if I run out of ideas and describe all hotels and attractions available in Toronto, there is always something interesting going on that I could write about – shows, plays, competitions, etc. So the choice was very natural!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Svetlana,

      Yes. There are a lot of blogs about blogging. :)

      That’s smart of you to blog about your city. As you said, even if you run out of things to write about, you can always add current events. It’s a great way to keep your readers up to date as well as educate them about your town.

  22. Karens28No Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. I started a health and wellness blog a few months ago. I’ve found that since that time I only want to read blogs about blogging. I know I’m supposed to be in my own niche reading and networking with fellow health bloggers but I always find myself at sites such as yours. It’s become an obsession but from some of the comments, I get the feeling I’m not alone. I do enjoy your blog completely. I’m guessing if my blog morphs into something else it will be a blog about blogging. Thanks for all of the great tips!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Karen,

      I think that’s pretty typical – to visit blogs outside our niche. One thing about blogs about blogging is they give us ideas for our own blog and we can meet other bloggers at the same time. What I find is by visiting a variety of blogs, I not only expand my knowledge base, but pick up blogging ideas as well.

      We never know where the inspiration for our next post will come from.

  23. JordanNo Gravatar says:

    Always follow your instincts. Ideas manifest when actions is taken. This is the concept I always follow. The first things that literally pops into my head, I write about!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jordan,

      That’s actually a great way to get a post out fast – if an idea manifests itself and we sit down immediately and write about it. Unfortunately, a lot of my good ideas pop up at inopportune times and then I forget what it was. :(

  24. My blog tends to be all over the place. My interests fluctuate and I blog about whatever seems to peak my interest at the time. I also like reading the comments and communicating with my readers. It’s great to read what inspires everyone else!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      That’s how my Observation Mountain blog is – no rhyme or reason. Although some say we need to keep a blog within a specific niche, I think as long as we’re sharing valuable information, those who are looking for what we’re sharing will (hopefully) find it.

  25. We have different reasons why we write and it’s nice to writ something or blog something that we really like. You can even make blogs your actual journal to share so that others can get advises and ideas from you. Great post you got there!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Vernette,

      You’re right. We do have different reasons why we blog, but as you mentioned, it’s nice to writing about something we like or enjoy. It think that’s what keeps bloggers going. Can you imagine writing posts about something you have no interest in? I know I’d burn out fast.

  26. AnnaNo Gravatar says:

    Hm, the history behind my blog…well…I have been crazy about dental issues for a long time, and I became very interested in it very young. What made me start a blog about it? I was mad. I was mad about neglectful parents who ruin their children’s oral future by not taking enough care of their teeth. I see a lot of 7-10 years old kids with rotten teeth, and I want parents to be aware of dental hygiene. I know, that this topic is not so usual, but I hope? I can help others with their questions.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Anna,

      With a passion that’s been with you for so long, it’s sound like dentistry was your obvious choice. I’m curious. Have you ever thought about becoming a dentist?

  27. I began blogging to find a place to put down my thoughts…I thought it was something personal…very soon I discovered a world of readers out there and enjoy the interaction. I blog on personal development issues but try to focus on stuff that I have gone through myself. So my posts are not a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ but personal experiences which might spark of questions in my readers. Thanks for helping me look back, Barbara!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Corinne,

      That’s actually a great idea. I think whenever we share stories from our own life (without telling others what they should do), our readers can learn from our experiences and may contemplate changes they’d like to make.

      P.S. Congratulations to your parents on their 61st wedding anniversary. That’s a huge milestone. :)

  28. MantoNo Gravatar says:

    How did you decide what to blog about?
    I don’t choose. I just sit in front of the laptop, read articles and blogs, and start to write anything that comes to my mind.

    Have your choice of topics changed over time?
    Of course they change over time. Often. Very.

    Care to share?
    As I want to write any topic that comes to my mind, I set a lot of blogs, each blog with specific topic. But they’re all under the same Goggle Account so it is easier to manage them.

    Btw, thx for the share :)

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Manto,

      So by the sounds of it, your topics choose you. It also sounds like you have your hands full with numerous blogs. I wish you well on your blogging journey.

  29. What I am wondering about is – although you have such a great block with a constantly amount of visitors.. why do you not put advertisement on your website. I mean this little banners, which do not disturb reading .. In my opinion you could earn some extra money.. maybe to pay your hoster or just to get some new motivation (if you need that ;) )
    Kind regards from Switzerland..

