7 Proven Blog Topic Ideas for New BloggersWhat Should I Start a Blog About? Examples to Inspire Your New Blog in 2023

Asking yourself, what should I start a blog about? You’ve come to the right place. Here are 7 proven blog topic ideas to inspire your journey to becoming a new blogger today—including real world examples and a step-by-step guide to getting started with your new blog.

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If you’re thinking of starting a blog, or getting back into blogging, you might be wondering… what should I start a blog about?—or if this isn’t your first rodeo, which blog topics you should pursue this time around. Enter: My guide to choosing the right blog topic ideas.

It can be tough to settle on a topic, or even a blog name, at the start of your blogging journey. Maybe you have lots of ideas and you want to blog about everything. Or maybe you don’t mind what you blog about, but you want to be able to make money blogging one day and you’re not sure which blog topics are likely to be most profitable.

So many bloggers put off starting their blog because they can’t decide on a topic. But the top blogging advice from successful bloggers concludes that the longer you wait, the more likely it is that someone else is going to jump in and start a topic in the exact niche you wanted to conquer. More importantly, you don’t want to be sitting here at the exact same time next year… wishing you’d started today.

In this guide, I’ll help you pick the right topic for you to start a blog about. If you’re looking for inspiration on individual blog topics, check out my list of 200+ blog post ideas to inspire your writing today.

7 Smart Blog Topic Ideas for New Bloggers: What Should I Start a Blog About?

  1. Why Does Your Blog Need a Topic?
  2. Blog Topic Ideas to Inspire New Bloggers (7 Examples)
  3. Choosing a Blog Topic Idea That’s Right for You (What to Blog About)
  4. Low-Risk Ways to Test Out Your Blog Topic Ideas
  5. Starting a Blog With Your Own Unique Spin on an Existing Topic

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Why Does Your Blog Need a Topic?

You might wonder why your blog needs a topic at all. After all, it’s your blog! Can’t you just write about whatever blog post ideas pop into your head on a given day?

I love trail running & hiking, but I blog about that on a different site (rather than here).

Well, you absolutely can do that. There’s no rule saying you can’t. And if you have a personal blog that’s a creative outlet or a space to share what’s on your mind with friends and family, then that’s great. You should write about anything that inspires & energizes you!

But if you want to make money from your blog, build an audience for your work or build a blog business plan to execute on… you need to pick a clear blog topic to focus on.

Readers Want One Clear Blog Topic

Think of it this way: Your favorite blogs probably stick to one main topic (even if it’s a broad one). If you love reading about travel, you might give up on a supposedly “travel” blog that has constant posts about completely different topics like credit cards, getting fit, or the blogger’s complicated family drama.

Of course, your readers will be interested in more than one thing, just like you. But they’ll come to your blog expecting a specific type of content.

A Blog Topic Makes Blogging (and SEO) Easier for You

From your point of view, having a topic makes blogging a lot easier, too. If you can write about anything, it can be hard to come up with blog post ideas that seem good enough. But if you’re sticking to a topic, having that limit in place can make it easier to brainstorm ideas for your blog posts.

Side note: If you’re looking for individual blog post topic inspiration, try my free AI-Powered Blog Title Generator Tool to get dozens of SEO-friendly topic ideas to make your blog posts stand out today.

Having a clear topic also makes SEO (search engine optimization) easier, as search engines like Google consider how relevant your blog as a whole is to a search query—not just the individual pages.

Your topic will also influence things like your blog theme (the right WordPress themes give you a lot of design and blog layout options), what you put in your sidebar, and pages like About and FAQs on your blog.

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7 Popular Blog Topic Ideas to Inspire New Bloggers (Examples)

There are lots of great blog topics you can write about if you want to make money. Some perennially popular niches are:

1. Personal Finance Blogging

Interested in money? Personal finance blogs are a great way to share your ideas and tips—and they can also prove lucrative. Lots of people are searching for help with common personal finance issues, like getting out of debt, saving for a house, and sticking to a budget—all fantastic blog post ideas, by the way.

