There are so many blogs out there.
Millions upon millions of them. All seeking a bit of love. Looking for some attention.
Many of them now litter the blogosphere. They no longer have any life and nothing new to say.
What happened to them? Why do they now lie abandoned?
They were a passing thought perhaps. Maybe the bloggers went on to bigger and better things. Or maybe life got in the way.
Maintaining a blog is not easy and is definitely not for the faint-hearted! Publishing new content on a regular basis takes time and commitment.
But even then, how do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a very noisy place out there in the blogosphere.
Blogging naked, really? Are you serious? Well, you can blog in the nude if it takes your fancy or makes you feel good but that’s not what I mean.
I visit many blogs on a daily basis, hopping from blog to blog, discovering new ones as I go.
Quite a few of them are top-notch and will keep me coming back again and again.
But others I have come across have no personality, no soul and very little to keep me going back.
What I mean by blogging naked is giving a little of yourself to your readers, keeping things simple and being transparent.
Give Your Blog Some Personality
Some of the most enjoyable blogs I read make me feel as if I already know the person who has written the post, even just a little.
They are passionate, witty, open and give me an insight into how that person thinks.
I’m not suggesting that you give out the most intimate details of your life or even your shoe size.
But little glimpses of you every now and again helps you gain trust from your readers.
Even the most corporate of blogs needs a bit of personality and some passion, otherwise they just become robotic in my humble opinion.
KISS Your Blog
Don’t make things so complicated it alienates your readers.
When you’re blogging, focus on ‘Keep it simple, stupid’ rather than trying to impress with too much complexity.
You really want to make it as easy as possible for someone to follow what you are saying.
Avoid jargon wherever possible and remember to think about context when you’re writing.
You should always have a sense of your reader’s expectations in the back of your mind.
Sincerity is something that people respect, so be genuine.
I’ve been guilty of not doing this in the past but, as an example, if you are reviewing something make sure you’ve actually bought the product or read the book.
People can usually tell if you are just rehashing the sales literature.
Talk about your mistakes; people like to hear about solutions to problems and everyone appreciates someone who can admit their mistakes.
Are You A Naked Blogger?
Blogs are a really effective way of communicating with the world but they can so easily become a chore.
So how are you making your blog stand out from the crowd? Do you think that blogging naked is important?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and I appreciate any comments you’d like to make.
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Thanks for listening!