F Simple and Serene Living: am i alone in this? 09 10
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

am i alone in this?

On Sunday I wrote a post about staying unique. If you missed that you can read it here. After I wrote the post, I started thinking about how this applies to blogging. I love writing my blog and I want it to be unique. I want it to reflect who I am, but in saying that, I also know that in order to put in the amount of time that I want it has to be profitable for me. I am a single aging woman who has to rely on myself for income. My social security does not support me so I have to have supplemental income. 


I used to think that talking about money was taboo, but times have changed. We live in a world where many people, like myself, are struggling to make ends meet. So, how do I continue to write a blog on terms that I love, that reflects who I am, that allows me to continue to interact with other women, that attracts new readers, and that draws in advertisers. I wonder. What is the key?


Yesterday Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams wrote a post about just this thing. It was titled How do you Blog in a Naked Niche?. You can read it here. I love that she called what we do a Naked Niche, because I often feel like I am naked when I put myself out there. I am not a home decor blog, or gardening blog, or a DIY blog. Although I will occasionally talk about these things because they are a part of my life, they are not the main focus of my blog. So it is a challenge.


I love my blogging friends. You all are the most supportive people that I have ever met. You are what keeps me blogging, but I also know that I want to reach a wider audience. I can't join linky parties that are geared towards home decor, etc. Social networking seems iffy at best. Advertisers seem to think that decorating, gardening, and being a mommy are the only topics that attract women readers. So, like Jen, I am left wondering what the answer is. 

I am a baby boomer woman and I know that there are many other women, of all ages, like me out there. I hope you will join in on the conversation. I would love your input and I hope to share any ideas that may be working.


The blogging world is huge and there is room for all of us. The sky is the limit, sweet friends.



22 comments:

  1. Lately so many have posted about the same thing. Many worry about what they should post about.
    I just post about what is on my mind. I love using photos but I don't edit them. I don't have lots of followers but the ones I have I cherish. I think blogging is what you want it to be.
    As far as income.....I'd be in trouble on my own. I wish I could advise you to them. Maybe others can. I have always been in the early childhood field. I will probably continue us as long as I am needed. I hope things work out for you.

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    1. Thanks, Debby. I appreciate your input. It is always nice to hear form you, my friend.

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  2. I think so many bloggers feel the same way you do, and you're right not everyone can fall into a niche type blog. You do wonderful posts, jut keep being you. Just as a suggestion have you tried placing your ads in a different spot. For me placement definitely makes a difference in how much money I make.

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    1. I think maybe I have never been a niche type person :) I worked yesterday changing the placement of my ads. Thanks for the suggestion, Dawn.

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  3. Laura, My blog is an everything blog. My gosh I have asked for prayers, given prayers, sent hugs and kisses, talked about family, friends and everyday things. I have tried to curtail my complaints, that's not always so easy, cause we all have a right to speak our minds. But I truly try to be encouraging to others and say nice things...cause there's enough mean out there now. Life can be a juggling act at times. Some times we have to work together . I am wishing you the very best, xoxo,Susie

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  4. i just blog for enjoyment and sharing in each others' lives and to share the beauty i have around me. i do keep ads on my site to help offset the costs of my giveaways (postage and frames), etc. but that's it. i don't tweet, pin, face or any other medium. just blog. so i have no real advice on generating any income from blogging as i'm not into recipes or decor or product reviews, etc.

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  5. As Dawn suggested, I moved my Adsense ads and it made a big difference. I saw my income pretty much double in the last two months, from the two hundred range to the four hundred range. Another option is Link Vehicle. I signed up with them, named my price, they double it to get their cut, and then you are on the market for advertisers to perhaps have you write a post and include their link. I made a fast $150 one week doing that. I really didn't want to have to do more cause I was opening boxes so I reset my rate by tripling it. When I want to do some more, guess I'll bring my price down, because it's been quiet since then! I signed up with Media Nexus and forgot about it. Then this morning I see they've added over $130 to my Paypal account. I had to look to see if I still had one of their ads. It was at the bottom, and still generating income. I will google and try to help you with the placement of your ads. I will email you. I have been candid about numbers in this comment in the hopes of helping others and being transparent in doing so. Wondering what someone makes and knowing what they make makes a huge difference, I've found.
    Brenda

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  6. I agree that there is room for everyone. I never thought of it that way. My blog falls into one of those popular categories I guess. You could venture over a little bit into the decorating blog with your Etsy shop and showing ways to use your products for sale. You could assign a theme to each day you post. One day, discuss Etsy shop products, another day discuss psychology topics etc. That way you can mix it up a bit.

