Common Blogging Advice: “Find a niche & stick to it.” “Niche blogs are more successful.” “Narrowly focus your topic.”
Several big-kahuna blogs come to mind in that category. Mashable is one example. You go there and know exactly what you will find: tech + social media news. (I like Mashable a lot, by the way).
The truth, however, is that my very favorite blogs – the blogs that make my heart pound and move my feet to action – are NOT niche blogs. The blogs I read daily are the ones that are written by “ordinary” people that share their interests, hobbies, thoughts, and advice. They write about what they had for breakfast, what books they’ve been reading, how they feel about parenting and politics, and the dreams that are consuming them. They talk about their 2-year-old’s tantrum, share their favorite way to make lemonade, and discuss ways to help the helpless in our country and beyond.
I like blogs that are HUMAN, splashed with color and energy, sadness and sweetness. I like blogs where I feel like I know the bloggers behind them – so much that I am confident we could meet up at a coffee shop and talk for hours.
And – yes – I like the element of “surprise” when a new post pops in my reader.
Every once in awhile, I feel pressured to do something in a niche. Am I too scattered? Will I lose readers if I talk about babywearing on Monday and business on Tuesday, hiking on Wednesday and haiti on Thursday? Perhaps, some. But…not many.
After all, why shouldn’t our blogs be reflections of who we are? I am a wife, a mom, a business owner, a traveler, a writer, a breastfeeder, a reader, a debater, an extrovert, an introvert, a runner, a hiker, a picture-taker, an art appreciater, a graduate degree holder, a baby-on-the-hip carrier, a Christ follower, a twitterer, a thinker, a New York Times reader, a soon-to-be RV dweller.
What will you find on Metropolitan Mama? You’ll find ME here. I’ll [try to] respond to your comments. I’ll visit your blog as often as I can. I’ll say hi to you on Twitter. I might even send you a present on your birthday. One of the best things about blogging is relationships – real, nitty gritty, close friendships. Being inspired by the extraordinary ordinary.
In my opinion, it’s totally okay if you color outside the lines on your blog. I think your picture is pretty spectacular.
What are your favorite blogs to read (and why)? Are they niche or personality blogs?