is having a blogging niche actually important

Is Having a Blogging Niche Actually Important? // Discussion & Frustration

Almost every blogger’s advice to new bloggers includes “choose a niche.”

Other than “engage with other bloggers”, “choose a niche” is the point which is doled out the most. The number of bloggers saying this have actually increased in the past few years at a large rate.

But why is that? There has to be a reason why this is a very popular tip. Why is having a niche so important, and is it actually that important? Today, I want to break down this advice, dig through it, and dissect it.

Considering that this topic has given me pain for most of my blogging life (which is almost 5 years), and have been slowly building my thoughts around it for all this time, I have a LOT to say.

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What is a “blogging niche”?

It’s basically a content category.

A blogger who talks mostly or always about books is a book blogger, or their blogging niche is books. Similarly, there are beauty bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, college bloggers, and more. Content categories are endless.

These niches are wide enough to allow a lot of content creation and narrow enough that the target audience will be interested in everything under that umbrella.

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How does having a blogging niche help?

There are many reasons for this, and all of them converge into one main reason: popularity. Here’s how:

  • You target a specific audience.

If you only blog about beauty, it is easier to capture your audience because your target is consistent and you have the time to completely get to know them. When people do visit your blog because of 1 post, they are more likely to stay and read other posts because your they are also about beauty. You’re basically giving them a ton of content that they will be interested in.

Blogging in multiple niches, or without a niche, doesn’t work the same way. Some readers would be interested in your content about books, but not the rest. Other readers might like lifestyle posts and read only those. Hence, while in theory it might seem like hitting all targets might be helpful, it is not so easy to keep people interested in all of your content.

In technical terms, customer (or reader) retention is easier with a niche and harder without one.

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  • It helps with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Domain Authority (DA).

If you stick to a niche, your blog will become a sort of database overtime with many posts in the niche and a sizeable readership who are interested in all the content you post.

Once your blog is established as a valuable source of information in the niche, your ranking is higher in search engines and your blog posts are shown first.

This helps with organically gaining readers and followers because they visit through search results (where you don’t do anything) and not through marketing (where you push your content in front of them).

Related: What is Domain Authority and how do I increase it?

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I’ve written a whole blog post specifically on pros and cons if you’d like to know more, but you get the idea.

It’s (technically) easier to grow your blog if you have a niche. This doesn’t mean that your content can be half-assed and you’ll still do better than bloggers without a niche. It means that your efforts are more likely to pay off if you stick to a niche. And I say pay off literally.

If you are monetizing your blog, it is a safer bet to have a blogging niche than go without. It will help with strategizing, keeping your readers hooked and growing your reader base. All of that, in turn, help in more product sales and more affective advertisements and sponsorships.

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Why is “choose a niche” popular advice?

Obviously because it helps monetize your blog! This is popular advice because it works.

The blogging scenario today is also very different than a few years back. There are more professional bloggers in this space, and slowly most of the blogging advice and tips posts have taken a professional turn. Terms like SEO, DA, and Google analytics are thrown around often.

The blogging space started with hobby bloggers and few professional bloggers (who earn through blogging) and it is STILL in that ratio but there is far more concentration on tips geared towards professional bloggers.

Most blogging tips posts that are popular are by professional bloggers giving advice to people who also want to monetize blogs and because of that, niche is given a LOT of importance.

The influence has made it’s way well into the hobby blogger space as well. Even though they don’t earn through blogging, hobby bloggers also give the same advice which is focused on monetization strategies.

This is also a numbers game, in the end. Growing a follower base is prioritized more than cultivating a readership truly interested in the content people WANT to post.

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Does “choose a niche” actually apply to everyone?

People start blogs for various reasons. A blog is so easy to start and used to be the first place people made their own corner of the internet. Bloggers start out of boredom, out of bursting thoughts, with simple content to share which can help people across the world, and more.

Blogging with the intention of turning it into an income source is one of the rarer reasons. Even today, the number of bloggers who start out of simple interest is way more than bloggers who are here to turn blogging into a side hustle.

Not everyone who wants to blog better does it with the intention of monetizing or quickly growing a readership. Most of the advice is related to followers, statistics, comments, etc. all of which are external forces. Why are the actual tips, which help someone improve things under their control, rarely given?

