I was doing some thinking recently, and wondering if maybe it was a bad idea for me to be posting the Weird Animal Facts and art posts alongside my Wisdom Bites and other more meaningful posts. Am I losing credibility as a voice of change and inspiration? Am I driving off readers? Does it matter?
I guess it all boils down to me being a very eclectic person. I like doing a lot of different things. I have many different facets. That comes through in my writing. I’d go crazy if I had to write all the same type of thing. Many writers absolutely believe in compartmentalizing and serving a single niche in each place they write, but I don’t know if I could do that. The closest I ever came was having categories on my blog that I would write in. There were still all sorts of posts there though, just like there are here.
If by some chance my eclectic nature makes people think less of my more serious work, so be it. I can’t be heavy and meaningful all the time, and I think many of my readers enjoy the break. My writing is like a box of mixed chocolates, you never know what you’ll get. They can laugh and learn from the animal facts, get mini doses of wisdom, delve into deep topics, or share in my newest culinary creation. It’s like real life, it’s messy and weird and that’s what makes it worthwhile.
Anyway, you can’t be heavy all the time. If all I did was serious, life-altering stuff, it could get to be too much. People might get bored or overwhelmed. Any topic done too much can get boring and people lose interest. If I mix it up, it’s like taking a break, changing the channel or looking out a different window. It’s a little change that prevents monotony and overload.
I have to remind myself of my mission here. I want to be real. I want to share and inspire and make the world a little bit better. Being the real me and letting that show in my work accomplishes that. I don’t need to find a niche or narrow my focus. I just need to be me and the right people will come. In a way, I think it’s an advantage because I can attract all sorts of people to my work, not just one niche group of them.
So I’m going to quit worrying about it. I’m going to keep giving you all the eclectic mix that I’ve been offering. It may shift from time to time, but that’s all part of life. It certainly ought to keep things interesting if nothing else. [smiles]