It seems that everyone (over 35) has a blog these days, so how can you make yours stand out from all the others.
Well apart from doing something super gutsy like posting nude photos, (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist,) being controversial or airing your dirty laundry, another way is to write as if you’re having a conversation with a friend.
Tip # 7:
“Keep your writing voice simple, cheery and a reflection of the way you speak.” —Little Tips to Boost Your Blog’s Popularity.
So this morning I decided to experiment. I drove to my favorite park, pulled out my cell phone and recorded a pretend conversation with my fake friend. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a one-sided conversation.
- Just a little background. I’m a divorced woman who refuses to dwell on the past, and is in the midst of planning her next gutsy adventure. My new goal is to encourage both men and women to take action and make the second part of their life, even more exciting than the first.
Here’s my pretend conversation with my fake friend Samantha
“This is the first time in my life I can do what the hell I please. I feel free.
Now I can go to the pool at seven, then to Barnes & Noble, and buy a latte and read books until they close.
I don’t have to worry about being home at five to cook dinner for (John)-fake husband, and what’s really weird is that I no longer feel lonely.
The crazy part is I have no idea where I shall be living this time next year, or what I shall be doing. My life is in limbo.
“So what do you think you’ll do if the Peace Corps turns you down?” my fake friend asks.
I really don’t know. I did take a look at the TEFL/TESOL brochure last night and was kind of amazed by how many opportunities there are all over the world to teach English as a second language. It made me start thinking about just picking a country and moving there. I would get paid to teach, and if I like it, I could pick another country after that.
Some countries pay your airfare and accommodation. I think Hong Kong, is one of them. I would love to live in several countries and teach English; it would be such an adventure to live for 6 months to a year in each country. The strange thing is many people who have done this seem to get addicted to it. They say it’s a life changing experience just like the Peace Corps.”
What do you think? Does it sound conversational? Have you tried writing conversational posts?
There are several other tips which I found helpful on Career Girl’s Post called: “Little Tips to Boost Your Blog’s Popularity.”
I think we can all find something worth improving in order to stand out and, hopefully, become more popular bloggers.
I know that finding your #1 Target audience, is critical, and for me, this is shifting as I reinvent myself. I’m gradually moving away from the overly competitive field of authors/coaches/book promoters to my brand: Gutsy Living®.
So #1 Target audience means:
You need to know who reads your blog and why. Knowing this will help you direct your content better, so give a little bit of thought to it. Who do you want to read this blog and what kind of content will they come back for? –“Little Tips to Boost Your Blog’s Popularity.”
Here is the list of topics covered in Beth’s blog.
#1 Target audience
#2 Be objective
#4 About page
#5 Social Media
#8 Be human