I’m of the assumption that every time a blogger tells someone they have a blog, they’re immediately asked, “What do you blog about?” I suppose that’s a natural question for people to ask a blogger. Personally, I hate being asked that question. I don’t know how to answer it.
Hopefully, by the end of this post, I will.
Normally I just list off things I’ve written about and hope a picture is painted. I’m not good at art.
There really is no theme to my blog. I mean, I started as a sports blog, but that lasted two months before it just turned into a car wash of things.
A car wash of things…I have no idea what I just said but it sounds smart so I’ll leave it in there!
I think a mistake some bloggers make when starting a blog is feeling the need to define their blog. They feel like they must stay in a certain lane and stick to the same genre every single post. For some people, that works. For others, like me, it’s impossible.
I’d rather have the freedom to write about anything I want.
On the WordPress Reader there are Recommended Blogs under various categories. Let’s go through those categories and see which one my blog would fall under.
Art & Design – Nope! I told you I’m not good at art.
Books – Nope!
Business & Technology – Nope!
Crafts & Fashion – Ha, Nope!
Culture – Nope!
Family – Nope!
Fiction & Poetry – Nope! Though I did write an ode, once…
Food – Nope! I write about food, but not nearly enough to be a food blog.
Health & Wellness – Nope! I like pizza.
Humour – Maybe? Recently I’ve gone the humour route. Older posts are serious, though.
Longreads – Does 1000-word posts count? Probably not. So, Nope!
Magazines – Nope! Though if someone wants to pay me to turn this into one…
Musings & Personal – Hey, we might have found a winner.
News & Current Events – Nope!
Photography – Nope!
Popular Culture & Entertainment – Nope! I’m the entertainment here.
Portfolios – Nope!
Religion – Nope!
Science & Nature – Nope!
Sports & Gaming – I started as a sports blog, but stopped that theme. I do have many posts about sports, though.
Travel – Nope!
Websites – Aren’t we all? Not in this sense, I suppose. Nope!
Writing & Blogging – Nope!
So the only categories that I can somewhat relate to are: humour, musings & personal, and sports & gaming. I’m a bit disappointed. I don’t know if I fit the mould of any of those. Not completely, at least.
Sure, I write things that are funny. But what about when I don’t? Can I still call myself a humour blog?
Same goes for musings & personal. I rarely talk about my personal life. I share likes and dislikes, but I don’t give you a whole background story of who I am. This is the Internet!
And then there’s sports & gaming. I’ve moved away from this, though I do write about sports every now and then.
I don’t know how blogs are selected to be listed as a “Recommended Blog”. Would I like to be there? Sure. Who wouldn’t? I just don’t know if I fall under any of their categories.
So what am I?
I feel like my blog is going through an identity crisis. Have I become a blog about nothing?
The thought of signing in to WordPress and writing a post under the same genre, every single time, is making my head spin. I couldn’t do it.
I’ve gone from serious posts about sports, to an honest post about school, to an attempt at a poem, to talking about how ketchup is controversial, to a list of what people do at sit-down restaurants, to complaining about slow walkers.
If anything, this blog is confused and maybe concussed.
Who writes about this nonsense, puts it all together, and calls it a blog? I do. I’m proud of it.
I can’t put a label on it. I can’t describe it. Ask me to tell you what my blog is about and I’ll pretend I don’t speak your language, just to avoid the question. Okay, maybe not, but you get the point.
If someone is reading this and is thinking about starting a blog, my advice is simple.
You don’t need to be a sports blog. You don’t need to be a fashion blog. You don’t need to be an entertainment blog. You don’t need to be a food blog. You don’t need to be a music blog. You don’t need to be a travel blog. You don’t need to write an introductory post and declare your blog as one specific thing.
Sure, you can if you like, but you don’t need to.
You just need you.
So to answer the question, What do you blog about?
I write about ideas that are in my head.
My blog is your official tour.