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  7. I use my blogging as an online diary. It has helped me many time to go back and pinpoint when I saw a certain doctor or had a certain procedure done. My blog is number one for me but I am delighted if others read it and want to visit again. Quite a few of my readers are from my earliest blogging days in 2005 at Windows Live Spaces.I love and appreciate my blogging family!

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  8. I think you could post more about your finds, adding a bit of history, ideas for using etc. Posts on auctions, sales, charity shops would be interesting too. I find it hard to stick to one theme-it started with gardening but I have many other interests/causes, maybe not sticking to one thing makes it more difficult to build readership-I'm not sure. I know I like to read a variety of topics. Talking about your personal situation adds human interest and goodness knows it is important for many women.

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  9. There is indeed room for us all!!! Your blog makes me think and ponder and it's a GOOD thing! I love that you have inspired me. Please keep it up.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  10. Probably twice a month I ask myself "why do I do this blogging thing?" It's not dedicated to any one theme, my post topics are fairly random. At little of this, a little of that, but all me. And then I remember why I do it - I do it for me. I enjoy and truly appreciate all who follow along and comment (and return especially after a crazy post)

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  11. I blog for enjoyment and the connection with people around the world. I really just do it for myself. I do keep ads, which pay somewhat, but I think there is room out there for everyone.

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  12. You are not alone in this. I struggle with the same thing and have written about it many times on my blog. In fact, today's post touches on it as well. I'm not sure I have any answers, but boy, wouldn't it be great to earn more of an income from our blogs?

    xo
    Claudia

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  13. I do agree that niche blogs seem to attract a wider audience. My blog is about my every day life and I might share a recipe one day, photos of birds another day, or whatever I'm interested in the rest of the time. I call it an eclectic blog. I try very hard to keep up with comments with the followers who visit and leave comments on my blog and it takes a lot of time. It would be nice to get a little income for all the time I spend, but I just don't have the readers/followers to try to advertise. I don't have any answers, I'll just keep on doing what I do as long as I enjoy it. I've also read Jen's post on this topic and hope that soon we'll find a way to grow these non-niche blogs. One thing I haven't done much of is trying to meet new (to me) bloggers and it's probably because of the time involved. Now, if we could also just figure out how to make blogging a little less time consuming!

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  14. I think most bloggers do it because they enjoy the friendships and connections they make. If you start a blog as an extension of your work .. that's an entirely different ballgame. Personal blogs can be anything. Sometimes we begin blogging with no objective or brand and then one develops. I think it's great that you are doing what you enjoy and have no expectations:) xxleslie

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  15. I join link parties that are home decor though I rarely have a home decor post. Not alot...but I link up with a few each week. I still get visitors whether my link was about sewing or gardening or birds or dogs or what-have-you. I think those visitors are probably like me...when looking through the links I want to visit a variety of subjects.

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  16. I just blog my way and let the chips fall where they may.

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  17. I blog because I like to share our neck of the woods and photos with others and I enjoy all the wonderful people in blog land and to visit what they are up to and interested in , I mean how else can you tour the world from the comfort of your own home and nose around in others homes with out feeling like you are intruding lol ! I have learn't and seen a lot through blogging and it is awesome . I blog about what I love and what makes me happy and others like it to then YIPPEE ! and if not oh well . Thanks for sharing , Have a god week !

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  18. I blog because I love everything home and sometimes when I want to kind of give up I think of you, sweet, supportive and wonderful friends in blog land and tan I know I will miss you all! I have many sweet friends like you, not only mostly in the USA, my country, but in many parts of the world! I treasure your friendship, each and every one of you!
    Maybe you should come and live here in Cuenca-Ecuador where so many Americans are repats, Canadians and some Europeans even. We would be friends and blog from here, lol!
    Have a happy Mother's Day.
    FABBY

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  19. thanks for coming over and visiting me Laura. I am a new blogger, only 5 months, so I'm still learning. this is an interesting conversation, as I think about these things as well.

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  20. Hi, I had not seen your blog as a "naked niche". Hah! I thought of your blog as you blogging about vintage items like those you sell in your Etsy shop. I think that is a niche in itself. I sell vintage items also with two friends through twice yearly occasional sales. Then I started my blog to keep our customers informed about what we were finding and when our next sales would be. Most of my customers are faithful when it comes to our sales but are shy about doing anything online...they don't even like to comment. Now I would like to grow my blog and would love to earn income but like you I am not sure how to go about it. We can learn together. I AM starting a linky party for those like us who have things to sell. Check it out on my blog. Thanks for bringing this up!

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