If you would love to start a blog, but don’t know what to blog about, then this is the post for you.
As I discuss how working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist will support you in coming up with a topic/topics to write about.
So, you have a dream, a burning desire, a yearning, a want (whatever you feel comfortable calling it) to start a blog.
Similarly, to how you see tons of other people doing.
Therefore, feeling incredibly jealous of what they’re doing.
And at the same time, inspired by their courage to follow their passion and pursue their dream. Wishing you could do the same.
Since, not only do you love to write or the idea of writing.
But, you also see they’re living the dream, doing what they love, while earning bucks doing it.
But you don’t know what to blog about.
You’ve even read the advice and guidance, which says, write about the one topic of conversation you mostly talk about when you’re with your friends.
Or to blog about what the people in your life mostly turn to you for advice and guidance on.
But you feel there’s nothing in particular people turn to you for advice and guidance on.
Or that you talk much or know in-depth about (or are interested much in), which would warrant you to write a blog about.
So, you want to know how to figure out what to blog about, as you’re really stumped for ideas.
Therefore, what I’m going to give you in this post….
A solution and a way forward in coming up with an idea on what to blog about, through discussing how a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist will support you in doing so.
So, let’s dive in.
1) Dealing with past regrets, difficult and painful experiences
The first and I’d go so far as to say, the most important one, is through supporting you in dealing with your past regrets, difficult and painful experiences.
Why is it important for you to deal with these to know what to blog about?
This is important because often, our past regrets, difficult and painful experiences, cloud our judgement around our likes, dislikes, wants, needs and desires for us and our lives.
So all we’re faced with, are our fears, doubts and insecurities around what we believe to be our past regrets, mistakes and failures, which contribute to our dissatisfaction with life.
Therefore, preventing us from really listening to our true and authentic selves as we worry we’re going to continue making the same mistakes.
Leading us right back to where we started; Nowhere.
And consequently, prevents us from knowing what to write about, as they present us with a mental and emotional (mind, body and soul) barrier.
All of which are needed to be able to start and build a successful business.
As a result, it’s not the not knowing what to write about, which is the real struggle.
You’re struggle is in the accumulation of your past regrets, fears, doubts, insecurities, mistakes, failures and dissatisfactions with life.
Therefore, making you doubt you have anything worthwhile to say or write about.
Since all you see day in day out are these.
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2) Giving you an opportunity to learn about yourself
Blogging is really about you, your likes, dislikes, wants, needs and desires.
And being confident in expressing your knowledge and understanding on a particular topic, for the world to see.
Since you know you have something special and unique to share with the world.
As you have a different perspective and outlook on life, compared to that of others.
Precisely because of your unique personal experiences, and voice (i.e. how you express yourself).
In the hope, it will make a difference to somebody, somewhere.
Not because you think you’re better than others.
But because you sense and feel your offering is different to that of others, since you’ve scanned the market in search of something in particular.
And couldn’t find what you were looking for, so feel something is missing, in which you can add to it.
Why knowing you is important for knowing what to blog about?
If you do not know or understand you, therefore, you are more likely to believe you have nothing special to share with the world.
And you do not have a uniqueness to you or your voice.
Therefore, you cannot impart your life learnings and wisdom onto that of others, so you can make a difference to them.
As you feel deflated and depressed that you have nothing unique to offer.
Because you have a good starting point (i.e. the desire to start a blog), but you feel you have nothing to back it up, to continue that vision.
And as a result, you feel stuck as to what to blog about.
Working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist to learn about you
Working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist to learn about you, consequently, is crucial, as they can support you in clarifying you, your likes, dislikes, wants, needs and desires.
Through giving you a space to talk openly and honestly about you and your challenges, thoughts and feelings, for one whole hour, over a period of one or more years.
And in return, giving you support (i.e. advice and guidance) on how to overcome the challenges you believe are in your life.
So eventually they do not stop you from taking action on starting a blog.
And you can somewhat move the challenges you are perceiving to be present within your life, to the side, so you can focus on moving closer to what you do want for you and your life.
At the same time, however, they will give you encouragement and understanding, on what it is you are thinking, feeling and believing.
As well as, around your likes, dislikes, wants, needs and desires.