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Actual helpful advice for hobby bloggers:

Blog about whatever you want!

If it is only in one content category like talking about your life, or sharing recipes, do that! If you want to branch out and blog about everything that you’re interested in, do that!

You’re NOT earning from this. You’re only pouring energy and time into this. Even money, in many cases. Why should you stick to a niche and grow a following perfect for monetization if that is not your goal? Why worry about having a perfect blog brand if it doesn’t actually help?

Blog about what makes you happy and gives you satisfaction, or relief. Whatever you want from blogging, make sure you get it. Don’t hold yourself back because of popular advice.

They say stick to a niche, but are you happy with that? Does it keep you motivated to blog, or does it make you feel restricted? Advice also says to look at SEO and marketing but does that actually help you and give what you want from your blog?

Always follow advice only after careful consideration on whether it will help YOU.*

It helped 20 bloggers out there, yes, but will it help you specifically? All of us are in different situations with different responsibilities and goals. Just because something worked for someone else does not mean it will work for you. In some cases, it’s not even meant for you.

*This applies to any kind of advice, even real life. Not just blogging.

Related: I interviewed Saniya who spoke about blogging for fun and the freedom blogging can give you.

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Talk to other bloggers personally

Almost all bloggers are incredibly kind and welcoming. The blogging community is the one place where I reach out to people without hesitation because I know that there is maybe ONE rude person out of a thousand bloggers.

The blogosphere is the one place where people are kind to newcomers and don’t worry about losing their space or hold in the area. We always have more space. This is why it is really easy to reach out to bloggers to ask questions or to ask for help. So do it!

Talking to bloggers personally lets you get to know them more and understand aspects of blogging in detail.

Bloggers don’t post about everything because there is way too much to talk about. And those who don’t post about blogging itself will barely talk about it. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have anything to say.

Related: I interviewed bloggers to talk about their experience and the various aspects of blogging.

Also look for posts that talk about what bloggers learnt in their time as a blogger. Those posts often have the more abstract points which don’t fit into typical advice posts.

One day, I might write an advice post specifically for hobby bloggers, but the above are points that I wish were told more often.

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My personal opinion

I am writing this post purely out of FRUSTRATION. You have no idea how hard it was for me to stay neutral until now, but I did it because I like my discussion posts to have at least some bits of neutrality in them. It allows you to form an opinion without pushing mine on you immediately, and I think a true discussion is one where the basic facts are laid out for everyone to know.

And now, we are past that point of neutrality. So allow me to fully elaborate my thoughts on this topic.

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I feel alienated.

Everywhere I see, I’m constantly being told to choose a niche. Some people are kind enough to add that “in the end, it’s your choice but sticking to a niche helps grow faster”. But a lot of times, this advice is given out bluntly as if it is universal truth.

“You want some blogging tips? Choose a niche.” “Starting a new blog? Choose a niche first.”

I can take it from professional bloggers pitching ideas to others who want to monetize. it makes sense for them. And it helps, so that’s perfectly fine.

But when I see fellow hobby bloggers give this exact piece of advice? I become angry.

Not only are you asking people to RESTRICT THEIR CONTENT even though they only blog for fun, you’re also subtly saying that blogging without a niche is detrimental to their blogging. You don’t earn from your blog as well! And (as far as I can see), you don’t plan on it either! So WHY are you giving growth strategies as tips??

If you want to follow those tips even though they involve a TON of work and only result in more stats, which is not guaranteed, great. You do you. But do you have to push it on other people without mentioning WHY they should follow it? Without mentioning that it doesn’t actually help someone become a better blogger, it can just help more people find their blog.

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Do you know how hard I work on my blog? I’m constantly writing posts and interacting with other blogs. I’m always thinking of new things to share. Blogging is almost a second job for me because of how much time and effort I pour into it.

And one of the things that I like about my blog is that it has something for everyone. I want anyone to come to my blog and be able to find something to enjoy. I’m not going to target a specific market to increase my follower base. I want to post what I want to post and not have external factors influence my content. And yes, followers, likes and comments are EXTERNAL FACTORS.

