Why Blogging Naked Is The Way Forward

Blogging Naked
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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?

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.

Be Transparent

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.

If you’re feeling social, please also share this on your favourite social media sites.

Thanks for listening!

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71 Comments on "Why Blogging Naked Is The Way Forward"


Mark
10 months 12 days ago

Great thought provoking post Tim!

And without a doubt, you are so right when it comes to or listening to a rather lifeless presentation of any kind.

You’ve gotta had some type of personality in there, to spice things or (you’re) right, your visitors not only won’t leave skid marks!

They’re probably not coming back! Great insights and thanks for sharing them!

10 months 10 days ago

Exactly right Mark.

I know some blogs deal with subjects that their authors might think don’t require any personality.

They’d be wrong though. No-one wants to read a tech blog for the sake of an example that’s lifeless!

Veena Furtado
1 year 10 months ago

Hi Tim:

How are you?

Guess I should start blogging
In my Bday suit from now on.

Lolz

Take care.

Best wishes and regards.

Veena:)

1 year 10 months ago

Hi Veena

I’m good thanks.

If it’s warm where you are then blogging in your birthday suit may be beneficial :-).

Certainly bringing your own personality into your blog is essential, I think.

You are, afterall, what makes your blog different from the next person’s.

Have a great weekend Veena and thank you for your comments.

Tim

Sire
2 years 3 months ago

When I write a post in any of my blogs I try to make it entertaining because that’s just who I am. I don’t always succeed but a lot of the time I do. It’s not all to do with entertaining though because the readers are also looking for information and that can be a little harder but if you can supply that and do it in an entertaining manner then you’re pretty close to hitting the nail on the head.

I think I’m doing OK because my list is slowly growing and I’m not really doing anything to promote it. No popups, no give aways or anything, nothing but the promise that I will never spam them.

2 years 3 months ago

Hey Peter

Sounds like you’re doing all the right things!

I have a popup the first time someone visits my blog but I don’t really like them. It’s what has brought many people to my list though.

I don’t really like giveaways either but I think people have come to expect them.

I’ve been considering purchasing the WP Subscribers plugin or something similar for list building. I’ve not taken the plunge yet though.

Glad to hear you’re making a success of the list building!

Sire
2 years 3 months ago

It’s a slow process Tim but that’s OK because the purpose for my list is not so I can sell them something. It’s so I can inform them when I’ve posted a new post that I think they’ll be interested in.

2 years 3 months ago

Do you plan to monetize your list in future and sell them stuff?

I’ve not really done too much selling to my list. I just generally do what you’re doing and let them know of a new blog post and what I’ve been up to during the week.

Sire
2 years 3 months ago

Nope, I promised them I wouldn’t and I always keep a promise. I’m happy enough that they visit my posts and give them a plug when they consider the post good enough.

Atish Ranjan
2 years 4 months ago

Love the post title. It made me read full post. Amazing 1. You are right a blog must have a personality to engage more readers. Keep writing bro.

2 years 4 months ago

Hi Atish

Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments. I really appreciate them.

Engaging readers is the key so having something unique about your blog is the way to go. Bringing your own experiences and your personality into things is definitely one of the best ways to do this.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to see you again soon.

Tim

Viola Tam
2 years 4 months ago

Hi Tim,

Excellent point regarding doing blogging the ATTRACTIVE way. I surely think that being transparent is very important. There are so many bloggers there? Who are we? Why are we there? Who are we serving (helping with problem solving)? These are some of the questions that we have to ask ourselves.

I agree with Yeremi that it takes confidence to be naked. I think sharing past challenges is a great way to start. Something I did :) The idea of including a video clip is something that I have recently done despite the fact that someone said that ‘Welcome video was out of date’….

I believe doing Video Blogs (videos inside the blog) is a great way to go! I will be doing that in 2013.

Viola The Business Mum

2 years 4 months ago

Hi Viola

I think as bloggers we need to find a way to stand out from the crowd and the only real way to do this is to bring a little of ourselves into our blogs.

It’s your uniqueness that will bring people back to your blog. It can be a gamble too though as people make assumptions very quickly about who you are, what you’re trying to achieve and whether they like you or not.

I completely agree that sharing past challenges is a great way to go. You have to strike a balance I suppose but some of the most interesting blogs I’ve read do this and it’s something that I’ve been doing over the past few weeks too.

I love the idea of including videos and it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. Definitely something for 2013! I don’t agree that the welcome video is out of date at all. It’s just like an about me page and a great way for people to get to know you a little better.

Thank you for some great comments Viola.

Tim

Viola Tam
2 years 3 months ago

Hi Tim,

I appreciate your insights! I look forward to seeing more of you around in video form :) I heard that uploading one video a day in a 30-day row is a very powerful way to get good at doing this. Also great for SEO too.

Take care,

Viola The Business Mum

2 years 3 months ago

Hi Viola

Now that would be a lot of videos in a short period of time! I’m not sure I could manage 30 videos in a row. My son or daughter would end up being in the background somewhere in one of them no doubt :-).

Video is certainly something I want to delve into though.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Tim