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Finding A Niche For Your Blog
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, it can be tempting to jump right in with your first post and see where you end up. That might actually work for some people, but it can also be a good idea to think about your niche before you start. It can be especially helpful if you have a lot of interests. You might find that there is a readership for your love of eating burgers and wearing red shoes, but if you were to put a little more thought into the direction you’d like your blog to head in, you could get an even better response.
So, you’re going to want to take a number of steps to find out exactly what your blogging niche should be. You might have a rough idea right now, but you could even find that asking yourself some questions and digging deeper completely changes your mind.
Look At What You Read
The first thing you can do is take a look at the kind of blogs you already read. You might love a variety, but if there are a few in the same niche, such as parenting or lifestyle, that you really love, it might be a clue for what could work for you. Start to see if any patterns are jumping out at you. Not only will this help you to envision your blog more clearly, but it’s also great research for when you come to design your blog.
Think About Your Interests
Next, it also helps to think about your interests. When you’re blogging, you’re going to be writing a lot of content on the same topic or topics. So, you want to make sure that it is something you like. If you’re interested in food, dancing, and knitting, could any of them become your blogging niche? You might even find that your interests all point to one overarching them, like sport or lifestyle, and decide to go with that.
Go With What You Know
What Can You Commit To
You’re also going to want to consider what you can commit too. It takes a lot of time, passion, love, and energy to write a blog post, manage the upkeep of a blog, and run your social media channels. If you don’t have it in you to commit to your topic, they don’t choose it. You need to make sure that the niche you choose is something you will love focusing on 24/7 in your blogging life. If you like shoes but get sick of thinking about them after five minutes, it’s probably not the best niche for you.
What You Can Add Value To
Alongside commitment, it’s also good to think about the value you can add as a blogger. If you’re thinking of starting a blog as a business, or you want a career that won’t take you away from your family, you need to think extra hard about making this work. That means you need to add value to your readers with what you’re blogging about. Do you have a different perspective on a topic or a particular skill that will set you apart? If it applies to your niche, then go for it – your passion will pay off.
Do You Have The Ideas
And When You’ve Got It
And then, when you finally think you’ve got it, it’s time to come up with a blog name and an overall design theme. It’s important that your niche and your blog name match. You’re not going to want to give readers the wrong impression when they arrive at your blog. Your name should represent you well and hint towards the niche that you’ve chosen. Then, you can also ensure your design theme follows suit.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.