What do I blog for?
Well, it’s a new year. It seems like everyone has been summing up their achievements from 2007 and making goals for 2008. All good things.
I’ve been thinking about the things that I want to achieve with this blog this year. Keeping this blog and my photoblog has been excellent, I love it. I also love reading about design, web design, writing and I want to improve my writing, my writing style, as well as improve my other hobbies: digital photography and image manipulation.
What do I blog about?
In amongst all this reading that I’ve been doing I keep coming up against this question: should you find a niche?
My about page says,
This and that started as a personal blog. It is still a personal blog, with some focus on my (kristarella’s) interests. They include (in approximate order of writing frequency) graphics, web design, science, Christianity, blogging, computers, television, movies, music, games.
That’s what I started this blog as and it’s what I wanted it to be. Perhaps if you think of it in terms of target audience, it means that I automatically narrowed my audience down to people who like several of the things that I like. Where as some “niche” blogs have a much larger audience, because they only serve one interest (assuming that interest is a widely spread one).
Articles that have something to say about this,
- Do you really need a unique niche? – focuses more on marketing, but has some interesting thoughts.
- What Should I Write About? Well, Who Are You Writing For?
- Value blogging – this article mentions writing articles that help readers in your niche.
By far, my most linked to and visited post is 24 Sweet Brushes for GIMP and Photoshop. Although, it’s not the most commented on, which is understandable – what would you say? “Nice list. Thanks!” Anyway, I wonder what this says about what readers want: an easily digested list; something about digital graphics; a collection of useful or pretty things. Given how this post spread, I’m not sure that you can’t write helpful posts without being a niche blogger – somehow people find the posts anyway.
I’m asking you?
So after contemplating some of these things, I give it over to you. Do you think it’s okay to have a semi-personal blog that covers a range of topics? Would you rather I only wrote about the GIMP, or photography, or blogging, or design, or religion?
On a slightly related note. I’m thinking of changing my website/blog name from This and that. It didn’t seem as awful when I first started my little blog on Blogger 2 years ago. Now it’s another example of my inability to choose imaginative names (a toy rabbit called Bunny, a plastic ride-on horse named Horsey, a cat called Kitty and now a blog with a variety of topics called This and that).
I’m not sure what I would change the name to. kristarella.com might be as good as anything, since I’ve successfully monopolised the name kristarella across the internet.
What do you think?