By Edrei Zahari
Personal blogging is one of the most underrated and overlooked forms of blogging there is. Despite the fact that weblogs originally started off as a form of personal blogging, it has today evolved to a point where it borders on journalism or even a source of business marketing and advertising.
Yet given what blogging has become, there is very little to say about the development of personal blogging. Rarely if ever, personal blogs become huge. Honestly, the first one that comes to mind is Scott Adams’ The Dilbert Blog which if the comments are any form of estimation on the amount of readership, amounts to a lot of readers. While there are other personal blogs that share it’s fair share of readers, the ratio of what’s been written and who’s reading it is quite poor.
So, it beggars the question. What exactly are personal blogs?
Personal blogs are blogs that talk about your personal life. They don’t have a particular niche like tech-orientated blogs and have the tendency to talk about broad generalized topics. Basically anything that crosses a person’s mind at the time they blogged. It is because of this reason that personal blogs don’t enjoy the kind of readership that niche based blogs have. If no one is looking for what you wrote, why would anyone read it?
The answer is simple. What it lack in focus, personal blogs are meant to make it up in its writing. It is your personal life. It is a form of expression. In short, it is the story of your life and who you are and what makes any story good is the way you tell it.
Anyone can start a personal blog. That’s the beauty of it. However, it is our style of writing that defines every individual blogger as their own. Sure, you can write “noodle posts“ about your life, but do not expect people to constantly come back unless you give them something original to come back to. In order for a personal blogger to be successful they have to fulfill two criteria:
- They blog for themselves.
- They write with an audience in mind.
Blogging for yourself is the critical component. At it’s purest form, personal blogs are about you and you alone. They are your thoughts and emotions expressed and frozen into written form. They bear the very essence of who you are. In short, what you write on your blog is a written mirror of who you are.
Writing with an audience however isn’t about writing what people want to hear. It’s writing in a way that people can relate to. Your writing style in essence determines whether or not your mundane life is exactly as it is – mundane – or a thoughtful musing of an interesting person. It determines how open you are to the public or how cryptic you are with your life. Your writing style is the main attraction of your blog. It is something that has to evolve with time. Something that grows with the audience. It is that writing style in which I will be touching later on as I write more about personal blogging.
A lot of people that start blogs about their personal life often make a mistake and reverse these criteria. Blogging for an audience and writing for themselves is only going to alienate readers with unnatural and unreadable writing that doesn’t serve any real point, even to the bloggers themselves. It’s something every personal blogger has to watch out for and make sure they don’t fall into that pattern.
Hopefully, this sheds some light on personal blogging and gives you an opportunity for you to explore the personal blogs around you. Maybe you can find a gem among the stones that you have never seen before. Maybe you are a gem among the stones that no one has read before. Either way what about you?
Do you have a personal blog? Do you know of any good ones? Please share them here if you can. I’d like to hear from you. I’m always on the look out for good personal blogs with interesting writing styles.
Personal Blogging Series
If you haven’t already, you can read the rest of the Personal Blogging series linked here:
- Bringing Personal Blogging To Light
- Writing The Picture of a Personal Blog
- Public vs Private: Cryptic Writing For Personal Blogs
- Defining The Voice Of Your Blog
Edrei blogs on Footsteps in the Mirror, a personal and commentary blog. He often writes about his personal exploits, life philosophies, as well as tips on blogging and WordPress. Edrei is also an active member of the 9rules community network. You can subscribe to him via RSS Feed.