Did You Choose the Wrong Topic for Your Blog?

Admit it. You’ve asked yourself this question at least once since you started to blog. Maybe even twice.

Perhaps you ask yourself this question every single time you write your heart out, only to get little to no traffic. No comments. You’re not getting the kind of feedback you were hoping for when you decided to blog about your topic.

To make matters worse, you’ve done all the things popular bloggers say to do, like publishing great content and commenting on other popular blogs and getting accounts on Twitter and Facebook, but no matter how hard you work, no matter how many different techniques you try, nothing is working.

So you ask yourself…

Where did I go wrong?

Is it possible that you have chosen a topic for your blog that no one gives a damn about?

Are you simply wasting your time trying to keep your blog alive?

Well… let’s find out.

Signs you may have chosen the wrong topic

The truth is that no one can can say for sure if a blog topic is bad or not, but there are certain signs. You can get by with one or two, but if you find yourself doing the majority of these mistakes, then you might be in trouble.

Take a look through this list to see which ones apply to you:

1. Your topic is not popular enough. Here’s how to test the viability of your topic: if there’s a How To For Dummies book already written about it, the topic is probably popular enough.

2. You get comments from less than 1% of your visitors. Bare minimum, you should get comments from 1 in 100 visitors. That’s about twenty comments for two thousand unique visitors. At least. If you’re not even in the 1% range, chances are your topic is not engaging enough.

3. You’re writing about incompatible topics. Let’s say you have a blog about self-publishing and photography. The two are incompatible. The ones who are fans of your photography couldn’t care less about your posts on self-publishing, and vice-versa. The thing is, you’re not pleasing anyone with this. Try blogging about topics that work well together.

4. You’re in a niche of (almost) one. Here’s the thing. If there’s no one else who blogs about the same topics and has a large following, then you’re probably writing about the wrong topic. If there are no Facebook Pages, Groups, or books written about this topic, then it’s not going to be popular enough. You’ve managed to find the kind of niche no one cares about.

5 You’ve run out of new topics to write about. If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, and you already have to rehash the same old topics over and over again, you niche may be too narrow.

6. You own less than five books on your topic. Sometimes, you can find a perfectly viable topic, but it’s not viable for you. The simplest way to tell? Look over on your bookshelf, and count how many books you own on the topic. If it’s fewer than five, it probably means you’re not passionate enough about it. Bloggers who are successful over the long term are obsessed with their topic, and they’ve read everything they can get their hands on.

7. When you have to write a new blog post, it feels like a chore. If you’d much rather go fishing, even though you don’t like the taste or smell of fish, than finish your blog post, then you may have chosen the wrong topic. If it happens occasionally, it’s okay — we all have off days — but if none of the blog posts you write get your heart pumping, you need to find a different topic, quick.

So, does this mean you have to give up on your blog?

No, not really.

Anybody can look at this list and talk themselves into giving up if that’s what they feel like doing

The truth is, many blogs, mine included,  succeed despite being guilty of nearly every warning sign on this list, and some blogs that seem to get everything right flop.

You never know, unless you try.

But what should you do if you’re worried you chose the wrong topic?

My advice is to think. Do a bit of research using the warning signs above as guideposts, and ask yourself what it all means.

Becoming a popular blogger isn’t about luck. It’s about having the right strategy and the discipline to employ it. It’s about working your butt off to make it happen.

Get these right, be passionate about your topic, and you can carve yourself a niche.

Mindset Tip: Either find a way or make one.

Keep your head high, do some thinking, work your butt off, and most importantly, believe in yourself. If you’re determined, and you persevere, you will get there eventually.

And when you do, it’ll all be worth it.

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17 thoughts on “Did You Choose the Wrong Topic for Your Blog?

  1. I believe in the art that is called blogging as a sort of conversation, you reach out with your voice and a topic you are passionate about, and as long as there’s a soul out there who shares the same passion as you are, then its mission as a conversation has been fulfilled. ❤

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    1. Well said, Meiji. We crave the sort of conversation that is about the things we care most for. Our passions and hobbies and dreams.

      I also believe that if you write/blog about your passion, you’re sure to find an audience. If something makes you feel, it’s bound to make others feel too.

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      1. And also, since a lot of times, the things that we care about isn’t what the people nearest to us care about, and so we find blogging as an outlet to connect us to those people like us. ❤

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  2. I think what I have is a lifestyle blog. The categories are food, health, books and self help. I have written only twelve posts so far but I sometimes fear that my topics are too diverse.
    One reads all this advice about “niching down” but I have diverse interests so I am finding this difficult. I would love to have some advice from experienced bloggers.

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  3. Reading this post has been a blog-changing event in my life. It made me realize that my blog has been too unfocused. Since I almost always use one of my own photos as the featured image, I think I’ll try using photography as my theme, and my featured photo can be the prompt for each blog post. That way, I can continue to write about a variety of topics, while having the fun of sharing my photos.

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  4. I’m really embarrassed to admit this but when I started out I used to post . . . incompatible stuff. On top of that I followed some really bad advice and I guess that’s why it took so much time for my blog to become noticed. Now I’ve settled for books as the main niche, and it’s a good enough topic. There are many book bloggers so traffic is good : ) Sometimes if I’m bored I write a bit about cosmology, which isn’t THAT incompatible.
    Great post! : D

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  5. Question: my blog is still being developed but the goal is to write about my passions- lupus awareness, being a mother/homeschooler and all the DIYs I have personally done. In regards to comparability is there any way around that other than creating a new blog? Why wouldn’t multiple pages for different categories be sufficient?

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    1. Because those topics have different ideal readers. Entirely different people want to read each of those topics.

      Those who want to read about lupus may not be interested in DIY or being a mother… this will alienate them in time, especially if they find a blog that offers them just that, without the posts that they are not interested in. And in this day and age, you can be certain someone else has a blog about just that, without the added categories.

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      1. I really want to thank you for taking the time to answer my question. My journey with blogging is only days old, let alone my site. I feel as though I have been blessed to catch this early on before I moved on to monetizing.

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