List your 'lighter-weight' Niches for us to warm up with

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List your 'lighter-weight' Niches for us to warm up with

Service: Narrative

Hi All,

With beta launch on the horizon, I'm finding myself stressing a bit about writing content so I thought it might be nice to have a list of 'easy' Niches-- ones where those of us who aren't prolific content creators can cut our teeth. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, compare a Niche like 'Science' with, say, 'Recipes'. That's not to say there aren't people who make science better than they cook, but I find writing about the latest peer reviewed articles more daunting than jotting down my favourite gravy recipe.

It might also be a good time to mention how you envision your Niches would operate and what standards you hope to see.

I'll start with what I consider my 'light weight Niches':

Honest Reviews- I hope Narrators will write about their experiences, pros and cons about anything... from your favourite ball point pen to cars, restaurants, movies, etc. Pictures and videos would be a plus. The reviews could be as short as "The (thing) started smoking after its first use" and a picture, or as long as you want. The only real rule I'd like to see is that if you are somehow influenced by the thing you are reviewing, you disclose that (i.e. sponsorship or it's your product).

Explain Like I'm Five- This is a super easy one to write content for... simply submit a question about literally anything, and upon beta launch, hopefully those Narrators with an understanding will chime in and give a simple explanation!

What Niches do you have that the community can quickly add some content to prior to launch?

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Hi @Gord

I have two niches that are easy-breasy, and can be accessible to lots of people. 

1. the Interview (thinking about dropping "the" and making it "Interviews") Obviously i am interested in having Narrative people do their own interviews, but people can also embed interesting youtube interviews BY other people into their posts on my niche, as long as they write their own original title and add at least one paragraph in their own words, responding to the video. My first post on this niche will have more details.

2. The second niche is Vintage Style. this is a fun niche where I encourage people to post pictures of themselves dressed in vintage clothing. Where they can discuss and photograph what old things they collect, and how they may decorate a particular vintage way...70's boho, mid-century modern etc.

I look forward to really building up these niches to have a really engaged audience.

 

I own Ask Narrative, which is our version of Ask Reddit, where people ask hard-hitting questions like:

  • "If English becomes a dead language like Latin, what English sentences will be quoted by intellectuals who want to look smart?"
  • "What’s the weirdest/scariest thing you’ve ever seen when at somebody else’s house?"
  • "You are physically incapable of ever lying again, but you get $10,000,000. Do you take it, and why or why not?"
  • "What’s the longest you went without bathing?"

Thousands of reddit users view these questions just to read other people's comments, comments that can total hundreds or thousands. (Of course, it will take time for Ask Narrative to get that sort of response, considering the size of our existing membership.)

Oh, my two favorite questions from today on Ask Reddit - the second gaining more interest than the first...

  • "You are given a brick and told to sell it for $1000. If you succeed you get $1 million. You cannot tell anyone your goal. What is your plan?"
  • "You have just been cheated out of $1000 for a stupid brick. How do you take revenge?"
Christina Gleason posted:

 

Oh, my two favorite questions from today on Ask Reddit - the second gaining more interest than the first...

  • "You are given a brick and told to sell it for $1000. If you succeed you get $1 million. You cannot tell anyone your goal. What is your plan?"
  • "You have just been cheated out of $1000 for a stupid brick. How do you take revenge?"

Invest. Put $1,000 into this brick and you'll earn 20% in 90 days. At the end of those 90 days, you'll get a pay out on your investment and I'll give you the brick.

Ooops. Someone just did that to me. I give them a brick rebate--through the front windshield of their car.

:-)

I like this niche. It sounds like fun, @Christina Gleason.

Gord posted:

Hi All,

With beta launch on the horizon, I'm finding myself stressing a bit about writing content so I thought it might be nice to have a list of 'easy' Niches-- ones where those of us who aren't prolific content creators can cut our teeth. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, compare a Niche like 'Science' with, say, 'Recipes'. That's not to say there aren't people who make science better than they cook, but I find writing about the latest peer reviewed articles more daunting than jotting down my favourite gravy recipe.

