I read somewhere that blogging has four cardinal rules in regards to what you write about:
- Write to give your readers something of value. Give them something useful. Motivation, information, or inspiration, for example.
- Your readers are not interested in your personal life unless these stories are told under the confines of Cardinal Rule of Blogging Number One.
- You have to have a niche.
- You have to be passionate about what you write.
What does this mean for my blog? Well, I have narrowed down my blog into two niches. Mental Health and Writing about Writing. The question is, can I have one blog with two niches?
I have heard mixed reviews when I posed this question to my friends. But I decided my answer to that question is yes, I can. But I may want to create a separate blog specifically for mental health in the future. I will keep you updated on that. Due to monetary restrictions, though, I will be writing about both niches on this blog.
And what about Cardinal Rule Number Two? I have given you a lot of personal stories and updates about my life with no purpose other than to celebrate my wins. I guess I was using this blog a lot like I would use Facebook posts. I have heard mixed reviews from friends on this one, too. Some say there is a type of person that wants to know everything about a person’s life. I don’t know whether that is the kind of people that read this blog or not.
So I want to know: would you support a change towards more purposely shared personal stories, or would you rather I continue to post the most recent happenings in my life with no real purpose other than to celebrate my wins and commiserate my losses?
Let me know in the comments!