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Meet My Intern – Mary, Mary (quite contrary!!) I describe her as creative, diligent, talented, diverse, fun, joyful, intelligent, beautiful, loyal, and sometimes….giggly!! Mary will be leaving the San Antonio city limits next month to head off to college seeking a Theater degree and I will really miss not having her around every day. For the past three years….I label Mary as indispensable!
Katy from Modly Chic has selected a difficult topic today. She gave us questions to answer about connecting the labeling of people with our blogging. I am not an advocate of labeling people, but in the world of communications it is helpful to define groups of individuals. I have a marketing background where for over 25 years professionals drilled in my head the importance of understanding your target audience when you are communicating. In order to understand your audience, you must describe it with the use of demographics. That means the audience must be defined into sexes, age groups, income levels, etc. That is not a bad thing.
With this understanding in mind, I started this blog one year ago for a very specific audience. I wanted to encourage women over 50….especially those struggling with mid-life and feeling a little shut down. I love it that others read this blog and I welcome anyone, but I do write for a specific audience. I would be fooling myself if I tried to pull off a fashion blog that younger women were interested in…most girls in their 20s do not want to know that I do not wear high heels because of bunion surgery!! The greatest benefit to understanding target audience is if a blogger plans to be professional. I will not lie…I would love to be professional and find a way to make more money with writing.
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Therefore, I will proudly label myself as an over 50 lifestyle blogger and that also defines the audience I write for….Of course, I am drawn to predominately over 40 bloggers, but I do read blogs which pertain to other subjects besides fashion. My blog list is diversified. There are also some fashion blogs I read by those younger, because I have learned much from them. But, reality tells me, that there are only a handful of younger fashion bloggers who will like my blog and, you know…. that is OK.
Yes, of course, we are all just people…beautiful because we are diverse…just as snowflakes are unique…each one of us is unique and will be attracted to different blogs for our own unique reasons. Labeling can be very detrimental to many people, but for success with communications of any kind, defining your audience is necessary…not a bad thing…it just helps the direction of your writing and your blog.
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