29 October 2014

An anti-label mini-rant.

I hate labels.  Restrictions, racial labels, pigeon-holing, sexist slurs, narrow-minded thinking... you name it, it annoys me. Why let someone else dictate the way you see yourself? The minute you let them assign you a label you're giving into the Matrix.

Take blogging as a fairly non-contentious subject  for example (all the other discriminations we can discuss whilst fixing the world over a Friday night mojito).

Blogging should be about having fun (unless there is a work element you're trying to run with, in which case fair play, rock on) and it should be about adventuring, exploring and getting to know yourself. But sometimes politics and your own expectations get in the way.
 
 
Over the last couple of months chatting with blogging mates, a few have decided to change the direction of their blogs. Some because their lives have changed, some because they are interested in new subjects and a few because they feel pigeonholed by a label. Travel. Lifestyle. Foodies. Fashion. Cut it off.

Sod the labels - names aren't everything. Write occasionally about a passing fancy, challenge yourself with a style of writing you never thought you could, enjoy weaving words. Push yourself - challenge the boundaries of what other people think. Secretly they're probably thinking 'ooooh, I wish I'd written that!'

An Ode to Toast - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Most of all, don't care about what other people think. It's your blog, your creative space, your little corner on t'internet. Be true to yourself - find your voice.

Aside from labels (including itchy square ones in the back of your clothes) I also hate shoes, but don't get me started!

13 comments :

  1. I have no blogging niche. Although I guess lifestyle incorporates all niches. Damn. I guess I'm a lifestyle blog. x

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  2. Love love love this post, I am always wondering if my blog is to all over the place but I am a bit all over the place as a person so I have no idea how I would change it anyways!

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  3. I agree with this completely. Readers like it when bloggers branch out from their niche every now and again anyway, it helps to learn more about the blogger!

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  4. Down with niches. Long live this post. (Brilliant Emma, just brilliant.)

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  5. Right on!! I really try and stick to my 'brand' but I love throwing in something random!
    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  6. Urgh someone once told me in blog that, that what is the point of blogging if you don't fit into a certain niche, that you might as well just have a journal and that's it. I'm all for writing what I want, when you want, covering whatever takes your fancy. I guess that's why I love lifestyle blogs/blogging because you can pretty much get away with writing what and when because it just reflects what you naturally get up to.

    As for labels in clothes, they just make my neck itchy!

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  7. Good post Emma. Whatever we write we need to write from the heart x

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  8. I have been feeling the same way lately and have been struggling with if I need to focus on just travel but I agree its our blogs we do what we want with it!

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  9. Happyeverafter_Bride30 October 2014 at 14:53

    Amen! I try to do that with my blog... just the fleeting moments and whatever takes my fancy. Can't help it if it comes across as haphazard, cause hey's that's me!

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  10. You are right! I feel as though I had pigeon-holed my blog lately. I read all about how to blog, increasing readership by predictability etc. But enough was enough! I have discovered I just don't care about how many people read my blog, as long as I am connecting with people!

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  11. I'm with you and I feel it everywhere especially when you "do" a lot of things career-wise and hobby-wise. People are very quick to label but I like being labeless!

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  12. Yep! I hate labels too. I've been working on revamping the blog as I'm no longer an expat and apparently can't have an expat blog anymore, but you know what? It's a personal blog, so I do what I want!

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  13. Finally getting around to properly catching up on my favorite blogs! I agree with you completely! I think right now it's very easy for my blog to fit within the travel/expat niche, but once we move back to the US, it'll probably be a little harder to define a focus.

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