Thursday, March 18, 2010
Welcome to our weekly BlogAnon meeting where we confess a particular blogging sin and turn to you for support, suggestions and that blogging bond so we know we're not all alone. Don't be shy. Read along and let us know if you identify with us this week.
We have broken the first commandment of blogging. "THOUGH SHALT HAVE A NICHE." It isn't that we like being sinful bloggers. We would love to have a niche. It would make blogging simpler. We would know which conferences applied to us. Which blogging communities we fit into. We could more easily find collaborative opportunities. People might know how to categorize us in their Reader!
But no. Since the day we started, I have been searching for a niche. It seems that wise ass blogging is not a niche. And truly, we aren't really a snarky or funny blog. We do that, but we also do serious stuff too. We write stories. We share reviews. We provide tips. We share photos. We are just as passionate about sports as we are films. We know a little bit about a lot of stuff. So we tend to attract a very varied audience. But it is hard to become the go-to Bumble when there isn't a niche to excel in.
I have not found our niche and I am getting frustrated. Not a book blog. Not a photo blog. Not a writing blog. Not a food blog. Not a sports blog. Not a mom blog. Sure - ours is a "Personal Blog." But that isn't so much a niche as a catch-all umbrella term for any blog that doesn't sell something. I want to be more than that. Perhaps I should create a new niche. The Bumble Niche.
A niche for those who take their blogs seriously, seeking to be creative, to entertain, and to educate. A niche with a community of collaborators - where there aren't little boxes that we live in, categorizing us and restricting us. A niche where we are all about idea sharing moments - on any topic. A place where all the other niches go to step outside their comfort zone and branch out to new audiences.
Ah - a Bumble can dream. Instead of nicheless wanderers in the blogosphere, we could be pioneers. And when someone asked me what our niche was, I'd have a simple answer to the question - we're a Bumble Niche. Duh!
What is your niche? Does it make you feel pigeon holed or structured? What are the best benefits to being a part of your niche? What would you consider our niche to be and do you want to join it? Don't be afraid to share - your blogger thoughts are safe with us!