A Mom Blog Social Network
Leave it to me to have about a gazillion choices at my disposal, and to still have to make up my own option. Leave it to me to not fit in any one place completely, but to fit in just a little bit pretty much everywhere. Sigh. This is why I struggled in high school. And middle school. OKAY! And elementary school. Jeez. (Except Kindergarten. I was homeschooled for Kindergarten.)
Businesses look at niches similar to their own when searching for blogs to work with. Readers look at niches that interest them either personally or professionally. Publishers look at niches when they are in search of writers to work with. Even bloggers look at niches when it comes to cross-promotion and guest posting. So, obviously, determining one's niche is critical.
And I can't do it.
I've tried green blogger, frugal blogger, reviews, tips, recipes, DIY/crafts, yoga, special needs, even general mommy blogger. I love and hate things about all of them. I fancy myself to be pretty eco-conscious, but I can't handle the green guilt that hangs over my head for what I am doing/not doing. Same with being frugal. I love coupons, I use them pretty well, but I am a brand loyal snooty pants. If I try to speak exclusively to any particular niche, I end up feeling either bored out of my skull, or like a big. fat. fraud.
I recently participated in a webinar, given by the fabulous Tiffany Noth, of Bloggy Moms. The topic was "Building Your Audience". Something Tiffany said really struck me. It was
The webinar was really helpful, and Tiffany made a lot of great points about finding an audience and keeping them engaged with your blog. She had great tips and suggestions, and I'm glad I was part of it. You can learn more about it here. Out of everything she said, it was the seven little words above that have stuck in my mind for days and motivated me to write this post.
In all of my conflict, confusion, and craziness. It means being not only available and authentic, but human and flawed. I have a lot of interests, and I have accumulated a decent amount of knowledge in those areas. But I also screw up. All the time. I am in conflict quite frequently, questioning, backtracking, playing catch-up.
When I come to the keyboard, I bring all my baggage, accomplishments, issues and opinions. When I read blogs, I do the same. If I don't see a kindred spirit in the writer, there is no relationship. I may appreciate their content, but I cannot feel their heart. When I write, it is me, emptying my pockets and baring my soul. Whether it's recipes, snippets of poetry, or craft tutorials gone awry...I hope you can feel my heart.
So, are you my reader? What about you? What do your readers really look like?