Being an authentic blogger in a world full of fake online lives can be difficult. It’s not easy to feel like you can be yourself when we are constantly told that we should be a certain way to be liked. Authenticity can be really hard to come by, especially when it comes to relationships and on social media. Everyone loves to put on this persona online, and its one that I will not get behind. Being an authentic blogger is something I have grown to learn. When I first started back to blogging I found it hard to open up to my readers. I still keep alot of my life private, but choose to share the vulnerable parts of me in hopes that it will help others.
Doing this has helped me so much in feeling more comfortable. And has enabled me to become the authentic blogger I feel I am today. Not all bloggers are like this though. Their platforms are built on copyrighted content and ugly personalities. And let me tell you, you will. not get far in your blogging career behaving that way. I’m no saint, and I’m claiming to be this perfect blogger that gets it right 100% of the time. I have made my fair share of blogging mistakes, and have openly admitted to them on many occasions. I think authentic bloggers are few and far between, and thats why I wanted to share this post. So that new bloggers will know what’s expected of them, and also what will help them to grow into the bloggers they aspire to be.
CREATE ORIGINAL CONTENT
It’s no secret that the blogging world is very over saturated. Its near impossible to create content nobody else has thought of. Creating original content, is simply you sitting down and typing out your post. Its not taking ideas from other bloggers and using their words as your own. I have never spoken about copyright before, but it something thats really important in the blogging world. It’s a law and an offence to use someone else’s work and claim it as your own. If you want to be an authentic blogger, then it’s important that the content you post is yours. Re-sharing or re-blogging content is perfectly fine, because you are not claiming their posts as your own.
When I first started blogging I had no idea about laws and copyright. I thought it was okay to seek inspiration from other bloggers work. I’m not saying that I copied and pasted anybodies writing, but I soon realised that you wont get far in blogging if you are only using other peoples ideas. It was a learning curve and one that I really hate when I see it happen to other bloggers. I don’t think its happened to me yet (thankfully), but I’m sure my day is coming.
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Something I found hard when blogging was how to be vulnerable. I found it so hard to open up on my blog, but when I did it was so well received. Being vulnerable on your blog isn’t something that alot of people feel comfortable doing, and I get that. It was so hard for me to first open up, but once I did. I realised that it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. I think one of my worries was how my audience would receive it. The post I shared about my best friends funeral was the first post where I truly opened up. I had held onto that post for nearly 4 years before deciding to post it. It was almost like therapy for me after I did. I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.
Being an authentic blogger is about more than sharing your birthday or your middle name. It’s about being raw, and real and sharing parts of you that you haven’t ever shared with those around you. Similarly, if you don’t feel comfortable sharing vulnerable things. Thats okay. It doesn’t make you any less authentic than the next blogger. Always do what you feel comfortable doing.
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This sounds obvious, but I notice alot of bloggers fail to do this. Some people come into blogging wanting to be the next Zoella and seem to put on this mask and be someone they are not. Your readers will see through this, and will figure out what you are doing. Blogging is special because you don’t have to have a certain look, or personality to make it as a blogger. We accept any and all people. And thats what I love about this platform. We don’t discriminate.
Being an authentic blogger is about sharing who you are and being proud of it. It can be hard to be yourself in a world full of fakes and phoneys.
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ENGAGE WITH YOUR AUDIENCE
Remember that your audience plays a key role in the success of your blog. If they stop coming, then your blog will fail. Engaging with your audience is one of the most important things to do. Especially if you want to be a pro at blogging. Engaging with your audience can look very different for different people. It could be replying to comments on your posts, or visiting other blogs and networking. It could be interacting with your followers on social media too.
Being an authentic blogger is making sure that you don’t let the numbers get to your head. And it’s about making sure that you support and love on your audience as much as they do to you. It’s a two way street here. If they support you, then you should support them too.
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Do you feel like your an authentic blogger? What are some things that make a blogger authentic?
It can be hard in todays society to be anything but yourself. We live in a time where we are made to feel inferior, and less than if we don’t look or behave a certain way. My friend, you are who you are and we love you for that. Keep shining your bright light on this world. We need more of it.