81 Topic Ideas for Starting a Blog that Matters

There are blogs about nearly every topic imaginable, but that doesn’t mean they’re all good!

Here at ZenBusiness, we believe that anyone who puts in the right amount of focused effort can build an audience online, even if it is about an obscure topic.

But knowing what to blog about isn’t always easy. Blog ideas and blog topics aren’t always easy to dream up.

We ran a blogging challenge a while back, and surveyed the participants about the topic ideas they were considering for their blogs. They didn’t use all of these blog ideas, but many of them did get used.

Don’t know what to blog about? Here are 81 blog topic and blog ideas to get you thinking on what to write about.

(Some of our favorite and most creative blog ideas are in bold.)

  1. Self improvement / personal development (how you overcame some obstacle or started a new habit, and what you learned)
  2. Health & fitness for busy people
  3. Learning a new language
  4. How to travel on a budget (best hotel deals, trip advice)
  5. Writing / writing style / copywriting
  6. Animal rescue
  7. Cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, etc.)
  8. Social dynamics & communication skills
  9. Working in uncommon fields of expertise while location independent
  10. Making your own ______ at home
  11. Recipes for couples without children
  12. Male guides to female communication
  13. Using technology in small business (credit card processing, customer relationship management, email marketing, etc.)
  14. Blogging about special kinds of foods
  15. Bullying/cyber bullying
  16. Behavioral disorders in children
  17. Body-weight training
  18. Entrepreneurial education for young children & adults
  19. Disc golf
  20. DIY projects, DIY business and selling homemade items
  21. How to have a strong marriage
  22. How to be a good friend
  23. How to train for a triathlon
  24. Careers vs jobs: following your passion
  25. Getting AWS certified
  26. Getting Microsoft certified
  27. The best burgers in your city/state/country
  28. Self-sustaining lifestyles (growing your own food, using solar power, living off the grid, etc.)
  29. Mind strengthening (mind over matter/ lucid dreaming)
  30. Beyond the basics of personal financial management
  31. Healthy eating during times of stress
  32. Ghost-hunting
  33. Home brewing beer
  34. Self defense training (“for women” or “for children” or “for business executives”)
  35. Indie video game development
  36. Video game tactics shown through video tutorials
  37. Helping small businesses get more customers
  38. Community gardening / urban farming
  39. Starting and running your own social network
  40. Point and shoot photography (how to create incredible photographs with your phone or whatever camera you have in your pocket)
  41. Blog & website design for non-designers (how to make your blog look incredible without spending a fortune)
  42. The art of getting what you want (how to use confidence and technique to get what you want from life, your relationships and your career)
  43. Making good video for the web (how to leverage the video medium to take your brand, blog, website, or business to the next level)
  44. Self-employment (The logistics behind how to start working for yourself, how to leave your job, find health insurance, set up a business entity, etc.)
  45. How to write an e-bestseller (documenting the process of creating an Amazon Kindle bestseller.)
  46. Rapid language learning for moving abroad
  47. How to become a better writer
  48. How to lose weight and feel awesome (even at middle age, the Primal/Paleo way)
  49. Modern vegan diets
  50. Urban commuting by bicycle
  51. Apartment living (this could range from renter issues to decor, etc.)
  52. Interior design on a budget
  53. Eating organic on a tight budget
  54. Health conscious, high mileage, minimalist traveling
  55. How to become a famous rockstar online
  56. Sports photography
  57. Life skills/life coaching for high school students
  58. College planning for homeschoolers
  59. Speaking in public (how to overcome the fear of the audience, minimal approaches to presentations, etc.)
  60. Finding family harmony (improving the relationship between family members, how to increase the creativity of kids and parents, how to help kids to find their passion and inner peace)
  61. Alternative running events (mudruns, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, etc.)
  62. Learning the Ukulele and other less common instruments
  63. Learn how to play guitar at an older age
  64. How to win arguments without losing friends
  65. Becoming a wine connoisseur or sommelier
  66. Build a custom boat and cross the Pacific in it
  67. Getting good at tennis and qualifying for tournaments
  68. Windsurfing
  69. Stand-up paddle boarding
  70. Mobile apps that can improve productivity, relationships with friends and family, and overall quality of life
  71. Simpler living (a blog that will explore and map a journey from a miserable traditional way of living back to a forgotten way of life)
  72. The best “places” around the world & do they live up to the hype?
  73. How to do travel photography/videography
  74. Preparing for The Next Great Recession (A blog based on a sustainable lifestyle with a smaller footprint)
  75. Building an iPhone application from scratch
  76. End of the world prophecies throughout time
  77. Car maintenance for non-gearheads
  78. Running a small agile business
  79. A “good cause” blog (telling the stories of successful non-profits & charities)
  80. Eco-tourism
  81. The world of virtual conferences
  82. QR codes – innovative ways to use them in small business marketing
  83. Inspired bootstrappers (a blog to inspire bootstrappers by posting real bootstrapper success stories)

Starting a blog is actually easy. Thousands of new blogs are started every day. Anyone can start a blog in 5 minutes, but very few people will create blogs that matter.

What’s the difference between most blogs and the select few that attract huge followings?

That’s a question I started asking myself long before I started my first blog. Since then, I’ve started four blogs that have attracted over a million visitors each, and I’ve helped friends and clients attract huge audiences and build thriving, sustainable businesses built around blogs.

I’ve also seen plenty of bloggers work incredibly hard on something that never takes off.

By studying these differences and through the work I’ve been doing for the past 10 years, I’ve developed a repeatable formula for building successful blogs.

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