I can vividly remember a few years ago, when I was ready to go big in this writing game. I had been writing novels and stories for myself and I felt it was time for me to share my gift with the world. And rightly so.
Back then, the only writing skill I had was storytelling and it was what I was going to use to shake the world. Back then, I had not even heard of the Hive blockchain, so I was only going to make use of the social media platforms available to me.
My plan had been simple, get enough following online and then convert them to diehard fans of my work. When you thought about it, it was a pretty easy process. Until I got to realize the amount of work it entailed.
I started by writing a Facebook series, I even went as far as creating a page for it. It was called Pen Afire and the title of the series was Out of Time, it was an adventure series. I got mostly positive feedback, but the engagement was extremely low. I know I should have worked hard at it and be consistent, but it was not really encouraging for me and I was not even earning anything from it. So I was using all my money to buy data and upload good story for free.
I gave up. Soon, I realized I could also post on Wattpad. I found out that it was just another version of Facebook to me. While it gave me access to more readers, I still was not getting what I was looking for. As it turned out, I was not just looking for compliments, I needed criticisms as well.
I was tired of people telling me, “wow, nice one. Next please…”
And I needed people who would actually read and give me a constructive feedback.
So, I gave up on Wattpad as well.
It was around that time that I found out about Hive, and so I decided to try it out. Surely, there was nothing wrong with me posting my stories in a place where people will actually read and give good feedback. I tried out a couple of communities with my stories, tried my hands at some articles until I stumbled upon The Inkwell.
Thanks to the community, I was able to learn and master the art of flash fiction. I was able to compress an entire story into a word count of less than a thousand. And I became so good at it. For a long time, the only content I was posting on Hive was short stories. With their weekly fiction prompts, I never ran out of ideas on what to post. And their feedback really helped me to improve in my craft. I was able to package my message based on the audience I was intending it for. That was something I did not know before.
Soon after, I began ghostwriting. Mostly novels though. And this was what taught me how to write intentionally. That is I had to learn how to write with a specific word count in mind keep the story engaging without making it seem like I was adding fillers or I was rushing everything.
And with time, thanks to Hive Learners, I started making articles. And it was then I realized I could really write content that had nothing to do with stories. And so far, the feedback I have been getting is just immeasurable.
So far, I have not selected a niche on which majority of my blog posts will be based on. And it is something I am looking to do, I am thinking hard about focusing only on one subject matter and going off with that.
For now, I am thinking of making posts solely on writing. It will encompass everything that has to do with reading and writing, including for blogs, books, and social media posts. It will also cover the business aspect of writing.
This is something that has been on my mind for a while, and since here in Hive Learners, we have a lot of newbies that are relatively new in the world of writing as a whole, not just blogging, I feel what I have to say might come in handy at one time or the other.
Please know that I am no expert, I am just trying to share the little knowledge that I have. Hopefully, one post at a time, I will be able to make a little difference.
So friends, what do you think about this? Do you feel it would be great to focus on one niche or I should keep on making random blog posts? I would really love to know your input, because as I have said constantly I am always in need of constructive criticism and yours will be highly helpful. Feel free to pour out your mind in the comment section below.
Thank you for reading, till we meet in the next post.
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