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Firmengründung Schweiz,

      Good question. In the past I had ads on this blog but all they did was take up space. Since they weren’t profitable, I chose to remove them. Your comment reminded me that maybe I should revisit adding banners at some point.

  30. for me i topic piked me as i am a photographer and a gadget freak person but my main interest is in photography but instead of blogging about photography i use to blog about gadgets and technology so for me it pick me :|
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Rohit,

      With the range of interests you have, it sounds like you could have more than one blog.

      If you ever start blogging about photography, let me know as I’d love to see your work.

  31. Well, it comes with passion and passion to business. In my personal blog I tend to share photos and some life lesson I’ve been through, some are pleasure and some about business specially social media topics. Yes, my topic changes over time so categorizing my post is a great idea for a person like mine.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jerry,

      So you wear two hats – one as a business blogger and one as a personal blogger. That’s a great way to share all aspects of your life and to meet potential clients, as well.

  32. ArmandNo Gravatar says:

    Nice title! It made me think where I really am. But I must admit it’s both. As a beginner, it’s normal to pick some ideas from other blogs. And some point, there are really blogs that it will hit you personally, which makes you realized that it is true. That’s the time, blog picked you.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Armand,

      Yes. When we first start blogging we can get lots of ideas from other blogs. I think it’s a matter of finding a topic we have an interest in and go from there. If down the road our interests change, it’s easy enough to change our blog as well.

  33. Barbara,

    I picked my blogging niche based upon what I do for a living and my cumulative knowledge in the field of business and finance. However, the audience also shapes the blog, since the popularity of some posts vs. others, comments generated, etc. all provide an indicator of what people are looking to find in the way of information, so it ends up being a two-way street.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi David,

      I think that’s what a lot of bloggers do – pick a topic they’re knowledgeable about, but like you said, some aspects of the topic will resonate more with readers, than others.

      I’ve noticed that on this blog, too and make a mental note of what readers appear to want, and what they don’t. That said, if I feel a topic is important, I’ll post about it anyway, even though I know the post views may be lower.

  34. SanjayNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Barbara,
    I picked my niche because I want to expand my knowledge on it, blogging has helped and taught me a lot of things that I wouldn’t learned on my day job.
    Upon learning those things I tend to share them for the newbies on Web Design and Photoshop. Hopefully my blog would be successful like yours.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Sanjay,

      That’s a great way to learn more – to choose a topic that interests you, blog about it and as you learn, you’re sharing with your readers. By doing that, you’re not only showing your readers how you’ve progressed, but allows you to have compassion for them when they’re confused (about web design or Photoshop). Great idea!

  35. AureaNo Gravatar says:

    Oh gosh, every time I face the computer, I am thinking about a lot of topics on what to write about and ran out of ideas in the end! :D Maybe, it would be much better if you are launching a business and you blog about things that are related to your business, that would lessen the difficulty in thinking about topics and ideas. :)

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Aurea,

      It’s tough sometimes, isn’t it? Ideas flow, but they don’t necessarily make for a great blog post.

      I think it helps to get focused on a specific topic, write about that and later we can always add more blogs on which we can incorporate those other ideas.

  36. PrithviNo Gravatar says:

    Well, deciding about blogging for the first time was not a co-incidence for me, as i was pretty experienced in reading the blogs till then, but i was a school student who was just 9 and could not give much time to blog writing, but today , as a 16 years old teenager and with 7 years of experience, i am enjoying blogging.

    Yeah, my choice of topics has changed over last few years, as i started writing game reviews at first, later i switched to photo blogging, and i ended up shifting to tech blogger 2 years back. The main thing is, whatever i have tried, i have enjoyed everything.. :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Prithvi,

      You raised a good point. Over the years our interests may change, but once we understand the blogging process, it’s not all that hard to switch to a new topic.

      It’s a fun journey, isn’t it?

  37. PieminiNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know if I really like blogging, I think it’s kind of waste of time. I only blog when there isn’t anything else to do. Like at this moment. But I’m really happy that you like blogging. Maybe it’s not just for me.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Piemini,

      That’s true. Blogging is not for everyone. Not only can it be hard work, but some days it can feel like a waste of time. I think it comes down to why we’re blogging and what we hope to get out of it.

