Hello! Thanks so much for reaching out!
I love this question because I’ve struggled with this as well, and I think that most bloggers do it in the beginning. When you’re first starting a blog you feel all this pressure to do it right and fit into this perfect category like “self-help”, “travel,” “spirituality,” or “beauty.” But I actually didn’t have my self-help and wellness category figured out until I was a year and a half into blogging!
When you’re first starting out you may have millions of different ideas floating around in your head, but you haven’t gotten deep into your writing yet. You haven’t figured out what your voice is and which of those million ideas you’re passionate enough about to identify with and publish about weekly.
If I were you, I wouldn’t stress out about your label at all. You will figure out the blog category as you go. Through many months, many blog posts, and much personal growth you’ll find what categories feel the most like you.
Also, don’t be afraid to have it be a personal blog with a variety of categories and interests. There is no right way to blog, a blog can be whatever the hell you want it to be. I also believe that humans are so multifaceted that pressuring people to choose how they label themselves is wrong. We are not just one thing.
Please don’t worry about the label. Just start writing about what inspires you and see where it takes you.
I hope this helps!
Wishing you the best,
I remember ever since I was a kid I always enjoyed writing. I would have these notebooks and journals that I would completely fill with whatever thoughts were in my head, even before I knew what stream of consciousness journaling was. For some reason writing just came naturally to me. I enjoyed writing in my free time and I always got A’s on my school papers.
I went through this short phase when I was in elementary school when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I would tell people I wanted to be a writer. But after telling so many of my teachers, family, family friends, neighbors, etc. that I wanted to be a writer, I noticed that each and every one of them would say, “Oh, so you want to be a journalist?”
So finally I thought that the only way I would be able to be a writer was through reporting the news which sounded like torture to me. Eventually, I completely let go of the idea of becoming a writer and I had no idea about the different avenues you could take with it. But even after that, I LOVED writing. My entire life whenever my classes would require a paper I got so excited about it. I looked forward to writing research papers and reflective papers the most. (I completely sucked at creative writing.)
Then in college during my very first PR class, my professor told us all about blogging. I can’t even remember her name now but I will never forget her bleach blonde pixie haircut and the excitement that she had about blogging. She raved about how it was an amazing portfolio and could lead you to so many unique opportunities. That’s when I first remember learning about blogging in detail.
From that moment on I spent the next 5 years dreaming of being a blogger. I have no idea why I felt so called to do it, but I thought about it constantly and I wanted nothing more than to have my own unique website where I could talk about my interests and build a tribe of people who cared about the same things I did.
I knew that blogging was 100% what I wanted to do and I felt that I would be really good at it too. But I definitely didn’t stumble into it by any means. I thought about it for 5 years as I created websites that went nowhere, struggled to figure out which topics I was passionate about, and battled a very intense case of imposter syndrome.
It’s not really something you stumble into because blogging can be very difficult. There’s so much to learn about website design, building email lists, creating ebooks, search engine optimization, generating traffic, making money, etc. It’s by no means an easy process, but I love it. Writing every week, building my brand, and creating my own website is some of the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done.
Thanks for reaching out!
Wishing you the best,