If you’re a fan of Spin the Dawn and The Selection, then this is a book you CANNOT miss! This is honestly one of my favorites I’ve read this year, and I’m super excited for what’s to come in this series.
Welcome my friends, to my epic stop for The Seventh Sun blog tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! This post will include a review, my favourite quotes, and an amazing giveaway!
I finally, finally, found my “niche.” AHHHH!! *Excited squeals.*
In case you don’t really know what I mean by “niche”, I’m referring to where my blog is going. The topics I’m writing about, the focus for the content. I mean, it seems like I’ve flopped all around and just a couple months ago released a post where I thought I knew where I was going right? Well, to be honest, I’m 100% not sure if that post got me as excited as this one. And to be even more honest, this is probably not going to be my be all end all blog niche for the end of eternity, but I do think it’s going to stick around for a while.
First, I have my lovely blog subscribers to thank. For all of you who responded to my little questionnaire, THANK YOU! It was you guys that helped me align myself and actually find where I wanted to take this blog with your responses. Seriously. I probably would still be milling around aimlessly with my blog with no real direction (and posts in all the random topics).
The biggest thing that made me super excited is…I found my blog mission.
One that I tried to stick to was “inspiring self-confidence”, but I think, generally, not all of my posts really fit with this. While I will definitely still have posts with this topic, it proved to be unsuitable as an overarching mission.
Yes, in a way, I’m rebranding. More on that at the end of this post.
I still like my tagline: “Cherish little things. Spread joy. Live happy.” But I think a huge element of what I’m transitioning to is a healthy, happy life. Health in all elements: mental, relational, physical, and nutritional. The thing is, when you hear “healthy, happy life” the first thing that comes to mind is probably a food blog. Which is not the main thing I’m trying to build, so it’s not going to work to just use that.
What do you guys think about “On a pursuit for the happy life.” ? Ooh or “Cherish little things. Live happy. Live well.”? You know what, I’ll explain more about my niche and how I found it below. And the very end of this post I’ll go over my plan for my blog, and there will be a poll for my mission statement!
One more thing I’d like to clarify: I’m not going to be deleting my old posts. They’re precious, and many of them will still fit with this new niche.
Now, I’m not going to lie, this post is a little bit long. But if you pull through and read it, and I promise you it will bring results. Pinky promise. If you put in the work of course.
Finding your niche
Finding your niche is an incredibly hard process, and one of the biggest pieces of advice I have is to not rush it. I’ve complied some tips for you if you’re interested in finding the “niche” for your blog, vlog, or content creation.
Elements of a niche
Theme/vibe: what you give off, the branding behind your platform
Mission: it’s nice to have a mission statement to align everything you create
Categories/topics you cover: the bulk of what is often known as your niche, what you write about.
Sidebar: Is a niche important? Should I bother having one?
I’ve seen this question being tossed around a lot. From my point of view and experience, YES. Having a niche is incredibly important, especially if you want to succeed and build your blog to something really big.
The biggest reason why is because you have a more streamlined target audience, and your audience will be able to know what to expect from you. Then they will be more likely to return to your content if they enjoy it, rather than returning and seeing an unrelated post or vibe (and then leaving…forever DUN DUN DUN).
Another reason is if you want to monetize or collaborate with companies. Blogs that are niched down are more compelling to companies as they know an investment into them will bring authentic engagement from the followers (because the followers are actually interested in ALL the content produced).
Step 1: Experimentation
The first step may seem counter-intuitive. Write about anything and everything your heart desires. There are two main reasons for this.
You will find what you are good at writing about, and what your audience seems to enjoy most.
You will most likely commit to blogging for longer because there is more to write about and you can post some really fun posts. Not that finding a nice will take away all the fun in creating posts–more on that later.
Step 2: Make freebies
Start making freebies in the area you are most successful in and put a greater emphasis on those topics. If these freebies do really well, you know it’s a viable area to blog about. This more like a bonus step. Not many people do it, but it definitely can be very helpful, and already start getting you committed followers.
Step 3: Ask your followers and subscribers
Shoot them an email and see what topics they enjoy the most and what they want to hear from you! After all, a blog isn’t truly a blog unless you’ve got those readers. This is also incredibly motivating because you’ll see how much others enjoy your content!
Step 4: Reflect
Now that you have a better sense of the areas you should put your efforts in, look at the bigger picture.
