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09 March 2006

In Search Of...

In my search for my niche in the blogosphere, I went and read over my old posts. If you don’t know what this “search” is about, scroll down to my last post and read – sorry, I’m too lazy to link there. Anyway, I’ve only had a blog for a few months so it was easy enough to skim through my old posts and see if a theme jumped out.

I won’t keep you in suspense, I found no theme. However as I read through some of my old posts I thought, “Darn girl, that was good”. Unfortunately the “0 comments” listed under those same posts begged to differ. Here lies the rub.

I may come out with what I think is a real killer post, but if there are no comments I feel like I flopped. If my post sends a ping but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? If that last joke makes no sense to my readers, is it funny?

What am I trying to get at here? I don’t know! I feel like my funny side is struggling to get out but my humor is tough to blend with my faith. Humor is a big part of who I am, but it was cultivated before I knew Christ and is of the cynical - goof on other people - take-no prisoners kind of humor. I’m not sure I can find any middle ground.

The second issue for me is that I started this blog to write out my deeper thoughts which focus around the Lord. While I love to laugh, I’m also very serious and love to meditate on all of the wonderful things I know and learn about God. So I enjoy writing more insightful, inspirational stuff also.

So I guess I’m back to square one with the whole niche-thing. Well, not quite. I did have some revelation from reading my old posts and thinking about things but I’ll stop here before someone sends me a therapy bill for having to read all this.

4 comments:

HolyMama! said...

ya know it may be too soon to spot or name a niche. that may be something that when you re read in say, 2 months, is obviously apparent. as for comment numbers? Blah de blah blah. Means nothin. Some of the sites with HUGE traffic get very few comments. Some lucky sites get okay traffic, but like every single reader is sweet enough to speak up (i think that'd be my blog i'm talking about!!). I tried from the beginning to just write for me. For God. If the folks showed up one day, then yea! If not, it was ok. I think the niche thing will come, really. (I didn't name Seth until a couple months before he was born. the others had names before conception. i see the parallel - do you? sometimes it's just like that!)

Carrie said...

Thanks Kelsey. You don't fool me though. I think you get big traffic and lots of comments b/c people love your blog.

Gosh, I sound like such a whiner. Really, I'm not whining. I'm just mentally reorganizing and being transparent about it.

Ellen said...

I read every day (the last couple of days I've been lazy - as in really lazy and taking a nap instead of reading)

I don't have a niche either, unless you count...well I just don't have a niche.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm cruising some blogs for Christian humor, and did smile and laugh at the ping joke. I wouldn't give up yet on blending humor with inspirational. It gets people's attention.

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