When I started this blog, I intended it to be about teaching. Particularly about the crazy things that happen in a classroom that are wholly unexpected and that education courses never talk about. Which would make a pretty good college course, actually. And I thought would be my niche.
The Oxford Dictionary defines niche as “Denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population.”
Student: Will the school find out if I break something important?
Me: Yes, they will.
Student: How will they find out?
Me: Well, you just told me.
Student slams down his book bag and walks away because I’m mean.
And there have been a kazillion teaching experiences that have kept me sane in my profession. Such as the pride I felt when a former student of mine came back to visit and speak to my classes about how his high school experiences steered him towards a successful career in the military while getting his college degree.
But what I quickly found is that I really want to write about anything that interests me. My non-niche.
So while I started out thinking that my audience would be the teacher/student/education niche, I quickly realized that I have no niche. Or several niches.
In all areas of our lives, we either evolve, devolve or remain stagnant. Just ask anyone who is in a relationship. One hopes that the relationship evolves into something mutually gratifying, intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive. Or a combination of the three. But for all the people who have evolved within their relationship, there are a lot of people who have devolved, or their relationship has devolved. Just ask anyone who has been in a divorce.
Writing is the same. Whether writing for a large audience or for a teacher, one hopes that his/her writing evolves. And while I would love for each of you to go back to my first couple of blog posts, I realize that my writing has evolved since then. If you don’t agree with me, feel free to keep those comments to yourselves, ha.
So what are other niches to which I hope to appeal? The love of, and interest in, the Kichwa/Quechua culture is definitely one. I WAS INVITED TO THE UNITED NATIONS TO REPRESENT MY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HOW COOL IS THAT!
But what has become the most important change in my writing is finding a niche in my memoir essays. It has been said that we are our past, present and future. We find answers to the present in remembering the past.