Perhaps you’re thinking: I don’t actually enjoy blogging about these topics though. The posts seem like a chore to put together.
Hey, me too! I was in that same position. But I was able to flip it around and turn that topic into something I was excited about. Let me explain.
So one of my posts that has done really well was my ultimate morning routine guide. I really put a lot of effort into launching that post: SEO, 3000 word article, freebies, and even a morning challenge! Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t create all of this just to drive subscribers and traffic. It was genuinely something that I struggled with, and created because I saw that same need out there for other people. I think, ultimately, that was what made the post successful.
But after actually launching into the challenge, it was hard for me to stay committed. I’m the type of person who gets excited about the idea, but then struggles to maintain that excitement during the execution. This was also the case with my 2020 Planathon: I got really pumped up when the idea to create a planathon popped into my mind, but it was hard to pull through all of the planning and putting things into action. But the posts related to the planathon, such as how to become a happier, healthier version of yourself, was super successful.
Notice the core idea behind these though: I still LOVE these topics and am super passionate about them. I just needed to find a format that I would enjoy putting out content for them in. This leads me to my main action tip for this step:
Find what you want to see as a reader. The KEY is to connect with your reader, and there’s no better way than being in your target audience yourself. What kind of content would you be excited to subscribe to? Be the one to create that content.
Step 5: Branding
This last step is probably the most underestimated one when it comes to finding your niche, but it is INCREDIBLY important to have good branding if you want your blog or vlog or social media to take off. This overall relates to the vibes you give off, and can often be a convincing factor to draw in new readers and make them stay or return.
I spent a lot of time putting together my blog and social media, creating a kind of “scrapbook” like vibe with pink to exude my carefree, happy life theme. It’s definitely paid off, as I get several messages with compliments about my blog design!
If graphic design isn’t for you, I highly recommend getting someone to help! Just think about it, aren’t you more likely to stay and poke around on an attractive website? I offer affordable graphic design services myself, but whoever you choose, make sure you preview their past work and can trust that they are capable to bring your vision into life.
What is my niche going to be?
Okay, so after that long blabbing and process of how to find your niche, what is mine going to be?
I’m not changing all that much, but I’m streamlining my blog towards something I’m very, very excited about.
As I mentioned earlier, my blog is going to circulate around the “happy life” and “living happy” and my transition to a healthier, happier lifestyle. My main target audience is going to be people my age, so kinda the Gen Z’s, but I welcome readers from all areas of life to join this journey!
You can probably tell, it’s not too big of a shift and I was already moving towards this area. There will still be some fun posts, but I want to link everything under one umbrella so people can know what to expect from me.
Anyways, I’d like for you guys to help me choose my blog mission statement, so please vote in the poll below!
So what can you expect moving forwards?
I’m going to undergo some minor re-branding. Not so much on the colors and aesthetics side, but on the mission and organization side. There will be some changes to my header menu as I re-categorize everything over the next little while.
Here’s the category outline I’m thinking of doing:
Care for Yourself
What do you think? Is it too confusing, too much stuff, or will people get it?
Okay, okay, I know I said I was going to start that…but I never really got around to doing it because I think videos take wayyyy too long to edit. BUT. I’m not completely giving up on Youtube. In fact, I’m going to integrate it into something else.
Yep, ya girl right here is going to launch a podcast in the near future. Stay tuned for more info. But since these will also take forever to edit, I’m combining it with my Youtube so it’ll be cross posted across platforms. My main platform, of course, will still be my blog, so I’ll only be releasing an episode every couple of months or so. At least, that’s the plan for now. Don’t worry, I’ll give you the deets for where you can subscribe or follow all that later (since I haven’t fully decided the platforms). But in the meantime, my Youtube channel is open for subscriptions!
On another exciting note, I’m now going to accept guest posts!
There’s a whole system for that and everything that I’m going to implement; I’ll probably release guidelines for that later in a separate post. But generally speaking, all the posts on my blog will still be written and processed by me. I’m not going to simply do the copy and paste of a blog post someone writes as a guest post…if you know what I mean.
And collabs! Still open! I love working with brands and other bloggers, and will definitely be thinking of some opportunities to open up to you guys! Be sure to join my email list to be notified when these opps are released as I’m probably going to announce there first.
