Apparently, the internet is reaching the 20th anniversary of the word “blog.” I recently read an encouraging post to “bring out your blogs.” After reading, I wanted to return to this space, to write and stand on my little soapbox once more. The post encourages readers to blog about what they’re interested in, to just write and share your thoughts/ideas/experiences. The author briefly mentions about having “your topic” and it made me wonder… what if you don’t have a real niche?
noun: a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment.
adjective: denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population.
Niche is an interesting word. It’s also interesting to me how we constantly want to cast ourselves into one. To put ourselves in a niche; to find a sheltered place that suits us and appeals to others just like us, doesn’t exactly align with the purpose of the web (the web was created to share information in the name of research). In the current day, we use the internet to connect to each other, but to also meet new people, learn new things, and to discover new interests. To only read/write in relation to a single niche is restricting, and prevents you from having new & different experiences.
For example… there’s a lot of wonderful blogs that I enjoy: The Pen Addict, The Pennsylvania Rambler, UK Fountain Pens, Notebook Stories, Northern Pies, Myth & Moor, Posie Gets Cozy, and Attic 24. Most, if not all, are considered niche blogs. However, these blogs touch on many different aspects of life that has nothing to do with their respective niches at all. One may be writing about fountain pens, but it dribbles into art & crafting. Another may be writing about local history, but also discusses travel and folklore. I, as a reader, am a part of many niches, since I have many interests. When I blog it’s a culmination of all of my interests into one place. If I write about many things at once, where do I fit in? The fountain pen niche? The crafting niche? The travel niche? Instead of trying to fit into a niche, what if I forego it?
Insert the present moment, the writing of this post. Surrendering my need to have a niche and writing only as myself. What do I write about, and what do I want to write about? Rocks, books, Godzilla, fountain pens, postage stamps, nature, travel… all that makes my life wonderful & enjoyable. To write about all of this would be to write about my life. This is what this space is about; a place to simply be present and in love with my own life, without worrying about fitting into a niche.