The majority of you who read my blog know that I read just about anything—I read adult and YA fiction and pretty much every genre that fits within the realm of fiction. I also read non-fiction—memoirs, biographies, books about history, books about ideas. Sometimes I go on kicks where I’m reading a lot of YA or a lot of classics but I always have variety. I am like a T-Rex of reading who doesn’t discriminate and will consume just about anything in my path–small children, trees, other T-Rex buddies, etc. My other blog that I created and blog on with a group of friends, The Broke and the Bookish, is an extremely eclectic blog as there are so many of us with many reading preferences. I love the diversity. I enjoy discovering books that I might not have otherwise seen before.
Initially this never was a problem for me when I was just a reader. Six months ago it all became a little more complicated when I began blogging. I didn’t have a niche. In college this word was one that was always thrown around in my classes as I was a business major. I’d talk about niche markets and how to market them and blah blah blah. I never thought I’d be contemplating a niche anything outside of school–much less in my own personal hobby.
What is this big pickle I find myself in you ask? Since I don’t have a niche–who are my readers? My blogging identity is muddled. I’m not a YA blogger but I sure read a lot of YA. I’m not a “classics” blogger but I’ve been reading a lot of classics this year. I’m not an “adult fiction” blogger but I’ve got more than enough adult fiction to talk about with any other voracious reader of adult fiction.I’m so busy thinking about what I’m not that I haven’t stopped to figure out WHO I am as a blogger. I call myself eclectic but sometimes that doesn’t suffice.
I feel like sometimes, as an eclectic blogger, that I get overlooked–by other bloggers and publishers. YA readers might get bored if they see too many adult fiction titles and adult readers might just lump me in with all the other YA bloggers out there. Publishers might question my audience and think that I’m not the right “fit” for their book but fail to see that I get quite a positive response on both my YA fiction reviews and adult reviews. Sometimes I feel like my readership is pretty even.
I’ve contemplated so many times about just sticking to one or the other for the sake of pacifying my blogging woes but then, in the same moment of apparent “clarity,” I realize that would be so untrue to myself. Ultimately this blog is for me but I really enjoy discussing the heck out of books with people and have grown quite fond of my readers and our interactions. I love that my discussion posts bring readers of all genres and levels together but will it make them stay? Will they just ignore the books that don’t interest them and stick with me and wait for something to pique their interest? Will I open their eyes to a book they might not have considered before because it wasn’t in their typical reading genre?
My Google Reader consists of so many different types of blogs. I need this. My life gets too bland with just one genre or type of music. I get weary and just plow through books and they don’t shine as brightly for me as they once did. But then I read something so vastly different from what I had been reading and my eyes are opened to some new wonder and that thrill of a new story and being transported into a new place is back. I feel like I’ve discovered my love for reading all over again. I am often breathless after finishing a book. I feel like then, when I go back to what I’m reading, I am refreshed–a cleansing of the palate so to speak that renders my future reads to be vibrant and new. But that is just me and some people don’t get burnt out reading the same type of genre. Sometimes I envy those people. They must not have that gene that makes them often discontent and bored. I guess that’s just me, in general, though. I get bored too easily and need new experiences and new things to be interested in. Reading has never become boring but that’s probably why I read so eclectically or else I would tire of it.
At the end of the day, I’ll still blog and I’ll still read so it doesn’t matter, but sometimes I do contemplate this.
Anyways, there has to be other eclectic readers/bloggers out there that share my plight? Who are your readers? Do you ever have a hard time getting people interested in your blog? If you do have a “niche”, do you ever feel guilty for wanting to blog about other genres? Do you ever get burnt out of a certain genre? Publishers–how do you handle eclectic blogs? Honestly, do you pass them by or do you consider how well they do reach people?
Please tell me I’m not alone in this struggle.