And it’s this, which will give you the confidence and courage within, to express you with the world in person and in writing through your blog.
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Caveat around starting a blog
You will inevitably face fear even when in therapy around starting a blog, and you are going to hesitate.
I know this because I hesitated/paused on my idea for TWO whole years.
Not realizing that that hesitation, was a sign for me to take the plunge and act on my idea.
Because it was important and it mattered to me.
So, please, please do bear this in mind, and check in with yourself now and when in therapy, around whether you are hesitating on taking the plunge on a blogging idea you have.
Because if you have a clear idea about your blogging business and what you’re going to do, it is a clear sign to go ahead with it.
And not to hesitate and pause.
One of my fears around pursuing this blog too (while in therapy), was quitting my job and having to stop my therapy sessions because I was no longer earning an income from having a job.
And I enjoyed them so much, as I was learning so much from them, I didn’t want to stop them.
Therefore, further contributing to my hesitation and pausing.
However, an event was brought into my life, alongside, the Coronavirus, which left me, with what I believed to be, no choice but to leave my job.
And in fact, resulted in none of what I was fearing, coming true.
Since I had enough savings to last me for a little while, and my therapist was able to reduce the rate of my sessions.
Since they were now online.
Therefore, showing it’s all about finding a way to make it work for you, through listening to your fears, and assessing what options you have available to you.
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3) What you need to be a blogger and to know what to blog about? Openness, honesty and vulnerability
A blog, therefore, requires you to be open, honest and vulnerable about your thoughts, feelings and beliefs.
So, if you’re stumped for ideas as to what to blog about, it’s likely because your subconscious mind doesn’t want to be open, honest and vulnerable with the world.
Since it feels ashamed of what you think, feel and believe.
Consequently, it wants to hide and do everything in its power to resist being open, honest and vulnerable with others.
And that includes, within your writing, as well as, in real life, when you’re amongst others.
So it’s coming up with excuses around not knowing what to blog about.
When deep down you likely do have an idea of what to blog about.
But you fear how you’ll maintain the blog, ensuring you always have something to write about.
And whether you have a basis for blogging about the idea you want to blog about.
Therefore, talking yourself out of starting your blog, and going back to doing what you did before.
But still leaving you feeling unhappy and dissatisfied with your life and your career.
As you have an itch within, which you are not seeking to scratch by pursuing it.
How a Counselling Psychotherapist/Psychologist will support you in becoming more open, honest and vulnerable
Working with a Counselling Psychotherapist/Psychologist, therefore, will support you in coming up with a blogging idea to write about, through supporting you in becoming more and more open, honest and vulnerable.
As each time you turn up to a session, you are learning how to become that little bit more open, honest and vulnerable.
Compared to, perhaps the last one you attended, or the one before that, or the one before that etc.
Therefore, supporting you in breaking down your emotional wall.
That is, the one your subconscious mind has worked so hard (overtime), to build in order to protect itself.
Therefore, allowing you to become more open, honest and vulnerable with others and the world in person and through your writing.
Although, it is important to note here, the act of writing for your blog, will also support you with this.
However, if you are struggling to put pen to paper for a consistent period of time, this is where working with a therapist, will help.
As you’ll no longer feel a sense of shame and embarrassment around expressing your true and authentic self with others.
And instead will start to feel confident in you and what you have to express, so eventually, you can just get on with it.
In addition, you’ll start to become more open to the world of personal development, so will find other resources, which will support you on your journey.
For instance, The Artists Way by Julia Cameron is a great book to get you started on the practice of writing.
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4) The development of new interests
As you embark on a therapeutic journey, it’s inevitable your priorities in life are going to change.
Since merely by being in therapy, as I mention in my post Learn how to put yourself first, you learn to stop ignoring, your likes, dislikes, wants, needs and desires, in order to put you first.
And you gain new areas of interest in your life to explore and venture more deeply into, as you increase your level of understanding of you, your life and others.
Which includes, all areas, which encompass mental health and wellbeing, such as, relationships, work, money etc.
As a result, giving you instant access to numerous topics of discussions, so you never run out of ideas.
And preventing you from needing to think too hard about what to write about.
