It’s 1:52 am.
I’m wide awake on a Friday night thinking about my little space on the internet.
You see, it’s the new year and for the past four years I’ve set blog goals and each year I’ve failed miserably.
Blogging is an interesting thing. I’ve been doing it on this particular blog for 5 years and at least another 2 years on other random blogs I started only to eventually neglect. So after 5 years it’s frustrating at times to feel like I haven’t “made it yet.”
I’m getting vulnerable now so be nice.
I’ve put the work in. And trust me I’ve done the research and the experimenting. Oh, and trust me I’ve done the comparing.
I look at other people on Instagram who have been blogging for less time and oh do I get hottttt seeing their follower count and their swipe up feature.
And yeah. It’s an app. It’s numbers that don’t mean anything. But I still want to be good at it. It’s the 3 in me.
All the “experts” say you have to niche down, that you need to think about your ideal reader, that you need to have an email list, etc.
I’ve resisted the urge to niche down (I even wrote a post about it) because I never felt that there was a niche for me.
I’m not a fashion blogger. There was a time in my life when I spent a lot of time searching the web for deals and planning the perfect outfit but that time has passed and it’s not what really makes my heart sing.
I’m not a fitness blogger. I love sports, I love fitness, it’s a big part of who I am, but “specializing” in just this would feel like I’m sacrificing other parts of me.
I’m not a food blogger. But maybe I should start one about the how meat is a gift straight from the Lord. We’ll come back to this one…
But you see it’s like nothing fits just right. So I’ve settled with the jack of all trades often labeled– lifestyle blogging. But you know who gets to successfully blog under the lifestyle label…people who first focused on a niche, built a base and then begun to share about the other parts of their life.
At this point I’m thinking this now 2am rampage may stay in my drafts. TBD.
Anyways, it’s 2019 and I feel like I’m at a crossroads. Do I keep blogging? Do I niche down? Do I just keep on keeping on?
DO PEOPLE EVEN CARE!?
Well my friends, I’m going to keep going. For me. I truly enjoy blogging. Each time someone tells me they listened to a podcast I recommended, or tried a recipe, or just enjoyed a post my heart sings. Like SANNNNGS, y’all so I don’t think it’s my time to bow out yet.
Okay, so now what Alysse?
Well, all the “experts” suggest that if you don’t know what to niche down to then just think about what your friends would ask advice on, or think about what compliment you get most often.
You know what mine is? Using something along the lines of “you’re always so happy, you’re so mature, and dang your organization systems are pretty intense.”
Okay maybe that last one wasn’t exactly what people say but that’s what they are getting at. So, that’s what I’m going to focus on. Spreading joy, Jesus (duh), and ways to get your life together.
Just remember I’m a flawed 23 (almost 24, 6 days y’all) year old who sometimes has her life together and sometimes spends precious sleeping hours aggressively typing her feelings.
Welcome to the reimagining of Lysse On Life, I hope you continue to do life with me.