Finding My Niche

Fishing at Fahy's Cove on Lake Lulawissie
Fishing at Fahy's Cove on Lake Lulawissie

I was sitting in my truck last night at the Lulawissie Twin Drive-In Theater, and while Sammy and I were waiting for the cartoon to start, I browsed through my emails on my not so smart phone. I came across an older one from Hubpages that was a bit of a tutorial on “finding my niche”. It was pointing out that being more topic specific in my writing would increase my readership and I would ultimately make more money (or at least Hubpages would). But regardless of the incentive, increasing my readership made sense. It is obvious that I am not going to get rich doing this, or am I?

In a sense, I am hoping that Hubpages is my Sardi’s. Growing up in Los Angeles, everyone knew Sardi’s cafeteria. It is where the biggest stars of Hollywood during the 40’s and 50’s were “discovered” while dining with friends and family. It got to the point that aspiring stars would hang out at Sardi’s just hoping to be discovered and launched into worldwide success. I guess I am hoping for that with Hubpages. I am going to hang out here and see if a “Cecil B.” happens to read through and think that I have some sort of talent.

But what is my niche? According to my readership statistics, the articles I wrote on red meat and pork have dominated everything else I have written. So have the articles about fishing and gout.

But what about the others? They have lower scores, but I enjoy writing about my family, growing up and my life here in Lulawissie. There seems to be quite an interest in shopping for red meat and pork in Lulawissie and fishing on Lulawissie’s beautiful lake. Obviously there is somebody out there that wants to continue to read about those places and things. I know that I have piqued the interest of the people up north that have been searching for the Ivory Bill Woodpecker. Believe me, they are here in Lulawissie and they are thriving. They have been spotted recently on the lake shore picking up nesting supplies.

So I will continue to write about all of these things, because this is the niche that I live in. I may tweak it a little bit, but for the most part, this is me. This is my life. I can’t think of anyplace else that has a twin drive in theater with a double feature and cartoons between the movies. It’s like being a kid again and I can get a carload in for $5.

And as for the money? I’m not worried about it. If I actually got paid for doing something I love, it would become a job and then I would despise it. So sit back and enjoy what I have to offer….or not. It’s your choice.

Thanks for stopping by again, I appreciate your time. Live well, do good deeds for people you don’t know, and smile at a stranger once in a while, it may make his day a little brighter.

Copyright 2011 By Del Banks

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SimeyC 5 years ago from NJ, USA

I hope this really is your Sardi's! It sounds a great place and it would be nice to think of Hubpages as a place where talent actually does count - I personally think there are some amazing writers here and it's a matter of time before we find a true star!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Here, here, keep writing subjects you love and it's good to know there are those like you who are in it for more that the money!


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badegg 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians Author

Thank you, Fossillady!


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minjin25 5 years ago from Illinois

I write on Hubpages because I like to write. Don't really want to be stuck in a niche. Same as you, badegg,I write about things I find interesting.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

I love this hub! My niche is pretty varied too and I just can't (or won't) narrow it down to one or two topics. I would be bored to death. You could make a living writing titles for other people's work. You - have got it going on.


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badegg 4 years ago from Southern Appalachians Author

Thank you for the compliments!

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