Today the Daily Prompt is asking me what advice I would give to other bloggers. Not that my advice will get them very far, since listening to it has done me little good, but it is still something that I feel pretty strongly about.
If I had to give people advice about blogging, it would be one very simple thing.
Last week, the Daily Prompt asked if we are writing blogs for ourselves or for others, and in my mind it actually doesn’t matter who you are writing for. Whether it is for your self-satisfaction or the acceptance of others, the best thing that you can do when writing a blog is to be yourself.
Don’t compromise on what you believe in, don’t write what you think other people might appreciate (though you are welcome to write about subjects that you feel they may appreciate) but write in your own voice. You have a unique outlook on the world that makes you uniquely qualified to write about the way that you see the world. Others may share in your outlook or may have similar outlooks, but no one has been brought up the way that you have and no one has lived the experiences that you have.
If you aren’t including yourself in your writing, then there is nothing about that writing to make it stand out from the crowds of blogs that other people have written. There is nothing to draw people in and there is nothing to keep them there. Write from your perspective and you will always find one or two people who are willing to listen.