I started my journey into freelance writing about a year ago and I started my first blog about four years ago. Unfortunately, I deleted it…so that stinks. While that was a mistake, it wasn’t my first big mistake.
Nope, this mistake takes the cake. It’s also something I believe a lot of beginning writers and bloggers make. (At least I hope I’m not the only one.)
One of Gina’s first lessons in the freelance writing course offered on her blog, Horkey Handbook, emphasizes finding your niche and why it’s so important. Finding your niche is a hot topic in the freelance world, not just the freelance writing biz. When I began to dabble in photography, I was told to narrow down my niche. Would it be birth photography? Newborns? How about weddings? The same applies to freelance writing and blogging.
Here is where I made my first big mistake.
My original niche list looked something like this:
- Christian Living
- Ministry & Ministry Wives
- Homeschooling (or lack thereof)
I was a little discouraged with that list. There are already a ton of mommy bloggers and freelance writers and a large portion of them are Christian homeschooling moms! My efforts to break into the freelance and blogging world with those niches would be futile, at best.
So I made another list. It looked more like this:
Because those are niches that people are interested in and I stand a better chance in this highly saturated market if I take up niches that I know very little about and have very little time and energy to research. (Are you catching the sarcasm here?)
My first BIG mistake was in thinking I had nothing to contribute in the niches I felt most accurately represented who I am, what I know, and who I speak to. Instead, I decided to venture into niches I thought people would want to hear more about. Not only was I unsuccessful in this, but I was bored out of my mind.
I allowed the little voice inside my head to convince me that I had nothing of value to offer amongst the sea of Christian, homeschooling, mommy bloggers.
That voice was wrong. And, if your little voice is being a negative Nancy, you put it in its place. Right now.
I do have something to offer and so do you. For me, it’s my style and my perspective in my previously mentioned niches. I am a different mom than other mommy bloggers, I have different homeschool experiences and my role as a minister’s wife offers a unique perspective amongst the Christian lifestyle writers. For this realization, I am thankful.
What about you? Has your little voice been bringing you down?
P.S. Thank you to those of you who followed me through that rough “I need a niche that I know very little about” stage. Sorry, you aren’t getting any more updates on my weight loss. For now at least. Lots of love to you!