Five reasons why I read your blog - part four.
4) You are a 'muser' or a 'rambler'.
All the self-styled blogging experts shout ‘you MUST have a niche!” Why? I don’t want one thanks. I also don’t want to read the same kind of stuff trotted out week in week out.
Mix it up and I will be there to read it. The ‘experts’ seem to assume the entire blogging world wants to make money and must therefore pander to the masses. To make money online, most people need a number of different income streams and they take quite a while to build into profitable niche websites.
The blogs that are clearly driven by the desire to conform and make money really bore me and I rarely return to them. If you are staying true to who you are by rambling or musing on whatever grabs your attention, I will read you.
I love blogs that swing wildly from one topic to the next because that is how life is - a huge mix of experiences. Authenticity, humility and warmth are completely wonderful to stumble across when reading blogs. I feel the same way when meeting people in everyday life.
So many people who prefer musing or rambling are worried about the constant 'niche' issue that comes up time and again in posts from 'experts'. While it may be sound advice for serious commercially minded bloggers, it is poor advice for someone who simply wants to write with no 'rules' stifling them.If it isn't all about money and numbers for you, relax, don't get caught up in the 'niche' frenzy. Muse, ramble - be yourself. Life is to short to spend it pleasing people who will never read your blog because their focus is vastly different to your own.
Blogs written by humble people who just love writing are brilliant. When I find myself smiling as I read or laughing out loud, then I know I have found a gem. I have read blogs that have the ability to trigger a wide range of emotions in the space of 2000 words. To me, that is great writing.
Those are the ones I go back to again and again because they have depth and reality to them.
Do you hear the sound of a different drummer? That's the beat you need to take note of - it speaks to your soul.
Next up - reason No 5 of 5 Reasons Why I Read Your Blog.