How important is a consistent theme in writing?

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    I’ve been writing for a few months, and I find myself asking the same question time and time again. How Important is it to maintain a consistent theme with a blog (no I’m not talking about the wordpress “theme” :) but a more or less consistent topics that I am writing about. I started the blog about a “quarter life crisis” period in my life. I write a lot about being 28/A millennial. However, I occasionally find myself wanting to post about random thoughts on my mind – reviews of shows/food other things. Will it through off the audience to switch up the topic?

    Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is quarterlifelauren.com.

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    timethief
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    It’s your blog and you ought to know your audience but if you are unsure then don’t rely on us unsubscribers. You can poll your readers if you like http://en.support.wordpress.com/polls/ and your can use survey monkey if you want more data from your audience. You can simply publish a post proposing the topics you are interested in expanding into and ask for feedback.

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    cherilucas
    Staff

    Hi laurenblakely — that’s a great question, and something I’ve struggled with myself (over time, I’ve realized I naturally gravitate to the same rotation of themes over and over — and ultimately when you write about things you’re passionate about, and do so in your own voice, your audience should welcome that, rather than experience dissonance).

    I thought about these two posts in particular, which talk about figuring out what parts of you you’d like to present on your blog: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/separating-you-and-blog/

    And general thoughts on considering your audience and reader in your head as you write: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/who-is-your-reader/

    (The rest of the posts on building your blog/brand and thinking strategically about growth might be helpful: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/traffic-growth/

    These posts are also available in an ebook as well, for easier reading: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/postaday/ebook-grow-traffic/)

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