blogging, Lifestyle

The #lbloggers chat: Character and originality with @serpentineshore

Last week’s #lbloggers chat was hosted by a favourite blogger of mine: Alex, from On Serptentine Shores. In fact, it was during a recent #lbloggers chat that I discovered that she is a student at the university where I work and I was also told by a colleague and friend this week that she is his housemate! Small world! But enough about ‘real life’, let’s get back to the chat, which this week was about character and individuality – a great topic as I’m sure we’re all looking for ways to stand out in such a competitive area.

#lbloggers chat

It just so happens that this is something which came up in the second session of my marketing training (more on that next week). Rather than give the rest of the group an elevator pitch, we were asked to some up our ‘business’ in three words – hard! I summarised my blog as ‘enjoying the everyday’ but even now I’m not sure I’m happy with that, so it’s in development as a possible strapline for the header. When it comes to the ‘character’ of the blog, I went with geeky, feminist and quirky, which I think is illustrated on the blog within the content itself rather than the design. The overall appearance of my blog is something I’ve been meaning to work on for a while. How would you describe this blog in three words? Looking back, I wish I incorporated this kind of question in my reader survey, but feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

I loved Jess from Gingerly Pale‘s use of the word ‘bookish’! Definitely something a word I’d use to define my blog – although I’m rather behind on my book reviews! I’ve read ten books since my last book review post! I’m going to have to do a mass update soon…

I think a lot of us struggled with that question. It’s hard to sum up the intention for your blog and also remember that those reading it might not see it the way you hope they do.

#lbloggers chat

As for a post which sums up the overall content, it’s this ‘tried and tested‘ post which has been the most popular to date but I like to think it’s my ‘40 things‘ post which sums up the kind of message I’m trying to convey. What do you think?

As lifestyle bloggers, I think it’s hard for us to pick just one post as we cover so many different areas. With my blog alone there’s film, books, fashion, home decor and stationery in particular, but I also delve into other areas, such as television, music, gardening, recipes and, more recently, Cornish lifestyle. How many of you are actually able to pick one post and say “yep, that sums up the blog”? I guess what we need to bear in mind with our posts is that when we write a new post we should ensure that it reflects the general content of the rest of the blog – consistency of tone, style, etc.

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

I think that my blog has become slightly more niche since I started featuring more Cornish lifestyle posts as there aren’t very many Cornish people writing about living in Cornwall. Lots of people write about holidays to Cornwall and there are some blogs about different areas aimed at tourists but I quite like that my blog balances that aspect as well as posts that appeal more widely, such as general lifestyle posts and internet treasures which anyone can enjoy. How have you found this as a reader?

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

A downside to the #lbloggers chat is that people can use it as a promo tool. When I discover new blogs through this chat it’s because I check out the blog of anyone I think says something particularly interesting or which I can relate to. I don’t appreciate people just sharing their links using the hashtag during chat time without actually engaging with the rest of us or the topic.

#lbloggers chat

I love it when bloggers share their recommendations so Alex’s encouragement to shout out bloggers was a welcome post.

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

#lbloggers chat

Want to get involved in a future chat? Get your ass on Twitter on Sunday at 7pm and follow #lbloggers. See you there!

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