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  1. Hello Eb,
    I was thinking of starting a blog of my own and came across your page and have since made up my mind to not to read any other how to guide or instructions as I love the way you have explained how to go about starting our own blog. I guess I’ve found my instructor.
    I’m an Architect from Sri Lanka and currently living in Malaysia and for obvious reasons I’m choosing the niche of Design in Architecture.

  2. I have been blogging for almost two years and I STRUGGLE with choosing a niche. I blog about how to homestead/live self-sufficiently. How-tos on a variety of topics: sewing, cooking, growing food, preserving food, building, financial independence, making own products, herbal remedies, living non-toxic/simply, etc.

    I could talk all day about pretty much any of those things. It’s my life and the journey I’ve been on for 10+ years. Right now my focus in my own life is to grow enough food to feed our family for a year. I also plan on starting a project this summer to learn how to go off-grid.

    Homesteading is my broad niche, but do I pick the narrower niche I’m currently focused on this summer which is the growing/putting up the food, or do I keep with the broad niche?

    I guess I struggle because I feel like if I choose the narrow niche, I *can’t* (is this just in my head?) talk about setting up solar or knitting slippers.

    Any advice?

    Thanks! I absolutely love your articles and have learned so much from you!

    1. Hi Steph, Thanks for your kind words about my blog! OK, I normally say that ‘lifestyle’ blogs aren’t the best way to go… as they are usually just a collection of random topics based on the individual bloggers favourite things. However, with something like ‘homesteading’ a lifestyle blog makes a lot more sense. In this instance, ‘homesteading’ really is the niche and actually having multiple topics makes a lot of sense, since homesteaders (and wannabe homesteaders) need to know about most of those topics. So I don’t necessarily think you need to niche down a whole lot more. What I would say is perhaps just narrow down your topics a little… so it’s not TOO broad, really focus on what your readers want/need to read about and make it clear what kind of homesteader you are (I don’t know a whole lot about homesteading, but I imagine there are different kinds… like for example with travel blogging you could be a luxury travel blogger / a vegan travel blogger / a budget travel blogger / a family travel blogger / an environmentally friendly travel blogger and so on… so what kind of homesteader are you? Make that the way you niche down, rather that narrowing down your topics a whole lot)

      Hope that helps!
      Eb 🙂

  3. Hi Eb, I so much liked your blog and a subsequent PDF presentation that you’ve sent that I couldn’t stop reading your blog. I have come up with this idea for my niche: share my journey of learning a skill that will make good money. I am currently in the early stages of this journey: I am learning computer programming, as well as blockchain and crypto. As I learn, I come across things that I would like to share with others in a blog. This might be an explanation of a programming subject that I’ve just learned or my experience with different coding courses or my experience with learning blockchain or crypto. As many other people are learning these things, I hope this data might help them get answers to their questions. I thought I could call my blog “journeytoskills” or “journey2skills”. I googled for the phrase as you said and found a company “skillsjourney.com”. Do you think that’d be a problem? Or is there enough difference between skillsjourney and journeytoskills? And which version is better, with “to” or “2”? Thank you very much for your awesome blog!

    1. Hi Irina, so good to hear you are enjoying my blog and finding it helpful! A journey blog where you share the skills you are learning can be a good way to start a blog – but I would definitely pick one specific niche / skill rather than going too broad. You want to get to the point where you can be the ‘expert’ as quickly as possible, as long term a niched down blog written by an expert in that topic is likely to do better. I would also be mindful of the competition. For example, I think a blog on blockchain / crypto could potentially be a very popular subject with lots of Google searches, but I imagine that the competition within that niche is also quite strong. Do plenty of research (google topics you might want to write about) to see what the competition is like. Personally, I feel “journeytoskills” or “journey2skills” is too broad for a name. I would go for something a little more specific. “journeytoskills” could mean absolutely anything. (But on the specific question of whether it’s to close to “skillsjourney.com”, no I think that’s fine.) Hope that helps! Eb 🙂

      1. Thanks a lot, Eb!!!! Somehow I’ve written a new post (an update to the earlier one) before I saw your answer.
        You made a very good point of getting to be the ‘expert’ as quickly as possible. I now think I could say (which is true) that I have mastered over a dozen skills in my life through self-learning, I spent many thousand hours self-learning, and in this blog I want to share with the audience the steps that I have taken, as well as the steps I am taking now to learn new skills. As part of learning new skills, I would share with the audience simplified descriptions of things I really had to search for as part of my own learning journey: things that weren’t readily available in a Google search or were poorly explained. I do run into such things, and I think if I had trouble finding answers, other people might too. (I still need to learn the SEO tool that gives the frequency of search requests, but that’d be at a later stage.) I could set up a survey form about the skills the users have self-learned, and maybe even ask if they want to share their skill-learning stories on this website. I could share feedback on online courses I have taken to learn new skills and maybe invite users to leave their feedback on their learning experiences, after moderation of course.
        Regarding the name being too general as you said, do you think that “stepstoskills” is too general as well? I could also try “selflearnskills” or “beselflearned.” The idea of “steps” is very appealing to me, but I don’t have online experience to predict how people would react to it. Or how about “selflearnrocket” or “selflearningrocket”, with the idea of riding a “rocket” to self-learn toward one’s goal? How does that seem to you?
        If all goes well, maybe at a later stage I could offer guided challenges on learning new things step by step: a user sets a challenge to learn something and then gets daily guidance/encouragement/reminder, or some such to keep them on track of their learning journey.
        I very much appreciate your advice and will definitely use your referral link to get the hosting, once I finalize the name.

  4. …(continuing the previous post), maybe “stepstoskills”? I see that “steps2skills” domain is taken, but the “to” version is not. I like the name, got a ton of ideas for it. This site would be about self-learning and would have 3 sections: (1) philosophy/how to challenge oneself to keep learning, the mindset to master skills; (2) concepts related to learning programming skills explained in simple words; (3) concepts related to learning web3/crypto investments and products explained in simple words. Does that seem like a workable idea?

    1. Aaah, I see now I misunderstood your original idea – you want your blog to be about teaching people how to acquire new skills – is that right? In which case that makes sense and I can see how a blog that teaches people how to learn new skills well / fast / efficiently could work. The only thing that concerns me is that your 3 sections sound to me like 3 separate blogs / niches… all of which are good ideas, but I am not sure how they would work on one blog. It might be a good idea to pick one of those options to start with and expand later once you have established authority / expertise in the first one. Or perhaps combine the first 2 – where section one would be focused specifically on philosophy/mindset needed to learn programming skills. If indeed your blog is about teaching people how to acquire new skills, I love the word ‘rocket’ – it implies boosting / improving / getting somewhere fast. I feel ‘stepstoskills’ is still too vague and not exciting enough. Hope that helps! Eb 🙂

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