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.