I don’t fit a niche, I don’t do reviews, I don’t work with typically recognised brands, does that mean I’m not a blogger?
Blogging is about embracing who you are and shining your personality, your opinions and your adventures to the world.
Looking at the topics I talk about on John’s Road to Volunteering, they’re unique to me. My story is MY STORY! My passions are MY PASSIONS, including with the way I think and the way I express them.
So many bloggers I talk to don’t feel they fit into the blogosphere, and it’s that word ‘niche’ which appears far too often in messages to me.
A ‘niche’ is great to identify the topics you talk about, but in reality, we’re all a niche. Our journeys are a niche. WE ARE THE NICHE!
The community we all talk about so much, highlights the diverse individuals and perspectives we have in blogging. A community isn’t meant to be all lovey dovey and positive all the time, as there’ll be a few people who want to challenge, who want to speak up, and those who want the spotlight on them.
The spotlight is on all of us, but in different levels. There’s millions of us blogging, and the light CAN’T be shared equally. We all can’t have the same publicity, the same number of followers or the same story. That’s not individuality! That’d be plain boring!
When I speak up about my volunteering journey, many relate, whereas others don’t. When I speak up about my thoughts on blogging, some will agree, and others will disagree. When I share personal posts, some will understand what I’ve been through, and others will want to learn. Some might not even care.
Yes, no, maybe, I agree, I disagree, are all part of one’s blogging experience and how we respond is up to us. Just like how starting a blog to share our passions was our decision.
As we interact more in the community, we learn what works for us, and by doing your own thing, you’re learning what you want to do and don’t want to do.
Taking steps back to learn more about myself and my current wants/needs from John’s Road to Volunteering, I started to understand more about my purpose. We all have a purpose in blogging and it’s up to us to decide what it is.
Some of us will write for years, others will write for a few months, and that’s someone deciding on their content. Just like deciding the content you produce is a decision you make. The way you produce the content, how you promote it, and the way you engage people to interact with it, is up to you.
I will not become someone I’m not, just to fit into the community when I ALREADY DO! Being yourself in your blog posts, in your tweets, and in any conversations you have online and offline, you’re showing how you play a part in the community.
I’m a blogger as I say I am. I’m a blogger as I’m producing content in the blog form. I’m a blogger as I’m making a difference to the world and seeing lives change around me.
This won’t be the same for you and that’s OK! It’s OK to be different in the blogosphere, as it’s a representation of life. Life is different for all of us, so next time you question if you’re a blogger, remember…
IT’S GOOD TO BE DIFFERENT!!