Am I a blogger?

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?

HELL NO!

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.

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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.

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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!!

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19 thoughts on “Am I a blogger?

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE! You have hit the nail on the head with this post, I do not fit into a ‘niche’ and most people will agree that everybody in the blogging world is different and shouldn’t be looked at as the same!

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  2. As always, a very thought-provoking, hit-the-nail-on-the-head kinda post! Completely agree with you that you don’t need to fit a niche – you already ARE the niche! I’m perfectly happy and contented with being a jack-of-all-trades blogger, and have far too much fun to worry about whether to post an image because it doesn’t fit into a theme! 🙈

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  3. YASSSSS! This is totally correct. I just launched my blog a couple of weeks ago and am still learning and discovering. I knew I wanted to do a travel/backpacking job but it’s not about doing the same as other travel blogs. This is my journey and my thoughts. Thanks again for the post 🙂

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  4. I do agree with you. Those who focus on the niche, I can understand. They are seeking more than the coined word “Blogging” they are seeking to create a business, to manage a profitable site. Sure, I would love to break even or make little extra money. For me and my blogging journey, it’s more about writing and the writing process. I imagine me and you align on this. Probably why I connect with your piece. Thanks for writing it!

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  5. Such a great blog! I have struggled with the same questions and problems as a political blogger as they are not as common to find but I have learnt to embrace my style and my passion regardless of the norm! It is blogs like this that make me feel more motivated to carry on!

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  6. YESSSSSSS I agree with you so much on this! I’ve been desperately trying to find a way to fit into the community, but now I realise that I have a lot more fun writing the things I want to write!

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  7. Hi, I love this post. It’s good to be different and not fit a niche. Blogging is a personal and a different experience for everyone, Chloe #TeacupClub

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  8. I absolutely LOVE this post. Thank you. I have battled with this so much this year, trying to be a typical ‘beauty blogger’ and then becoming a mum and not having any time for so much beauty so adapting my blog to reflect this, whilst trying to stay true to me. I am uplifted by this post.

    http://lisabritton.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. This is such a great post! I have so much variety on my blog that I worry it doesn’t fit… But why should I worry? I don’t want to be the same as everyone else… It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want with it.

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