I have been considering dropping the strapline of ‘parenting and lifestyle’ from my blog. You see, I’m not particularly sure if that is the correct way to describe this blog. Yes, I have kids, and yes, I sometimes write posts about the kids or stuff that we did as a family.
However, a large proportion of my posts are about a lot of random stuff and certainly not particularly ‘parenty’. I originally slapped the P&L badge to my blog because I thought that the blog would be largely that. It also fit into what I was doing with my other frustrating website at the time I launched the blog.
But things have changed and I have evolved. I wouldn’t call myself a fashion blogger, but I do some work with OAK Jewellery which is certainly under the fashion umbrella. I write about friendship, guitars, cars and bras. I write about things that anger me, things that inspire me and things that make me chuckle. I sometimes write about love. I sometimes write about food.
I write about things that matter to me, regardless of whether I believe they’ll matter to anyone else, and sometimes this is also about being a mother.
The problem with losing the P&L umbrella is, well, where on earth do I stand without it? Indeed, do I need to stand under a blogging umbrella? Will people get it if I leave the parenting shelter? Do they even get it now?
This dilemma totally reflects my life. At school I never had one sole group of friends that I stuck with at all times. I drifted from groups, to single friends, without losing other friendships. Even now, I don’t have one clique. My husband’s friend group is the same since school. Most of his friends are friends with each other. Most of my friends don’t know each other. I have friends that I see on an individual basis, and they are all very different to each other. A lot of them may not get on with each other, but they all appeal to different parts of me.
Much like my blog posts. They are invariably different and reflect different parts of me. They don’t necessarily complement each other, and many readers who relate to one post may not relate to the others at all (therefore quickly closing their browser and leaving Free Range Chick).
The truth is, although I’m largely happy with this, I suspect it may be the formula for the most confusing blog in the world.
So what do you think I should do? Lose the P&L strapline, and be quite literally the Free Range Chick? Or keep it because it works with all the kiddy posts and makes it much easier to place me in a sensible, easy-to-locate box?
I’m all ears.