Questions All Bloggers Need To Ask Part 2 Your Niche
A few weeks I wrote a post about Questions All Bloggers Need To Ask. If you haven’t yet seen it yet or answered the questions, please follow the link above and then return to read the rest of this post. For those of you ready to see the direction your answers are pointing you to follow, please get your checklist, a pencil, and something to write on. I’ll wait!
So, I asked you to consider each of the 10 questions three times. Let me explain the method to my madness. Upon first hearing a question we usually answer with a “prepared” answer. One that comes to mind quickly with what you suspect to be the real deal. Well, that isn’t always the true way you feel. Be honest, those answers changed a bit when you gave the questions more thought. If you took the time to rethink that first answer your second attempt would have brought in more of your gained experience with the subject and less of a mentally learned response. Life changes over time and your first impression was made, if at all, before you knew about the work, requirements, and pitfalls of creating a blog. You based it upon what you read by what other people told you. After sleeping on the answers you probably shed some guilt or denial that you weren’t as prepared as you first thought to take that big leap into Blogging. I know I did, twice. It took that long for me to realize my direction had changed and the courage to admit that fact. With this in mind let’s look at a few questions.
1. What do you have to offer? Do you like to teach? Cook? DIY? Name your Passion below.
This question obviously is asking you to define a niche. Your perfect niche is not really needed to start a blog but as you define your passion it is easier to make an outline of your subject, who you want to fit in with, and to list your blog in places that will benefit you. You need to become known for your own voice to other like minded bloggers, as well as readers that are interested in what you have to say and how you fulfill their needs. You can always pick one or two passions and try them out to see how you can develop your presence. Remember though the sooner you have that direction the better off you will be. You can continue to solidify your own area of that niche and grow. Waffling around and making your blogging too broad will confuse your readers and for every step forward you will find yourself taking two steps back.
The key here is to figure out:
- What you have to offer
- How well you can develop that passion and how much mileage you can get from it
- Write to the person you see wanting to read your posts and find answers to the needs they have.
As you define or redefine your niche also make sure you define your “perfect” reader. You will want to envision that reader as someone interested in what you have to say. See the person that relates to what you write and can benefit from your ideas. This tactic will become the best way you can build your following and KEEP the readers that find you. They already enjoy your subject. They are beginning to feel they know you and you are starting to build a trust and respect for your blog.
“You work hard on your content! Make sure you share it with knowledge, dignity and respect!” This is my mantra and my perfect reader understands that.
In the next part of the series we will answer some more of your questions. Stay tuned to learn how you can be the BEST blogger you can be as you Work Smarter not harder!
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You can find Part 1-4 at the links below.