From Is Hobby Blogging Still Relevant by Polly Kay
A hobby blog is essentially a blog that is set up and populated with content for the blogger’s personal enjoyment as a hobby, rather than to promote goods or services, or as a moneymaking endeavour to earn a meaningful income from the blog itself.
Hobby blogs can of course be monetised too, and many are – but the main purpose of a hobby blog is to provide a platform for the blog’s author to talk about whatever is of interest to them, the things that they find important, or news that they want to share.
Hobby Blogs (such as this one) have fallen out of fashion. Experts like Cristian Mihai decry them and strongly recommend that to be successful, a blogger needs to find a niche that she is both knowledgeable and passionate about. For me that could be libraries or the military/veterans or poetry or nature or personal observations, or…..
Most of you do write blogs based upon your interest or interests. Those blogs work for you. If you do not like what you are doing, why do it? They run the gamut
- GP’s Pacific Paratrooper
- Kally’s Middle Me
- Audrey Driscoll’s Blog
- Teagan’s Books–Founder of the 3 Things Method of Story Telling.
(The blogs listed here are blogs that I enjoy reading and do not reflect all of the excellent blogs out there, whether I read them or not I selected a few diverse blogs that are produced regularly or frequently, if any of you are wondering or care.)
Blogs that I read and might consider to be Hobby Blogs because of the diversity of topics that they cover include Seoul Sister by Judy Kim or Brothers Campfire by Benjamin Thiel. I consider Omnia Caelum Blogs: Poetry Art Music by Francisco Bravo Cabrera to be a hybrid blog because it covers a diversity of things within the fields of poetry, art, and music with a few personal essays occasionally in the mix. This opinion is mine and any blogger may or may not agree with it.
Four reasons why Hobby Blogs still have a place:
- Fills the need of the blogger to write and share
- Fills the need for readers who like reading about a diversity of topics and points of view
- Crosses niches so you get exposed to things you were not aware of
- Chances of serendipity–happy accidents, like browsing a bookshelf in a library.
Now I have a question for you–I’m trying to straddle a fence here. Should I start a second eQuips Poetry blog that would be limited to just poetry?