What’s my writing style? Spumoni.
If I was smart, I would listen to the authors of “how to be a writer” and “how to have a popular website” books when they clearly tell me, “Find your niche and just focus on it alone.” Then I could be like the fortunate clever-minded writers who all now have book deals simply because of the popularity of their WordPress websites:
Here’s the problem though- I’m not attracting just one type of reader. I’m luring in several different types of people who are both completely unrelated to each other and yet at other times couldn’t be more alike. It sort of reminds me of the way that MSN’s home page (http://www.msn.com/) is set up. Their main categories are news, entertainment, sports, money, and lifestyle.
By default, I have ended up emulating that concept, only mixing it up with my own alternative, off-beat main topics. Instead of the mainstream-friendly Neapolitan (chocolate-strawberry-vanilla) topics, my twisted version is more like Spumoni (chocolate-pistachio-cherry). *Ironically, Spumoni came first (from Italy), but by the time it became popular in America, it evolved into Neapolitan.
I have come to the conclusion that there are ultimately six main categories I write about: nostalgia, people, storytelling, spirituality, writing, and recaps (of TV shows, mainly). (“Uncategorized” is an additional generic title given to all my posts as well.)
Of course I struggled with making “Jewish references” and “humor” their own separate categories, but just like a few other “should I make these their own categories?” categories, certain topics aren’t simply things I write about; they’re a part of everything I write. It would just simply be redundant; stating the obvious.
Being able to read through an entire one of my posts without coming across the words “Jew”, “Jews”, or “Jewish” somewhere in there is about as rare as biting all the way through a Chips Ahoy! chocolate chip cookie without eating a chocolate chip. And I would hope that there is at least a little bit of irony that comes across as humorous in most of what I write as well. I shouldn’ have to label it “funny”, otherwise I may be defeating the purpose.
So who am I attracting on a daily basis?
Fans of LOST, Dexter, The Bachelor, and/or The Bachelorette. Jewish people. Christians. People who grew up in the 1980’s. People concerned with healthy living. People who found my website by searching one of those things and then saved my website in their “Favorites” and forwarded the link on to their friends.
In other words, my readers are as random as I am. Random Spumoni. Takes one to know one. Welcome to the club.