Fun Personal Finance Blog Mr Money Mustache Niche Blog Example

You could monetize this type of blog by offering spreadsheets or templates for download, through affiliate marketing, advertising, online courses and more.

Examples of Successful Personal Finance Blogs

  • Mr. Money Mustache: This popular blog is distinctive both for the no-nonsense tone and for its focus on making enough money (and reducing expenses sufficiently) to no longer need a day job.
  • Money Under 30: This blog targets an audience of under-30s, providing beginner-friendly articles on a wide range of personal finance topics (including debt, budgeting, credit, and more).

2. Travel Blogging

While you might think the market is saturated for travel blogs, there’s always room for a fresh perspective or a different angle on your travel experiences. You might write about solo travel, travel adventures with young kids, or budget-friendly travel. Travel bloggers can score free trips and gear depending upon the type of blog posts they craft, too.

Example of a Blog Topic on Hiking (Hike with Ryan Screenshot)

You could easily turn your travel blog traffic into money through affiliate marketing posts where you share top travel gear, roundups of your favorite hotels (or airlines), gifts for hikers (one of my best blog posts there) and much more.

Examples of Successful Travel Blogs

  • Notes from the Road: Focusing on first-hand experiences, and sharing sketches and photos, this blog aims to “be written merely for the joy of curious explorers and travelers.”
  • Hike With Ryan: My own travel blog! Rather than covering a huge range of types of travel on this blog, I stay focused on one of my favorite activities—hiking.

3. Food Blogging

Whether it’s a blog where you share your Grandma’s recipes, a collection of posts for people who want to eat great food while losing weight, or a blog celebrating different foods from around the world, you can find your own approach and voice on a food-related blog. For more on getting off the ground in this niche, check out my guide to starting a food blog.

Example of a Food Blog Topic Idea (Minimalist Baker)

Many food bloggers sell collections of their recipes, share behind the scenes video content, answer common questions readers have—and you could also host blog advertisements using Google AdSense as a monetization starting point. Just be sure your blog content strategy takes this all into account.

Examples of Successful Food Blogs

  • Wandercooks: This great blog shares cuisines, cultures, and recipes from around the world. It’s packed with recipes – which include variations and substitutions too.
  • Minimalist Baker: As you might expect from its name, this blog shares straightforward recipes, with plenty of those being vegan and gluten-free recipes.

4. Self-Improvement Blogging

The self-improvement niche is a huge one, covering all sorts of topics like time management, personal growth, strengthening relationships, and much more. While there’s already plenty of tried-and-true advice out there, you might be able to bring a fresh approach.

ZenHabits Niche Blog Example in the Mindfulness Space

There are lots of ways to monetize a self-improvement blog. Online courses are particularly popular in this niche, as well as subscription newsletters that can share in-depth takeaways from recent experiments in your life, open letters to your readers, roundups of the most popular blog content in your niche and more.

Examples of Successful Self-Improvement Blogs

  • Marie Forleo: Hugely popular and famous for B-School in particular, Marie Forleo’s blog deals with topics like sleeping better, overcoming fear, believing in yourself, and much more.
  • Zen Habits: This long-running blog has a deliberately minimalist and calming website, along with thoughtful and in-depth articles covering a wide range of self-improvement topics.

5. Health and Fitness Blogging

Most of us have some level of interest in health and fitness. Whether you’re blogging about becoming a super-fit bodybuilder or about simply losing weight and enjoying running around with the kids, a health and fitness blog could reach a huge audience.

Nerd Fitness Blog Example (Homepage Screenshot)

Use Google Analytics to pinpoint the most popular posts on your health and fitness blog, then consider these as an opportunity to promote your ebook, online course, or affiliate partners. You can also monetize a fitness blog by doing things like selling cheat sheets for maximizing your time at the gym (which will also give you great content ideas by seeing which topics are most popular), cooking hacks for fast, high-protein meals at home and more.