If you stuck through this whole post, you’re a real one. A real gem. That was over 1900 words, you know? Virtual cookie and hug for you! As always, let me know your thoughts below. Can’t wait to show you what’s in store!
Guys, I’ve got one of the most amazing clothing stores to share with you! I absolutely love supporting small businesses, and the Sweet On You Boutique was one that caught my eye. It’s founder, Tori Haughey, reached out to me on Facebook after seeing that our missions aligned: her store’s goal is to empower women to feel confident in their style and skin, while I also want to inspire self-confidence through my blog!
Sorry with the delay with this post! It took a little while to arrange and confirm everyone’s prizes. The winners have been contacted already, but here is the list of the winners (to maintain the integrity of the giveaway):
Congrats to all who won, and thank you so much for everyone who entered and has been supporting my blog!! I appreciate you all so much! ❤
Don’t worry, I’m sure I will hold more giveaways soon!
What do you do when you’re bored? Take personality tests of course! Sometimes I do Buzzfeed ones, but this time I wanted to take a more serious test, and see how accurate it was.
The 16 personalities test popped up, which, from the various references I found, and the information on the website, I thought would be pretty accurate. After all, it uses the Myers-Briggs theories, which I researched briefly in a school project.
So I took the test, and got a whole bunch of family and friends to take it too. I’ve been wanting to write and publish this post for forever (I’m pretty sure I took this test over half a year ago), and so finally, here are the results.
Welcome my stop for the blog tour for this book, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. This was a beautiful YA novel with music as a huge part of it, which I loved. In this post you’ll find a synopsis of the book, my review, and a $25 Amazon gift card giveaway!
Um, so, I kinda did a thing. Meaning, I somehow got started into watching c-dramas (chinese dramas), and now I sort of can’t stop. I never really expected it to happen. Before, I even looked down on c-dramas a little. I didn’t know much about them, but I thought they had no substance or value. Now, while they might not grow your brain or anything, it’s nice to just relax after a long week and watch a cute love story blossom (and live vicariously, *cough, cough*).
I’d say that I’m relatively well versed with c-dramas at this point of my c-drama career, lol. So let me share my top picks for you, as well as my story about how I got into c-dramas.
I can’t believe I’m posting 3 days in a row, lol. I never post that often, but it’s a good thing to go into a new year with I guess! And also, am I the only one that thinks December went by SUPER fast? Anyways…
As a special treat to bring in the new year (2020 already OMG), I decided to treat my lovely blog followers with a giveaway!! If you haven’t subscribed yet (to my email list), you can still participate by subscribing now. Don’t miss out!
If you participated in the Planathon, you will have already previewed these giveaway prizes ahead of time!
I’m running this giveaway mostly as a way to say thank you to my supporters, because this blog would not be running without you guys. So first THANK YOU!!! Thank you for sticking with me through my journey with this blog. You guys always bring a smile to my face, motivate me, and inspire me. 2019 ended with a bang and I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings. 🙂
Also, a huge-mongous THANK YOU to the giveaway sponsors! I have linked their sites to the prizes so go show them some love. I will wait.
This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!! Except for the one prize I specified below.
Such cute stickers! They would look perfect in your bullet journal or planner, or on your laptop cover. There’s even workout-themed ones to keep you motivated to exercise. You can use them as a tracker for daily workouts!
PRIZE 3: 1 winner—Weekly planner pad from Mintitude
This prize will be restricted to U.S. only. Isn’t the watercolor design so pretty? Planning your week ahead is such an effective practice, and this planner pad will be the perfect thing for your needs!
EXCLUSIVE: 3 winners—1 hour coaching session with Ani Wey
There will be three winners that will each get a one-on-one coaching session with Ani, worth $300 each. Manifest your dreams with an expert coach who will help you reach your goals in 2020.
The first winner will get to choose what they want out of all the prizes, then the second winner will get to choose from the remaining 6 prizes, and the third winner will choose from the remaining 5, and so on! If you happen to get drawn twice, then that means you’ll get to choose two prizes!
Enter before January 10th, 2020 at 12:00 AM MST. Winners will be contacted shortly after, and must reply within 24 hours to claim their prize.
In order to enter you must (this looks really long but it’s not):
Join the Happy Tribe by subscribing to my blog (if you receive emails directly from me already-not from WordPress-then you are already on the list!)
Join Ani’s Facebook group AND/OR make a post to your friends or invite 10 friends to the group.
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