Since you have your very own personal experiences to draw on, rather than relying on bringing together the ideas of others, in order to inform your blog posts.
And you just get to do the thing you love to do, which is write.
Of course, it will take time for you to learn from your experiences in therapy to be able to provide others with advice and guidance.
However, it’s not as time-consuming as spending all your time reading and listening to personal development sources.
In order to some day, come up with an idea to fulfil your desire to start a blogging business.
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5) Building Trust
A crucial, crucial factor for starting and growing a blog, which includes knowing what to blog about, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, is building trust through consistency and practice.
In other words, turning up every single day, no matter how you feel, to work on your blog, just a little bit more.
In order to progress it further towards your dreams and goals.
As this is crucial for success and for being able to consistently churn out ideas to blog about.
Since the more you practice writing, learning new information and implementing your learnings, instead of only consuming lots of content.
The more ideas you’ll come up with, on what to blog about.
And it is this, which stops you from scratching your head with the dreaded ‘writers block’.
Consequently, not only do you build trust with yourself by doing this, but you also build trust with anyone else who engages with your work too.
Therefore, supporting you in being able to easily come up with ideas, to publish content on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
At first, of course, it’s going to perhaps feel difficult to be consistent, since your new to the blogging sphere, and you will have no clue what you’re doing.
However, it will become easier the more you look around for information (free and paid) to help you to move your blog forward.
And if you have support from a therapist as you go through the process of learning to blog too, it becomes even easier to act on your blogging ideas.
As you increasingly open the channel of communication between you and your higher power.
Through learning to let go of everything in your life, which is not serving you.
Working with a therapist to build trust, so you can consistently know what to blog about
Therapy, however, also has the capacity to support you in building trust through getting you to commit to one, one-hour session a week, for a period of one or more years (ideally 5 consecutive years).
Since if you have struggled to commit to anything in your life.
And you’re always quitting, then building trust with yourself and others is likely a struggle for you.
As a result, it is affecting other areas of your life in ways which you are not aware of, which includes your relationships with others.
So the commitment you make to working with a therapist, will support you with this.
And eventually, will impact other areas of your life for the better too.
How long will it take to know what to blog about after working with therapist?
The great thing about working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist to learn about you and to feel confident in you, is you only really need a year to achieve this.
Whereas if you spend all your time:
- Reading about blogging
- Researching what to write about; and
- Watching inspirational YouTube videos
To figure out what to blog about, it will take you much longer to achieve.
And in the end, you might still not have an idea as to what to blog about. Feeling even more confused than you did to begin with.
Since you still have all of those mind blocks that I discussed earlier (i.e. past regrets, mistakes, failures) swirling around in your head.
So you literally cannot come up with an idea to blog about, because all you think about day in day out, are your past regrets, mistakes, failures and dissatisfactions with life.
Therefore, reinforcing your already existing negative thoughts and feelings about you and your life, which does not give you clear access to your higher power.
Caveat on the length of time it will take to come up with an idea, while in therapy
Although, I say a year in therapy is sufficient time to come up with an idea, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you quit therapy after a year, as I say in my post on When IS the right time to leave your job to start a business?
The reason being is it takes a long time (as I said earlier, up to five consecutive years) to see real progress in your life with it.
But one year is sufficient to set you in motion for discovering what to blog about and to start your blog.
And you might even find, your calling is to promote working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist, like I am.
Since you now have a better understanding of you and your life.
And are capable of connecting the dots between your life, your learnings in therapy, and the struggles of others within society.
So you too can support them in overcoming their own struggles.
Which, by the way, I would absolutely love and welcome, so I can start a network of other bloggers who promote their experiences of working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist too.
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So there you have it, to start a blog when you don’t know what to blog about, seek out the support of a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist.
As they will support you in:
- Overcoming your past regrets, mistakes, failures and dissatisfactions with life
- Learning about you and how to be more open, honest and vulnerable with others
- Developing new interests; and
- Building trust with yourself and others
As a result, supporting you in knowing what to blog about and expressing yourself in your writing.
Therefore, increasing your confidence levels.
Now over to you, in the comments section below…
Let me know if you would consider working with a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist to help you to figure out what to blog about?