Examples of Successful Health and Fitness Blogs

  • Nerd Fitness: This clever fitness blog focuses on making fitness fun, and throws in plenty of geeky references along the way.
  • No Meat Athlete: Another fitness blog focusing squarely on a specific audience, No Meat Athlete is about fitness for vegans.

6. Small Business Blogging

Each year, the number of small businesses in the USA grows. And in the wake of the “great resignation”, more and more people are turning to blogs that help with things like business ideas, setup, growth, marketing, and logistics.

Shopify's Blog (Topic Ideas on Small Business) Example to Inspire

Small business blogs often sell their own products/services for business owners—but they can also make great money as affiliates for web hosting providers, WordPress plugins, business apps and other useful tools for supporting small business ideas. Check out my ultimate guide to starting a business on the side of your day job for an example to inspire you—it’s a great blog post that features an infographic, compiles real-world advice, uses myself as a case study, offers step-by-step guidance and more.

Examples of Successful Small Business Blogs

  • Side Hustle Nation: One of my favorite side hustle blogs, Side Hustle Nation covers a range of topics related to running a side business, investing, and more.
  • Shopify: The Shopify blog is packed with useful advice on running an eCommerce business, along with lots of inspiring and helpful personal stories from Shopify users who’ve used digital marketing to grow their businesses.

7. Parenting Blogging

New parents might be up at all hours searching for advice—and parents facing a new stage, like elementary school, the teen years, or an empty nest, will also turn to the internet for advice. Whatever stage of parenting your blog deals with, you’re likely to find a readership.

Example of Parenting Blogging (Scary Mommy Topic) Screenshot

This type of blog can be a little harder to monetize, but affiliate marketing is likely to do well here: parents always need more gear, DIY tutorials and toys to entertain their children! New content like frequently asked questions (FAQ) segments and listicles do really well with this audience of time-strapped readers.

Examples of Successful Parenting Blogs

  • ScaryMommy: A huge, multi-author blog that tackles all aspects of parenting; its laid-back and relatable first-person tone helps create its very recognizable brand.
  • A Fine Parent: A positive parenting blog, with thoughtful and well-researched content from a wide range of guest writers, covering lots of parenting topics all from the same broad parenting philosophy.

While these seven blog topic ideas are far from the only topics you could start a blog about today, they’re some of the most proven niches for building an audience & a profitable online business. For even more ideas and inspiration, check out my list of 60+ profitable blog niches to consider this year.

Ready to Start Your Blog Today?

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Choosing a Blog Topic Idea That’s Right for You (What to Blog About)

By now, I hope it’s clear that there are lots of different topics you could write about—and make money doing it.

Instead of trying to pick the most profitable blog niche or the one that you think will be easiest to search engine optimize, I’d recommend you instead focus on the topic that’s the best fit for you.

Choosing a Blog Topic Idea (Brainstorming Image)

The truth is, there isn’t one single blog topic that’s likely to outperform all others. Two factors that make a huge difference to whether a blogger succeeds in making money online and going full-time as a blogger are:

  • How long that blogger sticks with blogging: It could take at least your first year to start seeing significant results.
  • How much hard work the blogger puts in : High-quality blog posts that come out every week will always do better than half-hearted posts at irregular intervals.

With these factors in mind, what’s really important for a successful blog is that you choose blog topic ideas that you want to blog about for the long term—something you truly care about and have a real interest in.

To find that sweet spot of blog topic ideas you’ll be motivated about (and avoid writer’s block), ask yourself questions like:

  • What do you love to talk about with friends?
  • What do you do in your free time?
  • What’s your day job—and do you enjoy it?
  • What successes have you had in life?
  • What type of writing would you like to do—i.e. tutorials vs personal essays?
  • Is this your first blog or a new blog? (If it’s not your first blog, why didn’t your first blog work out?)

Your answers to these questions could help you figure out what to blog about (and answer that tough question, what should I start a blog about? in a very natural way).

Ready to Start Your Blog Today?

