On Blogging

bloggingI’ve been blogging for little over two years now. It’s been fun. I’ve got the chance to connect with people from all over the world and learn new stuff. Also, I kind of realized my words matter.

But the guy who’s sitting in his chair, staring at his computer screen, asking himself whether or not to start a blog might be wondering if he has something to say.

Do I have something to say?

Yes. But that’s not the problem.

I meet a lot of aspiring writers who are basically trying to tell the world something it doesn’t know. They want to discover new lands, so to speak. But contrary to popular belief we love being shown something that’s hidden in plain sight.

Don’t tell me something I don’t know, but tell me something I’m only aware of at a subconscious level.

Also, don’t tell me something about yourself, but tell me something about myself. The best personal stories you share on the web are the ones that people can relate to.

What I’m really trying to say is, we all love being remembered, time and time again, how eerily similar we are. All of us. We feel, we act, we react, we imagine, and we dream in similar ways. But what sets people apart is their unique ability to express those feelings.

My best posts are the ones in which a lot of folks feel that I’ve expressed something they’ve been thinking or wondering about but couldn’t put into words.

A great blog post either entertains or informs. Try to give people something meaningful to read, something that they can smile to or laugh to, something interesting maybe.

Basically, you’ve got to write the blog that you’d like to read. This is the trickiest part of all. Because there’s no one to help you. You’ve got to ask yourself:

What is it that I’m really passionate about?

What are the things that you love or hate? The things you’d like to see change in this world?

Even if it doesn’t sound cool enough, even if there are a million other bloggers writing about the same thing, if it’s something you’re passionate about, that passion will come through. Always.

I found my niche early on. I write these sort of short essays about unpopular facets of an artist’s life. But that’s what I really care about: art and artists. I’ve been writing about these sort of things long before I started this blog.

How many people are blogging about writing right now?

A lot of them.

How many people are blogging about writing the same way I do?

Not many, I suppose, otherwise I wouldn’t be so popular.

Not to overly philosophize on the subject, but people spend an awful lot of time trying to come up with something special or unique. The great idea. But very few realize that what makes them special can only be found inside their souls.

If there’s something you’re really passionate about, why not blog about it? And while you’re at it, you might find out some interesting stuff about yourself as well.

I would have never thought that I’d end up reading personal blogs. I mean, I thought only famous people were allowed to write about their day to day lives. But somehow I ended up loving some of the folks who write just about that. And you know why? Because I can relate to their stories. They make me laugh or cry or whatever, but they give me something.

So this is probably the most important questions you should ask yourself, beginning blogger or not:

How do I make people care?

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In order to write full-time and take care of this blog, I have to rely on donations from folks who believe that I’m doing something that’s worth it. Especially in Summer, when book sales aren’t that great. That’s just the way it is, I suppose.

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21 comments on “On Blogging

  1. Thank you for this post.

  2. fabulous advice! “The best personal stories you share on the web are the ones that people can relate to. What I’m really trying to say is, we all love being remembered, time and time again, how eerily similar we are.”

  3. purpledivaa says:

    So true. I try to be spontaneous when I write, but sometimes a good thing requires a lot of thought. I haven’t written in a while because I’ve been thinking a lot, buy this will help me steer my thoughts to the right page. :)
    “… Tell me something I’m aware of at a subconscious level.” This reminded me of something a lecturer used to tell us. He would say there is nothing new under the sun (story). The only thing that differs is they way things are interpreted (by the actor or director). That is what makes it unique/spectacular in the end.
    I really enjoyed reading this. (Y)

  4. My own particular problem isn’t that I don’t have something to say (I do), but more about possible inappropriateness to say (sometimes in a legal sense). I’ve been blogging since 1996/97 and I find my recurring problem is that it becomes increasingly difficult to post articles on my blog as my subscribed readership grows. In other words, my problem is the increasing level of carefulness of publishing articles as more readers come to read.

  5. Matt Owens Rees says:

    You’re right about making a blog personal to the reader.

  6. Nicole says:

    I really loved this post. I actually just started my own blog, no one reads it yet and I have no clue what I’m doing. I have so much to write about, I just feel at times that I’m not a talented writer. I know it comes with practice and I’ll never stop writing. I guess that’s passion though. Anyways your post somehow made me feel better.

