Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Niche Subjects

So I mentioned on Monday that I try to avoid niches and specialist subjects, which inhibits my range of posts. I could talk about the video games I'm playing. I've spent the past week playing Mass Effect 1 and 2 (yeah I'm late to the party) and while they were good games, I was a bit disappointed by the end of two because something I had been trying to prevent happening, happened. I could go in to detail on the games, and how good I found them. I could talk about the stuff I'm studying for my university course, and I actually had a little chat with Fang on Twitter about it. It's pretty cool actually, but to me it's specialist. You have to have an interest in it. I've talked about video games before, and it didn't go down too well because not everyone was interested in them, and I try to cater to as many people as possible.

I watch some TV shows, I play video games, I listen to music and podcasts, but I feel like I couldn't really post about them. I don't like the idea really of leaving people out. I realise that in life you can't cater to everyone, and I should be in business for myself and posting about what I want to post about, but I want to keep as many people in the loop as possible and not make anyone feel left out.

I know that when I do talk about something "specialist", I go in to as much detail as possible and make it as inclusive as possible, but I still don't like that idea. It's the biggest problem I have with podcasting really. If I want to try and get mass appeal to my podcast, I should probably pick a certain subject and stick to it. Chances are that the same could be said of my blog. But, if I did that, I would be turning my back on everyone who got me to where I am today. I wouldn't want someone to feel left out, and like they have no place here. Everyone is welcome here, and that's why I try to keep everything as simple, succinct, and open to everyone as possible.

I just thought I'd explain that one to you.

11 comments:

  1. I don't think the odd post about video games or TV shows would go amiss. I don't mind reading posts that aren't directly aligned to my interests (although I do like video games and TV). I reckon you'd be fine as long as you don't make every post about them.

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  2. Well, posting about video games caters to one group, and TV shows cater to the other. If you do these specialist subjects every once in a while, but don't stick to doing them only on video games for example, then you'll probably end up covering everyone's bases at least once.

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  3. I blog about sex addiction, that's extremely specific and yet people still read it...maybe because I'm such an odd ball - I joke! I think it's perfectly fine to blog about specific things from time to time. I like to mix my blog up every so often and sometimes that means getting very specific with addiction, adoption, Migraines, kids, whatever. You are a talented writer and always make it an interesting read for us.

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  4. Sounds sensible as long as you're enjoying what you post!

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  5. I definitely try to do that with my own blog. If I talk about something obscure, I try to relate it to something in the news or current events most people are currently interested in. Because I don't have as much time as I like to work on the blog, I find myself uhh asking err.. myself, "Is this a topic people are going to be REALLY interested in reading." And I don't even write about obscure topics anymore, though if I ever get my very own army of fans, I suppose I would be in a better position to bring up those types of subjects, and actually have readers.

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  6. I quite like your idea of trying to only write about things that people actually would be interested in reading or else I'd be blogging about football all the time but after all blogs should be mainly done to satisfy ourselves, that's what's most important in my eyes anyway. I'm late to playing Mass Effect myself as I haven't started playing it haha, I've heard nothing but good things about it though.

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  7. I think it's fine to write about the things that interest you. I say write about what you want and explain it as best you can to those who may be uninformed on the subject. My best writing comes about when I'm writing about a subject that truly interests me.

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  8. Go ahead and blog about whatever is going on for you...I manage to squeeze some totally off food topic into my posts!

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  9. I always worry about that when I post something specific to only people that know what I'm talking about. Not that it necessarily stops me from posting about it, but I try to always make sure that when I do I have another post that day or the next on a much more broad topic.

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  10. It also happens to me man, when I've already expected an ending of a story that eventually happens, I just get like "Ok, that's it." Well, it's not that disappointing tho, as it sometimes leaves me being proud of my 'ability' to guess storylines lol

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