In January, I began a series on how to be a better blogger and influence others. I said that blogging is sharing yourself, your writing, and your passion for life. Then I gave you 5 Tips for New Bloggers. If you would like to review that post before continuing, please follow the link below.
Today I will share a more in-depth look at Tip #1: Be Passionate.
When you are passionate about your topic, your readers will sense your passion and they will become loyal fans.
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer. My writing began with my grandmother giving me scraps of paper, napkins, and once, she even handed me a paper plate. Then she told me to write her a story.
I suspect it was her way of keeping a pesky grandchild occupied, but it fueled my passion to write.
I wanted to be a writer.
That desire only waned long enough for me to dream of being a private investigator somewhere in Hawaii. I fancied myself a female Magnum P.I., without the shiny red sports car. Although, I would have gladly accepted a candy apple red corvette had someone handed me the keys.
Unfortunately my college professors didn’t love my writing. In fact, they discouraged me, so before long, i gave up on my dream.
Then, just about five years ago, I began blogging at The Domestic Fringe. It was like being a little kid with a paper plate, only I was a woman with a computer. I wrote and other people not only read, but they also left comments. They liked what they were reading enough to come back the next day, and again the next.
The difference between blogging and schoolwork is passion.
I could care less about a three line Haiku, and I don’t ever want to write another research paper, but I could write for years about my life, my family, and my faith. These are the things I love. These are the topics that stir my soul.
When I blog, I write from my heart, and you should too, because your readers need to see you being passionate about something.
Passion is contagious.
When they see your heart speaking through your words, they’ll want to come back and read more.
Now this kind of passionate writing is a little risky. It will mean sharing the hard things from time to time, but your readers deserve to see you, the real you, coming through in your words.
God created us to be unique. No two people are exactly alike and no two bloggers write alike. We were meant to be different, to meet different needs, to reach different audiences.
God made you special and He put the desire in your heart to write, to blog, to share your life with others,. So embrace you, and allow your readers get to know you through your writing.
If you’re a new blogger, my first tip for you is to write with passion. And if you’ve been blogging for a while, maybe the passion has fizzled. Take pause and remember what it is that gets you excited, that makes your blood pump a little quicker, and then write about those things you love.
We can flood the internet with words, but when we write with our heart at our fingertips, we make a difference that is remembered.
Don’t settle for being just another blogger in a world of blogs, be passionate about what you write, and allow God to use your words to encourage, entertain, and stir the hearts of your readers.
© 2013 – 2014, A Sweet Guest. All rights reserved. Love it? Please share, pin, tweet or email but do not use my work without permission.