Although I’ve been blogging, off and on, for almost 3 years, what I’m actually doing, le blogging, is still very much a mystery to me. I blog on two platforms: Tumblr and WordPress. What I do on Tumblr would be more like incoherent screaming and farting. The occasionally crying — AT LEAST a crying emoji. Whilst, what I do here, on my shiny, oh-so-pretty WordPress, with my bold fonts and HD stock photos, is somewhat better. At least good enough for me to claim it as my writing portfolio. Honestly, I hardly think it’s even good enough for that. Seriously. Guys. Look at this post. It’s practically incoherent screaming and farting already! Minus the crying emoji!
Among all the farts and screams and crying emojis, if there’s
one, er, two thing(s) I’ve learned, it’s that you’ve got to:
Define Your Niche
I know — kind of hard when you have no idea what you’re doing, right?
Well, think about it this way — you can write through almost any problem. Including writing itself. The best way to find your niche is to just start writing. At first, you may find yourself blogging about all kinds of different things, but eventually, you’ll discover what topics really interest you.
Write about what is most important and relevant to your life.
Write about what you’re dying to learn more about.
Write what you care about — causes that are close to home.
Write about something you can write a lot about.
Thing is, I can write a lot of political thought stuff. I can write a lot about poverty and homelessness because these are topics that are close to home. It’s my life. And, frankly, that’s the stuff I write best.
Not to mention, they’re also topics I am consistently learning more about. Every time I learn something, well, I want to share it, don’t I?!
Find Your Tribe
It’s pretty clear that surrounding yourself with people who care about you, who share similar goals, is invaluable. Not just within the blogging world, or even the writing world, but just life in general! There is nothing more valuable for personal growth and happiness than finding your people.
Me? I love storytelling.
I love to learn about life, learn about people, and learn about the world around me through storytelling, so, naturally, that is what I gravitate towards when I’m seeking my people, my tribe.
Whether you’re seeking a writing group or a community online, look for those who are writing about similar things and have similar goals.
Most importantly, never be afraid to stray from the path, to do something different, to be you.
Hell, you never know who you might find out there, on the off-skirts of town, doing things a little bit differently, seeking a friend to join along.