What is a "Lifestyle Blogger" Anyway?

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"So, what do you blog about?" Oh that infernal question. It pops up every time a family member asks about my blog, or when I meet new fellow bloggers at events. Whenever I'm presented with this inevitable inquiry, I never really know what to answer. I declared loud and proud in my blogging fuck budget post that I don't really have a niche. I enjoy being niche-less because it means that I can write about pretty much anything that takes my fancy, everything from crafting projects to sunny getaways, but this makes explaining to people exactly what I do is pretty tricky. Usually, if anyone asks, I simply say that "I'm a lifestyle blogger". But this term brings me a pang of discomfort every time I utter it. And today I'm going to talk about why.

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Now, if we're talking official definitions, Google describes a lifestyle blog as "a representation in digital content of its author's everyday life and interests." However, I feel that with the growth of blogging and the astronomical levels of fame and influence achieved by some of its stars, the term "lifestyle blogger" has new connotations. When I think of a lifestyle blogger, I think of somebody with an A-list life: a luxurious and utterly Pinterest-worthy home, a wardrobe bursting with top brand clothes, press holidays in the best hotels everywhere from Ibiza to Dubai, the list goes on and on. Basically, when I think of lifestyle bloggers, I think of gorgeous, talented gals like In The Frow. I think you'll agree that however good my content might be, I'm not anywhere near that level.

The amount of disparity between my lifestyle, and the lifestyle of a true "lifestyle blogger" is so immense that I feel rather awkward claiming the same title. That's not to say that my life is bad! I have a comfortable home, friends and family who love me, and I'm on my dream PhD course. But when compared to real pro lifestyle bloggers, my lifestyle certainly doesn't match up. I don't really feel like I'm in a position to advise people about how to live their best lives because my life is so, well, NORMAL. I feel that claiming that I have a "lifestyle blog" makes people think that I have a blog on the level of In The Frow's, and I can't shake the feeling that when they click onto my site, they'll be disappointed because of the expectations set up by this label.

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So where does that leave me? 
  • Maybe I need a new term to describe my blog that I am comfortable with. "Personal blog" could potentially be a better fit, but then I feel like this doesn't take into account some of the work that I do with PRs and brands.
  • Maybe it's a simple case of comparison being the root of all evil. Perhaps I just shouldn't be comparing my version of a "lifestyle blog" to those of professional full-time bloggers. 
  • Maybe I need to have more faith in my own content. My blog might not be In The Frow's, but I do feel proud of very many of my posts and a lot of people who read seem to enjoy what they see.
  • Maybe I just need to stop overthinking it.

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How do you describe your blog? Do you find that your content easily fits into a niche? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, I'm intrigued to hear if other people have the same hang-ups as me!

Until next time,

A x

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