Sunday, 14 September 2014

Blogging: Where do I fit?

Where do I fit in blogging categories?

I was taking part in an #lbloggers twitter chat a couple of weeks ago and it soon came round to the busiest part of the chat, sharing and swapping blog links. I saw a tweet that went something along the lines of 'please send me strictly #lbloggers links only, no beauty or fashion posts'. Now, this is completely fine, if a blogger is only interested in reading lifestyle posts then that's their personal preference and there's nothing wrong with that at all. But it got me thinking - do I fit into the lifestyle bloggers category... do I fit into any category? Does that matter?

I enjoy taking part in the lifestyle chats, just as much as I enjoy the beauty and fashion chats too. I do post lifestyle related posts talking about day trips, recipes, restaurants and more, but I do feel like my blog is a pretty even split between beauty, fashion and lifestyle. My fashion posts are focused around my personal style and purchases, I don't claim to be a trend-setting fashionista in any sense of the word, but I do really enjoy fashion. I also really love beauty, skincare and makeup in my day to day life, so it's only logical that I share that on my blog too.

Sometimes I feel like not having a dedicated blog topic slows the growth of my blog down, but I'm not sure if that really matters or not - I don't think it does. It does make sense though, I feel like people are more likely to follow and regularly read a blog that posts purely about their interest. For example when reading a dedicated topic blog, every post will appeal to them, as it's always focused on their favourite topic - whereas my blog flits between various topics, all of which I enjoy personally but not everyone will. But, I think I would rather write posts covering a variety of topics, like I do at the moment, and carry on blogging for me - as selfish as that might sound. So that considered categories shouldn't really matter, but I'm just curious to find out what everyone else thinks about blogging pigeon holes. Also, how am I meant to know which category to select on Bloglovin'!? First world problems...

Do you feel like your blog easily fits into one category? Or do you flit between various topics like me? Do you find that you'd rather follow a blog that fits into one specific category? I'm really interested to hear what everyone else thinks!

25 comments:

  1. I consider my blog a "true lifestyle" blog. Therefore, I post about beauty, fashion, home management, blogging, cooking, etc. Why? Because I blog about MY life & MY lifestyle. Aha! I think people get wayyy too hung up on labels. I don't care if I "fit in" anywhere, who wants to blend in anyway? ;)

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  2. I feel the same way as you. I used to only blog about beauty but I would get stuck for ideas and become really unmotivated so I decided to just blog about whatever I want! This is mainly fashion and beauty related but with random posts thrown in. It's made it easier for me to blog & I personally like blogs which show a range but I've no idea if this is how the majority of readers feel x

    lbakes.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I think if a blog writes about beauty fashion and lifestyle it can still be considered a lifestyle blog. There are just some blogs that are strictly beauty blogs and I don't really want to read those. (I also ask for #lbloggers and #fbloggers links only) if the person blogs about beauty and also lifestyle then that's cool, I'll read it... But id just rather not read a blog full of makeup reviews. I think lifestyle is a great word for just "whatever the heck I want to blog about" lol! I categorize mine as "a geeky fashion, inspiration and lifestyle blog" because I like to write about all three things with a little bit of a geeky twist :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  4. My blog is all over the place haha :) If I had to put it in one category I just couldn't do it !
    And yes, I prefer blogs that aren't only about one single topic :)


    By the way I'm also new to this world of blogging, so it would mean a lot to me if anyone checked out my blog? Thanks:)
    Luxveritatis.| Beauty.Fashion.Crafts

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  5. My Blog is a mixture of every think. Great post
    x
    unstyledlondon.blogspot.com

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  6. I totally agree with you on this! First world problems I know, but what even is 'lifestye' if it doesn't include stuff like personal style and beauty? I think lifestyle is just an umbrella category really, for those who don't only blog about a particular niche. They're my favourites to read anyway!
    lily x
    www.jolihouse.com

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  7. niche is overrated! long live uniqueness

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  8. love this, i think too much of a point is stressed on being different, but i think that if you blog about how/and what you want to blog about then that's all that matters! xx

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  9. My blog started out as fashion and beauty based but it is now very much lifestyle. I always thought, and was taught in school, that fashion came under lifestyle xx

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  10. I think that's definitely how it should be! Blogs are so much more enjoyable to read when it's obvious that it's personal to them and they're actually personal about things!

    I suppose mine would fit into lifestyle, but I always think that sounds like you're telling people how to live! Is that weird?

    Em | Hmm maybe...

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  11. Same here! Mine is a mix of beauty, fashion, recipes and some life posts. I class it as lifestyle as really there is no other category!

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  12. There should be a hashtag for 'a bit of everything blogs'. They're the best blogs!