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5 Low-Risk Ways to Test Out Your Blog Topic Ideas

By now, you might have a blog topic in mind that you’d like to write about. But how can you be sure it’s going to make you a successful blogger? Here are some low-risk ways to test your blog topic ideas (for newbies) and see if they can take you to the next level:

1. Look at the Existing Market (Competitor Blogs)

Are there other blogs—and books, magazines, podcasts, videos, and other resources—already popular when it comes to covering your blog topic ideas? The more of these you can find, the more popular the blog topic is.

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You’ll also want to look and see what products or services are being sold in connection with your topic. Try Google, Amazon, and YouTube as great places to search for existing content connected with your topic idea.

2. Join Facebook Groups or Forums Like Quora

Look for online groups dedicated to your topic—perhaps Facebook groups, web forums like Quora, or other niche communities. These are great places to see what beginners are asking about when it comes to the blog topic ideas you’re mulling over. You can learn about the latest trends in your topic area, and build connections with other people who might be interested in your blog.

3. Write on Medium About Your Topic

You might enjoy reading about a topic or chatting about it… but will you enjoy writing about it at length? A great way to find out is to write a couple of posts on Medium, perhaps a list post and a step-by-step guide. It’s free to publish on Medium, and your articles could be read by thousands of people.

4. Write a Guest Post for a Blog on Your Topic

Another good option is to look for a large blog related to your topic that takes guest posts. Take for example, this guest post I wrote for the Buffer social media blog back in 2015 when I was a relatively new blogger—it got me a massive spike in traffic (that validated my blog topic ideas had real audience interest) and gave me a major credibility boost in my industry.

Guest Blogging Content Example (Screenshot of Guest Post by Ryan Robinson for Buffer)

Write a piece for them about one of your success stories, and hopefully it’ll be published—and you’ll get feedback in the form of comments, social media mentions, and so on. (Another option here is to write a short piece for an established blog’s email list.)

5. Create a Free or Low-Cost Blog (e.g. With WordPress.com)

Finally, you could take the plunge and launch your own blog on a free blogging platform: there are plenty of free blogging sites you can try out. If you want something with more functionality, my recommendation is to use self-hosted WordPress with a low cost hosting company like Bluehost or Dreamhost.

Tip: Self-hosted WordPress is free, open-source software. You need to pay for web hosting, however.

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Starting a Blog With Your Own Unique Spin on an Existing Topic

Ready to get your blog fully up and running? Head over and follow along with my step-by-step guide to starting a blog right here.

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If you’re still in the evaluation phase, here are some ways to start thinking about getting your blog off to a great start by providing your own angle on an existing blog topic idea.

Narrow Down Your Niche

Perhaps you’ve chosen the niche you want to blog about as “personal finance,” but that’s so broad that you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re going to cover. Think about different areas of personal finance: is your blog a beginner’s guide to things like sticking to a budget, or are your writing about more advanced topics like investing for retirement?

Your niche could also be at the intersection of two topics. For instance, maybe you write about “personal finance for solopreneurs,” combining personal finance with a dash of small business advice.

Choose Your Target Audience

As you narrow down your niche, you’ll also want to think about your target audience. A personal finance blog aimed at university students is going to look very different from a personal finance blog aimed at blue-collar workers in their 50s.

Some bloggers find it helpful to create an “ideal reader” avatar, or even several different avatars. You can then picture these imagined readers when you’re writing, to help you tailor your advice and tone to what they need.

Come Up With Your Blog’s Domain Name

Naming a blog can be tough – but your blog’s name will be a hugely important part of your brand. It’s often the first thing people will know about your blog. This means spending some time finding a great domain name (the web address for your blog).

Check if your domain name is available:

If you think your topic might change over time, using your own name or a variation of it (like I do with ryrob.com) could be a great fit. Otherwise, try to relate your domain name to your topic, audience, or ideally both.

Tip: You can get a free domain name with many web hosting plans, so don’t buy a new domain until you’ve decided what web host you’re using.

Do (Smart) Keyword Research with a Free Keyword Tool

Keyword research sounds a little daunting, but it simply means finding out what your target audience is already searching for in Google (or other search engines)—a crucial step toward understanding your future readers & meeting them where they’re already searching for answers. Luckily for you, I’ve built a 100% free keyword research tool to help you do exactly that.

Use My Free Keyword Research Tool

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Try my free AI-Powered Keyword Tool to get dozens of research-backed ideas for keywords & topics to write about on your blog today.


By doing some keyword research upfront, you can plan to meet readers’ needs from your very first blog post. You’ll be confident that you’re writing about things that people want to read about, instead of simply writing blog content for the sake of it.

Develop Your Blogging Voice and Brand

When you write your first few blog posts, you may find it difficult to know how to phrase things. Perhaps you find yourself echoing the voice of a popular blogger you read—or maybe you feel like you don’t have much of a blogging voice at all.

Your blogging voice will naturally develop over time. Don’t be afraid to experiment and let your personality shine through with your blog topic ideas. Readers could probably find the same or similar information on other blogs: you are the factor that will keep them coming back to yours.

Going Further With Your Blog

Whatever your blog topic idea, you can grow your blog through:

  • Making good use of content marketing: This doesn’t just cover posting regularly on your own blog (though that’s a very important part of it!)—you’ll also want to consider other smart content marketing strategies like writing guest posts for other blogs, and integrating social media, videos, and more into your content plan.
  • Using social networks to promote your blog: Think about where your audience is most likely to gather: a business-related blog might find an audience on LinkedIn, for instance.
  • Paying attention to your blog SEO: Using a good blog SEO plugin, such as Yoast SEO, can help you skyrocket your traffic from Google and other search engines.
  • Getting to grips with your WordPress dashboard: Hopefully you’ll quickly master things like how to add new blog posts, but there’s lots more you can do with your WordPress site. Don’t be afraid to experiment (you can always switch something back if you don’t like how it turned out).

Got Your Blog Topic Idea? It’s Time to Start Your Blog

It can be tricky to know what to start a blog about. Hopefully, the tips above will help you to find a topic that you’ll enjoy creating content about for months or even years to come.

If you want to make money blogging, it’s also important to pick a topic that has strong potential for monetization (like the 7I listed above).

Already picked your topic? You could start your blog today! My guide on starting a blog will help you get your blog set up in just 10–15 minutes. It’s perfect for brand new bloggers and covers getting blog hosting, setting up a WordPress blog, choosing your WordPress theme, growing your blog with email marketing, monetizing with affiliate marketing, choosing plugins for things like regular backups, and much more. Plus, we cover things like the biggest blogging lessons I’ve learned & the many things I wish I knew before starting a blog.

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Hi I'm Ryan Robinson

Blogger, podcaster and recovering side project addict. Head of Content at Close. Join me here, on ryrob.com to learn how to start a blog, make money blogging and grow a profitable side business. I also write for publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. Let’s chat on Twitter about our feelings (and blogging, I guess).

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6 replies to “7 Proven Blog Topic Ideas for New Bloggers in 2023: What Should I Start a Blog About?”

  1. Top amazing content Ryan.

    Do you outsource your content or you just write on your own?

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    • Thanks, Tajedo! I work with a couple of writers I’ve known for many years, to help me out by essentially taking the outlines we collaborate together on & they’ll write a first draft of most my posts. From there, I’ll refine the articles into what eventually is published here 🙂

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  2. Ryan, thank you for all your helpful posts. I’ve attempted running my own blogs previously, all on WordPress, many moons ago. Each time, I ran out of steam because I’d grow bored with the topic of choice.

    The best/worst thing that ever happened was getting a blog post that got featured in WordPress, so tons of readers all at once, and ALL grew bored as I had no idea how to keep them.

    All of these previous experiences have taught me a lot.

    Before I create another blog, I have decided to do thorough research before I even try again. Maybe this time, it will be third time lucky!

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    • Ah, it’s happened to me too… so I get it! Wishing you luck in your next go-round. Be sure to chose topics that’ll keep you engaged 🙂

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