I first started blogging in 2003, so 10 whole years ago now! Initially I had a free account, but in 2006 bought my own domain name and started a self help blog. This blog was extremely popular and I quickly built up a regular following.
In 2010 I decided to move my focus to helping others to blog because I had been so successful with my self help niche. I had always believed that to blog successfully you need to identify a niche and stick to it, and I am sure this is what helped to create the strong community I had.
So how do you identity your niche? Well I believe that you need to be blogging about something you not only are passionate about but something you have a great knowledge about too. Both the niches I have created blogs about are on topics of personal expertise. Primarily my working life and qualifications are in the self help niche, so there was both the passion and the expertise, then when I had created a successful and popular blog I moved focus to blogging as I had both the track record and the passion about my subject.
You can blog successfully and create an online community to be proud of if you take the right steps on your journey.
Enjoy the journey.