My thoughts on blogging…we don’t have to fit into categories
22nd September 2015
I always have difficultly describing my blog when someone asks what I write about.
“It’s kind of a lifestyle blog, I guess. I write about my life. Or just anything really.” is my standard answer.
When it comes to picking a category for my blog I almost always pick “Lifestyle” because 99% of the time “Personal” isn’t an option, and I would hate for my blog to be categorised as “Other”. I mean, on Bloglovin’ you can’t even see blog posts from the category “other” on the Explore and Find Blog tabs. But don’t even get me started on Bloglovin’.
Needless to say, I don’t like my blog, or myself for that matter, being slotted into categories.
There are lots of different types of blogs out there, many of which do not fit into the standard categories that Bloglovin’ uses. In fact, I feel like Bloglovin’ is influencing the type of blogs we write. If you don’t fit into one of their categories, does that mean you are blogging about the wrong things?
It certainly doesn’t. You should blog about what ever the hell you like. If you don’t want to blog about beauty or fashion, then don’t. If you don’t want to blog about just one specific topic, then don’t. Haven’t got a niche? Who cares! Half of those bloggers who say you need a niche wouldn’t know what a niche was if it smacked them in the face.
But it’s not just Bloglovin’ who are, perhaps unintentionally, forcing us into specific groups.
I recently read a post about problems only bloggers understand. The majority of the post was very sterotypical of a beauty blogger, relating to problems such as not having enough storage space for all your beauty products, or always needing to swatch every lipstick in Boots. Obviously this doesn’t apply to me; a blogger who only owns two lipsticks. And I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling this way.
In addition, I’ve been to quite a few blogging events and meetups, and a large focus of these events is the goodie bags (although they aren’t the reason I go to blogging events!). You get home from your day, open up your bag, and notice the large quantity of beauty related products.
I’m not complaining, or at least not deliberately, but sometimes I feel like people assume that all bloggers are beauty bloggers, when really we are not. I also sometimes feel like people think that all bloggers are in it for the freebies, or trying to turn it into their full time job, which a lot of bloggers are, but we aren’t all the same. You can’t tar us all with the same brush.
We don’t all like the colour rose gold. We don’t all live in Pinterest worthy houses. We don’t all take photos of everything. We don’t all idolise Zoella.
We are all individuals, and so are our blogs. So stop trying to make yourself fit into a category, and don’t ever feel pressured to do so.
I’d like to end with the question: What category does your blog fall under? Just kidding!!!
But seriously, what is your opinion of the use of categories in blogging, or in life in general?
Other posts in the “My thoughts on blogging…” series include: