I have heard it said, “When you start blogging, to help you get found, visit other blogs in your niche.”
In some ways this makes sense.
After all, if we are frequenting the same blogs in our niche others are visiting, not only do we get our name out there as a blogger who blogs about the same topic, but we could become part of a community of like minded people.
All thinking the same.
Although this can be good, it could also create tunnel vision.
Let’s say we blog about blogging.
If we only visit blogs about blogging, even though we can learn why one blogging blog is more popular than the next, we might also start comparing ourselves to others. We could easily begin to feel intimidated. Or worse, we could become a copycat blogger and lose our authenticity.
We may begin to feel there is only one way to blog about blogging. Or, we may begin to think “their” way is gospel.
By following the herd, we could easily forget to question if another way is better. Better for us.
I don’t know about you, but I enjoy visiting blogs on topics other than those in my niche.
Not only can I expand my knowledge base, but I get to meet bloggers whose interests are different from mine.
Other bloggers give me ideas for blog posts, ideas to experiment with in real life, plus help me to become a more well-rounded person.
By reading a story from someone who has “been there”, not only can that help to broaden our thought process, but it can teach us to become less judgmental.
I’m not saying visiting other blogs in our niche is a waste of time.
What I am saying is by branching out and by reading up on a variety of topics, we not only learn more, but can become better people. Better bloggers.
What say you?
Do you feel visiting blogs in your niche is beneficial? If so, how?
What benefit do you find by visiting blogs outside of your niche?
Care to share?