I’ve been reading a LOT of blogs lately—seriously, it’s gotten distracting—but I guess that’s what you start to do when you start to take your blogging efforts seriously. One thing I’ve noticed in many of my new favorite blogs is that the writers tend to delve into their personal lives at a leisurely but thorough pace through multiple blog posts.
That’s something I hadn’t really thought about doing for myself before. I guess I was still stuck in the mindset of, why would anyone care to hear so much about my personal life? or why bother going into so much detail about myself, isn’t that kind of self-absorbed? But the truth is that when I’m reading these posts by other people, these thoughts are never what cross my mind. I’ve realized that talking about your personal life is actually a way of reaching an audience, and at an intimate level, at that. Some of my favorite posts and general articles to read have to do with the personal lives of their authors. They’re relatable. They’re inspirational. They make me feel like I’m not alone. And they’re addictive to read.
Funny how I’d never thought of it that way before. I claim to be a writer, and I have the rule, “write what you know” deeply engrained in my head, and yet I haven’t fully dedicated myself to doing just that. I know that my favorite authors and songwriters all make a point of sharing pieces of themselves with their fans through their writing (heyyy, T Swift!) and that’s what makes them so great. It’s art, and it’s what makes us human.
So, hi, this is me.
Sure, not everyone cares about my love story with my husband, or how I felt going to college, or how I’ve ended up where I am today with my current career and future career goals. But someone might. And isn’t that where to start? Without the idea that maybe someone else in the world can relate to and be helped by one person’s words and experiences, those writers we admire would not have reached the success and fanbase they enjoy. We would not even have them around to admire.
And that would just be sad. Writers need readers, and readers need writers. Writers need someone to appreciate what they have to say, and readers need someone to write about something they want to read. It is a codependent relationship, and I feel like I can finally see that clearly.
I’m going to make more of an effort now to really write about myself. I’ll keep writing other stuff, too. But there is really too much to learn about me than I can fit on my About page, which I’ll confess, I worked on for a good while. I want my readers to know me like I feel like I know my friend Taylor Swift. And if I only reach that one person, I’ll be content.
So, here’s to getting to know each other better. Here’s to writing what I really know. Hope you enjoy the ride together!
Do you ever hesitate to write about yourself, or have any blogging revelations of your own?