Making the Big Time on Problogger

This weekend my first guest post went live on Problogger.

It was not only my first guest post on Problogger, but my first guest post anywhere. The first I submitted even! The joyous flailing and squealing that went on in my living room over the weekend as the posts went live was not fit for human consumption.

Weekend Project Get Focused With Your Multi-Topic Blog

The first post was an introduction to my weekend blogging project two-part series, written by the big man himself, Darren Rowse. In it, he gives Problogger readers a rundown of multi-topic blogs and tells us how, despite defying most common wisdom about niche-specific blogs being the best model to monetize, multi-topic can and does work.

Problogger: Weekend Project: Get Focused With Your Multi-topic Blog

Problogger: Weekend Project: Get Focused With Your Multi-topic Blog

Weekend Project 1: Fix a Mess of a Multi-Topic Blog

Next is the first post in my series, Fix a Mess of a Multi-Topic Blog. A couple of months ago, I was frustrated with the lack of focus on Leave Me to My Projects, and everything I was reading in the blogosphere was telling me that I couldn’t make this work unless I got much more specific and picked a single topic.

But I didn’t want to. Although they are not as numerous as successful single-topic blogs, I saw plenty of lifestyle blogs working – hell, I was a ravenous reader of plenty of them. So I began a super-OCD process to figure out where this site was going, and to refine my topics and message. You know what we do here. Martha Stewart for creepy weirdos, right? But how would new readers know that? I had some work to do.

The process I started working on turned into the bones of this post. You may have noticed that there have been some changes on the site in the last couple of months with regards to how things are organized around here. This post outlines how I arrived at the current layout.

Problogger: Weekend Project 1: Fix a Mess of a Multi-topic Blog

Problogger: Weekend Project 1: Fix a Mess of a Multi-topic Blog

Weekend Project 2: Success Secrets of 5 Multi-topic Blogs

In the second post in the series, I showcased some of those great multi-topic lifestyle blogs I was talking about, specifically the craft and DIY-based ones – what I have dubbed “The Pinterest Niche.” They include:

In this post, I covered the stats of these blogs, and their secrets to success in the multi-topic blogging world. This is a good read even if you aren’t a blogger. There are plenty of great sites to check out!
Problogger: Weekend Project 2: Success Secrets of 5 Multi-topic Blogs

Problogger: Weekend Project 2: Success Secrets of 5 Multi-topic Blogs

This series was a massive labor of love for me, and so much more than just a couple of posts. It is my mind, my heart and a lot of my OCD, all coming together in a way that, judging by the comments of the posts, may help a good number of people. And that’s the best reward I can get.

Are you a Problogger? Tell us about your road to monetizing your blog! What has worked for you, and what hasn’t? What’s your next step?

Comments

  1. this guest post was how i found your blog, which i now follow!! congrats on the work, it paid off! it definitely encouraged me in my blogging endeavours 🙂

  2. I just clicked over from your guest post! DIY blogs are my FAVORITE and I”m loving yours! That moss scarf is just stunning… I might have to go check my stash and see if I have anything moss-worthy…

    • Natalie Webb says:

      Thanks Rachel! And just look for something bubbly and nubbly. Think “organic-looking”

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