Saturday evenings #socialbloggers chat was all around niches. I was particularly excited to ask these questions because, as some of you may have noticed, I’ve stopped posting only outfit photos and have started posting about beauty products and food/recipes.
I wanted to do this for a few reasons:
- An increased personal interest in these areas.
- To give me more to blog about.
- It allows me to experiment with photography.
- It enables me to attract a wider audience and connect with new bloggers.
It’s a bit of a scary thing, to come outside ones niche. For a year I was posting outfits 2-4 times a week and built a network of followers and friends that were mainly fashion and style orientated. I am not a very fashionable person and I’ve never been very stylish.
I don’t have that edgy, perfect, confident, beautiful or sexy vibe that some fashion bloggers really rock. I’m awkward and creepy and I just I wear what I like to wear but I’ve never been one to wear the latest trends or follow the latest fashion looks – so started to see myself more as a blogger that posted ‘personal style’ posts rather than ‘fashion posts’ which slowly transitioned into this whole new thing.
I do notice that certain topics tend to get less love than others.
This lead me to question whether I should stick to posts that my readers enjoy the most, or post about whatever I feel like.
After a lot of internal debates, I’ve decided to blog about whatever I wish, but still post outfit posts at least twice a week. That way I can still explore new ideas with my blog, while keeping those that my not be interested in anything but style posts happy.
I know, I know – my mentality should be that this is my blog and I can do whatever the hell I like with it. I guess what I want to do with it is keep my loyal readers happy while experimenting with different posts – I hope you’ll enjoy the ride!
Anyway, on to the chat! Feel free to ask answer any of the questions and leave your opinions on this topic in the comment section below.
Q1 : Does your blog have a niche and do you read blogs from outside of your niche?
A1: Not really a niche I don’t think… hmm… maybe lifestyle(?) because it’s a variety, but I read lots of diff kinds 🙂 #socialbloggers
— CACHOO (@CachooJoo) March 15, 2014
#socialbloggers I guess I’m a mommy blogger, but I live to read about everything, especially food, fashion and travel
— Modern Housewife (@Modern_Wife) March 15, 2014
@NoorsLense @bloggerforums I think my blog is more beauty related but I read all different types of blogs! #socialbloggers
— Touchofbelle (@makebeautyblog) March 15, 2014
A1. I like to read blogs related to travel, lifestyle, and marketing/PR, and the odd few outside of these niches. #socialbloggers
— Melissa Rosa (@melrosaa) March 15, 2014
I blog all sorts mostly life, crafts & food & I love all blogs but mostly those that inspire me to do/try/make something #socialbloggers
— Thea (@theasthinkings) March 15, 2014
@NoorsLense @Naaj_Rona LOL tbe reason why I envy lifestyle bloggers at times haha. There’s such a wide pool of ideas. #socialbloggers
— Somdyuti Datta Ray (@ashleysteve17) March 15, 2014
Q2 : If a blogger posts outside their usual niche, does it make you less likely to read/comment?
@NoorsLense @bloggerforums no I still read because i appreciate the time thats put into each blog #socialbloggers
— Nichole Josey (@upbeatuplifts) March 15, 2014
@NoorsLense @bloggerforums makes me more likely to comment!!, it’s nice to see variety on a blog