In the past 24 hours, views of this blog have skyrocketed, and I am truly amazed. Leanne and I have been spending the past few days doing research on the best ways to build up a successful blog, and we got results much faster than we ever could have hoped. We would like to start this post by thanking each and every reader that we have received so far, and we would also like to offer a special thanks to those who have decided to share our website and social media accounts. I write the things I do because I hope that I can somehow make a difference in other people’s lives, and I know Leanne feels the same way. You all have given us the chance to make that difference, and we cannot thank you enough.
So now it’s time to get professional. Everything I’ve read on blogging assures me that I have to find a “niche” – I need to find a specific category and stick to covering that topic. That may truly be the key to success, but I just can’t do it. There are too many things I want to talk about, so many issues I want to discuss, and I don’t know that I can limit myself to just one subject. However, I know that if I want to make a difference with my writing, I need to make this blog successful.
Finding a “niche” is all about consistency; it allows your audience to know what to expect from you and when to expect it. This is usually done by focusing on single topic. For example, while doing research over the past few days, I read several blogs that focused solely on depression. Depression was their niche, and people who wanted to read about it knew that they could count on that website for quality content. I want this blog to have that same type of dependability while maintaining the flexibility to cover a variety of content. So, in an effort to get the best of both worlds (forgive the Hannah Montana reference), Leanne and I have decided to create a posting schedule.
It’s going to look a little something like this:
Dealing with Depression
It’s no secret that I’ve had depression for quite a while now. It has made me feel worthless and alone, and I don’t want anyone else to have to feel that way. These posts, and the comments section below them, will give readers the ability to talk to myself and others when they are in need of support. I hope that these articles will be able to offer comfort and strength to someone who needs it.
We all have a tremendous power. We use it every day, for good and for bad, without really knowing it. I’m talking about the power to change lives. The things you do, the things you say, and the way you interact with those around you influences dozens if not hundreds of lives each day. Together, we’re going to use this power for good. With these articles, Leanne is going to cover topics like volunteering opportunities and ways to better interact with others in an effort to improve the impact that we are all having on the world.
Current Events/Politics & Social Issues
Every teenager knows the frustrations of being old enough to develop your own informed opinions, but not old enough to have real influence on the world around us. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to have seen this year’s presidential race and know that, because I am too young to vote, my voice will not be heard. Like every other teenager, I have been silenced. Not anymore. We may not be able to vote, but that doesn’t have to mean that we aren’t heard. We care about the world we live in, and we care about the world that we are going to inherit in the future. It’s time we talked about it. Each Friday, I will be covering a recent major event or political issue, and together we can all discuss our thoughts on the way we want the world to be.
This is when we’re going to discuss ourselves; not as individuals, but as a whole. We have to take a good look at things like racism, sexism, and other prejudices if we are ever going to conquer them and make the world a better place. We are all part of the problem, and we can all be part of the solution. Let’s open our minds and discuss it.
Leanne: Lifestlye- School, Work, Food, & just Life
Leanne reads plenty of lifestyle blogs, and while I don’t read them (or really even know what they are for that matter), I know that she is going to write some great content.
It seems a little strange to talk about school or work (depending on your job) on the weekend, but Leanne is gonna do it anyways. In these posts, Leanne will speak out on the things that are both good and bad in our schools and workplaces, and readers will be able to respond with similar thoughts and stories. On the occasions when Leanne and I make the regrettable decision to spend a ton of money on food, Leanne will write about how amazing or awful that food was. Each time we do something fun or interesting, you all will be the first to know, and everyone will get to discuss the interesting events in their own lives in the comments. This is a bit of a broad subject, so the exact topic of each article will be a surprise every week!
Many things that we post will overlap into other categories, but we will do our best to make sure that each article is related to the topic of that day. There will also be the occasional day when we post extra content, and there will be days when we post no content based on how much time we have to write. We’ll let you know about those days through our social media.
So, there you have it: our attempt to have as many niches as we want. Maybe it’s a little unusual, or maybe it’s a bit too ambitious, but hey, we paid for the website and we’re gonna get our money’s worth by writing like crazy. Check out the schedule, let us know what you think, and be sure to check our site on the days when your favorite content is scheduled to be posted!