When You Out Grow Your Niche

When I first starting blogging, I used it as a journal. One that wasn’t paper and laying around the house for someone to find. But more for others OUTSIDE my circle to read and relate to. Shortly thereafter, I discovered the Book Blogging Community and was AMAZED. Like, “THIS IS A THING!?” I dove in head first in changing my niche to books, and as they say, the rest is history.

I’m not new to changes. I created a secondary blog to Lilybloombooks for all Adult Books and Adult related content. I had so many plans for that blog, but the struggle to maintain (and grow) two domains, two email accounts, etc was rough. Blogging is hard work as it is with ONE, imagine TWO. Full time. Plus working, and being a mom. I shouldn’t have to elaborate on how that went.

I shut down that blog. Took a WHOLE YEAR off. I came back in full force with a new name. YET.

Something has felt off. And after weeks of nonstop thinking about it, I figured it out.

Book Blogging isn’t what I want to do anymore.

Over the years, I’ve changed. I have a vast amount of different interests, things that I do, and things I am interested in doing. Topics I want to share, discuss, and products that I use and want to review. I want to HELP people. Inspire and motivate them. Yes, I could share some of those on a BOOK blog, but others don’t quite fit into that niche. Book Blogging isn’t what I want to do anymore. And quite frankly, I haven’t for a while.

The community has changed. A lot. Things are just SO different. Which isn’t inherently a BAD thing. Change is good! I just don’t fit well within those changes.

That doesn’t mean I don’t love books! I do. I REALLY do. But I don’t need a blog dedicated to books to show off my love for them anymore. There are several other platforms; Twitter, Amazon, Goodreads, and Instagram, that I could promote books on. I have different groups I’m part of and follow several other blogs to get my info from. 

What do you do when you out grow your niche? You EMBRACE it and make the change. Click To Tweet

And guess what?

It’s OKAY! Change is good. GROWTH, is good. And I did struggle with the idea of branching out into a new to me niche. It’s overwhelming. I feel a little lost night now, but I will get it. This is where I want to be, and what I want to do. 

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8 thoughts on “When You Out Grow Your Niche

  1. Irena BookDustMagic

    I understand completely what you mean!
    After 3 years of book blogging I also realized that books are not the only thing I want to talk about, and that I have so many other passions I’d like to share.
    I won’t stop talk about books, but I have decided to branch out and talk about other stuff, such as skincare, mental healh, travelling, different product reviews…
    And just like you, I also feel kind of lost, but I know I will find my way, just like you will.
    I follow different kinds of blogs now and I enjoy different content that is provided, and not just book reviews.
    I don’t mind book reviews, don’t get me wrong. I read them and write bunch of them, but I want to put there a different content too.
    And just like you said, the book community has changed, it is not a bad thing, but what I also noticed is that book reviews and book promotions are not appreciated as they were when I first started my blog, and I especially noticed that in book industry where book publicists and writers take us bloggers for granted, speak badly about us, I don’t feel like wasting too much energy on something people who have something from it won’t even appreciate.
    I still love to read and write reviews, and will continue to do them, but it won’t be my only focus anymore.
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    1. tonyalee

      Mental Health is a HUGE one I want to discuss, as an individual and as a parent. But well, fitness, etc.

      Reviews, to me, take the most work and are the least appreciated. I think they are seriously underrated in our community. Which, isn’t too surprising with the generation coming in? And yes, I do agree that we’ve collectively been taken advantage of. I’m glad to hear you are branching out, too! I will be on the look out for some posts about mental health.

  2. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I’m still in the book niche. I will probably stay there as I haven’t felt like I have filled my full potential there. I also don’t feel like I have a lot to say in other areas of my life. I think it is great that you are able to expand and grow. I only follow one other blog that is not a book blog and that is a pug diary blog. LOL Lot’s of good tips in it that I need with a big grumble of 4 pugs!

    I am excited for you and can’t wait to see what comes next.
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    1. tonyalee

      Which is great for you! But I do think if you were to dig a little deeper, you could find something else to discuss. 🙂

      I follow so many other blogs! I also use PINTEREST a lot, too

  3. Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

    100% get this. Book blogging has changed in a lot of ways but even just in that reviews aren’t what people read blogs for! We write them for obligations and because it’s a key part of the process, but discussions and other kinds of recommendation posts are more popular. I’ve also expanded my interests so much, which is why my blog is more like 50/50 books and personal stuff in recent years, slowly but surely making the changes. I like review round-ups and maybe one book review a week, while posting personal things and bookish topics in between.

    1. tonyalee

      Right!? Blogging is just so different – I hate that reviews are becoming a lost art! I love reading them. I’ve always been pretty open on the blog and did personal stuff, but I am just ready to do more ya know?

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I don’t really follow other types of blogs besides book blogs, BUT when my book blogging friends have started writing about other things, I’m happy to read about what they’re up to. I might not read every single post, but it’s interesting to learn about things that are important to you. I think you’re wise to change things up when you feel you’ve outgrown your niche. 🙂
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    1. tonyalee

      Right, just read about what you want to and skip the rest! If you don’t narrow it down though, it could get difficult to manage.

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