I started blogging because I had thoughts in my head and things to share and wanted to put them somewhere without inconveniencing my friends. I needed a place to dump those thoughts. And I know that many others started blogs for similar reasons.

Over time, I learnt more about blogging and wanted to improve my blog so that if people do come, it’s not a mess for them to see and read. I wanted my blog to be enjoyable for other people the same way how it is to me.

Quickly, I noticed how I was being told to choose a niche, over and over again. In fact, I was being told that without the term “niche” even being used. I actually don’t even remember that. I realized it when I was going through my old blog posts and found some where I spoke freely about it.

17 year old Sumedha clearly wrote about receiving criticism on not having a niche (I took all the advice posts as criticism because I was a blogging baby and everyone kept pushing the niche agenda on me!!!) and being constantly worried about posts because they don’t stick to one category (because I was being told that people won’t enjoy all my content, and I didn’t want that).

I WANT TO GO BACK AND GIVE 17YO SUMEDHA A HUG. I was here because I had no one to talk to about random things and needed a place to vent or ramble. Within a month, I was unsure about blogging and had to specifically evaluate why I blog in order to shut out some advice.

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You’re telling me that one of the ways I can blog better is to RESTRICT MYSELF? To entirely change my content? To discard the reason I started a blog in the first place?

Do you know how discouraging it would be if some wanted to start a blog as a hobby and looked up tips only to be told to choose a niche? That being their entire authentic self would be BAD? I know that no one says it’s bad but it’s INSINUATED.

The beauty of having a blog is that its your content first. It is your space. You do what you want here. There’s no algorithm. There is no influencer culture. It’s the same playing field.

And I don’t see how “having a niche” is a BLOGGING TIP to hobby bloggers. It’s a growth strategy. If you’re going to advise something, at least classify it right and have this tip under “how to grow your blog faster” and not “blogging tips”/”how to blog better”. I’ve even seen some people add it in posts for “how to start a blog”. CHOOSING A NICHE IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.

“Choose a niche” should not come under blogging tips.

In NO WAY does it help someone actually blog better. It just tells them how to make their blog such that it is easier to GROW and MARKET, and NOT how to improve their skills. “Choose a niche” belongs under growth strategies but it has made its way into mainstream blogging like the comment-for-comment culture.

If you search “how to blog better” anywhere, I guarantee you that you will only find advice that is geared towards growth and marketing.

If you search “how to blog better as a hobby” too, you won’t get actual advice. When I searched right now, one result was actually is hobby blogging still relevant? Well, eff you too*.

*I am trying so hard to keep my blog posts free of cursing. Please appreciate the effort that has gone into keeping this specific post free of curses.

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The worst part is that I’ve seen this from people I followed!* People casually say choose a niche on Twitter and Instagram as if they’re imparting great blogging wisdom and it pisses me off.

I also KNOW that these advice posts that stay stick to a niche discourage bloggers from branching out. I’ve personally seen book bloggers struggle with posting content other than bookish because of the “niche.” And it’s partly because everyone says stick to a niche (unsaid: or your blog will tank).

Well, to heck with that. If your blog is not earning you money and only gives you happiness, don’t compromise anything. Don’t let your blog become a sector of yourself unless that’s your intention. Blog about whatever you want.

If you never want to stick to a niche, good for you! If you want to change your content or branch out after years of blogging, DO IT. Sure, you may have to change your brand and name but that is ALRIGHT. Unless it is for monetary gain, due to which followers and DA etc. is important, having a niche is NOT IMPORTANT.

Thanks for coming to my Ted talk**.

*whom I quickly unfollowed because I did not want that energy around me.

**side note: I’d actually love to give a Ted talk once. Maybe about blogging or bullet journalling. Or identity on the internet. But something. I really want to give a Ted talk one day because that’s one of the things that, according to me, says I’ve “made it”. That I’ve done enough of something to teach and impart wisdom. So if anyone’s looking for a Tedx speaker… hello πŸ™‚ I promise I’m not always raging like this.

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What do you think?

Is “choose a niche” good blogging advice and does it come under blogging tips? Do you have any thoughts on hobby bloggers pushing the niche agenda? Have you struggled with your blog because of this advice?

