23 June 2012

blurring the lines of niche blogs & other crossovers

Greetings all,
I love blogging & post on all manner of things as i'm a housewife, mother, crafter (woman, daughter, sister, friend, exerciser, magazine reader, art lover, traveller, animal raiser, future home builder, air breather . . . over sharer) i never realised there were particular niches to stick to.  Why??  I keep finding blogs who normally post about children, books or craft . . . put up a baking post with a byline of 'for fear of sounding like a food blogger' . . . why, everyone cooks & eats right, i don't follow you exclusively to just read about your children, books or craft.  Show off your food, ideas & triumphs, surely there are no blog limits less those we impose on ourselves.
First up, winner of The Best Ever Birthday story cook book was Nat from Muddy FarmWife, yay!!  I'm a giveaway blogger??  How cute are these mixed flavour lolly milk bottles we found at the supermarket & the recipe title page of the book??   
 So without fear of sounding like a food blogger, i don't care what you call me or my blog, call me a Mummy Blogger if you wantcheck out what we've been chowing down with handsome soldier this week.  Way more flavour than the keep-the-children-alive cooking i perform while he's away.  Pork belly anyone??
 Yesterday we cruised Pialligo (near the airport) for the Bison ceramics sale & Kerrison's Apple Orchard.  The lady who weighs the apples offered up some complimentary bay leaves - coincidentally the lady who served us at Bison was telling us that she put bay leaves in her homemade pumpkin soup.  Snap!!  Sharing . . . i told the apple lady too.  Now there will be 2 more families in Canberra eating bay leaves in their pumpkin soup & how many bloggers?? 
 Meanwhile the high schooler had her year 8 Medieval feast & she contributed mead.  Our house smelt like a castle!!  Possibly my first & last post about medieval food.
 Making fresh pasta with eggs from our hens, bless them laying in sub zero temperatures!!  Actually few lay at night, we tend to find 'afternoon' eggs.
 So easy, one large free range egg to every 100gm of 00 flour, mix, knead, roll & cut.  We sometimes cut with a pretty roller by hand, mostly use the KitchenAid attachments for perfect tagliatelle.
 A mid week easy dinner before volleyball matches, caramelised onions, gourmet sausages, avocado, snag jam & my new favourite condiment: beetroot & horseradish relish.
 For genuine food bloggers, i salute your ability to photograph food glamourously.  Just focus on the deliciousness at my blog!!  My husband always BBQ sausages, pretty sure it was sleeting snow when he was outside, i should know, i had to be by his side cheering him on & keeping him company.
My French brother-in-law puts pears in his pumpkin soup, so we did too, mmmm. This was made before the bay leaf apparition.  
 Then the decadent - Brownies, looking silky smooth even before we added the eggs.
 Just in case you think we're showing off - trust me, this tasty cooking is ALL my  husband, i'm a very bland & unadventurous cook - here's an image to keep a real . . . our 3rd daughter making toast - she turned the knob but forgot to lower the bread.  She's so totally my child!!
Do you believe blogs need to stick to niches or we can just post about anything??  Viva la all-round-blogger i say, especially a personal blog with so many interests!!  Love Posie

28 comments:

Makeminemidcentury said...

I'm with you. I don't like categories. Personally, I'd shudder if any one called me a 'Mummy blogger', actually I don't even think of myself as a 'blogger'. I just have a blog.

I guess in terms of some blogs, which seem to require a niche for advertising/marketing purposes, they need to be categorised. But I tend to shy away from blogs which are too focussed on one thing. I prefer the blogs that don't even acknowledge the 'blog' genre. Does that make sense?

Amanda said...

Love the white eggs, haven't seen them in ages since the supermarkets think brown is good for us. Though I don't buy my eggs from the supermarket but from an organic market and they're brown also. Personally I follow blogs which are about my interests, I don't tend to follow cooking blogs but lots of crafty blogs and I tend not to follow those that do a lot of family stuff apart from yours because you have a good mix of everything. I'm in pattern writing avoidance mode so I am surfing blogs at the moment. Need to have a couple of patterns written this weekend so I had better pull my finger out and get back to doing what I am supposed to do.

Bree said...

Well until a few weeks ago I solely considered myself a craft blogger. I did chuck in the odd recipe or travel story but rarely posted about my family. But I have made a conscious decision to expand my repetoire to include more family stuff. So I guess we do kind of pidgeon hole ourselves - whether rightly or wrongly. But at the end of the day it is YOUR blog so you can go in whatever direction you feel! :)

Simone - honeyandfizz said...