  38. Carol HansenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Do you have any page on Twitter or Facebook cause would be grateful if i am one of your followers and fans.

    Thanks!
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  39. ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    My business was the reason why I entered in blogging. But it does not limit to this, I am passionate about writing too! I like to write articles on recent events. Also as I am gadget freak I love to write about gadgets which I like to own. Blogging has helped in my business a lot. It is the way through which I keep my passion alive without affecting the business.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Thomas,

      That’s a great idea – to not only blog for business purposes but to share your other knowledge, as well. And, if you tie the two (business and personal blog) together, it gives your clients a chance to learn a little more about you as a person and not just as a businessman.

  40. Jeremy SmithNo Gravatar says:

    When i started out at blogging, I blogged about music and everything that I loved but then with time I lost interest in everything and started having a blog on tips and hints, mostly to help people out there. But to be absolutely honest, I am losing interest in that as well now, need to look for a new interest.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jeremy,

      I think that’s pretty normal – to lose interest in some of the topics we blog about and get burn out.

      One thing about blogging is it’s easy to start new blogs, so anytime we find a new passion, the potential for a blog is there, as well.

  41. Hallo Barbara,
    You have such a beautiful blog. It is stylish. I really like it.
    Well, I had some very difficult years in many aspects and saw that I have to make profound changes. I then began my blog exactly about that topic: life change. I now am not able to write posts myself and have guest authors. But when I write, I research things, always learn something news: Such as how things happen and how to change tragedy into a good outcome. How important it is that you feel good and happy. Yes, I have chosen a subject I really enjoy writing about.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Christa,

      I think that’s a great idea – to use guest posters to keep your blog on topic when you’re busy with life.

      It’s fun blogging about that which we enjoy, isn’t it?

  42. PieminiNo Gravatar says:

    I started blogging recently. I read articles that interest me and the post sometimes comments. I usually blog when there isn’t anything else to do. It’ great way to improve my English since I’m from Latvia.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Piemini,

      That’s true. Blogging and/or commenting on blogs is a great way to help improve our language skills. Not only do you get to read what others are saying, but with comments being open on most blogs, you get to share your thoughts, as well.

  43. “Not only are we attracted to blogging for different reasons, we also differ in what we blog about (our niche).” This is so true, some think that blogging is merely writing what you want. Yes, it’s about sharing your thoughts but blogging has evolved in a way that a blogger has to think about his or her readers first. Besides, THEY read your entries. I learned in the book “It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences” by June Casagrande that in writing, readers come first.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mdenise,

      Isn’t that the truth? Blogging is not just about sharing what we feel/think, but also considering what our audience wants to read/hear about.

      The book you referenced sounds fantastic. I’ll have to check it out. :)

  44. MichaelNo Gravatar says:

    I certainly like your website theme. It stands out, which is great. I think something like this would look good on my photography website. I will have to give it some thought.

    On topic – I started my website two years ago and had no idea what I was doing. Then I got involved in other projects and ignored it. Now I am back, with a passion and a mission to create the best site that I can. My topic is whatever I am currently working on in other parts of my life.

    I just hope it works out.
    Check out Michael’s awesome post.Light Painting Tutorial and PicturesMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Michael,

      That’s one of the great things about blogging – our blogs will wait for us. I’m happy to hear you have a new found passion for sharing. With your attitude, I’ve no doubt you’ll do great.

      P.S. You post on light painting sounds fascinating. I’ll come by one day soon and check it out.

  45. I blog about real estate related topics and it’s more for educational purposes vs. entertainment purposes. I don’t think anyone ever even reads my blog, but at least i’m producing fresh content weekly. That’s not such a bad thing!
    Check out Chris @ Houses in Austin’s awesome post.Austin Real Estate Market Statistics: December 2011My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      You’re right. It’s not a bad thing to continually provide fresh content. Not only can readers learn from what you post, but they get to know a little more about you in the process which I’d believe could help your business.

  46. Hi Barbara,
    I think blogging is very essential these days in order to establish your online presence.When I started my blog , I didn’t bother exactly what I would be going to share, but slowly it became a part of my life.And I love sharing knowledge with people and gaining their insight on topic.Its true that beside bloggers, commentators learn a lot more stuff through blogs.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Venus,

      I agree. Our online presence is becoming very important. Although we can establish profiles on social networking sites like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, a blog gives a better chance to share our knowledge – all in one spot.