  7. moldydaisy says:

    This is really great, especially as a rookie blogger. Thanks!

  8. I write what I’m passionate about, I just need more people to read it! (ok, honestly that’s to be taken a bit tongue and cheek…I’m happy if only one other person reads what I’ve written)

  9. This is a very good post, just by writing this honesty, you relate to many many people. Keep writing the you in your posts :-)

  10. Philip Ogley says:

    What I like about blogs is that they are generally written by real people. People who have a lot more to say than people in the media. Certainly celebrities, even journalists. I stopped reading newspapers (I’m from the UK) about a year ago. Why? Because they rarely had little to say about things I was interested in and were generally concerned with events in London, or the political machine of government. Neither of which I care about.

    The average blogger from my experience rarely has an agenda, an editor, or a boss peering down their throats. They are free to write about what they feel or believe in. And it’s very refreshing. Like open letters to everyone.

    I write a blog because I enjoy it. I enjoy living here in France (I left the UK three years ago) and I want to share my thoughts and dreams about being here. Sometimes it’s an update on what I’m doing. Sometimes, it’s a daydream. Fact is , it doesn’t matter. People seem to enjoy it, and so do I. And you can’t do much more than that, can you?

  11. salinadias says:

    Simply loved your post! Something that I wanted to read! Thankyou! :)

  12. frugoal says:

    Some great tips for me to use! Thank you. Thank you very much ( I just heard Elvis in my head while typing that…weird).

  13. Atiba says:

    Lovely post! I’ve just started blogging and already enjoying it. I’m already feeling as if I’m a permanent part of the blogging community. I

  14. evozeta says:

    Very inspiring blog post, thank you so much.
    My little blog mainly still serves the purpose of keeping my folks back in Switzerland (I moved to Texas September last year) as well as my new family and friends here up to date and entertained. They tell me I’m fulfilling that job but it’s even nicer to make some new (awesome) connections with an incredible community.

  15. Hope Graham says:

    I’ve just started mine a few weeks back…what a great post, thank you!

  16. I have a running related blog, but I stray off course occassionally. I can spend a week researching, writing and collecting photos for a post, and get little reaction.
    Then I can write a reflective, more emotionally charged post that may take 30 minutes to a few hours with editing. People will come up to me and say ‘I read your post the other day”. Sometimes they have that look in their eye that says I reached them somewhere inside. Those moments make blogging worth it. It’s in those moments that I feel like a writer and not “just” a blogger.
    To make someone feel something is amazing. While my passion is running, my “other” posts seem to be the ones that resonate most with my readers. It almost has me considering a 2nd blog or changing direction of my current blog.
    Andy

  17. samuelbartholomew says:

    You are basically my hero. :) You’ve convinced me to donate to your indegogo campaign in just two posts! (Actually, I was sold on the first one, but hadn’t done it yet). Sorry I can’t give much – times are hard, ya know?

  18. I enjoyed reading this post, i am now motivated to continue blogging.

  19. pattygracekelly says:

    This is a great post and is actually what I want to achieve with my blog. Blogging about how I see things but sometimes I feel that nobody is interested in what I have to say or that my point of view is stupid :(. That’s probably my biggest anxiety.
    Continue blogging, you’re inspiring.
    Patricia
    http://Www.alifestyleblog2014.wordpress.com

  20. Sueyq says:

    I like to your post and your blog. I do like what you say reasonable, your simple not overly complicated,and you really hit the point over the head. I’m a blogger too but, there’s always a but everywhere everywhere but anyway. My problem is I’m trying to do too much I have two blogs and I am trying to develop a brand at all or most social media spots. I am also exploring what I want to do for the rest of my life. I know working online in so form or fashion will fill my needs of freedom and the creativity I crave. I have lots to say but also find it hard to work a full job and learn all I need to learn about all the topics of my blog . Scheduleling is my biggest problem and worry. I am also an artist digital photo art so I am working on that as well.However I will in time get it together. How do I know. Because I want it so much. I don’t give up. Now I may change direction or emphasis. But I am here to stay! Said the baby to the momma. Smile. But back to you. I am glad I found you to read and enjoy. A thinker with ink.

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