Yesterday, I had the privilege of joining a few others in a discussion via Google+ Hangouts (an online meeting with audio and video capabilities) which led to me having an Oprah worthy AHA! moment in terms of what I want to achieve in my blog and in my life. Although we had some technical difficulties, I was able to walk away with a refreshed drive and curiosity for what I wanted to accomplish.
Jonathan Milligan of Blogging Your Passion hosted this meeting/ Q&A session which was very exciting for me because I have been following that blog for quite some time and have learned so much from the plethora of articles that he’s posted there about better blogging and the like. In all honesty, I had a bit of a fangirl moment at the beginning because to me, he’s such an authority on the subject and is successfully making a living in a field that I am so interested in getting into. Including myself, there were only 5 of us is the meeting which was really cool because we got to interact, brainstorm, and pick his brain in a way you wouldn’t be able to with a large group of participants.
As you might have noticed, my blog topics are pretty sporadic and random in theme and I don’t really have a “niche” at all. So I asked Jonathan a question along the lines of “In writing a personal blog, how do I identify and focus on a niche when I have so many interests? Or should I just create multiple blogs for each subject?” His answer really surprised me actually because I came to find out that he is the same way that I am. I have so many interests, so many things I love to learn about and write about. I find it difficult to stick to anything in particular without getting bored and giving up. He said that he has the same type of issue so he writes 3 different blogs, each more narrowed down and specific. He also pointed me in the direction of some amazing resources who are also just like me and are very successful in what they do.
Emilie at Puttylike.com is totally friggin awesome and taught me more about myself than I ever learned reading any self help book or personality test! If you have a huge list of interests and don’t know how to proceed, I suggest reading her free e-book (yes free!) The Undeclared for Life Manifesto as a starting point in understanding that not being able to answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is actually ok and you’re not broken or something!
The biggest lesson from all of this is that (a) I am totally jealous of all of you who have a certain topic that you write about and stick to it and (b) you are ultimately the one who decides what success is for you and that if you like to take many ways and paths to get there, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. People, like Emilie, have made it their business to be good at LOTS of things and that is so refreshing from me, who honestly thought that in order to be a successful blogger, you have to be knee deep in a specific niche and own that shit!
We’ve all got different reasons for blogging. Be it for fun, for therapy, to earn money. The awesome thing is that you are the one that gets to say what makes you successful at it!
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