I have always said that I would never pick a niche to write under, especially on Medium. My other projects and newsletters are related to one niche. Medium has always been my go to place for all thoughts. Recently, though it has become evident that one type of article makes far more than others. Luckily for me, it is a niche that will never run out. True crime. There is always a story waiting to be reported. Do you know in my next book I am writing the A-Z of British serial killers, I have found one for every letter of the alphabet? I digress, but you get the idea there is always going to be a crime to report.
Writing where the money is.
Many writers write to improve their craft, I am one of them. However, I won’t lie the money is a nice bonus and I need to make a few extra pennies to keep the kids in nappies. Why wouldn’t I write around a subject that makes money? I could spend three hours on an article that makes pennies, or three hours on one that makes me three figures. Logic dictates where most of us would go.
A natural niche down
Naturally, I have started niching down my writing. Writing on fewer topics, as I spend the time writing crime articles. It also helps these are my favourite types of posts to research and write. An enjoyment of the topic helps. I’m not sure I should admit to enjoying true crime, but you get the idea. When you are faced with this as a writer isn’t it worth riding the wave for a while. It might not last and another niche may become popular. While it lasts though make the most of the opportunity and write on a popular topic.
Taking the idea further.
By studying your stats you can see the popular topics and then choose, accordingly. I have decided to take this further, you can also follow my path. This month I started a dedicated Crime Blog on a different platform. You can check it out for seven days for free with this link. Those that subscribe also get a copy of my latest book signed and sent to them at no extra cost.
It has long been my ethos that writers need the freedom to develop their skills through a diverse writing style. Try as many different niches as you think you can write for. A good way to do this is to spend half-hour writing down all the topics you think you can write on. With each of these topics, write down ten possible article ideas. If you can do this, then I would suggest it is a niche you can write in.If there is a natural niching down through your readers’ feedback. Feedback may come, through comments or reads and likes, then niche down. Whichever method you choose whether to write on multiple subjects or one or two, ensure you enjoy your writing.
Do you write in one niche or across several?