  47. Khleo ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    I got into blogging about Hip Hop and R&B music because I used to spend so much time online looking for new music that I should try to make a career out of it. I absolutely love doing it too. I get to interact with some of my favorite artists.
    Check out Khleo Thomas’s awesome post.Bow Wow – Do It to the Fullest and 5 Fingers of Death Freestyle – DownloadMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Khleo,

      That sounds like a lot of fun and being able to interact with some of your favorite artists is like icing on the cake.

  48. AshokNo Gravatar says:

    I started off with tech matters a few years back and I am sticking to that line, though in between I had to change the blog. Continuing in the same line gives you advantage by way of consistent efforts in the same direction.
    Check out Ashok’s awesome post.Windows Defender Offline to remove malicious unwanted programsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Ashok,

      With technology changing so fast, I’d imagine you never lack for topics to write about. It sounds like what you learned in the past has helped to make your blog/site what it is today.

  49. vishvastNo Gravatar says:

    hello ]
    i daily visit ur blog and every day i find cool stuffs and great article there ……i like the way of ur writing really nice thnx for sharing ur ideas and enjoyable articvles
    Check out vishvast’s awesome post.Android Apps You Need to TryMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Vishvast,

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to hear what I post is helping you on your blogging journey.

  50. Kee G.No Gravatar says:

    For me, a blog has its own DNA too. A blog is always different to another blog no matter what happens. A blog might also have twins when someone tries to imitate a blog. But whatever happens, a blog will always be different to another blog.

    I do blog on the how to blog niche. And on this niche, there are so many blogs out there writing in the same topic and writing in the same style. A blog’s writing style will reflects your blog’s personality. So if you just copy a blog, then you’re not totally different to that blog. But still that blog and your blog is different.
    Check out Kee G.’s awesome post.How To Design Your Own Blogspot Simple TemplateMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Kee,

      Good point. Even if a blog was copied, it wouldn’t be the same as the original blog. Like you said, each blog has it’s own DNA. It’s up to us to make it different.

  51. johnaveryNo Gravatar says:

    i guess in the case of blogging it picked me, i was aware of blogging in which people write about their every day events and to a very little extent the potential of it being an earning opportunity but never started doing one.I started to work in a SEO company and that is where i knew about its real potential and started blogging, so i guess it picked me.
    Check out johnavery’s awesome post.South India tour packageMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi John,

      That’s a great story. From the sounds of it, having a blog was the obvious next step. :)

  52. I never thought i would get into blogging until i had a lot of questions fired at me every day about weight loss. In the end i was sick of answering everybodys questions so i decided to throw up everything i know about weight loss and put it all on one blog. Now i just refer people to my blog :D

  53. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Stubborn Belly Fat,

    What a good idea. Not only do you get people to visit your blog, but they get to learn from your experience, as well. Smart.

  54. It’s interesting how we often end up doing something we never expected, and besides you can’t blog about the one thing forever, it get’s tedious and like you said Barbara you start to run out of material.

    Just out of interest, do you prefer running this blog more than you’re previous one?

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Richard,

      You’re right. Life often takes us on unexpected journeys. :)

      To answer your question, I prefer this blog to my other ones as I get to interact with other bloggers in all phases of their blogging journey and get to learn from all of you, as well.

  55. I’d like to think that I started blogging about dance because “I chose” it…But then again I have been a dancer my whole life and now I own a dance studio so I’m sort of an expert in the field…And it’s probably the only thing I can write about right now that gives others lots of value! So yes i chose it but it also chose me…
    Check out Leon @ Learn to dance’s awesome post.Swing Basic Step – 1st East Coast Swing dance move!My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Leon,

      From the sounds of it, dance has always been a passion of yours. How fortunate you are to not only own a dance studio, but to be able to blog about dance, as well.

      P.S. I checked out your blog and like how you’ve set up videos showing each dance step. What a great way to learn. :)

  56. SamuelNo Gravatar says:

    Blogging for me is sorta a passion that was covered with dust. I didn’t know about it, but knew it was around.

    I just started recently and love the journey, even thought results seem not to like the newcomers. :)

    I enjoy to write and share what I think to those that need help, and those that enjoy to help me as well. Interesting stuff.
    Check out Samuel’s awesome post.How To Generate Comments Like Crazy!My Profile