Here is Dr Tanya’s quote for Blogging Insights this week.
“We must not only blog what is popular. We must blog about our passions, no matter how quaint. This is true empowerment.”Su Layug
Although the first sentence of this quote annoys me a bit; I hate being told what I must or must not do, I do agree with the second part.
Like Dr Tanya I read the same advice as a new blogger, which was to choose a subject that I was interested in. “Write about what you know.” I chose to write about dolls because I had been collecting for many years. I think it was good advice. It was easy to write about it. I suppose that many people would think my hobby is “quaint” and that’s being kind. A lot of people think that dolls are creepy and the people who collect them are weird. However, I knew there would be others like me out there who would understand my interest and we found each other.
The online course that I did about blogging for profit suggested that a way to make money was to start several niche blogs which, when readership was high enough, would make you money from advertisements. The course taught that you should research to find out what subjects were popular but not too popular and write about those. There was a lot about key words and SEO in it too. That was when I discovered that I can’t write about things that I have no interest in, even for money. I’m afraid the example in the course did not help me to become enthusiastic about the plan. It was about concrete. I suppose that there are people in this world who love concrete but I haven’t met any of them.
Perhaps if you are really focussed on making money you can make yourself write about anything whether it interests you or not. I think I will just continue to pursue my quaint passions.