Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! It’s summer time in The ‘Burgh with a mostly sunny day today and a high of 90 with the possibility of thunder showers. I’ve already done my deep breathing, flexibility and stretching exercises this morning (karaoke at Sonny’s August 7th) and now I’m ready to blog.
Why Do You Blog?
Last night I continued my investigation of “niche” blogs and “successful” blogs. I Googled the terms. I have a confession to make. I found out that The Gazette is really not a niche blog. I assumed that it was. The Gazette has too many subjects to be a niche blog. It covers blogging, film, karaoke, short stories, television and the female nude along with other topics. Yes, “magazine” is a more descriptive term for this blog. And even though The Gazette is Pittsburgh centric, I publish writers from all over the world. A niche blog deals with a very finite locale or subject matter.
Oh, well, I’d rather know than to live in blissful ignorance. I’d rather be present.
Then I Googled “successful” blogs and I found out something comforting. It was comforting to me and I hope it’s comforting to you. All of the experts (I read several testimonies by bloggers who made a living from their blogs) said that you should never pick a subject to blog about because you think you can make money from it. Pick a topic that you are passionate about and that you are competent enough to blog about it. Because if you are blogging only for the money you will never put in the long hours and all the work to actually make any real money and you will probably quit because you’ll run out of things to say about the subject.
If you blog about a topic you have passion for and that you are competent to blog about you’ll love what you’re doing. You’ll have plenty to say about the topic and you’re more likely to put in the hard work and the long hours to make your blog a success.
It all makes sense.
So, will I ever be a successful blogger. That depends. My definition of success as a blogger has evolved over the years. This version of The Gazette is less than three years old. I’ve been blogging for at least ten years. When I first starting blogging I wanted to make a living as a blogger. I can see this will probably never happen. Then I wanted my blog to operate in the black. That’s still in the future. I hope it’s in the immediate future. Now I just want 1,000 page views every day to be my baseline. This may happen this year. As of this morning my little girlie magazine is averaging 910 page views every day so far for July 2016.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos of Alice Goodwin used for this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.