For many people — including me — this is the time of year to spend time with family, raising glasses and loosening our belts. It is also a time when many of us reflect on the past 12 months, making promises to ourselves and others for the upcoming year.
One thing many people vow is to write more and share their experiences through blogging. This proclamation is often immediately followed by a blank stare: “now, what do I write about?”
To help you get inspired, we did some digging to find out what bloggers actually blog about. For this initial study, we asked Automattic’s Data Team to find out what .blog users actually write about. They collected all the tags and categories people use on posts, choosing 5 random posts per blog to study — here’s a word cloud of the top 2000 words in their analysis:
While life, travel, love, family, food, writing, and health dominate, look at the fine print: there are blogs about anything and everything, from wildlife to makeup to religion to film. Finding a topic to blog about can be as simple as making a list of the things you’re most passionate about.
It’s time to stop making excuses and get down to it. You’ll be surprised how blogging will not only fulfill a resolution, but enrich your life!