I Don't Give Two Hoots
In the process of working on my niche, which is humor, (targeted to the retired
Baby Boomer arena), I have come across more competition than I can possibly
count. Oh man, did that ever intimidate me at first! I mean we're talking the likes
of REALLY funny people who make millions from what they do - Dave Berry, Tina
Fey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld. . . not to mention the hundreds of hilarious
blogs that have 7-figures in followers.
But I've developed a philosophy that's helped me out of my self-defeating "not as good as they are" trap. Nobody in the whole world can be ME. I have a unique set
of experiences, background, history and interactions that are exclusive to ME and in that world, there is no competition. I also have a unique style and presentation
that is exclusive to me and, again - no competition.
So you know what? I have stopped giving TWO HOOTS about competition in my niche. I am no longer "researching" what others are doing and am now focusing on my own optimistic perspective of life which I know brings laughter and joy to others. My personal goal is to develop a blog that appeals to the people I target. It simply
has nothing to do with anyone else. Anything that needs to be learned about competition can be learned right here on WA.
The biggest "needle in my balloon" is when I read other humorous blogs or articles and start comparing myself, I always come up short! When I look at their content,
their followers, their fans, their numerous comments - I get discouraged and come away doubting myself. That is a very dangerous place to be! Especially when, really - it has nothing to do with me.
I hope everybody's having a terrific week! I so love my fellow WA-ers.