So many of us who blog are often working to fit into a category of some sort. All of the advice normally touts
(I love this word – I’m going to see how I can add it back into the post again) that we need to specify and be a niche. Do you think that’s true?
I was talking with my friends @WhatEvaLoves, @ShaiUnfiltered and @Girlmeetsglass today during one of our epic chats and I was asking about the idea of lifestyle blogging. I posed some interesting questions and then I had a realization….
I’m not a lifestyle blogger – I’m a writer who blogs about her life…..
There’s a difference.
See, the reason I started this blog was to see 1) If I was brave enough to write and 2) If I had any skill as a writer. In the process over the last two years, I have the answers I need. Also, I’m moving into issues that are about to be more opinionated. I also love writing fiction and creative non-fiction. I have a life. I have style. Sometimes I even get to write about style and the concerns of the plus size woman at The Curvy Fashionista. Someday, when I’m not being lazy maybe I’ll take pictures as I’m cooking and talk about the recipes I’m trying out. Outfits posts? Could be but since I tend to run about 30 minutes behind schedule on workdays I don’t see this happening right now. What about all of the previous posts where I talk about (and to) God? So there’s quite a bit to cover. Maybe I’ll discuss the future husband when he arrives and the kids and toss them on the blog.
The point is – there’s room for it all. The biggest take-away is I love to write, connect and share. There is power in words. There is power when you take the time to tell your story. While this blog only represents a snapshot of my story, I don’t think of myself as a lifestyle blogger. I’m just a girl writing about her life and the lessons learned along the way. This is a place for me to share. A place for me to add things that may (or may not) end up in a book or a story somewhere.
Why does this even matter? Well, when people begin to ask you about how to categorize yourself and especially your blog it can come to a head. Of course there’s always what happens with the idea of campaigns and advertising. But how about I just get these words down, write these books and talk about the things and people I love? Write about the random things that are too complicated and drawn out for Twitter?
It comes down to understanding your purpose. I’m pretty eclectic. The blog is moving towards matching my full personality. I will say when I took the label off, there was this relief. A collective sigh on the inside where I don’t feel the pressure to keep up with everyone. I only need to compete against myself and the goals I’ve set. I look forward to continuing to share this journey with all of you. Touting love…..
(I told you I would use the word again….)
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