The semester is finally over! And that means I actually have time to sit down a write a blog post that doesn’t have anything to do with Grey’s Anatomy! I know––weird. But it’s happening. And if you’ve ever thought about starting your own blog, this one is for you!
“How do I start a blog? I think I want to do it.”
I get this question a lot. And the answer is really simple: you just do it. I usually tell people to start one up with a free account, make it private, and play around with it for a few weeks, and then, once you’ve got things figured out and a few entries posted, make it public. If it’s something you feel like you’ll stick with, maybe up your plan to something paid. (this blog cost me around $65 a year!) Set a schedule for yourself and your readers so they know when to expect to hear from you, (I wish I could take this advice… *sigh*) write whatever comes to you, and be open with your readers! That’s the biggest thing.
But let’s narrow the question down to one I got yesterday:
“How do I connect with my readers?”
Be a human. That’s the key. I’ve seen some blogs that look perfect, have the perfect posts, the perfect pictures, the perfect everything. But here’s the thing about those blogs: they aren’t real. Nobody’s life looks perfect all the time. These are the blogs that just seem like words on a screen to me. I don’t connect with the author at all. If you don’t want to be that kind of blogger, (and you should not want to be that kind of blogger) be a human. Be open. Show your feelings––the good ones, the bad ones, the sad ones, the depressed ones, the excited ones. Show them all, because odds are, at least one of your readers will be feeling something similar and your words could help them feel a little less alone.
There’s a certain pressure put on people when they come across a blog or social media account that looks completely perfect. They (and me!) start second guessing things, they compare themselves to that account, they feel terrible about their life. Don’t do that to your readers. Be real. Be honest.
And have fun with things! Get a little crazy. Step out of your comfort zone every now and then. But don’t let your blog stress you out.
Communicate with your readers. Ask them what they want to hear from you, and write about it when you can. Share your life with them. You don’t have to write about everything, duh. There are some things we don’t want to know, and there are going to be some things you aren’t ready to write about. That’s ok! That’s normal. But I try to let my readers know what’s going on in my life, even when it’s not a good day. You don’t have to be specific––just let them see that you have bad days too, just like everyone else.
That’s what I’d tell you if you asked me how to connect to your readers.
Just be a human.
*PS: to those of you who have been waiting very patiently for the next Grey’s review, you should have it tomorrow.