F I'm So Vintage: I am not a niche
Monday, May 12, 2014

I am not a niche

I checked myself in the mirror twice this morning and guess what....I know the suspense is absolutely killing you....I am not a niche. 


Now you may be thinking to yourself, "well, Laura, I never really thought of you as a niche". But you see, when I started blogging I thought I had to fit into a niche. Everyone told me I had to write about one specific topic. It is what would turn me into a fantabulously huge blogger. I was unhappy. I wanted to just be me. I wanted to let my own personality shine. I wanted to have my own village full of people who wanted to know me. I wanted to just write about the things that interest me. 


So GULP!!! that is just what I did. It was scary and there have been plenty of times when I have been tempted to fall back on the niche way of thinking, but I know it just doesn't work for me. I have too many things I want to talk about.

Here are my thoughts on niche blogging. 

When you are writing about only one topic, say Painting Furniture, you may attract a huge following, but then there are only so many people who want to read about painting furniture, so at some point your readership may hit a plateau. (AHEM!! if you write a blog about painting furniture, please don't take offense. I am still interested in your wonderful creations.) 

I have learned that the big humongous blogs have captured the field in their particular niche. I cannot compete with that and to be honest I don't want to. Do I want to grow my audience? You betcha, but I want to do it on my own terms. I want this blog to be authentically Laura. I want you to feel that you are getting to know me for who I am and I want to get to know you for who you are. 


There is a lot of chatter on the web about niche blogging versus general blogging or as Jen at Muddy Boot Dreams calls writing without a niche Naked Niches. Most sources will tell you to find a niche, because they are more profitable, but maybe writing without a niche is the new niche and maybe it is the wave of the future. 

Whatever it is I know that it just fits with who I am, and after all isn't that what blogging is about for any of us? 

How do you feel about niches. Do you fit into one or are you like me, writing on a wing and a prayer.




 

33 comments:

  1. I am really enjoying these posts on niches but I haven't quite figured how where I 'stand' on the subject. I post for fun about whatever I'm doing or interested in at the time. I had hoped that my family would look at all my photos! Now I'm happy with lots of sweet girlfriends...like you....that visit me and care about me. Enjoy your day my friend! Sweet hugs, Diane

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    1. Your niche is that everyone loves you, Diane. xoxo

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  2. I don't have a niche either, sweet Laura. I don't really care tho. I just write for myself. Have a wonderful day. Hope you had a good Mothers day!

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    1. And that is the most important thing, Katie :)

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  3. No niche here! :) Not enough space or money for remodels, constant purchases and / or new projects revolving around them...hence the tag line on my blog. What projects I do work on are sewing-related and can't be done in a day, week or often even a month so I am pretty much all over the place :) Sometimes this and sometimes that : )

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    1. Women are not just about remodeling, decorating and gardening, There is so much more we want to talk about.

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  4. well, i'm sort of a niche blogger. i stick to mostly photos and mostly outdoor, birds, animals, etc. but i don't try to blog that way - it is just what appeals to me and surrounds me.

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    1. I love what you blog about. I so enjoy the photos of all the birds and animals in your area.

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  5. I struggle fitting in blogging l feel, partly because of the language-thingy. What language to use! I am bilingual and need to portray two very different sides of myself. I feel like a multicoloured picture, with many different techniques involved. I am me. One reason l love your blog, is because l feel you are sincere and not pretending to be someone just to fit in a niche. Don't ever change. As Shakespeare put it : "To thine own self be true". Hugs, Pam

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    1. I am giggling as I read your comment. I have never been very good at pretending to be something that I am not. I have never had a problem understanding what you want to say and I love seeing your part of the world, my friend.

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  6. I probably do fall in a niche because I am mostly about home décor. However, I also include some of my family life in there as well. That's why I named my blog what I did. It encompasses everything I write about. I think everyone should write about what their true passion is. That's what will make it more fun for the blogger and the reader. If you want to write about something that doesn't fit in a "niche" then it's your blog and you can do that! There are no rules.

