My family has never been interested in any of my personal projects, even though I’m always the person they call on for support no matter the issue. I’m there when they have a crush on someone at school; when they feel misunderstood; when they feel they’ve been unfairly treated; when they have a football match to watch but they need a partner; when they need someone to play board games with; when they need someone to try out a cooking/art/science project with; when they have chicken pox and need a nurse; when they want to get somewhere but need a driver; and when they just want to be alone but need someone to be alone with. I’m always there for them.
So the other day over pre breakfast, first born asked me what my blog is about – I was surprised – finally, it’s my turn to shine. Everyone was paying attention and asking questions…
Third born: “Have you written about me yet”
Second born: “How many figures are you earning from it“?
Former last born: “Wait, what’s a blog“?
Third born: “Omg! Are you posting pictures? I can’t have my pictures in the Internet”
Fifth born: “That’s because you are ugly and you have low self esteem”
Former last born: “What’s low self esteem? What’s a blog?”
Fifth born: “Do I have Google written on my forehead“?
Former last born: “Nobody is answering my question” *starts crying*
And when I finally get the chance to speak-
*sighs**takes a deep breadth*
“Honey a blog is a mini website”
“I blog about stuffs but I’m not writing about you guys, I don’t have your photos posted and I earn zero million, zero hundred and zeroty zero thousand naira from it, now I don’t want to hear another sound until we finish eating” *phew*
“So you don’t have a niche then” Firstborn, the smartest of them all, says
“No wonder you are not making any money” second born chirps in
“Yet!” I correct her.
Later on I browsed out what a blogging niche is. Apparently, it’s the main subject you blog about and every blogging rule/tip says it’s a must have. What do you do when you are a career mum with 8 kids and an equally attention demanding boyfriend? You start a blog of course. But writing in the Internet is quite different from writing in your diary, so now you need something called a niche. I checked out the ‘niche’ of some of my favorite bloggers;
- Life as an Introverted Introvert is explained in Life On Planet Earth
- It’s all about bitterness dipped in humor at Ben’s Bitter Blog
- Nobody gives more interesting opinions than Chelsea Unfiltered
- What’s a list without a travel and beauty blogger like The Pearly Life
- And The Rackster does Poetry and Musing
I don’t have a niche, or maybe I do, I just don’t know what it is. I just write the things as they come, taking it a day at a time. If it’s relevant, if it’s funny, if I like it and think others will too, I blog it. This niche thing is just itchy and should just be left for professional bloggers.
Or what do y’all think? 😀
A big THANK YOU goes to Red, I wouldn’t have had the idea to write about this if not for her post ‘Finding A Niche For Red Confidential‘.
For the rest of us: Do You Have A Blogging Niche, What Is It?