finding nemo: being a little fish in the big blogging ocean

You know when your excited about something, and you want to reach that goal that you have set your mind to? when I started blogging years ago my goal was to get on Problogger. When I first had a clue what blogging was, it was because of Darren at Problogger who showed me the new road of blogging. It took me a few years of reading Problogger to realize that I too had something to contribute  to the online space. Before I started blogging I worried because I didn’t know that I had any value to offer, or at least I wondered if anyone else would see value in my words.I decided to try a little experiment it was then that I bit the bullet so to speak and started blogging myself.

finding nemo: being a little fish in the big blogging ocean

photo by Daniel Seibert via creative commons

My plan was to try for the first year and let the numbers speak for themselves. After that first year I would reevaluate and let the numbers show me how my voice was being heard in an otherwise vast ocean. It was a strange time in that ocean for websites relating to cerebral palsy because there were thousands of them. But,of all useful websites not one was written from a first hand account by an adult living with it and this in the early days really bothered me. It was either by a parent of a child with cerebral palsy or a medical professional. While both of these groups hold a unique purpose and resource to others in the online space; It was only  when I realized their was no first hand account that is when I saw a gap in the ocean of the internet, and effectively my niche and thus the site was born.
I think given the narrow and specialized nature of my niche one of the things I continue to struggle to understand, is how to get traffic, so I signed up for a blogging course to help me. That course called audience building masterclass, which is delivered by the awesome people at Mirasee.
That course literally changed my blogging life because it has helped me see a technique I had never thought of that method is guest blogging. Simple I know but honestly I had never thought of it as a possibility given the specific nature of my niche. But because of the audince building master class, I gave it a try not thinking it would work for me but it did!
The cool part was because of this course I reached my goal and not only that it was neat to figure how to write for site a large site in a different niche from my own.
I will be the first to admit this whole process has built my confidence as a blogger that I didn’t know I was lacking and maybe I wasn’t, but regardless it truly helped me grow in was I didn’t think were possible. If you are interested in reading my post on Problogger you can do so here

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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