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To Niche or not to Niche

  1. At only three months old, I still consider my blog to be in its infancy. At the moment, I don't have a niche. I've tried to write niche blogs in the past and they failed miserably. So this time around, I thought that I would just write, and see what happens.

    After being Freshly Pressed on a post about technology, I probably had a lot of confused readers who, after reading that one post, saw the titles of some of my other posts, and realized that this blog wasn't just about technology.

    I believe that at some point, patterns will emerge, and I will be able to recognize trends among topics.

    Does anyone else feel the same way? Are there better ways to discover your niche?

    Feedback is greatly appreciated!

    The blog I need help with is sproutingdaisies.wordpress.com.

  2. Hi daisysprouts,
    My blog is still brand new (only 1 week old), and I feel like I am taking a similar approach to you. I found that trying to pin my blog down to any one particular niche seemed like more of a constraint than anything. I decided that my blog would loosely be about "Fashion", but I have not limited myself to talking only about that. For example, I recently finished reading 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho and I found it inspiring so I included that in my last blog post even though it has nothing to do with fashion.

    I guess I am going to take more of an "organic" approach and see what my blog evolves into. I know some people suggest blogging about one particular area but personally I found that to be very limiting and restrictive.

    So yes, I feel the same way as you do. In terms of discovering a niche: How I came up with "fashion" as a general topic to address was through mind-mapping, as it suggests in the WordPress.com help guide, and by thinking about what I was most interested / had the most experience with.

    Best of luck with finding a niche or not! I say just go with whatever works best for you and makes you feel the most creative and inspired!

  3. I noticed a blogger that I visit regular comment to another new blogger that the latter had "found his voice".

    I am (being new myself) guessing from that comment that it can take a while to find your niche, so I wouldn't worry about it - it will come with time.

  4. Daisy - your blog seems to be intelligently written and I would agree that there doesn't seem to be a common theme. But does that matter? I'm sure it'll be apparent over time that the are common groups of topics that you post about. At least you put thought into what you write, rather than just posting a few lines of drivel about what you ate for lunch or something similar, which is my pet hate.

    My blog has a theme - life. That seems broad enough for me!

    Keep it up!

  5. Thank you for the feedback. I really think that communicating with other writers improves our own craft.

    Steve, thanks for the compliment. Coming from journalism and advertising backgrounds, I've spent a lot of my life writing for other people. It's a different beast writing for yourself, and then hoping that others find it interesting.

    Thanks again, everyone!

  6. shoesaddiction
    Member

    I found that blog niching is really good especially if you want your blog to make money, but it is really stressful. I mean, who wants to talk about the same thing over and over again? At some point, you would find yourself not having anything to say about the particular niche anymore. That happened with my other blog http://www.pinoy-recipes.com

    But then again, I find myself niching on this new blog that I created yesterday, I don't know if it will stay a niche or not, and I really don't care as of now.

  7. hollythestrange
    Member

    My blog is over a year old, has over 10,000 views and still no niche. Who needs miches anyway?

  8. I admit I started with a certain idea in my head so I had a niche before I even started. And so far I have a lot of ideas what to write about and no intentions of leaving the niche I chose.
    I guess it's just a matter of interests and character. When you're interested in a lot of things why not write about how diverse yourlife is? :) So don't worry about it I'd say.

  9. This is such an interesting topic and I am in awe of people who are able to persist with a strong steady rhythm. However, I love film, television, radio, clothes, food and music and so much else. I will never be able to put any of them into niches, nor do I want to.

    As for my own blog, never in a million years would I have thought to write as much about the NFL, or baseball - I have NEVER been a big sports fan. However, as an expat living here in the US, something about the human element in the subject grabbed me.

    Go with what grabs you and have fun! Go

  10. Oddly enough, my niche was moms but not the "typical" mom stuff. I wanted to talk about having a life outside of motherhood (books, movies, deep thoughts, whatever.) Then I found myself slipping into the usual mommy blog mode and had to rethink things. In short, niche blogging is annoying and sucks all the fun out of it.

    I understand for those who are experts in something, though. I wish I was an expert at something other than random ramblings. :-)

  11. I think that you should write about what interests you - otherwise its usually a crap blog.

    However I guess if you want to be positioned as an expert - you should niche. I just write about the stuff that interests me. A

    lthough, I did find that I needed to tell people what's on my site and how to navigate it, using broad Categories. Otherwise, they do feel a bit confused and frustrated.

  12. I agree with so much already said... the niche one should be in is their own. Post whatever you feel passionate about, if thats a variety then go for it, it will feel and read as more authentic.

    My blog is less than a month old, and there is a common theme in my style, layout, passion.. but the topics vary. I dont intend on trying to niche, its better to reach a variety i think.

    Love ur blog by the way, will drop by to comment later :)

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