I have a wordpress blog and website.
I’ve been blogging for years, before I even realized that it was called blogging.
Years ago, I started a blog intended to be a technical blog. All blogging advice back then emphasized that having a niche was the only way to be a successful blogger.
I tried to do an “ungoogleable solutions” niche, meaning, whenever I would have a technical problem I couldn’t resolve with a 5-min research, then I wrote a blog post about how I figured it out. It resulted in a bunch of random posts that oddly still get some clicks even now, but they were a bit too random to qualify as a niche.
The problem I created was that my random unique posts were so ungoogleable, that they were the only ones readers will find, but they are so unique that very few people look for them. The formula that works for blogs nowadays is to steal content from successful blogs, reword a few things here and there (or have chatgpt do it for you), and post it as your own. Very shady and unethical and not useful when you’re trying to find a DIFFERENT content from the first few results, but it works for so many blogs.
Yeah, I wasn’t going to do that and that’s why I was doomed to fail.
Then I decided to become a writer, and I had a choice to make. I wanted to create a website for all my writing content, but I really didn’t have the time to maintain two websites. It can be a major time vampire.
In the end, I decided to absorb the old blog posts into the author website’s blog. So now, my blog is even more random, so totally not niche and possibly confusing to anyone who’s trying to figure out what type of a blog it is, but I don’t care. I’m not looking to make money off my blog. On the plus side, those random technical help posts drive some organic search traffic to my domain, and that’s good for my author site’s discoverability.
I haven’t figured out yet how to properly present it that the author of the post is also a writer.
I want to use the blog as an advertising space for my books. I don’t know yet how well that will work out, but I’ll be paying more attention to the blog in the coming months.
Oh my. I had one of those too. Is it still up? I’m very curious.
It’s still up!
1006 views since 2013! Buahaha. How did these people even find it?
Interesting. Maybe I should bring these posts over to my “official” blog? They’re even more random than what my blog is right now but I feel like it’s a piece of my writing history from the times when I didn’t know yet that I wanted to write.
Hmmm. I’m getting the beginnings of an idea. Maybe what I need to make it a bit less chaotic is to embrace the many hats I wear and have the author of the blog post is be me literally wearing a different hat.