I Am Not A Niche

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I know all the advice out there says you should ‘niche’ your blog. I’m still not sure I understand why. I mean, I get wanting to be seen as an expert in your field. But I am interested in people, not in niches. When I think about it in that light, it makes me wonder about the other advice you always hear on social media – be authentic, be real. But authentic and real people are complex and multi-dimensional, not a single ‘niche’ idea, right?

As an introvert, people usually assume that I hate people. I don’t. I love watching people, observing their behavior, trying to figure out what makes them tick. Interacting with people is a completely different thing, though. Because I’m an introvert, I’m socially awkward. I mean, I can handle being in social situations, but I don’t generally enjoy them. Mostly because I don’t understand them. If you don’t really care how I am, why are you asking? I want to talk about deep and meaningful things, but most social conversation is completely superficial.

Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked, sorry. This post is about why this blog likely won’t fit into a neat little niche. The purpose behind it is not to present myself as an expert about anything, but rather to (hopefully) show people that with success comes a lot of failure. I think that people are so afraid these days to fail at anything that they prefer to do nothing. But you don’t learn if you don’t fail. I think that’s a lesson that so many people miss. We’re so focused on success that we forget it is driven by failure.

I decided to start a business, and as is usual with me, I jumped right in with both feet. But after spending a week or so researching and doing some paperwork, that darn imposter syndrome showed its ugly face. Suddenly, the whole prospect seemed incredibly daunting. I have no idea what I’m doing; what was I thinking?

Then I started to really head down the rabbit hole. I don’t even really use social media – I have no ‘following’ to promote this business to, so how in the world am I going to get sales? Then I started researching selling online and all the new tax and privacy laws in the US and elsewhere and it really started to get overwhelming. How am I ever going to make this a success?

Then one day, in the midst of all my angst, I thought, why the hell am I worrying about all this? When I originally decided to start the business, I told myself that I wouldn’t worry about failing. If I did fail, then at least I would have learned something. If I fail, I’ll have lost some money and some time, but at least I will have tried. I’d regret not trying more than I’d regret failing. So, here I am.

If you’re expecting this to be a blog about only things relating to an online business venture, you might be disappointed. I will write about that, but other things interest me, and since this is, after all, my blog, I will probably write about them too.

I’m opening at Etsy shop selling planner stickers and vinyl decals. Topics you may encounter in this blog: starting an online home business, cutting machines (like the Silhouette Cameo), stickers, planners, vinyl, decals, sales tax, using Etsy, etc. I may also write about things like fonts, software, blogging, writing, creating, art, being an introvert (and sometimes a hermit), my tinfoil hat theories (shh, don’t tell anyone about these), and you may encounter my snark/sarcasm.

If any of those don’t strike your fancy, no problem. The internet is a big place, and this is just one tiny corner of it. If you’re interested in watching me fail (or succeed), then slap the follow button and let’s go!

Welcome to the Hermit Hut!

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Welcome to my little corner of the internet – the Hermit Hut! It’s usually just me in here, but it does get lonely. So, I decided to hang a shingle and invite you all in.

I’m a lifelong introvert, though I’m not officially a hermit – yet. It’s not that I mind being outside – it’s the people. And most people are nice, don’t get me wrong, but people are sometimes (most times) mentally and emotionally exhausting for me. I’m just not built to be sociable and ‘on’ all the time. I need time to recharge my batteries, and for me, that means time alone.

The last few years have been great, because my kids are in school and I have a part-time job that forces me to get out of the house. So I get time to socialize, to work, and I still get to have a lot of alone time, which suits me just fine.

I started this blog because I wanted to share my journey – both in living life as an introvert and starting my online business. One of the possible changes coming in my life is a more nomadic lifestyle, and so I wanted a way to connect with people and to have a decently stable job that I could do from pretty much anywhere. (I decided to start a sticker shop on Etsy, in case you’re wondering.)

So, come along and watch me fail! Because that’s when you learn – when you fall flat on your face and have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start again. There’ll be plenty of failures here and plenty of laughs (not all at my expense, I hope). Let’s all laugh and learn together and, again, welcome to the Hut!