Skinny Black Girl posted something today that resonated with me.
I am not new to this blogging thing. After I was engaged in 2008, I started a blog on Blogger detailing the details of planning a wedding while a fulltime graduate student. I did not do it to gain followers and I was surprised when I amassed a few loyals. Around the same time, I joined the now defunct PNN site because they posted an advertisement for a writing opportunity and our interviews were our posts. PNN quickly became a tight knit community, rather than a hostile group of competitors. We posted daily, commented on each other’s posts etc. I cross-posted a few times and shared my wedding journey with my new friends. We even organized a small meet up in Philadelphia and I met these dynamic, encouraging women in the flesh. I am proud to say, we are all still cyber friends today.
When I started blogging at cakeandeggs, I did it initially because I wanted to build an audience. I wanted to throw my voice in the mix because my ultimate goal was to be a published author. I thought I could be transparent and write instead of going to therapy.
I did not realize then what a business blogging was. It is definitely about the content but also about page views, social media followers, page clicks, etc.
I stumbled upon Drea of Thedreadaily.com’s blog earlier this week and she said, “Create good content on a consistent basis.”
I have been struggling with this. I like comments, I like getting emails from people who say my words have touched them, and I kind of, sort of really like the support.
I have been struggling with finding my so-called niche, where do I fall in this blogosphere. What do I contribute? When people ask what I blog about, I stumble over my words because I know I am supposed to say something insightful, inspiring, and unique. Something that will make them bookmark my page, follow me on twitter, and stalk my online presence.
I have written about this several times on this blog.
If I can be all the way honest, I just write for myself. I know I will never become a popular blogger. I don’t know how to write for myself and include other people.
Sometimes I post a lot. Sometimes weeks pass by.
That is not good for consistency. That is not good for page views. Google recently sent my analytics and…
It is what it is.
My about me states:
I started this blog as a way to track my journey from aspiring to published author and connect with other like-minded people. In between heavily edited pages, life goes on. When I’m not ranting about how much I hate query letters, you’ll learn about my life as a newlywed, the books I’ve read, challenges with my day job, and just my day to day thoughts. Sometimes it will be pretty and other times…not so much. I hope that you will get to know me a little better word by word. Enjoy the ride.
Sometimes I am caught up in the whole blogging as a business and I have to go back to the basics. I am writing about my journey, wherever life takes me.
It means I write about everything and nothing at all. It means sometimes I post several times a week and sometimes I do not.
If that means my page views are less than stellar or I never fit neatly into a niche, I think I am finally okay with that.
Welcome to cakeandeggs.com.