31 Days to Build a Better Blog: Oprah, I Wanna Be Like You
[Ahem, this is a pre-post disclaimer, because my dad is worried (hi, Dad!). Anyway, this post may contain traces of irony. The gracious Cassandra Frear has offered to hold up the laugh sign at appropriate ironic junctures. You never know what kind of good help you'll find when chatting on Twitter! Thank you, Cassandra. And here's the coffee cake I promised in payment. :)]
Today I'm supposed to analyze a top blog in your niche. No, make that MY niche. This is supposed to teach me the secrets to blog success.
I say the more the merrier. Why analyze one top blog? Why not analyze FIVE? (I was going to do ten, but it is Day 4, and I'm already getting a wee bit tired from all this blogging every day. Ann Voskamp, how DO you do it? Maybe since you have all this excess energy, you could come and blog for me. I would let you do it for free. Seriously.)
Okay, on with adventure and discovery!! :)
The Top-Five Blogs in My Niche (Or... Hey, ProBlogger, Oprah, Ann, Bradley, and Kelly, I Wanna Be Like You)
1. ProBlogger. I know what you are thinking. Um, L.L., ProBlogger is not in your niche. He is not in your neighborhood, your city, maybe not even on your planet.
And I am smiling and saying back, Are you kidding? ProBlogger is pro-blog and so am I. That makes us niche buddies! I'm thinking that being pro-blog is the first key to blog success.
Also, when I look at his blog I see that he has ProBlogger written in multiple places. I'm quite sure this is a technique to be copied. (ProBlogger, ProBlogger, ProBlogger, ProBlogger.)
2. Oprah. Oprah is in my niche because she is a woman who smiles a lot, and so am I. Supposedly, Oprah blogs for herself. And I, for one, totally believe it.
I just read her 21 Day Cleanse Diary and now I know what I need to do. Get ready for this: after the 31 Day Project, I will blog about my 21 Days of Intestinal Housecleaning.
Being totally honest like Oprah, in this highly personal way, should garner some serious traffic, don't you think?
3. Ann Kroeker. Ann is definitely in my niche. We work for the same cool place, HighCallingBlogs.com. She has four kids and I never wanted kids (no worries, I do love the ones I have.) Ann lives in the Midwest and I live in the United States (Silly, the Midwest is now part of the United States! Don't you know your geography? :)
But mostly, Ann loves food, and so do I. She even writes about healthy food. (Her ramblings about Nutella don't count. But at least she doesn't write about sausage .... ahem, Marcus!)
I think a major key to Ann's success as a blogger is that she doesn't write about sausage. So I am never going to write about it either. (It does not count that I've written about Sausage-Flavored Lentil Soup. That, btw, is one of the best-trafficked posts on this blog, so if you are doing a post on the Dalai Lama anytime soon and you want to double your blog traffic, make sure you mention Lentil Soup too. :)
4. Bradley J. Moore. Bradley and I are in the same niche, because we actually met 30 years ago, but didn't know that when we started working together at HighCallingBlogs, until I went to have breakfast with him in New York and we discovered our amazing SECRET past.
Bradley likes secrets, and I think that is one key to his blog success.
So I am going to keep going faceless here on this blog, to continue the sense of secrecy and mystery. Plus, a person who writes about her intestines probably should stay undercover, for her own protection. (You know, right, how the paparazzi come after you when they discover you are baring your intestines to the world?)
5. Kelly Langner Sauer. Kelly takes awesome pictures. That is why she is in my blogging niche. Because I want to take awesome pictures too.
With any luck, somebody will recognize my talent someday and put one of my photos on a book cover, like this woman did for Kelly. Now all I need is a camera with a GPS system (you know, "Turn right, for cute picture of twin Pit Bulls on Poodle Street").
Oprah (and Company), I am so glad we get to niche together.
LL's Day 1: Bambi in the Database, Day 2: The Dalai Lama Effect, Day 3: Darren Rowse, Please Link to Me
ProBlogger's Day 4: Analyze a Top Blog in Your Niche
Paul's 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Project
Dear Reader, You Are So Cool, for Day 5: Email a Blog Reader
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