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Blogging is one of the most effective ways to quickly build your personal brand and show others your expertise. The problem is that most people who start blogging run out of inspiration and ideas within a couple months, and then they make the number one mistake for a blogger: stagnation.
For college students, the problem is even more pronounced. You’ve already got school, extracurricular activities, and a social life. How can you keep a blog too?
The #1 way to combat this problem is to find a great topic for your blog and stay consistent. If you are a student or recent graduate who wants to establish a presence as a professional in your industry, but you don’t have a ton of experience yet, it’s okay to write about something else. Here are 25 great blog ideas for entry level marketing professionals and college students:
You watch TV? You want to show people you can write? Perfect! One of the advantages to reviewing and writing about TV shows is that they come on at the same time every week, so it will give you a pre-made blog schedule. Pick two or three of your favorite shows, and just start writing every week.
2. Party Life Blog
I know that most professional advisers will tell you to keep your partying and drinking on the DL if you’re a college student, but let’s get real. You can go to parties and have a good time as a party blogger without getting tanked. In fact, this might be a good reason to keep your sobriety. Still, I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re under the legal drinking age.
3. Restaurant, Cooking, or Food Blog
If you’re a foodie, making a habit out of cooking or eating something new every week in order to write about it is a really great blogging strategy. Keep a food journal, take photos, and try to come up with your own theme – maybe all Asian, only fast food, or something else that’s unique.
4. Fashion or Style Blog
Like most people with a Pinterest account, I look at cool things that I want to wear all the time. Why not write about it every week? Maybe you could throw your own spin on it, and go around campus taking pictures of people who have cool outfits. Either way, a fashion blog is a quick way to get out there as a writer while doing something that you’re passionate about.
5. DIY Craft Blog
Another Pinterest-y idea is your own DIY (Do It Yourself) craft blog. If you’re the type who likes to make her own scrapbooks, bedazzle everything, or even do woodworking, this is a great option.
6. Sports Blog
There may be a million sports blogs out there already, but that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit by keeping your own. If you’re an avid sports fan, this could be your ticket into the industry. Word to the wise: pick a niche before you get bogged down.
7. Job Blog
Have a job in college? Why not write about that every week? I did a stint as a delivery driver back in school, and I wish I had kept a journal of all the insane things that went on in that job. Definitely would have been worth writing more about.
8. Local Music Blog
Head out every Friday and catch a local show. Write about the band on Saturday, upload a few pictures, and email your article to the band. I can guarantee they’ll promote your post, and you might even score yourself free tickets next time they play.
9. Industry News Blog
You may not be an expert in your field of study, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up with news from the industry. Google News is a great way to keep up with specific topics, so once you get your industry decided, you could do a weekly summary or pick one area to cover.
10. Cocktail Blog
Got a classy side? Love “mixology“? Maybe a cocktail blog would be up your alley. Start writing your favorite recipes, trying and tasting new mixes, or polling people at local bars. There are a lot of creative directions you can take a blog when drinking is involved, but once again, don’t do this unless you’re 21 and okay with not working at very conservative companies.
11. Technology Blog
For the geeks among us, a tech blog is an obvious and alluring choice. You might not compete with the big guys right away, but there are plenty of unexplored technology niches out there, so feel free to experiment.
If you’re studying abroad or you travel a lot, this is a great way to showcase your experiences around the country or the world. Most people I know who keep a travel blog just do it for a short while, but there’s no reason you can’t expand into more detailed advice when you’re not on the road.
13. Interview Blog
I love interviewing people. Some of my favorite pieces have been interviews with interesting and talented individuals, and I always learn a lot in the process. It’s intimidating at first, but you’d be surprised how many people
14. Car or Motorcycle Blog
If you’re a gear-head, a car or motorcycle blog is a great idea. Fill it with pictures, how-to’s, test drives, or whatever else interests you.
15. Vegetarian or Vegan Blog
Eating healthy has become a huge topic online, and reducing or eliminating meat can be an awesome way to stave off health problems. Plenty of readers are out there who would like to learn more, and while there are places to go for advice, that doesn’t mean you can’t offer your own perspective.
16. Baseball Card Blog
Collectors are finding it easier and easier to connect to each other thanks to the internet, so whether it’s baseball cards, stamps, or even old books, blogging about your collection is a good option. Be sure to connect with other collectors while you’re at it. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some good stuff while you’re at it?
17. Today in History Blog
Wikipedia’s On this day… section on their home page always sends me off into hours of interesting research. If you’re the type who likes history, and you’re good at making it interesting, start picking your favorite “today in history” event and writing about it.
18. Photo Blog
Photographers can make some of the most interesting bloggers – even if they never write a word. If you love taking pictures and you’re ready to graduate from Instagram, you should probably get your own website and show off to the world.
19. Local Secrets Blog
I love finding strange and off-the-wall local bars, restaurants, and shops. Whenever I visit a new city, I dig deep to find some of the local favorites rather than the tourist traps that most travelers encounter. If you know all the holes in the wall, then let people like me know about them!
20. Fictional Superhero Blog
For the creative types out there, why not make up your own superhero? Cell-Phone Man might sound like a silly idea, but it might just be weird enough that people will read it. Even if they don’t, you’ll have fun, and it’s always good to get those creative juices flowing.
If your college newspaper has the “Crime Log” section like mine did, you know how popular that piece of the paper can be. Why not expand on the reports with your own follow up blog posts? It might involve making some phone calls, but it could be really interesting for readers.
22. Painting or Art Blog
Whether you like to create or critique artistic pursuits, there’s a blog for you out there. You will probably want to be very image-heavy, but why not try including some commentary as well?
23. Personal Finance Blog
You’re a college student, so you probably know what it’s like to live on a tight budget. College was the only time in my life when I could live on $5 and a case of beer, and you’ve probably picked up your own tips for eating, drinking, and living super-cheap.
24. Fitness or Workout Blog
Staying in shape is about more than just eating right. If you like to get out and pump iron, run, or play sports, share your advice with the world on your own fitness blog. It’s a great way to keep yourself committed to working out and writing at the same time.
25. Video Blog
Finally, the “vlog” or video blog has become one of the favorite mediums for online personalities. YouTube is the obvious spot for your video blog, but you could also embed the videos in your own website to help drive readers and fans. This could be combined with any of the above ideas as well.
Your blog is most likely to be successful if it involves your interests. Be sure to remain consistent, and don’t give up just because it doesn’t seem like anyone’s reading or commenting. Fortune smiles on those who are determined!