Gossip Lolly Reborn
Hi Guys, it’s David here from Gossip Lolly. It’s my pleasure to tell you that we’re having a bit of a makeover. While the website will be almost identical, apart from minor tweaks, the content is absolutely reborn for the better… I hope.
When I first started Gossip Lolly, I wanted a simple look that was easy to navigate and a bit different to every other website. At the time that seemed like a great idea. In hindsight, though, I didn’t relise how hard it would be to create content for subjects like LOL and WIN.
This among other little annoyances, put me off from writing. Something that I usually love to do.
From a Writing Machine to a Broken Writer
For someone who is a superfast typist and writer, I can crank out words like water from the tap when texting people. (My friends probably hate me for this.) Yet, when it mattered, I was probably overthinking things and you know how it is when you try too hard. It blitzes your appetite and confidence. Essentially you have no love for your sport – in my case writing. It becomes a chore. You don’t enjoy it because you’re not at your productive best.
Something needed to change. That’s why I’ve chopped it up a bit.
Out With the Old, in With the New
They say write about what you know. That’s why I started a running blog as well as this one. Initially it was easy to write for then after 30 x 2000 word blog posts, I got a bit drained. 60,000 words is like an average novel. Running is also highly competitive and if there’s one thing that I’ve learned about blogging, you do need to pick a niche that isn’t flooded.
You see, five years ago, the same amount of blog posts would probably get you a nice little income from the adverts or affiliate commissions. Now, though, it’s a different story. Every man and his dog have a blog, yet there’s still only ten spots on the first page of Google. Yes, the world’s population is growing, but the amount of websites to chose from is ridiculous. Competition has never been so high since WordPress democratised publishing.
Does it sound like I’m feeling sorry for myself? It can be a bit disheartening when you don’t see immediate results for your work, but I’ve actually started to see a small return for my efforts. Patience is everything in this game.
It isn’t time to order the Lambo yet, but I’ve hit a special day…
Pizza Day Has Come and Gone
Two guys that I follow on YouTube, Jim and Rick who run Income School, call making your first $5 pizza day. It might sound insignificant making only five dollars, but it’s an important milestone. You see with blogging, you have to do a lot of work upfront with no reward, before you actually see big numbers of viewers or the slightest drop of passive income.
We all know that talk comes cheap. It’s easy to have big plans, but following them through is much harder. Not wanting to give up on my blogging, I have decided to shuffle my cards.
The New Categories are More Wide Ranging
Although I’m moving in the opposite direction to when I first started, the new look Gossip Lolly has less categories with a more standardised approach.
Instead of: Cute, Fail, Geeky, LOL, Love, OMG, Scary, Stuff, Win, WTF. We’re now going to have the following…
This seems like a great category for covering some interesting topics. It’s a big winter coat for me to wrap some awesome content up in. A general go-to category for important subjects, such as customs, laws and religion. Not to mention architecture and the structural symbols of life both past and present.
Imagine how many tales there are to tell of castles, wars, not just in England, but the world over. This is a subject that I can’t wait to dip into to find the unearthed treasures for you all.
This subject is dear to my heart. As someone who grew up hunting small game, I’m now anti-bloodsports. Not so much in a preaching way, but on a personal level. Since my youngest son said “Dad, watch the snail!” I haven’t so much as crushed one, although I do squash flies and spiders, but who doesn’t?
I could have gone for Nature, as an alternative, but thought that the Environment covers all the animal kingdom as well as our present issues. We all know that plastic is polluting the seas.
Global warming still has its doubters, which is hard to believe. I think some people just like to be awkward. You only have to look at the smog in places like China and then imagine if that was watered down, it would still be harmful at a tenth of the concentration.
It’s sad that stunning animals are butchered for man’s ignorance. Why would you want to snort animal horn? Surely anyone with any intelligence would prefer to buy something that’s proven to work, not purchase expensive and cruel mythology. Though I pressume these things are bought to show off more than the fact they work on a scientific level.
From health and personal wellbeing to doing stuff with the family. Lifestyle is another catch-all subject that should give me huge potential for interesting and useful content.
With Lifestyle, I’m hoping to bring you some of the quieter parts of the Internet and its wisdom. This is partly because there’s less competition, but also because you want to come to Gossip Lolly for intriguing content that isn’t available on the daily Hooter’s website.
News or Newsworthy, I couldn’t make my mind up with this one. Same thing, eh? Again, another wide-ranging category that I could have called Today. My concern there, though, was that people wouldn’t know at first glance what I meant. After my initial categories being a bit silly, playing it safe was the best option.
Let’s face it, every newspaper or magazine is built on this subject. Although it is a common subject, I can still vary the content and tweak it to suit our audience.
Again, my aim is to bring different stories from all over the world. If it’s interesting then it’s on the menu. Sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get where you want to be. Just put some new tyres on instead.
As a technology geek, nerd, whatever you wish to call me. I love computers and tech in general. My ultimate hobby, though, has always been cars, but they fit under this banner with ease. Especially the way motors are trending. They’re getting more high tech as the years go by. In fact, it won’t be long before you can charge them up super quick.
It might sound crazy now, but you can quite easily imagine the day when you go to a charging station and refill the car just as quick as you can with fuel. Far fetched? No, I don’t think so. Charging times will only get faster. It’s fairly straightforward to increase current. All we need is for battery tech to catch up and handle the higher voltages, then we’re good to go. Insta-charge. You heard it here first. 🙂
Like most men, I love YouTube. There are channels for everyone, regardless of your interests. It’s a great platform that is enabling ordinary people to become millionares. If you’re a good talker and have a cool subject, you can make it as a YouTuber. All you need is a camera and be prepred to put the effort in.
So how does Gossip Lolly and YouTube come together? Simple. All I intend to do is write about the amazing channels that I come across on a daily basis. If I can do my part to help young channels grow, while helping myself at the same time then that is a great addition to this blog.
Some of my most popular blog posts have been for people searching for their favourite YouTuber. Fans are nosey people. They want to know everything about you if you’re on the Internet.
In a nutshell, all I want to do is simplify my writing pipeline. I’ve rejigged the blog posts so it’s easier from every angle. Subject matter is going to be far easier for me to find. Secondly, I have removed almost all traces of Facebook. The Facebook likes plugins that I had on each post have been removed.
While it’s a nice thing to show people if you have a few likes on a post, it tells people it’s popular. On the contrary, if you have a post with no likes it might tell people it’s a bad post, even if it isn’t. People are almost pre-judging a post instead of reading it and finding out for themeselves.
The Writing Machine is Back!
We know that quality is more relevant than quantity, but with blogging you still need quantity if you wish to get anywhere with your blog or website. On this note, I am determined to push out plenty of content so it can get ranked and noticed. Instead of wasting hundreds of words on text messages annoying my friends, I hope to write between three and six blog posts a day. This will enable me to take my blog to the next level.
If I can get into the grove, then hopefully I can make this my livelihood. As long as it keeps the wolves away, that’s all I’m bothered about. It’s not the end of the world if I don’t become the next blogging millionaire, though that would be nice. From pizza day and beyond, Gossip Lolly News Sweets has been reborn.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Your comments are always read and listened to.
Take care, peeps.
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