Six Word Story

by Amber Stiles on May 24, 2012

Six word StoryUnfortunately I couldn’t attend both the business and the writing breakouts at BBC, but what I did learn from word of mouth was that I needed to develop a “six word story” for my blog. Call it a short elevator pitch like Problogger does.

While I was sitting in the sessions I did attend the thought of having a niche and solving a problem came up. How did people arrive at your blog? What did the Google bots see as they scanned your bog? What can I provide that others cannot?

Of course! Vietnamese traditions!  That’s where most of my traffic comes from.  Well that and Hello Kitty Google searches LOL.  Not sure how far I could take the kitty theme (though you all know I’d love to do that one to death!).

Anywho, people are searching like crazy for info on Veitnamese traditions.  I started posting my updates about Viet holidays and celebrations because we celebrate them for the girls.  I’ve been one of those mad Googlers searching like crazy for info, especially info in English (or pages that can be translated).  Many of the search results were dry or outdated.  They weren’t user friendly for someone raising multiracial children.
Six Word Story

That’s when I realized…my story is about being a multicultural family.  I was already touching on that from time to time but I’ve decided to really focus on it.  Going forward expect to see a weekly post on something we’re dealing with while mixing cultures.  Be it a holiday, a laungauge barrier, a racists comment, etc.  I will continue to tell our family’s story as always, but I really want to be a resource for other’s who are searching for some info on the rich heritage and customs of Vietnam!

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Deanna @ The Unnatural Mother May 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Love. This.Post!

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Amber Stiles May 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm

WOW thanks for the compliment! I’m impressed by your speedy comment :-) Did you come up with yours?

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Missa May 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I will definitely use your site as a research tool when we plan a Vietnamese staycation! If you know great Vietnamese hotspots in NYC let me know. My fav Vietnamese restaurant closed down.

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Thanks! I honestly don’t know any Viet places in the city. We generally just eat at Peter’s parents’ place if we want that style of cooking. I need to learn it! I know there was this one little restaurant down in China Town. I’ll ask Peter if he remembers the name.

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Denise May 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm

So awesome that you found your focus!

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Thanks Denise! It was so natural once I really thought about it.

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Christine @ Love, Life, Surf May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

That’s totally your story. It definitely came out when we chatted and you are definitely filling a need out there. Good for you and I think that it’s a great idea to have a regular post dealing with raising a multicultural family.

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I’m going to credit our convo for this new direction :-)

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Anne (@notasupermom) May 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

It’s a gift to know your purpose.

In the writing session we did six-word bios as well. Mine is “Hot ninja supermodel astronaut. Liar. Humorist.”

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Diane May 25, 2012 at 1:04 am

I remember this one. I also remembered feeling the need to bow in your general direction.

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

It really is. BTW your blog is seriously funny! So glad we met. Can’t wait to see you at BlogHer!

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Diane May 25, 2012 at 1:03 am

Love it! I need to work on mine…and I actually attended the workshop! :)

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Did you come up with you 6 word story yet?

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Mindy R May 26, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Interesting! I will have to think about what my short elevator pitch should be. My blog is kind of all over the place, which makes it hard to describe in a brief way. :)

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

It really helped narrow down my longer explanation. I need to kinda practice saying it aloud , and the longer version, before BlogHer!

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Carrie Anne / Little Big May 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Your six word story is PERFECT. Good for you for finding the words to describe your story!

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Amber Stiles June 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Thanks! It feels right :-)

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