I…kind of want to start a new blog??

Or…revamp this one?? Depending on when I decide to publish this post, I may have already talked about how I feel like my blog doesn’t have a distinctive voice or honestly what feels like anything distinctive about it, really. I feel like I’m still blogging as though it’s 2012 and everyone’s trying to do what everybody else is doing. I’ve been struggling with trying to find my voice, my niche, and my brand.

However, on Tumblr at least, I seem to have found kind of a niche thing that I’m interested in and people seem to like my content for in…witchcraft?? I’ve mentioned a little bit that I’ve gotten really into witchblr (witch community on Tumblr) lately, and I also started a booklr (book tumblr) that is witchy-themed. Even though I don’t necessarily “believe” in a lot of witchy things (I don’t think magic is real, for instance, don’t believe in faeries or spirits, etc.), I am still super fascinated by it and like the idea of it.

I started exploring witchblr because I discovered it was one of the most popular Tumblr communities in…I think 2017?? Basically right after Tr*mp got elected. A lot of women especially used witchcraft as a way to take back power and control and empower themselves against a world that was making less and less sense and I…really relate and believe in that aspect of it.

I’d love to have a blog that looks at YA from a witchy lens, and do stuff like tarot readings (which I’m learning how to do) for books, write spells from book quotes, create spell jars for characters, and other stuff that is both witchy and bookish. Plus, I’ve already been thinking about an aesthetic for photos.

My main worries are two: 1) that the idea is too niche, and nobody would be interested in reading about witchcraft and YA and 2) I’ll lose interest in witchcraft within a few years or a month.

I used to change my blog names and designs all the time, so I don’t know why I’m so concerned about committing to this long term, but I kind of am. I’m debating just creating a free wordpress blog to try it out, or posting a few witchy features on here first and seeing how people respond to them. I know ultimately how I run my blog is my decision, but it would be nice to know that I wouldn’t lose every follower or reader I’ve gained in the past few months.

I feel like the internet, and especially my blog, has become a place for me to project the person I wish I could be, and fitting in witchy things would definitely fit into that. I still feel kind of embarrassed about my interest in witchy things though, even though I am very interested in it if only because I find it super fascinating. I’d like a place to explore my studies in the subject, and blogging has always been a great outlet for me to express myself.

If anyone has any thoughts on the shift in topic focus, or whether I should try things out on this blog versus creating a whole new blog or change this one completely, I’d love to hear them, though I’d appreciate some kindness and understanding about my general embarrassed feelings.

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  1. Mel, I find your idea SO interesting and unique, I absolutely love it! It sounds so original, really. I’ve always been fascinated by these kind of witchy things, and seeing some specific things like tarot reading, spell jars and everything adapted to books, would be SO cool?! Honestly, I love the idea.
    It’s up to you to decide if doing this from a bookish lens would not… bore you, in the end – it’s a very particular idea, for sure and if you feel like you could adapt it for books without getting bored, that would be fantastic! Maybe trying it out just as a feature for now, doing one special kind of post every now and then, to see how the community responds to it and how you like it, could help you decide? 🙂
    About the new blog / keeping it on this blog kind of thing, if you want to talk about books I’d recommend keeping that blog. Otherwise you’ll have two blogs with a bookish focus and, one day or another, you might give up on one to focus on the other. If you don’t have that bookish focus but just want to do a witchy kind of focus, two blogs sound better 🙂
    Best of luck for your ideas!! 😀

    1. Marie, thank you so much for your thoughtful and encouraging comment <3 I think I may take your suggestion and start out doing some witchy features and see how people respond to it. I guess one of the good things about not having super high stats in general is that if I change over it probably won't make too much of a difference.
      And I definitely want to keep it book focused even if I decide to do it through a witchy lens. I love books and will probably love book blogging for a long time, so I'd definitely keep it books, though I might switch to focusing more on fantasy since that would be on theme, plus I love fantasy now so it would encourage me to read more of it!

      1. My pleasure, I’m so happy if I could help a little bit ❤️ I will be looking forward to these new features, I’m certain that will be SO amazing to follow! ❤️

  2. That actually seems like a really cool idea!

    I was actually planning on rebranding my own blog, given that a) it never really has been an anime blog and b) I kind of want to focus on the stuff I want to make, instead of worrying that my content isn’t really matching what the blog is branded as.

    1. Thank you! Branding is definitely a struggle. I never used to think about it much, but lately it seems like an extra important thing considering how many book blogs exist. I branded it really generally when I started so I could evolve, but I think being too general is one of my problems. So we’ll see.

      And good luck to you with your own rebranding!

  3. Hey, I figure, it’s your blog! As the saying goes, you do you. I wouldn’t worry so much about what other people might like. Do what inspires you and makes you happy! I hope you are able to figure out what you want to do going forward, Mel! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Kat <3 Those things are all very true. I probably shouldn't be as concerned about things like losing followers as I am; I would just hate to switch to something I personally really like but have 0 readers. Thank you for your encouraging words 🙂

      1. I understand completely. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, and half the fun comes from the interactions we get with our followers. It’s nice to have that validation from our readers. Or at least that’s how I feel about it. But it’s also not fun if we aren’t passionate about what we are writing about. I really hope you are able to figure everything out 🙂

  4. I think this sounds like a fantastic idea! Whether you start a new blog, change this one or just do some witchy posts once in a while, I know I’d love to read whatever you come up with 😊 This might be a really cliche thing to say, but the most important thing is that you’re enjoying what you’re doing. You’re going to be investing your time and creativity into it after all. And I genuinely belive If you’re having fun writing it, it will always shine trough and people will have fun reading it too!

    1. thank you so much! I know I should just do things because I like it, but I kind of do care about what people think, because I don’t want to lose the few followers/readers/blogging friends I do have. I do think I’d have fun writing it, so hopefully that would show through and people will like reading it too, as you say 🙂

  5. Damn, this is so relatable, I stress about these kind of things a lot too. It’s nice to hear that I’m not alone! As a fellow-worrier I don’t have any tips, really, but I see that fortunately a lot of people have given you some great advice already – so I’ll only say: I’m excited about the witchy theme, yay!

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