Monday, July 29, 2013

Proud to Not Fit in Any Catholic Blogger Niche

It has come to my attention that I don't fit in any "Catholic blogger niche." I don't blog about being a wife and mother (for obvious reasons) or about single life. I don't blog about Church news like other blogs. I rarely touch politics because a) I hate the comments that come with it and b) I am not very savvy on the topic and don't want to make a fool of myself. I don't focus on girly or fashion oriented things (though I love all things feminine). I am not trying to sell you anything. I am not trying to be a popular blogger. I am still surprised when I hear people outside my group of friends read the ramblings I post. Sure, this blog is written in a personal, journal style but even then I put some limits in what I share. Remember the ongoing joke that I will marry and no one will find out until way after it happens? Yes, it'll still most likely end up happening. lol. I have no other excuse for this except that it's just not my style... and I'm proud of it.

I sort of feel like an old woman (silence from the "you're in your late 20s; you're old!" peanut gallery) amongst the rest of my Gen-Y/Millennial Catholic bloggers, especially the more popular bloggers. I tend to be more old fashioned in many things. The next couple of things I will say will tick off some of my fellow bloggers but I need to say this for myself. As I said, I feel like I'm old fashioned in many ways. I don't feel the need to use cuss and carefully choose my words when I post them, whether they be on the blog or on Twitter/FB (they're the same for me at this point). I feel like some things should be kept to oneself, especially if these things involve another person. I don't see the point in bashing other bloggers for controversy or higher blog stats. I love hearing about courtship (and dating) stories such as Clare's on The Catholic Young Woman because, by golly, I love the idea of courtship and dating with purpose (i.e. not ruled by hormones or infatuation). I keep up with blogs like The Catholic Young Woman and The Careless Catholic because they remind me of how much I love being a young woman (femininity FTW!) and also that, though they themselves aren't amongst the most popular Catholic blogs, it's all about substance and being genuine. If I were to pick a niche, I would love to be counted with these two as well as others like these... but I'm not quite in the same group as these lovely bloggers.

I write about vocation stuff, sure, but I don't whine about being single. Okay, that's mostly because I am honestly in no rush and because I am enjoying being single. It's a good time to get to know and better myself. If/when the time comes when I meet an awesome fella, I'm not going write much about that. If/when I do, I'm going to ask him if it's alright, just like I ask any of my friends -- guys and girls; because, really, who wants to be written about without their consent, especially about something as private as a relationship? When I get married and have my children, I'm not going to write much about that either. I may write about what I've personally learned and how it's shaped my relationship with the Lord but the rest will be left out because that's who I am; I'm a surprisingly private person (which my closest friends will confirm) despite what goes on Twitter (which is mostly fun and somewhat pointless).

As the blog indicates, I'm Catholic, I write, and I'm a self-proclaimed nerd. This is my journey. I won't let the comments that I should "fit into the Catholic blogger mold" affect what I write. I don't fit in. Story of my life. But I'm okay with it. More than that, I'm proud of it. Not the "whoo! I'm different! BOOYAH!" proud but I'm content with the decisions I've made regarding this blog.

Anyway, just needed to say this and hope that I won't get any more comments (though I may; some poor souls love to criticize and/or "have an opinion" about things that don't concern them) about why my blog is "so different" and why I don't "change things to get a bigger 'fan' base." If no one ever reads this blog again, oh well. I'm going to keep writing for me. And now I'm just repeating myself. lol.

I should go try to finish Saints in Love for a blog review (soon) and enjoy the rest of my day off.

If you have any prayer requests, send them my way. I am surprisingly low on these. ;)

As always, thanks for reading and God bless!


Joe Potillor said...

Dare to be different :p

see you next week

Joe :)

Joe Potillor said...

Dare to be different :p

see you next week

Joe :)

Beth Anne @ BethAnnesBest said...

I feel the same way. I'm not a "wife/mommy blogger" because obviously I don't have kids or a husband. I'm not a theologian and really get scared if I talk about anything too deep because I don't want to be wrong and get hate mail. I just blog about whatever topics I feel like it.

jen said...

the way i view it, i'm a blogger and christian. this does not make me a christian blogger.

Sophie Miriam said...

I have no niche either! We can form the Society of Niche-less Bloggers.

If you are low on prayer requests, I have one for you, but unfortunately since this is the internet it will have to take the form of "for a special intention." Thank you so much!

Sarah Marie said...

I was JUST giving thought to whether I should put more planning into my blog, to suit a given niche. I *am* Catholic, a wife (to a medical student), a mama, a quasi health foodie.... but I'm not really a mom blogger or a Catholic blogger or a food blogger. And, really, I don't feel comfortable boxing myself in.

Anyway, I love this post and just wanted to tell you to rock on with your niche-less blog. Count me a reader :)

George Ramirez said...

I feel like we would get along in real life.
It's good that you don't cover the same things others are, being Catholic covers all areas of life, so why restrict yourself to just one?