Blogging week: do I have something to say?

bloggingI’ve been blogging for two and a half 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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25 comments on “Blogging week: do I have something to say?

  1. jmoswisdom says:

    This is a great post Cristian! I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and some days I blog and some days I do not! Which is frustrating to me. I guess what I have to come to terms with is even I don’t ALWAYS have anything to say even though my mind is very busy! The questions you presented in this post are things that I am always asking myself and the only thing I can think of to do is keep trying until I’ve reach someone or anyone for that matter. I’d like to think that I am. :) Thank you for this post!

  2. juan blea says:

    To be honest: No one can make anyone do anything…even care. From my perspective, if i care about something and if I have something to say about it, I believe that others will care, simply from resonance. So, i just try to write stuff that i think is important and then hope others do to…thank you for putting it out there….

  3. Tasha Mae says:

    Very good incite, and so true. “If you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life” Confucius

  4. amommasview says:

    I love your posts, your blog. And this one is no exception!

  5. I started blogging last 2010 however I cant find my niche and purpose yet so I kept on starting a new blog but not able to sustain them until one time one famous blogger advised me to look for my passion. She asked me what is the thing that I love most. Do it because you love it. Be passionate. Passion fuels everything.

  6. Agreed, we read to relate, to connect. Great James Baldwin quote: “You think your pain and heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

  7. George says:

    Great post, great advice. As someone who just started blogging your words have special meaning. Thank you for spelling it out so clearly.

  8. vidhya. A says:

    A profound work can happen only when it is done purely for the Self, without the fear of the nature of its reception by the audience. But such artists are like lamp posts that “burn brightly without getting burnt out” and also light up their surroundings. Your sentiments remotely reminds me of Irving Stone’s Michelangelo!

  9. vidhya. A says:

    And there is a beauty in non expression as well. The void holds the content. I say this for all those who feel a conclusion to express through their art, and feel ‘guilty’ if they have not expressed anything for a while. Expression of art is a spontaneous outlet of a higher level of consciousness. The artist should know to wait for it. Thank you Cristian, your thoughts opened the flood gate of my mind. I am going to write about this soon… ‘Compulsive expressionism’.

  10. ~ Sadie ~ says:

    Great post Cristian!! Very insightful :-)

  11. makupsy says:

    This was a very informative post. I took a few notes to keep my new blogging experience going.
    Thank you for sharing :)

  12. I’m pretty new to the blogging world and found this entry useful so thanks. I asked myself what I was writing for initially. I still don’t know entirely. I think I am writing for me, in a style I would like to read. I think that is all any of us can do. :)

  13. Fraughtfully says:

    Thank you for posting this Christian. I only started blogging and reading other people’s blogs this year. I love the community spirit and how we can all learn from each other. I found this an insightful article that I will spend the rest of the day thinking about. Do I do what you write about? I don’t know… and it’s for me to try, but not to judge.

  14. I found this article to be very helpful, as I am just beginning my blog. Right now, I’m not sure what my main focus will be…I’m hoping it will evolve organically and sort of help me find my niche as well.

  15. I’m a rather fickle blogger, but this is great for me to read as I start with nanowrimo tomorrow.

  16. Jeanette says:

    I think every serious blogger has this retrospective moments sometimes. I’ve been blogging since 1998, mostly daily, sometimes starting over on a new space in the WWW, like a nomad searching for my identity, and even though I love blogging, and it became a lifestyle, I find myself every now and then on the crossroad with on my mind 1 thought: what do I have to tell and does the world want to read it?

    I’m glad I red your blog, and I loved reading it. Thanks for sharing.

  17. aiyshah2014 says:

    Actually I have only been blogging since June, so I’m still relatively new to the thing. However, saying that I did learn something very interesting about myself that I never knew before, and I would never have learned it if it wasn’t for blogging.

    I work in a field where I seldom meet others at my level (in fact only once in 8 years), so my opinions have developed very much from my personal experience without any input from anyone else challenging me. The best part of blogging was at last I have found people who are both aligning themselves with my ideas and opinions and/or challenging me on my ideas and opinions and making me more adamant about some, getting me to rethink about some and just plain forgetting about some.

    That is what I am thankful for with blogging….didn’t know that would happen. Thanks world!

  18. kalekyemuia says:

    just what i needed to give me the drive to keep writing, thank you

  19. Loved this piece of work! It really gives encouragement to those who want to blog byut let’s them know it is a big commitment!

  20. kekedemea says:

    keep up the good work!

  21. chorus_aquae says:

    I have no idea what I’m doing blogging wise. I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants recently. However, I can truly relate to the subject matter of looking within for the “answers.” I suppose that is the whole point, writing to connect people of all backgrounds under common goals and experience. I really enjoyed this post.

  22. Loved reading your blog Cristian! Keep going!

  23. varunchitale says:

    As an aspiring fiction author and a blogger, I can relate to this.

  24. milktherapy says:

    great post, so inspiring :)

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