I started this blog in the fall of 2012 on a whim. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in my general life and blogging was a compelling idea to me. So Kati-Rose.com was born. I had no idea what I was signing up for. At first I was aimless. Oh maybe today I’ll post about a celebrity and maybe the next I’ll complain about being a 20-something. I blogged sporadically, but it just didn’t click. That was how it continued until fall of 2013. I realized blogging was something that was important to me so I began the process of trying to figure out where I fit into the blog world.
That was one of the biggest hurdles I’ve had to overcome. For over a year I stayed on the outskirts and felt uncomfortable and honestly a bit unwanted in the blogging community. I felt like I didn’t quite fit properly into any sub-group.
I’m about the farthest a person could be from getting married or having children – imagine me standing at the bottom of Mount Everest and those goals are the peak and you should get a clear understanding. My crafting skills usually end up looking like a five year old’s arts and crafts project, especially with the mounds of glitter. I’m an utter disaster in the kitchen and I really have no motivation to even attempt to bake or cook. That there knocks out pretty much every major blogging category. I was left thinking WTF do I do?
I tried my hand at pop culture and quickly realized that I got fed up with the fake bullshit and constant negativity. Plus, I didn’t care about all subjects and celebrities but I knew writing an in-depth think piece once every few months wouldn’t sustain a blog. There was always fashion and traveling for big blog topics and those are two subjects I LOVE, but being a struggling post-grad doesn’t allow me to have the funds to do either of those options full-time. It didn’t even seem like music blogging existed. I was left despondent and lost. I began to even wonder if my blog was worth it, if my thoughts would come across as interesting to read. I was in a full blown blog identity crisis.
Until one day it all clicked. I am none of those things above. That’s okay though. I am me and there’s no other blogger out there that can fit the Kati Rose shoes.
I can love music, travel, fashion, pop culture, art, photography…all these things in life that are passions of mine and still blog. I can focus on these so-called finer pleasures and make a lifestyle out of appreciating the best in my own way. A new direction for this blog was started with purpose…finally. As you might’ve been able to tell in the last three months since this ah-ha moment Kati-Rose.com has gone through a lot of changes – all for the better. My site is finally becoming something layered and fully mine. I’m happy to share that with others and I hope people find enjoyment in it all as much as I do.
If I could give any advice to any level of blogger, it would be this.
FIND YOUR OWN NICHE.
You’re not going to be happy trying to copy anybody else. Nobody wants to read the same blog a hundred times over anyway. Find what makes you unique and use it to your advantage. It may not be an exact blog category out there at the current moment, but maybe you need to be the one to create it. Maybe there’s readers that wish they could find a blog documenting all the things you love and they just can’t find it. You never know what the possibilities will be until you try.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope that 2015 brings many new and exciting things for Kati-Rose.com and all my lovely readers.
Do you have any advice for finding your place in the blog community?
P.S. – Check out the 10 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known Before Starting a Blog (I could make it 11 with this post now!)
Until next time,