day I was reading this lovely article, and it got me thinking
realizing that when it all comes down to it, if you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about – it doesn’t draw me in; I’m not engaged; there is no connection.
Think about it – for those of you who blog, when you initially started – nine times out of ten you thought, “Oh, I want to blog like _____.” (I know I’m not the only girl in the class that just raised her hand). Inevitably, we’ve made our first blogging mistake at the very beginning. Blogging, because of the outcomes we see with another blogger. Blogging, because of how popular said blogger is. Blogging, because said blogger makes a full time income from her blog.
And so we start this lovely blog, and spend a ton of money creating content for this blog (whether we’re crafting, cooking, baking, styling – etc.). And here is the real plunker –
WE’RE NOT GETTING THE SAME OUTCOMES.
Where are all the comments? Why isn’t anyone following me? Why am I not featured? Why aren’t corporations sending me free products yet?
Any while many, many factors play into having a successful blog (layout, design, photos, writing style, marketing, branding – just to name a few). It all comes down to the heart of it all.
WHAT YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT
Like those people, who wear their heart on their sleeves – readers can definitely tell if you’re truly passionate about the content you’re putting out there and if you’re not. And while you may have amazing photos and great tutorials; if you’re just going through the motions (for whatever reasons you may have) your “quality readers” will be lost. Those comments that are truly engaging and will be long gone.
When you’re passionate about your writing, it will show through and be infectious to others. Even if they have no connection to bloggers who talk about graduate schooling, mommy crafts, outfit posts and the list goes on; because YOU love what you write about and are passionate about it,people will be automatically be drawn to you. Why?? Because they want that passion. They want that fire. And you, my dear friends, have the ability to PASS IT ON.
Take a moment. Take some me time. Go get some coffee and a journal. For crying out loud, let Dad order some pizza for the kids. And ponder on what you are passionate about. All of your passions. Get it all out there on paper. And then…
TELL YOUR STORY!
Right now, I’m changing my story too. What I initally set out to do with this blog will most likely be transitioning in a month or too. Guess what. THAT IS A-OK. It is time to stop following the trends and start creating them. So on you go! Get to it, I know I am 🙂