In all my posts about blogging, I have always mentioned one important thing about the blogs we write. It’s simply the fact that our blogs are a reflection of who we are for a world we want to be noticed in whether we like to admit it or not, more so if we’re writing personal blogs. If you’re still trying to put your mark in the blogosphere, one question a lot of us ask ourselves is this…how do we turn who we are into something people will come back over and over again to read? Well one thing’s for sure.
It’s not going to be noodle posts.
In all my time blogging, one person taught me one thing about making your blog work the way you want it to. It’s just so obvious, I can’t believe I missed it for the first 2 years of my blogging life. Like all all blogs that attract a lot of attention…they all focus on one thing. Commercial blogs may help sell their products, blogging blogs talk nothing but blogs, political blogs focus on (surprise!!) politics. Are you starting to see the point here?
They all have themes.
And you might want it too.
Theming your blog works the same people are known throughout their lives. I mean…in your life, everyone is known for something and people will connect to you that way. People who want those qualities will come to you over and over again for them. Blogs work the same way.
Althought it’s good to be varied every now and again, but it you’re writing differently everyday, the best you’re going to come up with is one hit wonder posts where your readers won’t know whether to return or not because you won’t be writing about the same thing. Since blogs are a reflection of who we are or what we stand for, theming definitely works better because with so many people out there, so many…possibilities for blogging niches, people are bound to be recognized for blogging something.
And that’s where you work your magic.
However, there is a catch. With personal blogs, it’s hard to be immediately known for something unless you have an edge like a sharp wit, some critical thinking, a bit of classy humour and all that jazz. For the most part, a lot of us won’t be noticed until we work on networking ourselves up the blogosphere chain.
That’s why you have to be consistent.
That’s the key to theming really. Consistency. It doesn’t matter if you have one or two post a week that don’t follow your set style of writing. It doesn’t matter whether you get 20-30 hits a day in the beginning. Just as long as you find a style of writing that people like and you concentrate on it, focus on it…then people will come back again and again to read what you wrote about. Because that’s what you will be known for. That will be your identity in the blogosphere.
One in which people will come back and expect to read.
The good thing about all this is that when people come back and read…it will be something that’s purely you. You can take anything that happened in your life and turn it into the style that you’re best known for regardless about what it is because you have been working on it consistently. It becomes a habit…an instinctual sense of blogging.
And it’s all yours to call your own.
So if you think that people aren’t paying attention to your blog enough, try focusing on something. It can be a set style of writing, it can be a set situation you’re in…as long as you focus on one thing at a time…people will come. It may be slow…but people will come regardless.
Which is a good thing entirely.
And always extremely satisfying to know.