59 thoughts on “Is Having a Blogging Niche Actually Important? // Discussion & Frustration”

  1. Such an interesting post. I too have received advice that I should not have different content all on the same blog. But,it reflects me and my interests and so hopefully my audience will also enjoy the cross over and peruse the posts from different topics they might not gravitate to naturally. There is a lost of focus on SEO, growth and marketing that may not seem so enjoyable anymore to blog.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked this discussion post.
      I agree, diverse topics also encourage readers to look through topics that they usually don’t see. The growth strategies do tend to take away the joy in blogging. I’m glad you stick to your interests!

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  2. This was such a well written and thought provoking post. I loved all of your thoughts and I’m so surpirsed by the fact that I had never even questioned having a niche as something optional. When I started blogging I new I wanted my content to be about books and so it is, but then came all of the How To Blog Better or Be a Better Blogger posts and tips and I ate them up like candy without any second thought. This was very eye-opening.

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    1. Thank you!
      That’s the thing, for a lot of people having a niche comes naturally so it doesn’t seem so far fetched or restricting. But when you want to talk about multiple interests, it becomes suffocating. These tips also restrict when you want to break out of your niche and branch out, which is a shame because we should pursue what interests us!

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  3. Enjoyed reading this post, Sumedha. I can feel your frustration with this type of blogging “advice”. People need to stop asking others to hone every hobby into something that can be monetized. Nothing wrong with monetizing of course, but as you said, it can be really restricting.
    The only blogging advice I like (but obviously don’t really followπŸ˜‚) is: post consistently.
    That’s also what I like about your blog, you post quality content with alarming consistency!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I agree, consistency is one advice that never fails and also applies to everyone.
      Thank you so much! Reading you describing it as “alarming consistency” made me laugh πŸ˜‚

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  4. Interesting post, I enjoyed reading! I think niches are helpful but also very flexible, like you said, blog about what you want! I like having a niche because it helps me as a blogger stick to a theme which I know readers like. But it won’t stop me from sharing something different every so often! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked reading it. It’s great that having a niche works for you and won’t stop you from sharing different things sometimes πŸ™‚

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  5. Reading this post I was sat here thinking ‘have I been pushing the niche agenda?’ I think in my early days I may have because it was all around me, so I felt like it was just…something you needed to figure out. I think knowing your niche can be helpful, if you’re struggling for content and an aim for your blog. That said if your blog is a hobby you don’t need an aim as such since it’s not making money,

    For myself, it’s taken 3 years to realise that my blog can have all types of content on it. Whilst I would identify primarily as a book blogger, I do love posting about other topics, sharing my interests, musing and such with people who are interested. For a good 2 years though, I felt like I had to post only book related content, that I had to fit this book blogger mould and tick these boxes. It ended up with me considering quitting because I felt like I wasn’t good enough, I wasn’t and still aren’t reading a lot, I don’t post reviews and so it felt like I wasn’t able to create enough bookish content. When the truth is, my content has always strayed towards the “writing/create” end of posts, taking a theme and writing a mini story out of it, something book bloggers could enjoy. Changing my blog’s name was a game changer, it felt like I could finally breathe…that my content had a space to be free without me feeling like it didn’t belong on my blog.

    I would say choosing a niche comes under blogging tips for those seeking to monetise their sites…for hobby bloggers though it feels like we’re being restricted >.> Like you said, choosing a niche is geared towards marketing not becoming a better blogger. Your content doesn’t become better by choosing a niche haha can you imagine if it worked that way though? xD Loved this post, it’s such a well written and thought provoking piece, also you did good not cussing sksk I could practically hear your frustration flying off the screen as I read it hehe ❀

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    1. As I mentioned in the post (I think?), a lot of us give the same advice because that’s all that we’ve heard. We internalize it, work with it, and say the same because it “worked”.

      Hell yes to the image of “book blogger” and boxes to tick (which I asked about in my Blogletters interviews because I genuinely wanted to know if everyone thought the same). Having such strict guidelines doesn’t allow much freedom and also makes all blogs kind of the same, you know? The unique parts of every blog gets missed out if we follow the same rules.