Yes I agree that we don't need to label ourselves as a certain type of blogger. There is no way I could stick to just one subject, way too boring! You must all really be enjoying family mealtimes now that soldier hubby is back xx

lou lou said...

Hi Miss Posie

I think you are you and that is what is the most important thing in maintaining a blog voice.
As you would know with our studies - if we try to be anything else - it just won;t work

have a lovely day and hope you are all well

x Loulou

Michelle said...

No not at all, at first my blog was about renovating but it has evolved to share my recipes, bargain finds, or even what is on my mind. My blog is my outlet. I follow your blog because it has a bit of everything but most of all it is natural and your not trying to be anything but you.
P.S. It is my goal to make fresh pasta one day, yours looks so damn good!

Christine said...

I post about anything I feel like at the time, grin

Love your blog

Pip said...

I originally started blogging so my family in NZ could keep up with what I was doing (easier than letters/emails) so it was a mixture of things, nowawdays it is mainly about my quilting and some cooking and seeing your chocolate brownie has solved my dessert problems for tonight, thanks :)

Carmel said...

I love your blog it is lots of goodness of everything.What is snag jam?

Posie Patchwork said...

I really don't mind if i'm grouped in as a Mummy Blogger, i'm a Mummy & i Blog, doesn't faze me.
Snag jam is an amazing condiment like a thick smokey jelly to smear on your sausages!! Love Posie

Becky said...

I am an all round blogger and have no intention of trying to find a genre to stick to on my blog. Maybe I am a personal blogger, if I had to label it...

Hazel said...

Totally agree with you Posie, and your other readers. I write my blog about our life. I must admit I don't ever get very personal, in terms of sharing the ups and downs of our life. I post about food, my garden, the house, thrifting, the dogs. I wish I was more crafty, but don't seem to find the time. It's silly to be labeled. The snag jam & beet root relish sound divine. We had sausages & mash tonight - it was just an excuse to eat our tomato relish.
So envious of your new bison pieces.
You must be loving having your husband home, happy weekend to you.

trash said...

Categorise schmategorise. My blog is my very own not-so-secret online diary. I blog what and when I like. Vive la difference I say.

Shelley said...

I agree to...whats with all the labels. Just blog :)

Shelley said...

I'm with you! Whats with all the labels..just blog :)

Polly said...

People can call me what they will. I blog about my life and all it's aspects. I figure if people are interested they will read, if not, thats ok too. I have no desire to reach out to a particular genre, I enjoy writing and I enjoy having a little record of my life in all it's forms.
By the way my Grandmother always put an apple in her pumpkin soup!

polkadotpeticoat said...

I like the full range of all topics too and I love the personal touch.......did you see my new puppy he peed on Phil and I last night 3 times.....so sweet!

Cas said...

Poise, defo a post to think about as I guess I fall in the 'nIche' category! Am working up the courage to expand so keep watching!! As for all that food....when can I move in? Like you I tend to cook for survival. Whatever fills the bellies...quickly :) oh & so jealous of that Bison sale!!

Jay @ Finki said...

I believe in the all round blogger too. When there is too much food or too much craft it becomes so one sided and almost like an advertising thing. I originally started mine as a way to keep in touch with mum and family in another state and i've gone back to doing that too. It may be boring to the die hard crafters, but I'm only human. Great blog as always Posie xx

Tammi said...

Well said! I'm not one for labels either and don't think they are needed if you blog from the heart :)
x

Jode said...

I was beginning to think i needed a label too...so glad i read this post! Know what you mean about taking food pics...that food certainly looked yummy though...you lot have been so busy!
Just loved the toast pic...hehe, what a love x

Karla {Ironmum Karla} said...

Ha ha, your food pics are great and real...you can post about whatever is your passion... That's how I see it!x

Sam said...

I'm feeling very hungry right now, that all looks so delicious! I think blogs are a reflection of real life and whatever our interests are. I couldn't really categorise my blog either, and wouldn't want to, that would be too limiting.

Brave New Fiona said...

You are a scream. So I guess I would categorise you as a Funny Mummy Blogger who covers the topics I like most. Thanks for that! As for me, I just blog my brain farts and am always surprised by the comments I get! Life is too big to be a niche blogger. xxx

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

I'm a bit behind, again a huge Thank You for the win very excited!
I guess I fit that 'farm mummy blogger' niche? No idea really, just blog what takes my fancy at the time!

Sally said...

Love that toast.
I'm with you... blog as you feel you like to share. No rules but those of our own hearts.

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