5 Easy Ways To Make Your Blog More Interesting
Don’t let your blog feel uninspired. Here’s a few things I see all the time that are, in my humble opinion, really boring on a blog, and easy fixes to make your blog have a bigger impact.
1. Blog Names
It bother’s me when I go to someone’s blog and see it’s called “Jimmy’s Blog”, or whoever. No offense to Jimmy, but I don’t know him and therefore have no reason to be curious about what he has to say. Also, a statement that this is Jimmy’s blog gives me absolutely no idea what the blog is about. Don’t keep me guessing. Pick a statement to say what your blog is about, and make sure it is easy to find so that your readers will want to read more about your topic, or what you’re generally trying to do. And keep in mind that this isn’t just a diary about the details of your everyday. Surely there is some sort of underlying theme that you can draw on.
2. The general consensus on this matter is…
I love reading people’s thoughts on controversial topics. There is great power behind the written word, and it shows strength when someone uses that power to say what they really feel. Don’t pussyfoot around what you want to say, and don’t just give your readers the socially-accepted view. You will never be able to make everyone happy, so don’t try to do it in your writing. Have an opinion, and share it! We don’t have to agree with you to want to listen.
3. When you write from the heart, people can tell.
I have a perfect example of this. Readers, meet my good friend Sash. Sash, readers. Now that we’re all acquainted, I want to show you something incredible on her blog. For the past little while Sash has been blogging, and had a good response to her posts in views and followers. Well one day she wrote a piece she called Embracing Me, and with that one post everything changed. She wrote about discovering herself and the meaning behind her blogging. Her quest for self-acceptance and doing what is right for her. And she told me that that post not only felt freeing to her, but she also got a better response than she expected. When you write what you feel and really let go, people can tell. And they care. Find that power within yourself, and when the urge to write strikes, don’t hold back.
4. Infuse your personality.
Every once in a while I read a post or a comment somewhere, and feel like I’ve known that person forever. I just got such a great view of their personality, and it feels refreshing to get that nowadays. Especially on the internet, there is so much working against a writer who is trying to be free from it all (ads, emoticons, distractions and other noise). When your writing feels open, like a conversation with your best friend, people will open up to you in return. I should note that obviously this is not always appropriate depending on the type of blog. For example, “John Doe was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime he committed. Lolz teaches him to get caught haha word up, Playa!” Coming up with examples for things is super fun.
5. Start a conversation.
For some reason, people seem to be hesitant to make comments on things a lot of the time. Or maybe they’re just too lazy. No judgment, I’m pretty lazy myself. Cool things happen when differing opinions come together and brawl, though. Even if everyone agrees, the sharing of experiences is awesome and creates a sense of community, even on the internet where we are used to being hidden. Do your best to encourage people to respond, even by something as simple as asking at the end of a post, “what do you think?” You can learn a lot about people by starting a conversation that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Don’t pass up the opportunity!