      I’m glad you changed your blog name! CuppaClo has a vibe to it but also doesn’t restrict you at all, and it works really well with your posts.

      If only our content became better just by picking a niche haha, that would make blogging so much easier!

      Thank you so much! I’m really glad you liked my post πŸ’œ
      also the only way I barely managed to hold off from cussing was because I freely used them in my notes and drafts πŸ˜‚ if not for them, it would have all been published haha.

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  6. Great post, Sumedha!
    I understand that that can be a difficult topic for many people who don’t wanna set their blog in stone. I have decided rather early that I wanna have a book blog (mainly because when I started my blog I never thought that there was anything in my life that would be interesting enought to talk about and secondly because I don’t like to talk about my private life too much on the internet.)
    The more I think about it, the more I think that it’s also hard to get out of the niche when stepped into it? People expect certain things, as you have said, and it’s hard to make a turn and put something completely different in there. But if you never step into the niche? I always suspected that that would make writing about whatever topic you’d like easier. Weird to think that it doesn’t work like that. And even weirder that it really doesn’t work like that. Makes one think that people are not really interested in the person behind the blog, doesn’t it?
    Anyway, don’t let people pressure you into finding a niche. Skip right over that advice. I’m happy to let you make me think about whatever topic is close to your heart. ❀

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    1. Thank you, Marion!
      You’re right, it’s harder to branch out after sticking to a niche because the impact of our brand changing and losing our readers is also a factor.
      On the other hand if that expectation is never set, it’s so easy! Blog about what you want and narrow into a niche later if you want to. It’s never a bad idea to start broad and narrow down than start with a small circle.
      Oh good point! I do find it weird when a niche doesn’t show anything about the person behind the content and people follow passionately. That also doesn’t make sense, because people are nosy! And like to know everything about others! (I’m totally referencing celebrities and influencers not getting any privacy haha)

      Thank you so much πŸ’œ I’m glad you decided to blog about whatever you’re interested in as well.

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  7. I totally agree with what you’ve said here. I always used to get so frustrated reading blogging tips that included having a niche, and have struggled with trying to make a niche for myself for a long time. I used to worry a lot that I should try harder to pick a more specific genre to write about, and I’m glad I’ve let that go because I’m much happier blogging about whatever genres I want that reflect what I’m interested in reading.

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling this πŸ˜… Honestly, it’s never really addressed so I never thought that blogging without a border is okay.
      I’m glad you’ve let that go and decided to blog about whatever you’re interested in!

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  8. This is a fantastic post, a wonderful post! When I started blogging I had a niche but monetising my blog meant I had to branch out. So I recently started a parenting blog to try to stay in a niche. Thank you for sharing this β™₯️

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  9. Well. I completely agree with you! As you know I have a multitopic blog myself and never at one point was I thinking, well maybe I should just go for one topic. I have way too many hobbies, and I just enjoy talking about all of them. The only thing I sometimes struggle with is keeping it balanced, as people that follow me do so for different reasons. In the end though it’s the blogging itself that makes it fun for me, and the interacting with everyone. I don’t think just sticking to one niche is something everyone should do. So yeah: I definitely understand your frustration. You made a great post out of it though! πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha thank you! I totally get the struggle of keeping it balanced, it’s an issue for me as well. It’s one of the reasons I blog a lot because every topic needs attention and that makes a lot of posts. But it’s still more fun than sticking to a niche, for us at least πŸ˜…

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  10. I completely agree with you! I don’t have a blogging niche because I personally feel that if the content is great, why should I stay in one subject? Nothing against niche bloggers but while they may get more views, I do think that my blog is a representation of me and a person, who has a ton of interests and subjects that interest me.

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    1. You’re right! If content is great, why stick to one niche? Which is why niche coming under blogging tips bothered me. Choosing a niche doesn’t create better content.
      It’s awesome that you know what your blog is and are okay with that 😊

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  11. I definitely needed to hear this, it was really encouraging. As someone who’s still trying to get in the hang of blogging, it definitely takes the weight off my shoulders to think that you don’t have to limit yourself to try to “make it” πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting this!