    Ohhellojo.blogspot.com

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  13. Yeah I totally have the same thing. I tend to gravitate towards calling mine a beauty blog because that's most of the content and I feel as though I don't fit in with other fashion bloggers given that I don't take cool pictures of me posing in different settings lol. But I write about anything I love: beauty, fashion, films, books, tv, places to visit and the more I blog the less I like categorising myself!
    'Lifestyle' is a really broad category, so that person sounds a bit rude to be honest...

    Magpie Jasmine

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  14. I *think* we probably have more of a fashion/style blog but it's a bit of everything really. I only follow 2 proper beauty blogs and the rest are fashion or a mixture of all 3. I must admit I generally find lifestyle blogs really boring (travel blogs excluded) but I love lifestyle posts by my favourite bloggers! Ha! I think I need to have a keen interest in the blogger to want to read about non-beauty/fashion related topics...

    Tara xo

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  15. I think you're the perfect mix of everything-blogger. Who wants to be just the one. I wasn't sure if I fit into the fashion-blogger click or plus size-blogger click so now I count myself as both :) no need to pigeon hole
    X

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  16. This topic forever fascinates me too Emily. I think you're a perfect example of a lifestyle blog - I mean, style, beauty and travel intrinsically link back to your lifestyle, right? I recently decided to steer Daisybutter towards the lifestyle realms but am finding it difficult to establish any sort of niche. Instead I see it as an extension of everything I see, do, like and have (:

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  18. Definitely prefer blogs with a little bit of everything in them like yours! I like the lblogger tag because out of all of them it seems to capture the general idea of writing a little about everything the best. Plus, I like that there is the unpredictability factor of future posts. However, I do admit that I categorise my blog as an art blog, but I really would like to balance out the ratio with more lifestyle posts! I personally think having a specific category can be good so long as you find your niche. :) xxx

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  19. I have the exact opposite thing going on. My blog is so specific that I have to be careful not to write too often or I'll be sure to run out of topics before I grow an audience! (I've only been blogging for three weeks but I have like 6 or 7 posts :P) I guess my blog falls into the category of fashion. It's not personal style though.... actually, it's not style at all. It's about the industry which I assume either intrigues people or turns them off because it's too much reading (which it is, admittedly lol!) :) Keep doing what you do. I really like your blog :)

    http://life15juicy.wordpress.com

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  20. I love this post Emily. When I first started blogging I wrote about fashion and beauty and the rare lifestyle post. After a while, I realised that although I am obsessed with skincare and makeup, I buy clothes way more frequently so I didn't have as many beauty posts. Plus the fact there were many beauty bloggers who were just far more experiences with skincare and makeup than me. Not to say that I am a fashion expert either...by any means! I just blog about what I like to wear and that's really it. I think what is most important is that the blog portrays your own voice and personal opinion whether its clothes, makeup or lifestyle posts. I think we all love to read honest posts as though it is almost like your friend telling you her opinion.

    Really love your blog.

    Trish x
    www.reservedforruby.com

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  21. I personally love blogs that have a variety of topics, but I know what you mean, as I've been dealing with the same 'issue'. I blog about beauty AND my personal life, so I call my blog a beauty & lifestyle blog. I don't think I can fit into only one category...

    Sandra - The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  22. I think it's important to blog about things that interest you to keep your own attention and I personally love reading a variety of things and seeing personality.

    Great post.

    michellegleaves.wordpress.com x

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  23. I really DON'T feel as though I fit into any of those most popular categories. I write my blog as an extension of me, really, so it covers all of the things which I like. Yes, that's fashion (by which I mean what clothes I LIKE and wear, ootd and suchlike, not necessarily led by fashion trends), but it's also dressmaking, as I love that. I write about recipes, book reviews, things I've made or done, places I've been and random thoughts I've had, I guess. I have always seen it as my own little space, so I don't think it's important for me to try and fit into any particular category.

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  24. I just discovered your blog tonight and I'm having such a good time reading through all your posts - I'd say it doesn't matter about not having one specific category that you fit into. I've labelled myself as fashion, beauty & lifestyle simply because I enjoy posting all of those things. Although mostly focused on fashion and personal style, I don't want to limit myself to not being able to post anything else, although sometimes I do worry that my content jumps around too much.

    I'm having a whole redesign on the blog soon due to unforeseen circumstances, so I guess then will be the time to 're-brand' as such. xo

    Lucy-J Loves | UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle

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  25. Its way better for you not to fit into one category because if somone asks just for lifestyle or fashion you can go for both because you write about both! No one will say oh you cant do that because why the fuck not! They just have to click onto the category on your blog that they want to read about. So your way is THEE way to be ;-)

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