The old adage is “You are what you eat.” But I think you are what you blog, too.
My own blogging experience is an example, although not a particularly strong one. I am a personal blogger, so my blog by nature is an extension of me. But I can generally be counted on to talk about beauty, travel and food with a side of work thrown in. It fits exactly in with how I would describe myself: I am a young professional with a passion for travel and an interest in food and beauty.
Of course, my blog wasn’t always how it is now, nor am I the same as I was when I first started blogging. My blog has grown and changed with me, and I’ve even added a little disclaimer on some of my older posts to point out that while I would never disown any of the content on my blog, not all of it is an accurate reflection of who I am today. (Thanks Jem for the “old post” notice tweak!) I used to be really into movies and I have a lot of movie reviews in my archives. Now? I watch maybe two, three movies a year. I used to scour the internet for “internet finds” and would post about them; now I do link love posts that focus on content rather than finds that are gimmicky in nature.
Where I think this “you are what you blog” business comes into play the most is when it comes to niche blogging. With niche blogging, it’s often seen as though food bloggers can only blog about food, personal finance about personal finance, fashion about fashion, whatever. Perhaps that’s all the blogger wants to blog about, and that’s more than fine. But I’m willing to bet that the blogger behind the niche blog has more interests than just one, even if that one interest is far bigger than the rest. Coincidentally, Girl Meets Debt addressed this recently in her post titled “Getting to Know the ‘Person’ Behind the Personal Finance Blog.”
I follow a wide variety of blogs, both personal and niche, and sometimes I wish I could get to know the niche bloggers I follow better. Sometimes I feel out of place leaving a comment on a niche blog, even if it is totally relevant (not that I ever leave irrelevant comments, ahem!) and would add to the conversation. Other times I’ll come across really neat communities that host events and programs and am unsure of whether or not I should sign up/participate because the participating bloggers can relate to each other much more easily than I can due to the fact that they have a blog in the same niche.
I suppose labels are like that in real life. “Oh, she’s obsessed with the latest fashion trends” or “Yeah, he’s really into healthy eating.” But I feel like in real life, it’s easier to get to know the different dimensions and layers that make up a person and his or her interests. In the blogging world, it’s much more restrictive because each person can filter what they choose to share with the online world.