I’m sure I’m not the only one that read a million other blog posts and sites about blogging before starting to blog myself. It’s not so much that I didn’t know what a blog was about but that I wanted to do it right. I guess that’s just my modus operandi; I’ll read everything possible before making a decision (you should see me when I’m thinking about buying a new piece equipment).
Anyways, back to blogging, what all those sites I scoured had in common was “find your niche” . So I tried to do what they said and this is what ensued:
- Female solo traveler. This is the obvious choice but there are way too many blogs out there focusing on this, maybe if I narrow it down… female solo traveller in her 30s? Nope, many of those too…. Budget female solo traveller? Nope, many of those as well… ok I give up lets move on
- Besides travel the other thing I love is reading so maybe mix of both? But that would mean writing about books, maybe even reviewing them… not my style, plus I hardly ever read anything related to where I am – I’ll be in Turkey and reading something set in Russia.
- Travel and tefl? If there were many blogs focusing on solo female travel then I don’t know what to say about this. It seems that everyone that embarks on a year abroad for tefl starts a blog. either focusing on the teaching experience or on the trip and experiences but either way it’s definitely been overdone in the blogosphere.
- There are many travel blogs that cater to a specific demographic by stressing where they are from (Filipino travel writers, african travel writers) or even by race, traveling as a black person, or as a Chinese. etc. Maybe I could do that? Nope, no, I couldn’t. Trying to define where I’m from or to what racial group I belong is next to impossible. Not only that, it also defies my I-hate-racial-divisions philosophy.
And that was it, I run out of ideas. Maybe I came too late into the blogging world? The travel side of blogging (the only one that interests me) has been dissected and appropriated so many times there’s nothing left. Should I give up on blogging then? Not a chance. I started this blog partly as a way of keeping my family back home updated on my whereabouts but mainly as a repository of my experiences. Both reasons are still pretty valid so who cares if I don’t have a niche?