It might also be a good time to mention how you envision your Niches would operate and what standards you hope to see.

I'll start with what I consider my 'light weight Niches':

Honest Reviews- I hope Narrators will write about their experiences, pros and cons about anything... from your favourite ball point pen to cars, restaurants, movies, etc. Pictures and videos would be a plus. The reviews could be as short as "The (thing) started smoking after its first use" and a picture, or as long as you want. The only real rule I'd like to see is that if you are somehow influenced by the thing you are reviewing, you disclose that (i.e. sponsorship or it's your product).

Explain Like I'm Five- This is a super easy one to write content for... simply submit a question about literally anything, and upon beta launch, hopefully those Narrators with an understanding will chime in and give a simple explanation!

What Niches do you have that the community can quickly add some content to prior to launch?

I think the misconception you have is that "Science" can't be a fairly lightweight topic. Science is a broad enough topic that it could include articles on the science you remember from 8th grade science class alongside the latest peer-reviewed research. But on my end, I could use some decent content for "Literature", "Libraries and Museums," and "The Lord of the Rings."

Emily Barnett posted:

Hi @Gord

I have two niches that are easy-breasy, and can be accessible to lots of people. 

1. the Interview (thinking about dropping "the" and making it "Interviews") Obviously i am interested in having Narrative people do their own interviews, but people can also embed interesting youtube interviews BY other people into their posts on my niche, as long as they write their own original title and add at least one paragraph in their own words, responding to the video. My first post on this niche will have more details.

2. The second niche is Vintage Style. this is a fun niche where I encourage people to post pictures of themselves dressed in vintage clothing. Where they can discuss and photograph what old things they collect, and how they may decorate a particular vintage way...70's boho, mid-century modern etc.

I look forward to really building up these niches to have a really engaged audience.

 

Awesome. I have some content already that I could retag as "Interviews."

I could use some content for a new one I bought. "Urban Gardening." And I also own "The Debate Club," which I think could be good for people who want to practice writing content like they would if they were preparing for a debate. Would "Woodworking" be considered lightweight?

Heidi Hecht posted:
Gord posted:

Hi All,

With beta launch on the horizon, I'm finding myself stressing a bit about writing content so I thought it might be nice to have a list of 'easy' Niches-- ones where those of us who aren't prolific content creators can cut our teeth. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, compare a Niche like 'Science' with, say, 'Recipes'. That's not to say there aren't people who make science better than they cook, but I find writing about the latest peer reviewed articles more daunting than jotting down my favourite gravy recipe.

It might also be a good time to mention how you envision your Niches would operate and what standards you hope to see.

I'll start with what I consider my 'light weight Niches':

Honest Reviews- I hope Narrators will write about their experiences, pros and cons about anything... from your favourite ball point pen to cars, restaurants, movies, etc. Pictures and videos would be a plus. The reviews could be as short as "The (thing) started smoking after its first use" and a picture, or as long as you want. The only real rule I'd like to see is that if you are somehow influenced by the thing you are reviewing, you disclose that (i.e. sponsorship or it's your product).

Explain Like I'm Five- This is a super easy one to write content for... simply submit a question about literally anything, and upon beta launch, hopefully those Narrators with an understanding will chime in and give a simple explanation!

What Niches do you have that the community can quickly add some content to prior to launch?

I think the misconception you have is that "Science" can't be a fairly lightweight topic. Science is a broad enough topic that it could include articles on the science you remember from 8th grade science class alongside the latest peer-reviewed research. But on my end, I could use some decent content for "Literature", "Libraries and Museums," and "The Lord of the Rings."

I kinda agree about science. I think if somebody says they don't like science, it could just be that they were bored out of their skulls by the rote memorization in K-12 science class. But if they could do an ELI5 kind of article that makes science easier to understand and kinda interesting, that might be helpful for students trying to play catch-up with their science class.

