Archive for November, 2012

Especially when you are launching a blog, or rebooting a blog such as we are doing here at Jay’s Daily Dose, the first question people ask themselves is what is going to be the niche that their blog fits into.  Honestly, the thought has been giving me fits while I’ve been in the process of this reboot, so I thought I’d share my thoughts with everyone.

I’ve been doing tons of searches on blogging, blogging for cash, guest posting — you get the picture — for a couple of solid weeks now.  I haven’t put forth the investment yet to self-host my blog yet, but I was on the verge when I decided to reboot.

You always hear bloggers from the top bloggers in the scene on down to anyone who could be getting their stuff from a content farm saying that you should definitely define a niche and stick to it, especially if you want to make any money with your blogging.  I don’t think I can stick to one niche, and with so many different tools available for advertising and the like now, I don’t think I have to — and here’s why!

1.  You have more to say when you don’t restrict yourself.

Most bloggers stick to their niche of choice, and they don’t write about anything but.  Sure, they might tell you that a post will be late because of some personal happening or something like that, but other than that they only write about their topic.  If their topic is roses, for example, they would rather provide nothing to their reader if they can’t post about roses.

I find it very hard to believe that some of the great writers couldn’t provide a lot more value to their readers if they posted about more topics.

2. Your posts will be stronger when you diversify.

Unless you have a very broad topic, there are going to be times when you are telling yourself that you have to post content, and you will wind up throwing a post together with no rhyme or reason to it.  Sure, it might be on your topic, but dedicated readers will definitely be able to tell when you are mailing it in.

When you have several topics that you are passionate about, and that you are comfortable writing about, you are going to be able to provide valuable content to your readers and you will seldom struggle to be able to write a well thought out or researched article.

3. Content management is easy, so actually USE it.

Blogging platforms such as WordPress (which I recommend for any blogger from the aspiring and new blogger to the seasoned professional) all provide easy ways to manage your content.  It is easy to keep all of your posts on different subjects separate, and it is very easy to present what you are going to be writing about to the new reader.

If someone finds your article through a search engine, sure they will be directed to that article, but any good blogger will know how to setup their pages to where it is very easy for that reader to learn about them and everything else they can find on that site.  There are also plenty of people like myself out there who will help people with questions on how to organize their site so THEIR readers can find everything easy as well.

Obviously, you can do amazingly well by choosing a specialty for your blog and dedicating yourself to that.  However, do not think that you can not be successful and have a lot of fun if you choose not to limit the topics you write about.

We encourage you to comment and discuss these ideas below.  Thank you very much for visiting Jay’s Daily Dose!


“Just Facebook me, and we’ll figure it out from there…”

Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and every other type of social media is now looked upon as such an ingrained part of our lives that many people don’t know what they would do without it.   However, letting social media become too big a part of your life, or getting into the party in the wrong ways can lead to some very stressful situations that you’d much prefer to avoid.   Here’s a few tips to let social media work for you, while also still remaining enjoyable and not stressful!

1. Avoid political debates.

As you undoubtedly saw before, during, and after last week’s elections — political debate on social media can be incredibly heated and intense.  Everyone has different feelings on politics, and you will find yourself alienated to only friends who support your views if you are not careful.   Feel free to wade into the political pool on Facebook and Twitter, just remember — you probably aren’t changing anyone’s mind.

2. Avoid religious discussions.

I could have probably rolled this right into #1, but I feel this definitely deserves its own spot.  Obviously, everyone has their own beliefs and faiths, and this is another area where no matter how much you debate, you aren’t going to change anyone’s mind.   Honestly, religious debate and my being an atheist led to me closing down two different Facebook accounts, and now I fully abstain from discussing religion on social media or my blog, except to tell you here not to discuss it. 🙂

3. If your grandma wouldn’t like it, don’t post it.

I’ve treated social media for years as stress relief, and as a soapbox for me to proclaim my views and opinions to the world.  Anyone that knows me in a non-professional manner knows that “a mouth like a sailor” is doing me a huge compliment… but you need to remember at all times that when you post something on social media, it is there forever.  Rarely, you have a delete or edit function — but otherwise, your twelve curse rant at your ex-girlfriend, or your 140 character tweet about your evil boss are going to be lifetime examples of just how uncouth you can be… and you best believe it will come back to bite you on that big job interview, or when you are trying to secure a book deal, or something equally massive in your life.  I was horrible at this, and I’ve made a large effort to improve this on my new social media outlets.

4. Not everyone gets the joke…

You’ve just caught so-and-so in the best spot ever for a witty joke.  Instead of letting fire with your awesome joke, you should probably just keep it in your brain.  Sarcasm especially does not translate well on the internet… and especially if you are expecting to use the internet in any way to try to make money or reach people — you could wind up turning off a potential customer, but for the majority of us — a FRIEND.

Social media is a great tool and can be used for many great things.  It can also be used to cause a grievous amount of stress, harm, and pain.  Make sure you keep YOUR “Social Media Monster” in check…

I know the amount of followers for this blog on Facebook isn’t large, but I also know a great many of you are actually personal friends of mine.

You may have noticed that you no longer see crazy rant posts and such from me… I’m still alive, but I locked my previous Facebook profile down, and started a “private” one.  Now, don’t think I’ve left you by choice… the fact of the matter is that it was no longer a relaxing thing for me anymore.  I’m sure you saw the amount of debates, and flat out arguments that my page had devolved to, and also the place that my attitude had devolved to along with it.

I hope that those of you that are my friends will re-add me on Facebook.  I still check my new one daily, I’m just a lot tamer and trying to be a happier person.  I also have deleted all my prior writings on this blog, as I am trying to work as an author as well, and a lot of my prior work and its subject matter I am not proud of…

I know this is a weird “welcome back” — but I miss a lot of you, and I want to write again.  I’ll be mainly writing about sports and just issues that I think can help your life, or make your day.  Everyone on the internet always say that if you want to blog successfully, that you have to develop a niche and work within it.   I just can’t do that, I’ve got to write about the things that interest me, and if they interest me, odds are that they will also interest you.

Anyway, I hope I see some Facebook friend requests from those of you I’ve lost, and I’ll still be tweeting from my normal @Jaysdailydose account… I just didn’t want to offend people by inviting some people, and not others…

I’ll probably be moving to a dedicated webhost as soon as I can get the cash online… anyone got $30 Paypal that wants to help a solid writer? 🙂

Glad to see you all back, and be ready for the Dose in all its glory once again…

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