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    Sharing Yourself With Your Online Community

    Post by guest contributor Disney. Photography of Sunday Suppers for Alt NYC.

    How To Present Yourself To Your Readers

    Your blog is basically your online journal. Your journal that thousands of people all over the world are going to read! That’s why your readers will often say that they follow “you." While writing in your personal journal can be perfectly candid, the writing you post on your blog should be slightly censored.

    Search Yourself

    To build a following, people have to like you. Period. But that doesn't mean that you have to be a “life of the party” personality, with the wit of a comedy show host. Every personality and temperament has something to offer, and yours is no exception. So take a few moments and contemplate your personality. Do you have a great sense of humor? A cheerful disposition? A heart that can empathize well? Or perhaps a leadership ability that is great at getting people motivated? Find your relational talents and use them to present yourself to your readers. Try not to worry about trying to come off just like other writers.

    Be positive

    Not all of us were born with rose-colored glasses, but if you have a tendency to be negative, do your best not to let it show on your blog. When people read your blog, they do it to be inspired and uplifted; to come away with a good feeling. They won’t have that good feeling, if you’re complaining about your day or whining about life. The world needs all the positivity it can get, and readers will naturally go to the places they find it.

    Be positive, but be honest

    While it’s important to be uplifting, resist the urge to produce happiness all the time. In order for your readers to feel connected with you, they need to see a little of the unpolished you every once in a while. Did you make a mistake? Own up to it and laugh about it. Are you feeling overwhelmed? Take a few days off and tell them why. Your readers care about you and want to know that you trust them enough to share some of your deeper thoughts as well as the surface stuff.

    Share your day

    If you’re comfortable with it, share your day-to-day activities with your readers from time to time. Share family trip photos, hilarious quotes from your kids, that gorgeous new skirt you bought, or any other small bits of your life. One of my favorite posts to share is “Our day in photos,” with a picture taken each hour and little or no text. As you share your personal life more, your readers will develop a natural affection and loyalty toward you.

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    Reader Comments (3)

    Thanks this is very useful!

    Sep 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaytlyn

    As a brand new blogger, I find this post encouraging, esp. b/c it reminds me not to be intimidated by the writing of so many fine bloggers out there. With the zillions of blogs, it's easy to ask, "What's the point?" Yet this post provides an answer: to offer my own approach. That's something about which I need constant reminding.

    Sep 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVivi

    Hi there, I've just started writing my own blog and marketing, I went to University and came out with a degree that I will never use going for a job I never wanted, so I stumbles into the film construction industry to get some money in, not realy what I'm looking for when it comes to work but it's money. When I was at school when taking my GCSE's I was told I was dyslexic, teachers thought I was just slow when they found out it was too late for the tests, but I was not going to let this stop me and got an education. Whats funny is even though my spelling is darn awful and grammar is much to be desired few months ago I started writing a book, Why? It something I never done before and I have so much imagination that I want to get in down on paper... so I tried a short book that when it comes back from getting checked out will be selling in on amazon. I will let you know when I have it up and running in my blog so please keep an eye out and give me some feedback on it. Positive and negative please be truthful. At the moment on the blog I'm just marketing somethings to get some rep and a little cash flowing.
    Have a look and see what you think comments are always welcome.



    Apr 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdrew tappin

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