I like the idea of blogging.
I don’t particularly like the word “blogging”. No matter how prevalent some terms have become, somehow they always feel like they were never intended for the English language. Despite this idiosyncrasy, I like the premise. You write down some thoughts, people may or may not read them, and you get to look back at your progression through a particular stage of whatever it is you’re writing about.
I just have absolutely no idea what specifically to write about.
Find a Niche
This is one of the single most perpetuated adages of starting out with a new blog. Find a niche.
A niche is defined by Merriam-Webster as a shallow recess in a wall. Therein lies my problem, as there are absolutely no shallow recesses in any of my walls. I have a feeling that people with successful blogs all have nice homes with shallow recesses littered about willy nilly. Upon closer inspection of those niches, they probably found a topic scrawled there that became the victorious motif for their blog.
Since I have no niches in my walls, I have logically come to the conclusion that this is because they have all been filled. That’s not being defeatist. More so, it is recognition of the creative natures of those who have broken through and found their niche.
WordPress as a Niche
Really, I could write about two things; my choice of breakfast — which 5 times out of 7 is a brand of cereal — or WordPress. What can I write about WordPress that isn’t already covered on another website?
One thing that makes WordPress what it is, are the numerous quality web sites that the community has developed over the years. There are excellent news sites, both aggregate and organic; there’s some brilliant tutorial sites (often orchestrated by the who’s who of WordPress development firms or freelancers); lastly, there’s no shortage of sites claiming to have the essential list of WordPress plugins for
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So… what’s my niche?
Instead of just writing whatever comes to mind, try to write around a topic. Not only will it be easier to stay on task, it’ll be a lot easier for readers to track with you. Amy Lynn Andrews
I could write about what came to mind till the cows came home (where are they?), but even I would have a hard time understanding what I was on about within a few days. Until I find that niche however, I think that’s the only real option I have.
So I guess that’s that. Welcome to my blog about WordPress… kind of, sort of, at least so far.
I will definitely continue exploring this question in a future post.