Heather Aston posted:
Heidi Hecht posted:

I think the misconception you have is that "Science" can't be a fairly lightweight topic. Science is a broad enough topic that it could include articles on the science you remember from 8th grade science class alongside the latest peer-reviewed research. But on my end, I could use some decent content for "Literature", "Libraries and Museums," and "The Lord of the Rings."

I kinda agree about science. I think if somebody says they don't like science, it could just be that they were bored out of their skulls by the rote memorization in K-12 science class. But if they could do an ELI5 kind of article that makes science easier to understand and kinda interesting, that might be helpful for students trying to play catch-up with their science class.

ELI5 also exists, FYI, for an additional niche to tag! 

P.S. @Gord, it looks like you own ELI5 but ELI5 isn't in the name or description. Put in an edit request so people can find the niche when searching for its shortened form!

Heather Aston posted:

I could use some content for a new one I bought. "Urban Gardening." And I also own "The Debate Club," which I think could be good for people who want to practice writing content like they would if they were preparing for a debate. Would "Woodworking" be considered lightweight?

Awesome!! I am totally an urban gardener I have a massive city garden, and I was part of the debate club in college. I will think about some content for both of these.

Also a fun thing for the Science Niche would to hold an Adult Science Fair competition. Narrative community could create their best science projects, and document it on video. How fun would that be!?

Garden Gnome Publications posted:

I guess any niche could be "light weight" if approached the right way. It could be why I didn't list my one niche. I'm not sure it would qualify as "light weight" considering its specialization. I own the Speculative Fiction niche, which can be light weight or heavy depending the author's approach.

I have something I was hoping to post whenever someone buys the Dresden Files niche I suggested, but I see it will fit in your niche as well! I'll move it out of my drafts now.

Emily Barnett posted:

Also a fun thing for the Science Niche would to hold an Adult Science Fair competition. Narrative community could create their best science projects, and document it on video. How fun would that be!?

That sounds like fun! Maybe sometime we could get that organized.

Not sure how much these would count as "lightweight", but I have "How Stuff Works" and "Mushrooms". I imagine "Mushrooms" could be anything from your favorite recipes that includes mushrooms to how to find wild mushrooms that are safe to eat, to the latest science involving mushrooms. And I have "Aquaponics" if anyone wants to talk about their adventures in aquaponics...

Verona Williams posted:

Not sure how much these would count as "lightweight", but I have "How Stuff Works" and "Mushrooms". I imagine "Mushrooms" could be anything from your favorite recipes that includes mushrooms to how to find wild mushrooms that are safe to eat, to the latest science involving mushrooms. And I have "Aquaponics" if anyone wants to talk about their adventures in aquaponics...

I am interested in learning Aquaponics. I will definitely be a community member of this niche.

Emily Barnett posted:

Hi @Gord

I have two niches that are easy-breasy, and can be accessible to lots of people. 

1. the Interview (thinking about dropping "the" and making it "Interviews") Obviously i am interested in having Narrative people do their own interviews, but people can also embed interesting youtube interviews BY other people into their posts on my niche, as long as they write their own original title and add at least one paragraph in their own words, responding to the video. My first post on this niche will have more details.

2. The second niche is Vintage Style. this is a fun niche where I encourage people to post pictures of themselves dressed in vintage clothing. Where they can discuss and photograph what old things they collect, and how they may decorate a particular vintage way...70's boho, mid-century modern etc.

I look forward to really building up these niches to have a really engaged audience.

 

Good ones! I notice there's no qualification of good vintage style, so I can post pics of me in some of my 90s outfits, right? 

Christina Gleason posted:

I own Ask Narrative, which is our version of Ask Reddit, where people ask hard-hitting questions like:

  • "If English becomes a dead language like Latin, what English sentences will be quoted by intellectuals who want to look smart?"
  • "What’s the weirdest/scariest thing you’ve ever seen when at somebody else’s house?"
  • "You are physically incapable of ever lying again, but you get $10,000,000. Do you take it, and why or why not?"
  • "What’s the longest you went without bathing?"

