Interested in starting your own blog this year? Not only is it incredibly rewarding to hone your talents as a writer and delve deep into a topic that motivates you, but it is an excellent way of earning money doing something that you love.
Still, finding a way in – or feeling confident in your own ideas – is often the first stumbling block for any first-time blogger. For that reason, we have put together a handful of blogging ideas that are sure to drive the way forward in 2021. Read more below.
A Note on ‘Trends’
The internet is, at its core, a microcosm of the world at large, and that meaBlogging Trends: X Brand New Niche Readerships to Succeed Right Now in 2021ns that fashions, trends, and interests that undergo widespread uptake will inevitably enjoy their time in the sun before receding into the background indefinitely.
That can be frightening to someone who is new to the blogging world – the notion that they will hop on a trend that interests them, only to find that, six months from now, it is no longer trending on all the socials.
It is important to remember, however, that these trends do develop lifelong followers, even if their limelight shifts in another direction (and sometimes only for a short while). A good writer is one who feels passionate about their subject, and good writers garner lifelong, likeminded readers, which means that, even if your trend withdraws from the digital fore, the followers who garner through hard work and creativity will not disappear so easily.
Of course, all this depends on your ability to balance your own creativity with managing the logistics of designing, hosting and promoting a strong blog – all of which are explored in further detail in this guide on How to Start a Blog, and, provided they are done right, will serve to complement your creative work, rather than hold it back from valuable readers.
‘Cottagecore’, or Contemporary Rural Life
You may have heard this aesthetic-driven trend under many terms already, but from ‘cottagecore’ to ‘escapist fashion’, the notion of romanticising every area of one’s life – from the visuals to personal appearance, habits, practices and values – and infusing it with a more rustic charm is already proving itself to be a leading trend for 2021.
But, more than merely contributing yet more enviable visuals to the Pinterest board (although it will be primed and ready for some knockout Pinterest SEO) it would appear that cottagecore has far more going on beneath the surface, with the New York Times having described it as an aspirational form of nostalgia that praises the benefits of living a slow life and, most importantly, offers a direct antidote to the pressures of modern life, and the internet at large.
Part of the beauty of pursuing cottagecore within your new blog is, of course, the sheer variety of topics on offer to you. From the more homespun pursuits of cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, and flower arranging – all of which boast a diverse demographic – to the more specific niches like animal husbandry, home renovations, and an ‘off-grid’ lifestyle.
In essence, you can devote as much or as little of your life – and, by extension, your blog – to cottagecore as you want, and there will always be a budding audience there to appreciate it, and follow along with your journey.
A Sustainable Lifestyle
The concept behind this entry is, of course, nothing new to any of us. Throughout the 2010s, we were all growing increasingly aware of the need to pursue more sustainable sources when it comes to fashion, food, home décor, and it seems as though the 2020s are on-track to represent a culmination of that mounting awareness.
In fact, back in 2020, it was revealed that ‘sustainability’ was one of the most searched-for terms in the fashion industry alone throughout the previous year, having seen an increase of around 75%.
The landscape of sustainability is wide and far-reaching, and needn’t pigeon-hole a good blogger into one all-consuming niche. Our consumer habits hold a direct bearing on the ways in which we run our homes, for instance, just as the ways in which we run our homes holds a direct bearing on the ways in which we shop and, by and large, impact upon the planet.
Everyone’s journey toward sustainability is personal to them – a fact which means that the popularity of this subgenre needn’t frighten off those who are just now coming to the game. There will always be those who want to turn to others who are at a similar point in their journey, so embrace it, and, most importantly, write about it.
Cryptocurrencies, Relative Newcomers
The world of virtual and alternative currencies is one that has been, and continues to exist within, a continuous state of evolution. Little more than a decade old, the concept of cryptocurrencies has, despite myriad changes, remained relatively divisive online – until recently.
The past few months have seen plenty of excitement and fluctuations taking place within the world of Bitcoin, for instance, and that has not gone unnoticed by those who, until now, have held little interest (or confidence) in the world of crypto.
As a result, we have seen swathes of newcomers showing an unprecedented level of interest in virtual currencies, but the world remains obscure. It is complex, intimidating, and daunting for anyone who has not devoted the past ten years to learning everything there is to know about mining, storing, trading and buying.
As a result, plenty of people are on the look out for a gateway into the world of cryptocurrencies – someone with whom they can feel comfortable embarking on this journey.
Blogging about your inexperienced experiences in the world of virtual currencies is sure to attract hits from people who are just a few steps behind you on your journey, and will create a welcome guide to those who have put off crypto long enough.