If you want to develop empathy, write for others. If you want to be a good writer, learn to articulate.
What are the benefits of starting a personal blog? How can you grow through blogging?
Well, firstly, is to think about what you want to write. Then whittle that idea down to an angle. If you just write what you feel, you’ll end up writing a blog all about what you had for breakfast, and how your day went.
You need to figure out an angle that includes the reader, makes the reader connect with your world, and therefore care about your writing.
If you find a main topic to write about, and it resonates with people out there, you’ll build connections with those readers.
I’ve been blogging for years. It gives me a place to work on my writing, to improve, to experiment and find my style and an angle to speak from.
Blogging is firstly about writing, any money making ideas always have to take second place. Your ability to communicate in an effective and useful way, comes first.
Sit down and write a few notes about what your main interests in life are. Then you’ll start to see that you could turn one or two of those into a blogging subject. Those subjects could also offer good threads of thought that allow you to create variations on a theme.
Variety in how you treat a subject is important for your readers to stay engaged, and to keep you motivated as a writer.
Some bloggers don’t think too deeply about their subject, so they write repetitive pieces that really are just the same old post churned over and over again. They don’t last long.
You’re human, so are your readers; think of all the problems of life that you and all the unknown people out there share with you. Look at Maslow’s pyramid of hierarchies. The daily needs that people have in life. Use it to help you think more specifically about subjects to follow. This will create a resonating thread of thought for your blog posts.
If you don’t write about problems, your writing won’t contain an element of conflict and solution. Then, you’ll just write about how nice the coffee tastes, and that’s not really interesting to people who have pressing problems about their lives.
People want a story, so use story techniques to develop a blog post. Use anecdotes, scenes that create little stories of conflict and resolution. This keeps the reader alert and focused on what you are writing.
Often, readers on the internet are looking for solutions to their problems. Many people presume that money will solve that problem. That’s why so many writers write about how to make loads of money, and the readers are still left wondering about how to make money. Solve human problems, or at least try your best to help.
Better to write about how to be a better human, how to overcome daily problems of living; like, how to get your act together and become more capable at handling all the problems that face us each day.
When people read something uplifting, they tend to discover that they have more strength than they thought. Your writing may be the flare that lights up the darkness for them.
Growth through blogging is the development of your writing abilities. Those abilities are the skills you hone to communicate. There’s an obvious lack in communication skills these days.
Communication requires people to be empathetic with each other. You can’t understand another human being by reading statistics and using guess work. Get to know who you write for, and do your best to address their problems.
The internet has encouraged people to write quickly, and to write in a way that is easy to read; it has led to writers creating blocks of information that can be read rapidly, not thought about, and discarded quickly. Short pieces, short videos, abbreviated words that aren’t standardized — many people haven’t a clue what “I took my c2tvthsm” means. I know what it means, nobody else does.
Often the writer doesn’t think about the reader, which leads to meaningless dribble.
A good blog will come across as something comprehensive, well written, thoughtful, and worth the time of day to read. Without those qualities a blog will only be shallow and pointless for any reader.
You should look for a passionate topic that floats your boat, and be sure that there are other people out there who also love that topic. That’s the recipe for connecting.
Blogging is a good place to start and practise writing, communication, develop ideas, and expand on the problems of life and the world. It’s a place to gather a crowd and communicate in an intelligent way.
Not a lot of people know that.