The blog Mesh Body Addicts is making the news. SL Blogger Support (Canary Beck) has an article about its success, 85,000 page views per month. The article is about blogs that serve a niche. See: How one Second Life blogger niched her blog.
Thinking about the idea of making a niche blog they omit a major point. In a changing world, your niche may, likely will, become passé or vanish altogether. I used to cover viewers in great detail. If a person was considering changing to a new viewer, this was the blog to read before changing. But, with the arrival of Oz Linden and enforcement of the ‘shared experience’ concept the Lab has pretty much taken control of viewer development. The whole field of viewer development changed, at least for what it means to me.
I wrote about viewers because I was interested in them. I was questing to find the best and newest ideas. With the split into V1 and V2 or 3 user interfaces it became harder to change between some viewers. Learning different UI’s is a pain. And best seems to have changed to which has added the latest Lab released features. The cutting edge viewer is the Lab’s RC Viewers. And 75%+ of users are running Firestorm. The Firestorm Team has classes and online tutorials. Torley has just made some nice tutorials for the Viewer Managed Marketplace. So, I’ve lost interest in the viewer niche and I think there is less need for that information. Every 3rd month or so Inara does a good tutorial on some newly released feature of a viewer. But, we used to have a need for almost weekly information.
I moved toward technical coverage of Second Life advances for the not so geeky. But, that stream of information is drying up. I am watching others covering SL tech diversify into travel, fashion, and whatever to have something to write about. The rate of change in SL is slowing and Sansar is still a secret.
While filling a niche can give you a measure of success it is putting all your eggs in a single basket and when the world changes or once you have competition your niche vanishes.