Whether you are new to blogging or have been writing for some time, blogging is, or can become, a personal branding story, a legacy of self. What does you blog say about you and the personal brand behind the blog? These six questions helped me unpack the purpose behind my blogging journey.
Why write A Blog?
Q: ” The best posts and stories make the audience’s benefit amazingly clear. What is the real benefit of your writing?”
A: I read to learn or gain knowledge, and I write to share information, for education or entertainment. I also write to document things that are important to myself and hopefully others. It makes me happy to write and I feel compelled to put words down on paper or in blog format.
Q: How does your story fit into the world? Is your blog helpful to someone?
A: Is my writing relevant to others? I don’t know but I hope my words are useful or entertaining, in some way. I write with the objective to share knowledge and to further my own self-inquiry. Perhaps writing stems from an inner urge to find meaning with external matters. The spinoff for me, is the surprising development of a nurturing and positive blogging community.
Q: Do your blog posts walk readers through a learning curve of information and share how issues discussed might impact them?
A: That very much depends on the topic of the post. This sort of blog posting is more suited to a tutorial style, and I tend to speak generally about potential impacts in posts. I gain a lot of inspiration for topics from the blog community.
As blogger Marlene from InSearchotItAll posted: “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.” How could a positive life spring from a negative mind? I like to think positivity is infectious.
Q: Beyond education, the best stories forge a bond between the story-teller and her audience. Whether through vulnerability, candor or shared experience, stories where the audience walks away with heightened emotional intimacy are the stories that win. How do you foster an emotional connection with your readers?
A: I do hope the tone of my posts is personal and conversational but I am no story teller. Writing a blog post is like confiding in a dear friend, but a friend that lives far from my location. By being honest, thoughtful and thinking hard about situations we might all find ourselves in, I’d hope I relate to and connect with those who read and comment on my posts.
Past or Future?
Q: Is your blog about the past or where you are headed? Does your writing examine the past whilst reflecting the future, in terms of dreams, hopes and the future?
A: Both. There is so much we can learn from the past it would be stupid to focus solely on the future. In particular, I enjoy discussing traditional proverbs that have sageful advice anyone can use. no matter their stage, or walk, of life.
Q: What makes your blog stand out from others?
A: I think that is a question for the readers of my blog. I could not be objective at all in answering this, and thus I’ll politefully decline.
How would you answer these six questions?
You are welcome to re-post with your own answers, but are under no obligation to do so.
Here are just a few blogs, (in no particular order), who’ve been inspirational to me, in my blogging journey. Thank you WordPress community!
Yvette from Priorhouse Blog
Pooja from Stories from Europe
Moon from ACacophonous life
Manja from ManjaMexi
Snow from TheSnowMeltsSomewhere
Donna from Retirement Reflections
Lorelle from A Mindful Traveller
Ineke from Scrapydo2
Sabine from InCahootswithMuddyBoots
Chris from lifeofrileyow
Ally from Thespectacledbean
Ju – Lyn from AllThings Bright and Beautiful
Anne C – from To See the World in A Grain of Sand