I have been sitting on this post for a day or two but today I want to write it. I started thinking about how great it is to start building traffic and actually having people reading my blog. It is exciting to be putting out a product and having someone consume it. A product that is part of my brain and has required no sweat or muscle to produce.
I have been excited to get replies to my comments on other sites, and on my site. It is exciting to be “out there” and getting noticed. If I keep on this way I will be famous in a few years. That is my hope at least.
I was also thinking about loyalty. I have several blogs in my RSS reader and I usually keep up with them fairly well. I have been commenting more and have been plesantly surprised at responses. Those blogs I tend to want to visit more and more. If someone posts a comment on my site I want to reply to the comment and then go see what they have in store. I have been keeping track of people on twitter the same way.
I follow a bunch of people and reply to many who are not following me because I have an opinion damnit and you will at least see there was a tweet directed somewhere vaguely in your general direction. It is coold to “talk” to people all over the world from one interface though. You all are my only friends….Just kidding I do interact with humans. Mostly small ones, but still humans. (written as my 3 year old is begging for Dora the Explorer to return)
So, to go with Loyalty, I read a post on Mike’s Life blog today about reciprocity. Go ahead and read it yourself but it made me think about loyalty to those who are “with” you on your blog/business. Mike stated that he has been an affiliate of this other site and has sent traffic to it, if that traffic did not come to sales, that is business. Mike has done his job and paved the way for a sale to take place. My opinion, and the way I want to conduct myself in business, if someone I have even heard of doing anything for me wants my help I will do everything I can to help.
I may think differently later but ever since business school I have thought the same. Give great customer service and go for quality over quantity. That may limit some income opportunities but I will have loyal customers that will come back and tell their friends about me and my business. You can’t put a price on that.
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It has been quite a while since I have posted on here. I don’t know why exactly, just life got in the way, or I just didn’t have the desire. I finally came up with a solution to some registrar problems and that is why my URL has slightly changed. I worked quite a while last night on getting links changed and things working correctly on my blog here, and it is mostly fixed. The podcasts are still a mess, another issue with Amazon S3 that we wont get into. Here is the thing that I found the most strange after all of this, I got everything set up because I wanted to post something again. Then, I got into a blank post editor and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I have looked at this screen off and on for about 9 hours now, and I am finally writing something. I am kind of confused because I did want to post. Bring a little of that old cathartic magic back, but when it was time to step up and do it, I drew a blank. I didn’t want to write. I guess I was just content to let the site lie. I don’t know how many people are actually reading this blog anymore, I don’t really care. There are so many blogs out there, who can keep track of them all? When I started in this adventure, there were many but not overly flooded like there is now. I started podcasting because it was cool, and I really wanted to have my own private radio station. Now the market is so flooded that I don’t know that I should bother. I think I will stick to writing and maybe have a Talk Like a Pirate Day podcast and that is all. I just don’t know what to do for sure. Write, put it out there and hope that there is someone who googles for just the right thing to bring them to some profound post that I have written. Even the Stay at Home Dad market seems to be flooded and we are not such a novelty anymore. Bah. I am just going to rant for a while and post. I need the discipline of writing often and well so that I can finish my book by the end of the year. That is the goal, the resolution, the ultimatum from the wife. We will see what happens. Comment down below if you feel so inclined, if not, no worries. Just know you were here for the first post of the reboot…
I keep signing up for sites to do some advertising. Kontiki, Chitika and Google AdSense to name a few. Each one of these asks what category your blog is in. The problem is, I don’t fit into any of their categories! I usually end up putting general and going from there.
This keeps bringing me to a debate. What is my blogs niche? Does it even have or need one? I have read several things by now about the importance of having a niche that is defined. Well I do to some extent. I want to write about kettlebells, being a stay at home dad, fishing, car repair, migraines and what I learned from 2 years of my daughters dialysis and subsequent transplant. This narrows down the field. I don’t want to do fashion or celebrities, or WordPress finesse. There are many blogs out there better than mike for that.
I think my category and niche will be me. My thoughts and collated knowledge on a few subjects that others will find some value from my take. Right or wrong (according to you) I will express my opinion and let the world take it for what it will.
I still won’t be pigeon-holed into a pre-defined box just to make them happy. Maybe I will specialize a bit more in the future but for now, my niche is me. I will sell my own stuff.
Any thoughts on this? I would love comments or your ideas as well.
I don’t fit into any category and I am OK with that!
Hey folks welcome to this weeks podcast! I can hardly believe this is number 10. This podcast references another post from earlier this week so go read it if you haven’t yet.
Thanks for coming back and listening I promise that there will be much better audio in the near future!