BLOGGING Challenge: Day 22 of 30
Who’s The Boss?
Day21 I wrote about figuring about who my reader is. Today, Day22, my homework for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge is to figure out who the leaders are in the blogging space I define as my niche.
Step1 – what is my niche?
From my point of view, I can be narrow or broad. Based on my intent, I can narrowly define my blog as – personal life experiences, specifically doing 30 day challenges. Based on yesterday’s post, I could be more general and define my space as self-help/motivational.
Step2 – who is the leader in my niche?
Unfortunately I can’t rely on my own knowledge since I don’t follow blogs. So I’m going to go to my friend Google.
If I narrow my blog niche category to – 30 day challenge experiential bloggers – I’ve only found a handful and it required digging deep into the SERP pages. When reading through their blogs most didn’t last long and stopped posting years ago. There are, however, endless posts on bloggers’ one-time experiences with a challenge, usually targeted to whatever their blog focuses on, usually fitness. From what I can see, there’s no main influencer in this space. Maybe I can be that person. Maybe I can be the #boss.
When I widen the niche net to the broad category to – motivational blogs – the results were a lot more interesting. Although I was overwhelmed by the lists from the search results, I was inspired by what I came across in the first few minutes. I’ve actually been seeing over the past 21 days as I learn to blog.
1 TED.com – motivational short videos spreading ideas from though leaders all over the world. If you want to go down a rabbit hole, but not necessary waste your time… take a visit (after you finish reading this post). And start with this short ~3-minute video with almost 8million views where Matt Cutts speaks about trying something you want to add to your life for 30 days.
2 Gary Vaynerchuk – If you haven’t seen this guy, you need to. Every single “influencer” I do follow has referenced him as a motivator. He’s the leader in the digital marketing/social media marketing space. Although his medium is more video, I find his business blog is a wealth of information for a new blogger like myself. Check it out.
3. MarcAndAngel.com – I discovered this site around 5years ago when I came across a link to their post “30 Lessons to Excel in Life in Your 30s and Beyond”. It was happy to see them listed in the 2016 Top 100 Personal Development Blogs by StartOfHappiness.com I love the timeless manner of their content.
While I don’t have a direct blog influencer in the 30 Day Challenge Experience space, there are some major players I can look up to in the motivational blog category. The reason for this homework is to follow the influencer’s footprint and figure out what content resonates with their audience… and therefore your audience. I still have a lot more work to do. But maybe one day I can end up on a “Top” list.
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