It may seem counter-intuitive that you can expand your audience by going niche, but today’s guest, Megan Giller, was nominated for a Savuer Award for her very niche blog Chocolate Noise, and now she’s written a book on the topic as well. If you’re interested in more discussions on niche blogging, listen to me talk with Bridget Edwards about Growing Your Niche Blog. And you’ll absolutely love my discussion with Kay Featherstone on Building Your Food Blogger Tribe. So much goodness there!

It may seem counter-intuitive that you can expand your audience by going niche, but today’s guest, Megan Giller, was nominated for a Savuer Award for her very niche blog Chocolate Noise, and now she’s written a book on the topic as well.

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Gearing Up for Holiday Food Blogging

OK, Ladies and Gents, start your engines, right? Because it’s almost October and that means the busy season for Food bloggers begins! I just want to give you some words of encouragement to start this season right:

  1. Every day take a moment and say a positive affirmation like: I am supported by the work I love. Or you can say, I receive all the good life has to offer me.
  2. Take several deep breaths. It’s easy to forget, but it makes a big difference in reducing stress which is important for you to be your best.
  3. Meditate. Even just five minutes a day can keep you centered. Here’s a story for you: I hadn’t been sleeping well the last couple of days because I just had so much racing through my mind and then I realized I hadn’t been meditating. It’s like I get so busy that I think I don’t have time. But when I made time for meditation then I finally slept well again, all through the night. And then I was able to be more productive the next day. See? It’s worth taking a few minutes. I use the app Headspace and Breathe and they offer a few free meditations. It really works!
  4. Walk. Even on super busy days, finding time for a walk will help you clear your head and deliver the best to your audience.

There you have it, my quick tips on being your best for the busy food blogger holiday season!

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Megan Giller and Going Niche

OK. Let’s get to today’s episode. Today I’m talking to Megan Giller. She’s with the site Chocolate Noise (see link below). I like just about everything to do with chocolate, so I was excited to talk with Megan.

Megan has a very different model as a food blogger, because she doesn’t actually publish recipes. The focus of her site is on chocolate and she interviews chocolatiers and talks about a subculture within chocolate called bean to bar. Talk about going niche!

Megan talks about the benefits of going niche, including the fact that her site was nominated for a Savuer Award.And now she’s published a book based on the topic of her blog as well.

Going niche has its advantages.

I think it’s such an important topic because it’s an example of how when you take on a topic and really own it, you can really do great things. So, it’s tempting for us all to want to do it all. I definitely feel that call as well. But there can be great rewards for going niche and really drilling down into a topic.

Why We Resist Niche

A few years ago we did the Food Blog Success Summit where several food bloggers were invited to present their sites to an expert panel and receive feedback. It was a great workshop and I definitely have thought about doing it again someday. One story stood out to me. There was one blogger in particular who had a very specific theme to her site, but she wasn’t really happy with the results. Her proposed solution was to expand her topic into other areas, but we suggested she do the opposite and own her topic even more. Drill down deeper. Become the go-to resource for that topic.

That is why we’re talking about going niche on today’s episode. It happens to be that Megan writes on something we all love, chocolate. You will be intrigued by Megan’s knowledge of chocolate and we definitely talk about that as well.

I loved today’s discussion with Megan Giller and I hope you will to.

Show Notes

This episode on Going Niche with Megan Giller has some important resources resources you’ll want to check out:

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