Thousands of reddit users view these questions just to read other people's comments, comments that can total hundreds or thousands. (Of course, it will take time for Ask Narrative to get that sort of response, considering the size of our existing membership.)

Oh, my two favorite questions from today on Ask Reddit - the second gaining more interest than the first...

  • "You are given a brick and told to sell it for $1000. If you succeed you get $1 million. You cannot tell anyone your goal. What is your plan?"
  • "You have just been cheated out of $1000 for a stupid brick. How do you take revenge?"

Perfect! I love the 'Ask' Niches. Lots of room for creativity.

Teddy posted:

I own Tell Your Story I know you have a story to tell. Will you tell it? You can make the world a better place by telling your life experience. You can make a difference and maybe change lives with your story.

Exactly what I am looking for! I can definitely talk about myself 

Gord posted:
Emily Barnett posted:

Hi @Gord

I have two niches that are easy-breasy, and can be accessible to lots of people. 

1. the Interview (thinking about dropping "the" and making it "Interviews") Obviously i am interested in having Narrative people do their own interviews, but people can also embed interesting youtube interviews BY other people into their posts on my niche, as long as they write their own original title and add at least one paragraph in their own words, responding to the video. My first post on this niche will have more details.

2. The second niche is Vintage Style. this is a fun niche where I encourage people to post pictures of themselves dressed in vintage clothing. Where they can discuss and photograph what old things they collect, and how they may decorate a particular vintage way...70's boho, mid-century modern etc.

I look forward to really building up these niches to have a really engaged audience.

 

Good ones! I notice there's no qualification of good vintage style, so I can post pics of me in some of my 90s outfits, right? 

LOL why not, there's nothing that says that it has to be what High Society calls "good" fashion.

Heidi Hecht posted:
Gord posted:

Hi All,

With beta launch on the horizon, I'm finding myself stressing a bit about writing content so I thought it might be nice to have a list of 'easy' Niches-- ones where those of us who aren't prolific content creators can cut our teeth. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, compare a Niche like 'Science' with, say, 'Recipes'. That's not to say there aren't people who make science better than they cook, but I find writing about the latest peer reviewed articles more daunting than jotting down my favourite gravy recipe.

It might also be a good time to mention how you envision your Niches would operate and what standards you hope to see.

I'll start with what I consider my 'light weight Niches':

Honest Reviews- I hope Narrators will write about their experiences, pros and cons about anything... from your favourite ball point pen to cars, restaurants, movies, etc. Pictures and videos would be a plus. The reviews could be as short as "The (thing) started smoking after its first use" and a picture, or as long as you want. The only real rule I'd like to see is that if you are somehow influenced by the thing you are reviewing, you disclose that (i.e. sponsorship or it's your product).

Explain Like I'm Five- This is a super easy one to write content for... simply submit a question about literally anything, and upon beta launch, hopefully those Narrators with an understanding will chime in and give a simple explanation!

What Niches do you have that the community can quickly add some content to prior to launch?

I think the misconception you have is that "Science" can't be a fairly lightweight topic. Science is a broad enough topic that it could include articles on the science you remember from 8th grade science class alongside the latest peer-reviewed research. But on my end, I could use some decent content for "Literature", "Libraries and Museums," and "The Lord of the Rings."

Maybe I should have said "universal" as opposed to 'lightweight'. I love science, have a background in science and can talk science all day long . My spouse, on the other hand, has almost no interest in it whatsoever and will probably never contribute to any science Niche. But I do agree with you.

I also have a background in libraries and will definitely be contributing there!

Heather Aston posted:

I could use some content for a new one I bought. "Urban Gardening." And I also own "The Debate Club," which I think could be good for people who want to practice writing content like they would if they were preparing for a debate. Would "Woodworking" be considered lightweight?

