So, most of you reading this must be a blogger, few won’t be. Many eyes must have seen and ears must have heard this, preaching about being who you are, not afraid of ‘what others might like and might not’ in blogging community. Even I was intended to do the same initially, but I hold, if not entirely opposite, little different opinion than the one I mentioned above.
We all (most of us) own a blog, and many desire to own someday. Many of us are years old, while many are few months (like me) or mere few days only. By now, the older ones must have developed a thick skin, having some-huge-figure plus followers can boost up anybody’s confidence. But we, the recent bloggers, a lot of times, face the dilemma of what to post and what not to. We are so self-conscious that at times we end up sharing the not-so important things, while the worth-sharing write-ups stay safe in our drafts. Being newbies and not-so-old-to-be-wise, we are not confident enough about the stuff we share. We are afraid of not being liked, of not getting enough comments, of being considered just another run of the mill blogger. When there is so much to be afraid of, how are we expected to just be ourselves? It’s tough. Isn’t it?
Being six months old, the most basic thing I have come to understand is,
‘Know you blog and the motive behind its creation‘.
There are thousands of bloggers around us but each having a different motive which makes every blog unique. Though that motive might be shared by your many fellow bloggers, that is all you have in common. There are chances of sharing basic concept of a post, but the way you present, it would be you, and you are, not in any way, a facsimile of someone else. Again, there can be similarities but a mirror image – No, that is not possible.
Lot of us call our blogs as ‘Personal’ blogs which being way-more general is much more of an obfuscated term than the streamlined ‘Travel’ or ‘Lifestyle’ or ‘Health’ blogs. When you call your blog ‘Personal’ the issue – ‘What are you afraid of?’ seems more real and scarier. Now ‘Personal’ blog can be either about your ‘personal life’s experiences’ or it can be your ‘open-daily dairy’ or personal can mean writing about anything related to everything or it can even be a means of helping others through a disease or an experience that you have suffered from. The last part came to my knowledge after I joined this blogosphere.
When it comes to publishing a post, some bloggers are as fast a cheetah who end up posting humongous quantity of posts in a single day, while some prefer to post weekly or even monthly.
Though I feel publishing monthly makes sustaining the following way more difficult, but then again it’s your own choice.
Now comes a question – Whether you are writing for yourselves or for others’ eyes? If you belong to the former party then you probably are reading this just for your leisure, and the latter party ones must be searching for an answer.
Even if you are writing for others, you need to bring yourself in harmony with what you write. You, not being satisfied with your write-up will presumably be reflected in your published post, and I am sure you don’t want that.
Once you teach yourself to walk with writing and satisfaction hand-in-hand, you can leap towards learning about your readers’ choice. Now, you writing for others, have to think from your readers’ perspective too. It’s only then that you can sustain them.
Sometimes, you might come across people who hold no ill-will but are just unaware of blogging-etiquette. They might suggest tell you how to write. Suggesting someone is one thing but directing someone is an altogether different matter. Try not to impulsively react to such people, and also, ponder over what they said. What they said, well after-all, might work for you.
Once, you are well-lettered with above mentioned things, you can take a leap towards declaring that – You are not really Afraid, but just not much aware and experienced.
“People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”
― Paulo Coelho
So don’t just believe what I said, find it out for yourself. I shared what my experience taught me. Yours might have taught you other things, feel free to share them below.
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