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  12. This is such an interesting topic! Personally, I’ve never felt a lot of pressure to stick to a certain niche – I’ve never really cared too much about how many people follow me (in all honesty, the idea of a huge readership terrifies me a little), I just love engaging with the people who do like reading my stuff! And even if some of my posts get much fewer views than others (like my short stories, for example), I still love writing them 😊
    But overall, my blog is still very much book focused, so maybe the lack of pressure comes from the fact that I’ve never really felt the urge to branch out too much? I’ve always loved writing about stories, and have never been very tempted to stray too far from that. So I can see how the “choose your niche” thing might be more intimidating if you really want to cater to multiple interests!
    But overall, I have to say that I definitely agree with you: we should write what WE are passionate about, no matter what anyone else says! And I actually love discovering new topics this way; I don’t want to see the same post rehashed over and over again…

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    1. Thank you!
      It’s great that you don’t feel the pressure to stick to a niche, but it may be because you’re focused on books and writing, as you said. They are still related topics. The issue comes when there’s books, tv shows, life etc. like my blog πŸ˜…
      I agree, it’s helpful to find new and varied posts!

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  13. Such a thorough and helpful post, thank you for discussing this.
    I consider myself a book blogger but I occasionally write about other things that interest me, like tv shows, movies, mental health, environment. As you said, a blog is a person’s own little corner of the internet, so they should write about whatever they want to. Some people will be interested in that content and some not, it’s totally fine.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found the post helpful.
      Exactly. It’s our space, and the point of appealing to every single reader does not make sense unless our livelihood or pay literally depends on that.

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  14. i personally think that it’s a bad idea to choose a niche when you first start a blog because you’re already pigeonholing yourself without fully exploring all of the possibilities ahead of you. My advice to newbies is to always blog about whatever the hell they want, as their niche will slowly reveal themselves with time and THEN they can decide whether or not to specialise in a particular topic!

    I am pretty tired of hearing the whole “choose a niche” thing because it makes everyone just focus on followings and numbers when really we should focus on writing things we love and sharing our passions… Not everything has to be monetised!

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    1. Agreed! It’s far better to start broad and narrow down later than start narrow and find ourselves suffocated in the space.
      And yes, not everything has to be monetized! If the advice is specifically for monetization, it makes sense, but niche is not general advice.

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  15. This is an interesting topic that I haven’t even thought about as a newish blogger. Thankfully, my world is books, so I don’t have that dilemma. It’s all I want to talk about. Ha. So much so, that when I saw the title of this post, I thought it was about finding your book blogging niche: Romance blog, Fantasy blog, Thriller blog, YA blog, etc… My mind immediately goes to books. πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

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  16. Excellent post, Sumedha! I learned the hard way that having a niche certainly helps. When I started blogging I wrote about what I felt like, with a slight emphasis on literature. Narrowing it down to books was a decision I am very happy with, and I’ve found it very rewarding, not only for the increased popularity. πŸ€—

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  17. This is such an amazing and thought provoking post! I mainly stick to the book blogging because that’s what I’m most interested in, but I completely understand your frustration and I think people should be able to blog about whatever makes them happy, not just one niche if they don’t want to. Thank you so much for discussing this!

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  18. Tbh, I felt a little trapped when I read advice about picking a niche too. I almost wanted to quit right then and there! In the end, I started writing about blogging as I learned about blogging, with the intention to publish university-related content as well. They’re all topics that I am experiencing in my life!

    I have no idea where that will take me, but I have so much more to say about both blogging and university, so I will probably be sticking to these two niches (that may not necessarily be mutually exclusive).

    I have blogging ideas on my notepad that relate to selecting a niche too. And I think you are right! I would have to relook the category of hobby bloggers and how choosing a niche may not necessarily be important. In some ways, hobby bloggers have been marginalized when the focus is on monetizing blogs.

    On a side note, I would consider myself a hobby blogger with the intention to monetize my hobby. I don’t see why the two ought to be mutually exclusive as well.

    You have raised very relevant points as always, and it is refreshing to read what you have to say about the matter. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s exactly what I mean! Not only is the advice applicable to only selective people, it also discourages new bloggers who don’t know what they want to blog about. There are many successful bloggers who started over in order to do better and write in the niche they actually liked, which they realized after a while. There should always be encouragement for new bloggers to figure out their niche first before picking.