Ha! Just yesterday I found myself going down a YouTube rabbit hole of 'microgreens' and decided I will set up a microgreen operation on my patio this spring. I shall document and post on your Niche 

Heather Aston posted:
Heidi Hecht posted:
Gord posted:

Hi All,

With beta launch on the horizon, I'm finding myself stressing a bit about writing content so I thought it might be nice to have a list of 'easy' Niches-- ones where those of us who aren't prolific content creators can cut our teeth. If you're not sure what I'm getting at, compare a Niche like 'Science' with, say, 'Recipes'. That's not to say there aren't people who make science better than they cook, but I find writing about the latest peer reviewed articles more daunting than jotting down my favourite gravy recipe.

It might also be a good time to mention how you envision your Niches would operate and what standards you hope to see.

I'll start with what I consider my 'light weight Niches':

Honest Reviews- I hope Narrators will write about their experiences, pros and cons about anything... from your favourite ball point pen to cars, restaurants, movies, etc. Pictures and videos would be a plus. The reviews could be as short as "The (thing) started smoking after its first use" and a picture, or as long as you want. The only real rule I'd like to see is that if you are somehow influenced by the thing you are reviewing, you disclose that (i.e. sponsorship or it's your product).

Explain Like I'm Five- This is a super easy one to write content for... simply submit a question about literally anything, and upon beta launch, hopefully those Narrators with an understanding will chime in and give a simple explanation!

What Niches do you have that the community can quickly add some content to prior to launch?

I think the misconception you have is that "Science" can't be a fairly lightweight topic. Science is a broad enough topic that it could include articles on the science you remember from 8th grade science class alongside the latest peer-reviewed research. But on my end, I could use some decent content for "Literature", "Libraries and Museums," and "The Lord of the Rings."

I kinda agree about science. I think if somebody says they don't like science, it could just be that they were bored out of their skulls by the rote memorization in K-12 science class. But if they could do an ELI5 kind of article that makes science easier to understand and kinda interesting, that might be helpful for students trying to play catch-up with their science class.

Ask Science is active!

Christina Gleason posted:
Heather Aston posted:
Heidi Hecht posted:

I think the misconception you have is that "Science" can't be a fairly lightweight topic. Science is a broad enough topic that it could include articles on the science you remember from 8th grade science class alongside the latest peer-reviewed research. But on my end, I could use some decent content for "Literature", "Libraries and Museums," and "The Lord of the Rings."

I kinda agree about science. I think if somebody says they don't like science, it could just be that they were bored out of their skulls by the rote memorization in K-12 science class. But if they could do an ELI5 kind of article that makes science easier to understand and kinda interesting, that might be helpful for students trying to play catch-up with their science class.

ELI5 also exists, FYI, for an additional niche to tag! 

P.S. @Gord, it looks like you own ELI5 but ELI5 isn't in the name or description. Put in an edit request so people can find the niche when searching for its shortened form!

Oh, good suggestion, thanks!

Emily Barnett posted:

Also a fun thing for the Science Niche would to hold an Adult Science Fair competition. Narrative community could create their best science projects, and document it on video. How fun would that be!?

Count me in!

Verona Williams posted:

Not sure how much these would count as "lightweight", but I have "How Stuff Works" and "Mushrooms". I imagine "Mushrooms" could be anything from your favorite recipes that includes mushrooms to how to find wild mushrooms that are safe to eat, to the latest science involving mushrooms. And I have "Aquaponics" if anyone wants to talk about their adventures in aquaponics...

I will write a review of my favourite dried, wild mushroom mix from Costco 

Gord posted:
Emily Barnett posted:

Hi @Gord

I have two niches that are easy-breasy, and can be accessible to lots of people. 

1. the Interview (thinking about dropping "the" and making it "Interviews") Obviously i am interested in having Narrative people do their own interviews, but people can also embed interesting youtube interviews BY other people into their posts on my niche, as long as they write their own original title and add at least one paragraph in their own words, responding to the video. My first post on this niche will have more details.

2. The second niche is Vintage Style. this is a fun niche where I encourage people to post pictures of themselves dressed in vintage clothing. Where they can discuss and photograph what old things they collect, and how they may decorate a particular vintage way...70's boho, mid-century modern etc.

