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Why Specialize when Writing Online

Updated on May 11, 2014
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Online Writing: Write What You Know

I have been reading articles by several blog writers and on other sites and I have noticed that the majority of writers do not seem to practice specialized online article writing, but rather write on a plethora of subjects.

Sharing your knowledge online, with time, will lead to success.In other words,for online writing: write what you know.

I consider myself as having expertise in mainly three areas: Employment counselor with ten years of experience, during which I advised people on resume writing, job search, interviewing techniques etc.

Public school language arts and reading teacher on which I have nine years of experience teaching middle school public school pupils reading techniques,and finally as a photographer on which I have over 25 years of experience, selling photographs, teaching photography to adults, and having articles as well as having my photographs published.

Naturally I began writing articles that focused on photography, but occasionally dwell on the other two areas associated with my experience. If I could give only one piece of advice, whether others agree or disagree, it would be to choose that area in which you consider yourself to have some expertise and write about it with occasional forays into other subjects if you feel strongly about them.

This will take some time (about 2 to 5 years), before you begin to be recognized as someone to turn to when your subject comes up. This holds true in photography.

The major names in nature photography, which is my chosen photo genre, have been specializing in nature photography for several years, even writing books, but if you were to ask them, they most certainly will tell you the same thing, that it took several years before they were the ones who people turned to when their photo genre came up and although some of them do photograph other subjects, their main lively hood comes from their specialization.

I don't think that there is anything wrong about writing on various subjects if all you want to do is write and perhaps make some money, but if down the line you want to be regarded as an expert, then your concentration should be on that area on which you can write with authority with your years of experience as your backup!

I you write well, from a grammatical point of view, are truly knowledgeable about the topics,can communicate your thoughts well, then there is no reason why you should not do well. Point is to never give up and strive to do your best all of the time.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      penlady; Thank you and good observation

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      penlady 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Good hub. However, there is one good thing about writing on several topics: you show others that you're good at researching at various topics. And this detail can have great value, especially when you have clients in various niches.

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      ColibriPhoto 7 years ago from Quito, Ecuador

      Good observation and great hub.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Luis, you are very clearly a man of many talents, as your many hubs prove it. That experience will serve you so well on Hub Pages! Well done! Thanks for the comments on my hubs also. Have a great day. Cheers! :D