All around the internet there are a lot of different blogs. Lifestyle, fashion, mom, game and of course book blogs to name a few. These topics in itself are a specialization. But even within these topics there are quite a few ways one can go. One can become a niche blog.
Niche: denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population.
Technically of course being a book blog is already a niche. I focus on a small section of the population that are readers by blogging about books. But with those readers there are a lot of ways to go. There are different genres and target groups to focus on for instance. For a while I have been wondering if maybe I should specialize myself more than I already have.
Maybe I should shift into a fantasy & sci-fi book blog.
One of the reasons that I have been thinking about moving into a Fantasy & Sci-Fi book blog is because I think it is clearer to my readers. While I have always said that I blog for myself, this doesn’t mean I can ignore any of you all either. I appreciate everyone of you. As it is, I read mostly Fantasy with a tad of Sci-Fi here and there. But every now and then I read something else. People who might be drawn to my blog because of the fantasy aspect might not understand this. In general those kind of reviews don’t tend to get a lot of views either.
For the most part there would be little change to A Dance with Books. I would just keep out reviews of books that aren’t fantasy or sci-fi and any lists for Top Ten Tuesday for instance would be more focused on those two genres as well. I think it would give me clearity as well. I often wonder about posting reviews for contemporary books for instance. They just feel so out of place.
I also decline review requests for anything that isn’t fantasy and sci-fi yet I do review other things from time to time. I expect that might sound confusing as well.
More Easily Found
Another positive to being a niche blog is that you will more easily be found through google. There are so many book blogs out there that you might not come up easily in a search. But if one would focus more on a certain genre, like fantasy, you will pop up a bit more easily for those looking for a fantasy book blog.
While these above things are true, I’m not sure I want to limit myself on this blog. While fantasy & sci-fi are big genres and leave a lot of room to explore, I do enjoy a lot of different things. Lists would most likely be limited to fantasy books as well. And I would feel I could not easily step outside any of that.
How do you guys feel about niche book blogs? Do you blog and do you focus on a certain genre or target group? What are some benefits to that for you?