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I'm speaking mainly on your HubPages account, but also any side (or main) blogs.
Do you think it hurts or helps your Hubs to have a diverse group of articles or is it better if it's all about one thing?
It matters not Write about anything you like.
Blogs: that's a different animal. Go niche.
The whole idea of Hub Pages is to give authors an opportunity to write about anything they want. They don't need to to stick to one or even a few niches. For blogs, you need to stick to one niche to be successful.
It depends on your goals. I earn a living from publishing, so I write about whatever produces reliable income. Usually that means an emphasis on one topic (travel).
But when my income is doing well enough, I try to do more writing for fun and explore other topics.
I personally believe that it is best for me to write in one niche on my main HP account and use a second account to write randomly. That way I become known as an expert about my main topic but can still have fun with the other site. However, the second site simply has not done well.
I also keep a blog that is on my niche, but it has not done well either. However, it gives me a place to put those articles from my main site that have not done well.
Each one of us has his own take on this issue, so you have to decide what will work for you.
For me, the niche site has been great and has helped me to build credibility on the web.
After reading everyone's comments hopefully mines won't sound similar.
We all know writing is a passion and a way to showcase other passions. Just make the transition from topic to topic as smooth as possible. Later on the topic that works best for you will generally be spoken about more. Its something you see in all writers beginners and experts.
Hey katleigh! I've found that I have the most fun and reach the biggest audience when I explore several topics. However, it definitely helps to keep building on topics. For instance, I have quite a few parenting articles. When someone views one of my parenting articles, it leads them to my other parenting articles. It's like leaving a trail for readers to follow
I mostly write about films and music, though occasionally I go "off the reservation" and post stuff unrelated to either topic.
I just like writin' goofy stuff about things I dig. Any and all earnings from these endeavors are just gravy... or should I say, beer.
I like writing about anything but, right now I am mostly writing about dental care issues because I am a retired registered clinical dental assistant instructor.
I think it's better to have different topics. You can get a wider audience that way.
Collecting money and making sure that you are happy is number one....no one can do that for you
For most people, concentrating on one niche is completely unnecessary and conveys no particular advantage.
If you have a blog, you MUST specialise. The great advantage of HubPages is that you don't have to.
As it has been said here it depends on your goal. If you are relying on writing for income the number of views matters so regular followers is important as they will provide a stable base of readers. For people to keep coming back to your articles they have to interested in what you write about. When you write on different topics each time readers may only find your articles of interest once in a while and they will not follow you regularly. Unless your article are high on search results irregular readers are unlikely to "happen across" one of your articles during a search.
If you are writing as a means of displaying the ability to write on numerous topics as a skill to achieve other goals then a variety of topics is clearly the way to go.
For blogs, as it has been said, a niche is the most appropriate option.
The best approach is to sit down and lay out your goals for writing then determine the best approach based on your intent.
Natalie, you say, " If you are relying on writing for income the number of views matters so regular followers is important as they will provide a stable base of readers."
That is true, for a blog, where readers can sign up to your RSS feed or join your email list to be notified of new posts. It is NOT true for HubPages - because it is impossible for readers to follow you. It is simply not possible to build up a loyal following or a stable base on HubPages.
We do have followers on HubPages, BUT they are fellow writers. Their primary interest is writing, not reading.
I have a broad niche, but it's metaphysics. I still write about other things if I am interested enough in them. I wrote a lot of Greek myth hubs, but they still put them in exemplore.
Just write about whatever you want. Or write to a niche if it interests you.
I have people who follow me on HP by simply going to my profile to see what article I have written which they haven't read yet. Also, anyone who has social media buttons turned on can also be followed on HP. By "followed" I simply mean readers who make a point of reading what you write not official "follower" who show up under your follower total here on HP.
So far I have stuck to a single niche which pertains to my business. Actually there is so much to write about and discuss in this vast and diverse niche that I get the variety without having to look at other niches. Thanks, regards...
I tend to explore one topic area in a lot of depth, and then move on to another topic and write about that in great detail as well. I've only just started on HubPages, so I've not written as broadly as I would like, yet. But I have a lot of experience of many things, and so I would like to share my knowledge in as many articles as I can.
I'm a research scientist & author, and I also have a blog about science and feminism, so writing comes naturally to me. Having it as part of my professional role makes me well-practised in it, and I have to diversify my style and subject to match my audience. I'm hoping to make a success of things on HubPages, and that my work here will assist in developing my skills.
I stick to 3 categories: parenting, food and cooking, crafts
You can see from my hubs, I do write mostly on these 3 topics and then branch them further to connect each other
I write about things that interest me. I don't have a favorite niche.
I've done well by sticking to my niche ... Singing. HOwever I also include a variety of other topics.
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