The Daily Prompt recently asked us to reflect on our blogging experiences and offer a gem of advice to newcomers. As a blogger for the past decade I still don’t feel like an “expert” on blogging. I still feel like I don’t have a niche and I may always feel like this. I write about my life. The ups and downs, the stress and joy of it all. (mostly)
My advice would be to not compare yourself to other bloggers who are in a different niche than you. I aspired to be like Lil Blue Boo, Besottment, or the Thinking Closet, when in reality I’m not in their niche. They’re doing something that I enjoy reading, but don’t desire to write or do myself. I take what I can from their blogs and experiences.
It’s easier said than done though. I still struggle with it myself. I have found other blogs/bloggers who are writing about life, such as A Dish of Daily Life, Mama Laughlin, Baby Sideburns, Momma Be Thy name and Maine blogger She’s a Maineiac. Most are married women with young children who provide a world of fodder for blogging. I’m a single mother of two older teenagers which would probably disown me if I blogged too much about them. They’ve got their own blogs (Tumblr & Blogger) now anyways. Basically I know what I don’t want my blog to be, so that is a start. I write about writing, blogging, art, journaling, photography, food occasionally, going back to school, my desire to become fit, and other random stuff that crosses my brain. I have about 15 categories I blog under and hundreds of tags.
Another nugget of good advice, comment on other people’s blogs. It starts a dialog between you & them. This is how I got to know Lauren from the Thinking Closet. We blog about different things, but we are still both bloggers. I followed her migration story closely, as I was considering it also. I finally just upgraded to a premium WordPress blog. Read that little ditty. She has a lot of helpful links in her posts for new bloggers.
Just my two cents peeps. Welcome newcomers.