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Is it better to stick to a certain "genre"?

  1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
    My Mind Speaksposted 4 years ago

    Is it better to stick to a certain "genre"?

    I'm new and I don't like to just write hubs on certain "genre's". I'm wondering if that is ok, or if I will suffer in the long run because of it. I know people will only "follow" you if they continuously like what your writing about, so I'm kinda nervous. I really like writing about health topics as well as light hearted topics that can help people. In the future I might even add another genre to write about as well. I guess I'm just curious how/if it has affected other "hubbers" in the past or present.

  2. Souther29 profile image81
    Souther29posted 4 years ago

    Hi there!

    I've only been here just over a month but have picked up a few things which may help. The general consensus from what I've seen is that it's not good to spread yourself too thin from a topic standpoint. Write about what you're passionate about I think is key. However, there are hubbers who have multiple accounts for the specific purpose of writing in different genres i.e. one account for health, one account for beauty, one account for film reviews etc.

    Also I believe Google likes it when there is consistency in topics and not lots of random articles all over the place as, to be fair, it's better to be knowledgeable about one or two genres than generic on four or five.

    Don't worry about not writing in certain genre's (I know next to nothing about cars or motoring so will never write a hub about this)

    If you use other social networks to promote your work also then having it all linked organically to one main genre keeps it consistent and followers will learn to hopefully trust your knowledge over time.

    Best of luck!

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile  I never thought about it as far as google terms, that's definitely an interesting point. I'm thinking maybe I'll settle on 3 genres & just leave it at that. Hopefully that will be enough to fulfill my passion&keep any followers. Th

  3. Becky Katz profile image83
    Becky Katzposted 4 years ago

    I write about what interests me. I have several topics and I am always getting compliments on the variety of topics. I think the main thing is to write well and be passionate about what you do write about. Some write on niche topics, but several of the more successful have several topics that they write about. Habee and Ghost32 are examples of that. They have been here for years and write on several topics. They also consistently are making money.

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks so much smile That gives me hope. Yeah, passion is extremely important. I know I'm passionate about everything I write about. I mostly just want to help people & enlighten them & sometimes (depending on the subject) maybe even brighten th

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image97
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    I have several "genres" that I stick to - hard rock/heavy metal music, b-grade horror movies, and comic books. They tell ya to "write what you know," and that's what I know.

    Occasionally I'll also write a "Random Slice of Life" Hub that has nothing to do with any of the above topics, just for variety's sake. One of those has gone on to become one of my most successful Hubs, so it obviously doesn't hurt to think outside "the box" every once in a while.

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile That definitely sounds interesting, I'll have to pop in & take a look one of these days. "Write what you know" is something I've been telling myself, especially right after I write a hub & start to get nervous about it haha. Thanks

  5. StitchTheDamned profile image76
    StitchTheDamnedposted 4 years ago

    I asked the same thing recently. They are called niches. There are pros and cons both ways. When you write mostly in one niche, readers will often read through many of your articles, when they are searching for that niche. This makes you more of an expert in that topic. When you write about multiple different things, you will get different readers, but they will often only read that one article and none of the rest of yours. I hope that helps!

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile Yea, it really helps to see it all laid out like that. Pro/Con lists always seem to help, so I really appreciate it . I guess all that's left to do is deciding which would be better for me. Thanks smile

  6. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 4 years ago

    Hi Victoria! Welcome to Hubpages. First, do not worry about followers. Your significant traffic is going to come through people finding your material in search engines like Google. HP followers are good for the first few days, but do not make much of a difference after that.
    As far as writing in a niche, it is a good idea to write what you know about. I write mostly about dogs because I know a lot about that subject and can write material that is not out there on other sites.
    If you write most of your articles on health, Google will most likely recognize you as an authority and your hubs will be ranked higher and gain a lot more traffic. It can help, a lot, but like Becky Katz points out, there are a lot of successful writers who do not write in a niche.
    So? Write whatever you are knowledgeable about. I have articles that are lighthearted also, sometimes on my ducks, pet rocks, and the joy of becoming a slacker. They dont have much traffic. So what?

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile I appreciate your response, it helped further emphasize to enjoy writing and to write about what I know and enjoy.  I have to read the hub on pet rocks you've peaked my interest lol! Also, if you have a hub on bulldogs I'm def reading that!

  7. paiva25 profile image83
    paiva25posted 4 years ago

    I guess it depends on the topics you write.. Cause usually most of your views will come from Google, depending on your topic again...I have just joined, got about 15 followers, but I get about 400-500 views a day from Google searches.
    Write about the stuff your most familiar and experienced with.
    Having followers is basically to get the community experience and most of the Hubber's are great motivators..

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile It's always nice to hear advice from a fellow newbie. Your stats are impressive, guess I have to work a little harder =p  and check out some of your hubs of course smile

    2. paiva25 profile image83
      paiva25posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      My 'Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Ace' gets about 400 views a day... the others not that much.. It's all about creating various niches and linking the hubs related to each other..

  8. TNT Husky profile image71
    TNT Huskyposted 4 years ago

    Actually, it's good to do different things, and keep your blog fresh. I Learned as a video game blogger that, if you want to be taken seriously in the video game world, you have to keep an open mind, and give everything that comes your way a shot. I believe a similar principle can be applied to Hubpages and blogs as a whole. In fact, the only reason I really stick to video games is because that's (mostly) all I know.

    Also, Welcome to Hubpages!

    1. My Mind Speaks profile image74
      My Mind Speaksposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks smile  I agree, I think one of the best qualities to have is an open mind. Thanks for your response and your nice welcome, I appreciate it. I'm starting to feel a lot better about everything.