When you blog about what you know, well things just go better. For me this is true. I think being a personal blogger and blogging about things you know is a bit of a derrrr moment. It was part of the conversation on the Brand Meet Blog twitter chat the other day. Some said they do the same thing. Some said they find interesting ways to shape the content for their readers {even though it may not be their thing} and a few had professional blogs that had specific topics unrelated to them personally.

Oh really, I thought?

I sometimes imagine starting a blog for new or upward moving home owners. Tips for entering the market, financing right through to decorating and renovating for profit. It would be specifically a blog that was a commercial asset. Or there’s the one of nothing but cheap and cheerful recipes. Nothing that you couldn’t buy the ingredients for $20. Something like that. Even these ideas are things that interest me. I can’t imagine ever being a good enough writer to fake an interest in a topic or story.

I guess that’s why I get a bit defensive about sponsored posts or brand relationships on this blog being questioned. Let me tell you now. The product or service must be of interest to me, it must be something that I like a LOT {love even} and it must be something I’ve used. Anything else just won’t make it. Full stop. So put your fears to rest. I’ll continue to disclose my relationships and sponsored posts because it’s the right thing to do. But let this be the confirmation, I like it or it wouldn’t be here.

I was thinking after the chat that perhaps we shouldn’t let what we know limit us. We might find that by stepping out of our comfort zone, saying yes to something we normally wouldn’t, that we find yourselves in a new favourite place. Like last night’s outfit post for example {on a pretty small-scale}. Outfit post, no problem. A leopard print peplum top, a little more out of the ordinary.

Sometimes we all need to try something different. Do something different. That’s the point of living. Right? And then, all of a sudden with the trying and the doing it becomes something that you know. A new something. So I think about this and I’ve almost come the full circle. Would I write about something that I don’t know, no. Am I willing to try something new and write about that? Yes. Apparently.

So what’s it for you? What you know or whatever?

Remind me, would you, not to write these posts under the influence of medication. I think it’s gotten a little hazy up there. 

  • Workingwomenaustralia

    Lol at writing under the influence of medication 😉

    As for writing things that you ‘don’t know’ I do that for my business blog. It’s a blog specifically for tourists and the things they can do in our town. Some of those things (go paragliding, sleep in a tent or have a mountain biking lesson) I wouldn’t do – ever. But I write about the opportunity for others to do them – because that’s what they want.

    As for anything in your blog ? I live the fact it’s so seamless. Everything fits whether it’s personal or branded. And for the record, you’re a wonderful writer and i love the idea of the real estate blog. You should investigate that…

    • Thank you. I really should, huh?
      Writing under the influence is anyway a bit tricky. Haha.
      Your site is the one I primarily had in mind when I said some do, actually. 😉

  • Mrs Woog

    I like this post very much xx

  • sydneyshopgirl

    I’m a bit of both – what I know and sponsored posts that give me a chance to try new things.

    SSG xxx

  • Michelle

    What does the Instagram “fails” mean? I hope you don’t mind but I sent you an email about Gympie real estate! Hope it reached you!

    • Ha. It was just a photo I had. It was from when Intagram went down.

      I hadn’t received it but I’ll check my spam folder and get back to you.

  • I think, personally, it’s no one elses buisness why you choose to write what you write.
    Sorry, I am just tired of the paid/unpaid debate. We have to disclose, and I don’t mind that at all, but it’s still a bloggers words. Still their story. It’s upsetting that people look at it like it’s a bit of shit because we happened to get paid to share a story we probably would have anyway, save a couple of links and name droppings.
    I think that we have things that we know and will write because we know them, but it’s always good to push on the edge of our comfort zones. Try something new, if it’s something that interests us or peaks our curiosity. Why not? We are able to grow as humans, so why not reflect that in our blogs? And it’s ok to have a miss too 😉

    • Me too in so many ways. I put a lot of myself into posts whether a brand has sponsored it or not, it sucks that it will be treated as less than just because of a tag. You and me, we agree. xo

      Pushing the edges, of yes, remind me to do that sometime. 😉

  • I am so tired of the debate about bloggers being paid. I think that it is appalling that people just expect bloggers to do it for free – then when their favourite bloggers aren’t posting because they’re exhausted or busy they get annoyed. It’s like, you cannot have it both ways. I think that a lot of people are honestly just jealous of your success as a blogger and I am not one to jump to the ‘they’re just jealous’ defense that easily.

    I think that as long as you approach paid postings with integrity then it is fine. For example if you had said you dislike a product and now you suddenly love it because they’re paying you, then that’s not authentic or fair to your readers. You’re too smart for that and I have never seen you do it on here.

    I know: photography, design, fashion, beauty, cooking, entertaining and decorating. I don’t blog about what I know that much and it is on my to-do list to get more organised and blog about this stuff more. I do find myself worrying that my personal stuff won’t ‘fit’ with the rest of the subjects I write about so I freeze and don’t post anything. Hmmm…