14 September 2013

Who Am I? And other big questions for new bloggers like Who Are You?

I'm often asked what kind of a blogger I am, and a definitive answer often eludes me. Every bit of blog setup advice advises you to find your niche; cooking, travel, foodie, expat, reviews, lifestyle, fashion, whatever. (For the record, I am definitely definitely not fashionable, and I probably never will be. I couldn't bring myself to spend £1,500 on a handbag because that's a flight to New Zealand right there...)

 My biggest fan. Or should I say our cutest-warm-furry-beast-that-we-feed to be more accurate.

I have never been one for settling on a definition - bar unfashionably random - and it kind of struck me that I do have a niche, one I seemed to have carved - it's pretty well adventures of a London Kiwi, aka 'stuff wot I love'.
  
Moral of the story? Be yourself and be passionate. Who else are you gonna be?
If you're a new blogger and frightened of taking that first step DON'T WORRY. If no-one reads it but you, why does it matter? Make sure it's something that you'd want to read, and much like cats to an open can of tuna, readers will come. I think some of the most important things to remember are;
  • Put up some pretty pictures.
  • Network. Network. Network. Other bloggers in your genre (even a made up one... I've surprisingly found a few awesome Kiwis in London, check out RunawayKiwi, Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, 25beforei'm25, Big World Small Me, Kiwifootprints.
  • Ask questions to other bloggers. Network, engage, share!
  • If you're really really nervous, test the water out with a guest post on someone elses blog! Not every blogger wants to have them, but plenty do, pop them a nice email and just ask them what they'd like from you.
  • Put up a few more pretty pictures interspersed with your prose - pages and pages of text can be a little off-putting.
  • Write conversationally - I often read my blogs back to myself or the cat or my long suffering husband. Sometimes I get him to grammar check them (and have learnt to tell him not to tell me what to change, but to just change stuff).
  • Don't blog everyday. I know I do this, but it's because I'm a tiny bit crazy and I've set myself a challenge. Even I only blog 6 days a week.
  • You don't have to write each post on the day you're posting it. I write around half of my blog posts in a go as I find Sunday evenings are my most creative time.
  • Write whilst the inspiration hits. On a train, in the plane, near a drain, whatevs.
  • Ask for constructive feedback (from your nice friends).
  • Use something like Bloglovin and read a variety of styles and genres
  • Don't be afraid to blog about something random, they are quite often surprisingly popular...
  • It will take dedication and determination, but it's great fun. Lovely people, fun events that you may not have gone to and beautiful photos you may not have been brave enough to take.
  • It's YOUR blog, do what you want to.
Have a gorgeous weekend!
Ps. If I don't already follow your blog on bloglovin or we haven't linked up on Twitter or Google+ say Hi or pop me a quick comment below!

21 comments :

  1. All very good advice, which I wish I'd had more of when I started mine a year ago. You're especially right that the writing must be partly be its own reward!
    Simon

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    1. ... and me! I don't like to tell people what/not to do, but thought the above might help someone somewhere :-D
      Tis true!

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  2. Thanks for the mention love, I can relate to this post alot! X

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  3. Great advice.
    I'm also nicheless and I've found readers so it's definitely possible. Although I do think it's easier to build a big following if you have a niche.

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    1. I've been enjoying reading your blog, and yes very true. I just think that some beginner bloggers shoehorn themselves in too much sometimes, and find themselves a bit stuck.

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  4. Wonderful advice! I love "It's YOUR blog, do what you want to". Such freedom ~ thanks for the reminder! :)

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    1. Thanks Gina, it's very kind of you to say so!

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  5. I love this post, very good advice and reminders to us older bloggers too!

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    1. Cheers Bailie, it was a great prompt even for me!

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  6. I say I'm a 'lifestyle' blogger now as you're right, it's MY blog about MY life! Great post; only just discovered Bloglovin but now following you there :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, and too right!
      Bloglovin is awesome, thanks for the follow!

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  7. Well, whatever niche you're in, I enjoy it tremendously! You have such a unique way of writing and I always enjoy your photos. I like how you say, "If no one reads it but you, what does it matter?" That is so true. When I started blogging, it was just for myself and my parents - now if I write a post and it doesn't seem to get as many comments I get disappointed. I need to remember that at the heart of my blogging, it is still just for me, then there won't be any disappointment.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I really enjoy yours - there is such a great expat network too.

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  8. Love the advice! I've been struggling with finding a niche too. . .it's all former expat life, travel, and rants. But it's fun to just write for yourself. I especially like the last tip. It's a good reminder as I'm trying to grow my blog this month, to do what I want instead of risking getting too caught up in the "big blogger" stuff.

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    1. It's so easy to get caught up in the numbers game, but every blog thing I've been to they all say be genuine, be yourself and the rest will come. Easy to say though...

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  9. That's great advice Emma :) i've always wondered what niche I'd fit into as a newbie blogger but its nice to think i can mix it up :)

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