I’m The Little Engine that Could of bloggers. At least that’s the positive spin I choose to put on it. I started this WordPress blog eight months ago and 150 entries later, I think I’ve finally found my blogging niche!
When I first got started, I posted the following lament:
JeriWB: A blog without a tagline. Or a niche.
Since that time I’ve changed my blog’s title from JeriWB Teacher Writer Traveler to JeriWB What do I know? With the name change comes the end of my teaching and traveling posts. Awhile back, I stopped posting restaurant reviews mainly because re-sizing and placing the images took too much time away from drafting my first novel. I now depart from my travel posts for much the same reason. My photography will still live on via Facebook and Google+ status images with quotes.
Child And Train by Jiri Hodan
As for the teaching posts? While I may have a ton of great stuff to share, I must be honest with myself. I left the classroom to follow my writing dreams, and rehashing all my hard work on a weekly basis just isn’t floating my boat. So while those posts have generated the most organic traffic to my blog, I just don’t want to do them anymore. It’s time to move on.
So now I give you a blog with a tagline and a niche:
JeriWB What do I know? Indie Author | Book Reviewer | Writing Instructor | Editor | Let’s learn together!
My posts will now be focused on the following:
- Lit Maven Monday: Critical book reviews of traditional and indie authors.
- Book Art Tuesday: Cool covers and art inspired by literature.
- Writer Wednesday: Indie author advice, exercises, review etiquette, etc.
- Film Thursday: Commentary on adaptations of books w/ video clips.
- Author Friday: Updates, musings, notes on craft, and interviews.
For now I will continue to post five days a week since the new additions to my posting schedule should be less time-consuming. Is my niche perfect? I don’t know. It is more focused and I’m pretty enthusiastic regarding my new approach. Now if I could only feel as confident about the progress I am making on Lost Girl Road.
This past year has been a writing journey of magnificent proportions. Because of my wonderful husband I can take one more year to see where I’ll end up. Requests have been coming in for book reviews and I’m currently editing my first manuscript, in addition to slowly eeking out Lost Girl Road. I’ve learned about web design, video production, and social media. My mind feels engaged and alive.
The classroom keeps fading away and with that waning I find myself waking up to the possibilities I should have been pursuing for the past decade. I am healthier and happier and closer to living the life I’ve dreamed. That is sweet indeed.
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