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    1. Thank goodness there aren't any rules. I would be sunk. I love the cohesiveness of your blog, Kelly. I love seeing what you are doing in your home and garden mixed with tidbits of your family.

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  7. Hi Laura....I'm with you 100 percent. No niche for me. I just, well, like you, I write from my heart. There is a core of sweet, faithful followers. Guess they don't care what I write about as they come to visit me daily and delight me with encouraging comments.

    It's okay to have niches, I suppose, and it's okay NOT to have them. So, you GO girl! Susan

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    1. You definitely hit the nail on the head, Susan. I guess it is the old "if you build it they will come". we seem to navigate to the people we have the most in common with.

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  8. Laura, I've been reading Jen's posts on Naked Niches too and have to say I'm a mixed blogger. I love sharing my photos and that's why I started blogging in the first place. So the photos may be of scenery, dogs, flowers, food, travels, teacups and tea times, grandkids, and junk from my cupboards. I'm free to be me! :) So, 'keep on keepin' on' as they say. Variety is the spice of life. :) Have a great week! Pam

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    1. Thanks, Pam. I hope you keep on keeping on, too.

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  9. I prefer nicheless blogs. if thats even a word.

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  10. I think we all have to do what makes us happy. I certainly write about whatever I am doing at the time. If I tried to write about one specific thing I would run out of material pretty quickly.

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    1. I agree, Dawn. My brain is too all over the place to stick to one thing all of the time.

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  11. I just commented on another of your posts about this topic...Maybe you could write an e-book with your musings about life as you seem to enjoy writing and you have a lot of people reading your blog. Just a thought...

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    1. Someone else suggested this to me not long ago, Sandy. I think I will put it on my bucket list.

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  12. I'm with you. I have not found a niche that I wanted to fit into yet. And probably won't. I just appreciate the dear friends I have made with my blog and that they are interested in what I like. I love reading your blogs! Keep 'em up!

    Judy

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    1. Thanks, Judy. You are such a genuinely sweet person. I love whatever you write.

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  13. I love to write. I just type whatever comes into my head. If I do something different in the apartment or patio, I show pics of that, because that's my space and part of me. But no, I would not consider myself a niche blogger. And I think that will fall out of vogue for most bloggers. The niche bloggers benefit when someone Googles something and they fall into that grid. I just go with the flow.
    Brenda

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    1. And you go with the flow so beautifully, Brenda. I think readers are multifaceted and they appreciate seeing the many sides of a person.

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  14. I started out only about thrifting and junking, but now I'm a 'niche-less' blogger....and I love it. I think we all change and evolve, for me blogging is about friendship and fun not making money. I have nothing against those who make money but it's not my niche! :)

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    1. Our blogs definitely evolve as we evolve. Life is ever changing and I think it is important that our blogs reflect that. I often wish that I didn't need the income, but for me it is a necessity. However, whether a blog is monetized or not doesn't affect my interest in reading it. I hope you are getting near the end of the moving, my sweet friend.

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  15. Laura, If I had to write about one thing...I am doomed. It would be like trying to write while sitting on my hands. Can't do it. I like blogs that talk about and show everything, the cute stuff, the ugly stuff even. That is the way life is, to me. That's what pinterest is for, isn't it....to look for just certain things in certain categories. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. You're right, Susie and I would be doomed too :)

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  16. Oh I write on a wing and a prayer also. No niche here. Jen is very wise I like non niche myself and all who reside there.. Hug B

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    1. Glad to know we reside in the same village :)

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  17. For three years I tried to blog like everyone else. I really wanted to be like the shabby chiccy. I still love it and will always be a vintagegirl901, but I felt tied to blogging about what I thought others wanted to see. Now, I write from my heart and post poor photography that is really beautiful to me because it is of the things I love. I'm learning to be myself and like myself-something that hasn't been easy for me. I've come a long way, baby and I think I'll stay right where I am for now. I do love your blog, Laura.

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Thank you for your sweet comments. I read every one of them.