Have you been thinking to yourself why do I blog lately? And should I even be a blogger? I know I have. Bloggers ask themselves and get asked this question a lot. That or, how did you get into that? I know how I started a blog. Of course I do. Introduced to them via entering competitions I thought I could do that. And it seems I can. Well, at least anyone can start a blog, can’t they? For any reason. But really should just anyone start a blog and is there a right way and wrong way to do it?
After an interesting conversation the other day with some close blogging friends it seems that the trend in thinking you still need a niche is alive and well. Do you need to have a niche to be a blogger? I’m not sure I have a niche. I struggle, a lot, to decide where I fit. I have been blogging for nearly 3 years yet I still don’t feel like I fit in anywhere. My blog covers fiction, written by me. It has Olivia’s corner for all things Olivia. Reviews, competitions, general posts. As vague as that is I think it fits. They are just posts about general things. Things that pop into my head. Like this post.
But Why Do I Blog and Should I?
It’s something I ask myself all the time. Especially when it was brought to my attention what some people see it as. The verdict was less than flattering but should that bother me? Because a handful of people don’t like what I do? Of course not. My blog is an extension of me and all the weird and wonderful things that come with it. Like they say you can’t please all of the people all the time can you? But should I be trying to mould my blog into something I can neatly square away into a tick box? Be categorised as per someone else’s ideas and generalisation. Is that right?
There are many, many, hundreds of thousands of blogs out there. All fighting to be seen, to be read. Does having a set niche and view point do that for you? Help you reach a more specific and targeted group of readers and should that be something we are focussing on? Should we even blog if we aren’t pigeon holing ourselves into one area?
But What Do I Even Blog About?
Does it even matter what I write about? Surely if it’s something I believe in my passion will shine through my writing, won’t it? I shouldn’t feel like a failure because my blog isn’t jam packed with things like my top 10 tips on xxxx or how I manage to balance parenting and work (because I can’t). There are no recipes, crafts or how to guides really to speak of on this blog. Is that such a problem? Are you turned off by the fact that I shy away from personal posts and only post what I feel comfortable in posting?
Why do I blog if I don’t cover these topics? Should every single blogger fit a size fits all mould? And is there a single way to blog. A clear cut right and wrong way to do things? And how exactly is success measured anyway? Stats, readers, how many opportunities you receive or is the very fact you have written the words on a screen and published them success enough. Success is subjective don’t you think? It’s something that means and is measured differently by each and every one of us.
This is where I answer the question of why do I blog? For the money, fame, riches? For the “free” stuff (fyi totally isn’t free ask any self-respecting blogger) why exactly do I choose to spend my free time with a laptop on my knee typing away on the keyboard? Sometimes until the early hours of the morning. Why? Passion. For writing, for learning, for broadening my horizons and learning more about who I am and what I can do. Ask any blogger, things are so much more than just words on a screen. Blogging is a journey and I am learning so much more with each day that I continue to do this. I love to write and more importantly, I love to blog.
Without this blog, I would never have rediscovered my love for reading, for writing. I would never have figured out what I want to be when I grow up and I most definitely would never have even dreamt about attempting to write my own book. This for me is the success part. Of course, I want to be able to pursue this hobby of mine to fullest I can but ultimately, that is what it is. My hobby. A stepping stone on the path to what I truly want to do.
So will not having a niche be detrimental to my blog?
So am I doing myself an injustice by being a square peg in a round hole and just not quite fitting dead centre into a pre-decided category? Or should I forge my own shape, my own way forward and just throw the ‘rule book’ out the window? What would you do? Does your blog fit into a category or do you struggle to find somewhere to fit in too? If you have ever asked yourself why do I blog, did you get your answer or like me, are you still waiting?