There is a lot of blogging advice out there. Comment, like, post so often, don’t use foul language, do use foul language, don’t alienate your followers, don’t use certain post openings, have a niche.
Have a niche. Huh. For those who don’t know what a niche is, it’s kind of like your forte. If you don’t know what either mean, you should probably open a dictionary, but since I’m kind I’ll explain it.
Your blog’s niche is something specific you write about. Your focus.
For example, I struggle with addiction and am in recovery. So I could have named this blog something like “My Tempestuous Journey to Recovery“. (Subsequently, originally this blog was named Tempestuous, but I’ve decided to title my book that instead.)
But then the main content would be addiction and recovery. I would be an addiction blogger. Like how there are mental health bloggers, and mommy bloggers, and food bloggers, gardening bloggers, coupon bloggers, DIY bloggers, sex bloggers, and so on. Maybe they publish a non-related post every so often, but for the most part all of their posts are on one (sometimes broad) subject.
I also write about my newfound feminism, so I could have titled this blog “Tempest the Feminist“. But then you probably wouldn’t get my addiction posts.
One word of advice I’ve heard is to split up my blog into several different blogs — “My Tempestuous Journey to Recovery,” “Tempest the Feminist,” “The Momma behind the Storm,” etc. But then not only would I lose my followers, I wouldn’t have as much content.
No, I like things the way they are. If someone is interested in my addiction posts, they are welcome to read only those posts. But, maybe with all of my other posts I can reach someone who wouldn’t otherwise be interested. Maybe someone who comes here for my parenting posts will happen across a prison one and realize maybe not all prisoners are so bad.
Maybe someone who comes here for mental health will see the other side to dual diagnosis.
Maybe someone who comes here for addiction help will read some of my more humorous posts and it will brighten their day.
So, hence the title Nonsense & Shenanigans. As my tagline implies (trying to make sense out of nonsense and shenanigans ..but usually achieving the opposite) I don’t always figure out what I’m aiming to, but hopefully this nonsense will reach someone else and we can all begin to make the world a better place.
My niche of not having a niche seems to be working out just fine.
Welcome, newcomers. I hope you enjoy your stay.
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