Way back when blogging first started, people often just wrote their blog as if it was a personal diary in a public space. As time passed and the number of blogs exploded into millions and billions, like-minded bloggers started to group themselves. Some people also used blogs as a means to get a particular message across.
These days niches such a food, fashion, photography are well recognised. Social motivations such as support blogs for people living with different conditions or fighting good fights against social injustice, discrimination or ignorance also form a large niche.
Another well recognised, and often wrongly maligned niche is that of the 'mummy blogger'; which encompasses a variety of blogs about parenting, early childhood support or education usually written by stay at home mums, but not exclusively so.
Then there are occupation based blogs including writing, craft, education, public relations and many more. There are also innumerable hobby based blogs, interest based blogs and so on.
But what of those bloggers who dabble? Bloggers for whom blogging is part vocation, part diary, part social commentary, part experience sharing. Blogs like mine, and blogs like Jayne's where the blogger doesn't want to define themselves as mainly a parent, career person, hobbyist or social reformer but posts about all these things as a reflection of what they are interested in on the day or what their life experiences are bringing into focus for them in that moment?
Well, there is the 'personal blogger' label, but it is an unsatisfying label in that it suggests the writer isn't really interested in the public reading or commenting on their words. I have yet to meet a blogger who doesn't want anyone to read their writing or comment on it.
So, I was turning this problem over in my mind yesterday and in the end the words 'Slice of Life' kept asserting themselves in my mind. 'Slice of Life' novels and movies were very popular in the grungy 1990s. The idea of telling it like it is without necessarily having a point to convey but letting the consumer draw their own conclusions from the work, underpinned the 'Slice of Life' movement. Tell it the way it is experienced. Let it all hang out and allow the consumer to take from it what they need.
So, I'm going to start calling myself a 'Slice of Life' Blogger or a SOL Blogger (I like the word sol, it refers to the sun and slice of life blogs shed light on personal experiences and observations from life).
I've made a button, and if you want to put it on your blog just grab the life and go for it! If you have something to say on many topics, person and public, maybe you're a Slice of Life Blogger, too?