      And you’re right, in some ways hobby bloggers have been marginalized especially because we don’t focus on monetization and it somehow becomes like we don’t focus enough on making our blogs better.

      Yes, the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive! But if some advice is catered to everyone, it should consider everyone, right? especially when hobby bloggers are not actually low in numbers and take up a huge portion of the community.

      I’m glad you liked reading my thoughts on this, and I’m especially glad that I could provide some inputs for thought. 😊

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  19. Such an amazing post! I totally agree with you, sometimes I feel restricted to ‘book blogging’ because that is what I mainly enjoy and I feel the niche has already been formed. But lately, I’ve been thinking about introducing different things to my blog not just books because I enjoy other things as hobbies besides reading πŸ˜€ When I think about niches, I try not to apply them to the book world anymore (at least my world) because I associate niches = monetizing your blog, and advertising, having the popular element as a goal. I loved this discussion, I hope you no longer feel alienating, do your thing and ignore the rest ❀ /sending hugs!/

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    1. Thank you! I like how you think, and I’m glad that you’re able to separate the ideas and prioritize what you want to do. I definitely feel less alienated now that I’m strong enough to know what I want, but it was annoying in the beginning haha πŸ˜…

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  20. Okay, I want to reach out and give you a bear hug. Thank you for writing this post! When I started to blog, before that I did a lot of research and almost every other post talked about how having a niche is important. And I must say, that contributed a lot to me delaying my blogging journey. Your thoughts on posting whatever you want to talk about while not worrying about your niche is so refreshing and made me smile. Great post, Sumedha!

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    1. Hug accepted and returned πŸ’œ
      I totally get that! I hate how people dish out that advice without thinking about how it’ll be received. People who advice oftentimes forget what they felt in the beginning.
      I’m glad you liked the post!

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  21. β€œThe beauty of having a blog is that its your content first. It is your space. You do what you want here. There’s no algorithm. There is no influencer culture. It’s the same playing field.” This is such a important statement and something I every blogger new and old should remember!

    Over the last couple of years I’ve been blogging I’ve always come across people telling me to stick to niche and I did and it was restricting but ever since this year when I posted my first ever TV show review I felt free, I loved that I could post that and I love being able to do what I want to with my blog and this post reminded me of that πŸ’• my blog is a place where I am most unapologetically ME and I don’t want to ever restrict that in anyway

    Also I love how confident you are, I am still super scared to text other bloggers even though I know that the community is very kind and welcoming, I always feel like I have nothing interesting to say and why would anyone wanna talk to a random nobody, I need to stop doing that πŸ˜…

    Thank you for sharing this post 😊 have a great day πŸ’•

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    1. I’m so glad that you’ve finally decided to branch out and post what you love! Blogging as a hobby should not be restricting and especially with the side-hustle mindset that everyone’s got, everything is under pressure. We need to set expectations and work according to that.

      I totally understand being hesitant about messaging people but its almost always rewarding and I hope you do it more!

      I’m really glad that this post spoke to you ❀

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  22. This is the truest post I’ve seen πŸ’œ for now I haven’t come across anyone saying this to me but if they do I’m gonna stay away from them cz I definitely cannot stick to a niche … I will be what I started this blog for .. a place to put all my thoughts be it periods or books.
    That’s the beauty though isn’t it? To be able to read something that you cannot speak out ?
    We bloggers put in so much effort to show our thoughts so a niche shouldn’t be a problem cz all humans aren’t the same

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  23. This is such an interesting post, leaving with food for thought. My blog was to be about book & movie reviews in general + a little bit of travel. But idk where it sorta just remained about books. I can understand the niche part, but someday, I would like to write about my travel adventures too, interweave it with books perhaps somehow.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you think so.
      I think I can tell you why/where your blog just remained about books because that happened to me too. Because we generally interact with the book community, we mostly come up with ideas and think of book content. And it also because the people we engage with mostly come for book content. I’ve been actively reading other blogs and interacting with other niches in order to keep my blog broad, but it’s still hard πŸ˜…

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