It’s funny, read enough blogs about how to create a successful blog and you come across the same advice, over and over again:
“Be an expert at something, and talk about that thing.”
This is the latest version of, “You just have to find your niche.”
It’s an interesting thought. While I’m not willing to say it is wrong I am willing to argue that it’s just fucking slightly more complicated than that.
There are so many people blogging, and so many experts on anything you can name, how can one even hope to find a niche in all the noise online?
Hell, I don’t know. Somehow, I doubt you’re reading this hoping for an answer.
I’m a writer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. (Those 2 things alone do not distinguish me, even from the small sample of blogs I read.) I’ve been a life long student of the martial arts. I’ve been in a lot of physical altercations. (I was a bouncer for some time in my youth. And no, this does not distinguish me either.) I’m an avid reader, and a published poet, and occasional performer – not counting karaoke.
I could go on, but the thought of a delineation of my various interests or areas of study bores even me. Care to say – I’ve said it here a few times – for anything I’m comnenting on, or thinking of commenting on, there is usually someone else who has or is saying better somewhere else online.
So, I wonder about what, exactly, I’m going to post about at any given time.
Sometimes a thing pierces the haze that seems to perpetually hang in my head. I think you can probably recognize those posts by the emotional fervor that spills into the spaces between the electrons.
Sometimes I have a well reasoned argument to bring forward.
Sometimes I just have to work an idea out on the page, and hey, why not share it with you?
So, there are better and more eloquent experts out there. There are people doing serious journalism and real investigating.
I have a full time job, a wife, and a writing career I’m working on. So, not so much time for the rigors of investigative journalism.
What I do have, oddly, is what we all have: a unique view of the world and the culture. Each of us sees this seething, chaotic, beautiful mess from a slightly different angle. Each of us sees something someone else doesn’t.
(Granted, most people are polite enough to keep it to themselves, but that’s why I try to make these things entertaining.)
So that, apparently, is my niche; my skewed view of the world. My off kilter eye, watching.
Thanks for tuning in to read the weirdness that comes out of me. I’ll try to keep making it entertaining weirdness, for the 6 of you who pay attention.
Until next time. ..