Blogging Can Be Intimidating
Especially for blogging novices. Each week, I meet lots of ‘blogger wannabes’ who are intrigued by, yet fearful of, venturing off into unchartered, blogging territory. Since I can talk about the ‘Joys of Blogging’ all day long, I am always eager to enlighten others in their quest to learn more. So, whenever I am asked for blogging advice – I always make a referral to ActiveRain.
“How Much of My Private Life Will I Have to Share?”
Recently, I received an email message from a colleague expressing some concern over blog content. After spending a fair amount of time perusing various ActiveRain blog posts, my colleague asked whether the inclusion of personal details is a necessary blogging component. The short answer is: No. Of course, ActiveRain has an awesome variety of blog posts. And sure, some blog posts are deeply personal – others are not. The truth is: Blogging styles are unique and individualistic – and everyone has a different comfort level.
Clearly, I’m No Shrinking Violet
Although I would describe my writing as self-deprecating at times, I don't have a propensity for extremely personal narratives. That doesn't mean that I don't write from my heart and with the utmost sincerity. I do. Hopefully, my personality and persona are reflected in the words I choose. What has truly helped me the most is the following advice I adopted long ago:
• Write What You Know
• Be Yourself & Find Your Own Blogging Voice
• Find Your Blogging Comfort Zone & Be Comfortable There
• Content & Consistency Are Key
Blogging is Not a One-Size-Fits-All-Type-of-Thing
Blogs are like snowflakes – each one distinct in its own way. And, that’s the beauty of blogging. Blogging looks and feels differently to everyone. Blogging allows others to get to know you – yet you can share as much about yourself as you like. Naturally, people connect with others for all sorts of reasons. Find your own groove. Just remember – whatever feels right to you is okay. Really.