I look forward to really building up these niches to have a really engaged audience.

 

Good ones! I notice there's no qualification of good vintage style, so I can post pics of me in some of my 90s outfits, right? 

It is hard to believe, but yes 90's is vintage. In clothing Vintage is 20 years or older (although some people refer to clothing that is only 20 years old as retro) but this niche definitely includes 90's grunge, Spice Girl club looks, rave, Hip Hop, and skater styles.

Gord posted:
Heather Aston posted:

I could use some content for a new one I bought. "Urban Gardening." And I also own "The Debate Club," which I think could be good for people who want to practice writing content like they would if they were preparing for a debate. Would "Woodworking" be considered lightweight?

Ha! Just yesterday I found myself going down a YouTube rabbit hole of 'microgreens' and decided I will set up a microgreen operation on my patio this spring. I shall document and post on your Niche 

That sounds like a good thing to document! I hope it goes better than that time I tried to grow herbs in pots, lol. I look forward to seeing it.

Emily Barnett posted:
Gord posted:
Emily Barnett posted:

Hi @Gord

I have two niches that are easy-breasy, and can be accessible to lots of people. 

1. the Interview (thinking about dropping "the" and making it "Interviews") Obviously i am interested in having Narrative people do their own interviews, but people can also embed interesting youtube interviews BY other people into their posts on my niche, as long as they write their own original title and add at least one paragraph in their own words, responding to the video. My first post on this niche will have more details.

2. The second niche is Vintage Style. this is a fun niche where I encourage people to post pictures of themselves dressed in vintage clothing. Where they can discuss and photograph what old things they collect, and how they may decorate a particular vintage way...70's boho, mid-century modern etc.

I look forward to really building up these niches to have a really engaged audience.

 

Good ones! I notice there's no qualification of good vintage style, so I can post pics of me in some of my 90s outfits, right? 

It is hard to believe, but yes 90's is vintage. In clothing Vintage is 20 years or older (although some people refer to clothing that is only 20 years old as retro) but this niche definitely includes 90's grunge, Spice Girl club looks, rave, Hip Hop, and skater styles.

Yep, my grown child rocks 80s-90s styles pretty hard. I'll suggest to her to contribute to your Niche!

Gord posted:
Teddy posted:

I own Tell Your Story I know you have a story to tell. Will you tell it? You can make the world a better place by telling your life experience. You can make a difference and maybe change lives with your story.

Exactly what I am looking for! I can definitely talk about myself 

Perfect! Feel free and tell your story ... I am so curious :-)

Hi all! The lightest niche I own is "Makeup and Vanity Rooms" Share photos, ideas and inspiration on organizing makeup, decor, and lighting for makeup/vanity rooms.  I'm excited to see it developing.

Katherine Sophia posted:

Hi all! The lightest niche I own is "Makeup and Vanity Rooms" Share photos, ideas and inspiration on organizing makeup, decor, and lighting for makeup/vanity rooms.  I'm excited to see it developing.

my vanity is a cluttered disaster zone. I maybe a follower of this niche, But i doubt i have much to offer. 

@Emily Barnett Keeping mine organized is the hardest part.  I love to buy “homes” for all my pretty makeup babies.  This picture is from about two years ago when I began caring about how I treated my expensive obsession and the over-abundance of beauty products that resulted . I will have to post a recent photo of it’s evolution. If it’s an expensive mess it shouldn’t count as a mess at all, but a calculated display of my love of makeup and skin care.

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Katherine Sophia posted:

@Emily Barnett Keeping mine organized is the hardest part.  I love to buy “homes” for all my pretty makeup babies.  This picture is from about two years ago when I began caring about how I treated my expensive obsession and the over-abundance of beauty products that resulted . I will have to post a recent photo of it’s evolution. If it’s an expensive mess it shouldn’t count as a mess at all, but a calculated display of my love of makeup and skin care.

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Drool. mine is an embarrassing disaster. This is very inspiring.

I hope you will check out my vintage style and maybe create some vintage make-up looks.

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