Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Finding my Niche

This week I'm participating in the Summer Blog Social link up with Liz from A Belle, A Bean & A Chicago Dog and Jessica from Four Plus An Angel.

The prompt I picked for today is: Tell us about an element or two of your blog or social media presence that you are unsure of and would like opinions on.

Not long after I began blogging, I realized that it was hard work. But it was also gratifying.
I had just become a mother and given up my full time career, so for me, blogging became a way for me to get back some of what I was missing from my full time job. I felt a new found sense of accomplishment. That seems strange to say because you would think that birthing a child and taking care of its every need would be fulfilling enough and mostly it was. But a part of me still longed for what I was missing from working full time.
I've been blogging for almost two years now and each day I feel like I learn more and more. About blogging & myself. It is a hobby that I have grown to love and because of that I want to grow at it. I want to become better.
And that means looking inward and admitting my faults/insecurities, which is exactly what this post is for!

Insecurity #1: Finding a Niche
Sometimes I feel lost when I think about this blog and what my niche in the blogging world is. I have a hard time figuring out what my voice or point of view is and sometimes I don't know who I am or who I want to be as a blogger. Some days, I just want to write about my life as a mom, and all the deep and meaningful things that come with that. Other days, I yearn to be witty and sarcastic. I find myself wanting to write about food, fashion, entertainment and celebrity gossip. I want to do giveaways and product reviews. And I don't know how to balance that all so I often feel overwhelmed. I want to post about so much, it is counter productive. It clouds my thoughts and I lack the ability to focus on one post and put real quality and effort into it.
What kind of content draws you to a blog?
Where do you get you inspiration from?
How do you find "material" for posts?
Do you ever suffer a blogging identity crisis? How do you cope?

Insecurity #2: Consistency
I am consistently inconsistent. There are times when ideas manifest themselves into wonderful posts and I can put out good stuff on a regular basis. And then there are the times when I feel stuck. When nothing comes for days or even weeks. I've tried to host weekly link up's or features, but I always end up dropping them after a few weeks or so. Sometimes it is lack of material, other times I find myself discouraged by lack of comments or link ups.
I have tried a number of things to help with this. I've been trying to incorporate some sort of routine into my week so that I don't feel so pressured to write.  So far this has helped a bit on making me feel more controlled over my posting and schedule but I am always looking for ideas and tips.

What routines do you follow that have helped you as a blogger?
How do you get over the blogging slumps?
What discourages you from writing? How do you overcome this?

Thank you for visiting! I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.