Blogging has been around for awhile now, but for most of us, it’s still a relatively new pursuit. Once upon a time, if we wanted to record our lives then we did it on paper with a diary or through endless photographs – now, we write it all down for thousands of people to see.
There’s no doubt that blogging has an impact on you as a person, revealing a few things about yourself that you didn’t know before you became a blogger. If you’ve been browsing www.blogging.com and considering starting up your own blog, here are a few aspects of yourself it might reveal.
You’re More Private Than You Thought You Were
To an extent, we live in a world where privacy is – to quote Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – no longer considered the “norm”. We’re so used to revealing aspects of our lives on social media, you think that will translate across to the way you write as a blogger.
Somehow, though, a blog feels far more personal. It’s your own section of the internet, not part of a curated feed or Twitter account. It feels a lot more like ‘you’, and that level of scrutiny on you alone can be uncomfortable. That’s why so many bloggers don’t reveal huge details about themselves on their blog, even though they will happily do so on social media. On the blog, you’ll see reference to “The Husband” or “Mr Blogger” – on social media, he’ll be named. It’s a strange quirk but one that many bloggers find themselves falling into.
You’ll Develop As A Writer – Even If You Don’t Intend To
In its infancy, blogging was a form of journalling that other people could see – so it didn’t matter what your writing style was. You might think you’ll carry that “I don’t care what people think” attitude over into blogging, but that’s not necessarily the case.
You’ll soon realise that you have an audience and your analytics will tell you the kind of posts that they enjoy. Before you know it, you’ll be writing with this in mind, and tailoring the way that you write. It will likely make you a better writer. That’s never a bad thing, but it might divorce you somewhat from the journal style you expected.
You’ll Care More About Images Than You Thought You Would
There’s no doubt that the biggest bloggers such as those listed on www.fashionista.com have stunning images. While the text is still the main ‘meat’ of a blog, beautiful imagery is becoming more and more important to supplement the content. If you don’t care about photography prior to blogging, you soon will!
Part of this is social media based. You probably know that for a blog to succeed it needs to do well on social media, and two social media platforms – Instagram and Pinterest – almost make beautiful imagery a requisite. Soon, you’ll get used to creating content for those sites and it will spill onto your main blog. It’s not a problem as such – who doesn’t love a pretty picture? – but you will find a new interest you never expected!