Do you have a niche or are you a generalist, and which is better in your view?

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  1. rfmoran profile image71
    rfmoranposted 10 years ago

    Do you have a niche or are you a generalist, and which is better in your view?

  2. L.L. Woodard profile image69
    L.L. Woodardposted 10 years ago

    I have several niches that are more or less related. I mainly stick to these areas because they are the ones I feel can write to most effectively while interspersing knowledge gained from real-life experience.

    Having said that, I find I would like to be more of a generalist so I would be able to tackle a wider variety of topics.

    I don't believe that either niche or general writing is any better that the other, just different. Each writer should choose what ultimately works best for them.

    Great question. I look forward to the answers of others.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your comment L.L I have some totally unrelated niches (boating, law, business management) but I will often go off into the wild blue if I find a topic that interests me.

  3. Dennis AuBuchon profile image64
    Dennis AuBuchonposted 10 years ago

    I have a niche and I and I also am an generalist.  I believe having both of these aspects makes us better writers.  You can primarily concentrate on your niche but sometimes niches can be expanded into a generalist aspect.  The benefits of being a generalist is good as sometimes you can develop multiple niches by addressing various topics.  All of us have our niches which are sometimes developed over a period of time while being a generalist is more than likely how most of us start out with a concentration on particular subjects.

    This is an interesting question one which we as writers must decide when we began writing.  There are always going to be an audience for any subject but it is how we approach that subject draws people into following us on a variety of social networking/writing sites such as hubpages.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      With some exceptions Dennis, I think most writers are both niche writers and generalists. Some of the best columnists are like this, one day writing about politics, the next day about their kid's school.

    2. skye2day profile image70
      skye2dayposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Love your answer. Writing is a jouney into the heart and soul no matter the niche or topic. I think in time we discover allot about ourselves. It is when we stop growing that we need to take a look in the mirror. Great to meet you fellow hubber. Skye

  4. JimTxMiller profile image78
    JimTxMillerposted 10 years ago

    Niches are good unless you let them "pidgeon-hole" you. I'm a generalist and have been all my life (so far). Even as an old-school print journalist back in the dark ages, I covered every beat it was possible to cover, yes, even the "women's" pages! My mantra always has been A WRITER IS ONE WHO WRITES.

    I didn't come here to be a niche writer; it just worked out that far. I fell into writing about internet streaming TV because of an issue I had with ROKU, and it's developed into three hubs published and a few more in planning. Meanwhile, another hub or three about the dwarf planet Pluto are simmering on the back burner.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your input Jim. A WRITER IS ONE WHO WRITES - Wow, that says it all. Looking forward to your Pluto hub!

  5. Sherry Hewins profile image93
    Sherry Hewinsposted 10 years ago

    I am all over the map, a generalist. However, as my catalog grows I find that certain subjects do draw me back, so I have groups of hubs. I suppose they do develop into niches of a sort, but I'll never stick to just one.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm with you Sherry. Although I do have a few areas of expertise, I could never ignore interesting topics just because they're "off-niche."

  6. joanwz profile image83
    joanwzposted 10 years ago

    I tend to be a generalist, though I have a few topic areas I like more than others. For me, personally, being a generalist is better because I would be bored if I was confined to specialize in one niche. However, for other writers, developing a niche works well, and they have become experts in that area.

    Is one better than the other? DOn't know. I suppose, for some writers it's better to have a niche and for others it's better to be a generalist. It all depends on you style and preferences.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I too would be bored Joan if I stuck to one niche. I think this niche business is an outgrowth of the ubiquitous marketing seminars where we constantly hear "Fine your niche!" How about "Good Writer" as a niche?

  7. NornsMercy profile image60
    NornsMercyposted 10 years ago

    Definitely a generalist. This upset me at first because I thought maybe I didn't have anything to say like everyone else... but now, I just have fun writing about different subjects and concentrate on enjoying myself.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You have plenty to say and your hubs show it, which is why I'm now following you, my fellow generalist.

    2. NornsMercy profile image60
      NornsMercyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks! I'm honored! smile

  8. skye2day profile image70
    skye2dayposted 10 years ago

    rfmoran, Thank you for the question. Awesome view points. For me I love having a niche. I did not have one when I first got to the hubs. It was difficult to grab onto general topics for me, because it was so huge. I know I wanted to help others and to make money.(Money another story, but it does come in time) Into several months at the hubs I discovered my reason for being here. It was like I opened a gift and the weight fell from my shoulders. I no longer needed to write about anything.

    In time I found that quality content is invaluable. It takes time and practice so I encourage anyone keep going and write on anything your heart so desires, it gets better so keep practicing. I chalked up my general topics as practice and started writing in my niche. The reason I was led to these pages.

    For me I do not get bored in the least,  but challenged. Challenged to produce quality content. It is all a good thng. People always have and always will be searching for hope and encouragement. Especially in these days we live. My passion to help others was a dream, that became a reality and was a vision. Where there is no  vision my people perish.

    If the reason to write comes from the heart general or niche, you cannot go wrong. For me my niche is why I on this planet earth. The hubs is a wonderful community to share your heart, be heard and share in the love.

    I wish you all the best at the hubpages, rfmoran.  Skye

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Skye, if your niche is to praise God and bring His message to others, please continue your niche because you do a wonderful job based on the hubs you've written. I have just followed you and look forward to your future hubs. Russ Moran

    2. skye2day profile image70
      skye2dayposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      aaahhhh thank you russ, I am touched with your comment and honored you stopped into my neighborhood for a read. I will be over to see what is shining on your pages as well. Awesome to meet you my friend. Skye

  9. MichaelJohnMele profile image60
    MichaelJohnMeleposted 10 years ago

    I don't really have a niche per se, I am kind of all over the place, but if you were to label me and/or writing style, I would say that humor would be a good word to describe me and my writings.

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Humor is the greatest niche of all Michael.

  10. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 10 years ago

    I don't have a niche. Although my knowledge and expertise is in counseling and mental health, spirituality and outreach minstry, I love creating hubs and writing about all areas in which I'm involved or know something about. I will leave the counseling topics primarily to my business website although I have done a few here at hubpages. I feel that I'm still exploring as a writer and will eventually concentrate more in one area. So, in the meantime, if I feel like writing a hub about shoveling snow, I probably will :-)

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I agree Jan. I write about what interests me, and I'm interested in a lot of things.

  11. lorddraven2000 profile image91
    lorddraven2000posted 10 years ago

    I guess I am a little of both. I have several niches that I write in, web optimization, firefighting, and paranormal topics, but I am also prone to just write what is on my mind really. Just depends on the mood I am in

    1. rfmoran profile image71
      rfmoranposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think most of us fall into this category - We have expertise and background in certain areas, but that doesn't stop us from writing about something that seizes our interest.


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