Now before you think this post is going to get raunchy, settle down. Get your mind out of the gutter.
This is about when your Real Life intersects with your blog (and perhaps business, depending on the importance of your blog) life.
5. Posts About Your Life Let People Connect with You
It’s all over the ‘how to blog’ or ‘how to market’ world – you, yourself, are a major part of what needs to be sold. If people like you, they might be more likely to buy your stuff. They might just want to hang out with you ’cause you’re cool.
By depicting your journey, whether it be in writing or video gaming or even mommy-blogging, you can also elicit help and advice from people who know what to do.
Or, if you get famous like J.K. Rowling, people will flock to those posts and think they know you. It’ll give superfans something to focus on without mobbing you, y’know?
One of my online heroes is MRE reviewer Steve1989. He’s one of those people so invested in his hobby that he’ll probably die of it. And, surprisingly, he’s one of the few internet famous people we know very little about beyond the fact that he didn’t have health insurance in 2016. You could use this as proof that you don’t need to be personal to get famous, but then again you’re comparing yourself to a guy who’ll eat a 150 year old cracker on Youtube.
If you don’t want to be extreme, consider letting people into your life a little more!
4. Your Memoir Stories Are Great!
This is probably the benefit of being personal that I take advantage of most. If you’ve had an interesting life or are basically cursed to live through unlikely circumstances, you can write something that people don’t even realize is real.
Your connection to your own life allows you to tap deeply into the emotions. You can play off relationships, events, and knowledge from your own life. You can make that time your great-aunt challenged your mom to a pudding contest seem much more intense than if you wrote about some vague, unreal people.
Not only that, you don’t have to come up with a plot for a memoir-esque tale. On a day where you just can’t put something together, drawing from your own life can give your writing that extra ‘boost’ so you can finish it.
3. Make use of “Stay Tuned!” Moments In Your Life
Do you follow people and root for their success? Do you look forward to posts about “I published my book” or “I published a short story”? I do.
A lot of people want to watch you to see how you might succeed. There’s this secret hope that you’ll crack into the published and/or famous world, then it’ll all seem possible. And, as long as you don’t give up, people will want to check in and see how you’re doing.
Unless you give up on a goal or die, your life story is basically constant episodes of a soap.
Every episode leaves a reader at a cliffhanger, and every post gives this need to keep following up.
2. Heckin’ Cathartic
Life sucks hard sometimes.
And, sometimes, it can feel pretty good to just get something off your shoulders. In 2018, Hurricane Florence had my house clearly in her sights, and I was feeling pretty wary what with all the intense forecasts. I wrote a lot of frantic, overly-zealous articles about getting ready for the storm (which last-minute zipped around me).
Even so, people online are usually nice and can help you out. Sometimes they can be a bag of awful, but that’s when you can bring down the ban-hammer and know they won’t be back in that guise, at least.
So write about your life. Put what you need to say in order to move on. Accept what comfort randos give you.
1. Sometimes, It’s Easy
I hinted to this one earlier in #4, but it’s true. Writing about yourself can be easy.
Copying is terrible, since it’s basically cheating if you don’t cite (and sometimes if you do). However, you can copy your own life and no one will give a crap. No one’s going to ban you from art school for writing about yourself and taking credit for it. And, yet, it’s kind of like copying a story from a known source!
So use your life as a cheat sheet. Write what you know doesn’t just improve your quality – it can also just give you an easy time.
Have you shared personal stories or updates on your website? Have you found any additional bonuses or – perhaps – downsides to sharing your own life story? Tell me about it in the comments!