keepin’ it real: finding your blogging style

by Melissa Gibson

keepin it real: finding your blogging style photo

Blogging has become an important part of businesses, but also a fun little hobby for people like myself.  You can showcase your latest work, your child’s art and recent happenings in your life.  Perhaps you own a business blog where you post images and advice for clients.  Maybe you have a how-to blog that includes tips and crafts for the home. Or?  You could be like me, and have a personal blog where you post images and stories of your little ones so that family and out-of-town friends can keep up with the latest funnies.  Either way,  if you operate a blog you must remember to keep it real.  Today, I’m going to share 5 tips that will hopefully help you do just that.  Listen up, People.

1.  Promote Positively:

If you choose to advertise on your blog, promote ONLY what you would use yourself.  Share and link to sites that you visit and are proud of. I link to Clickin Moms a LOT because I dig those people.  Have pride in your sponsors and make sure you can back them, their product or their site.  Don’t support anything that your Granny wouldn’t approve of.

2.  Be Honest:

What if you ran into one of your readers at Target?  Would they say you’re exactly as they imagined?  Make sure your online self is the same as your real life self.  Also?  Don’t steal words, one liners, or analogies from other bloggers.  It’s not cool.  Ever.  Posers are losers.  Always.

3.  Just Write:

When it’s time to blog, do you get all antsy and panicked?  Stopping and starting and stopping again?  Well?  DON’T.  When it’s time to write,  just sit yourself down and start typing.  DON’T STOP.  Pretend you’re talking to a girlfriend and let the words just flow.  Tell your friend all about it and type the way you speak.  Be candid, approachable, and professional.  You can go back later to correct your mistakes.

4.  Write drunk; edit sober (Ernest Hemingway):

Once you have gone all crazy with the blogging, written out your funny family story or your how-to session tips?  Take a break.   Leave your computer and focus your attention on something else.  Like on chocolate or pancakes.  Or chocolate covered pancakes.  Let your mind rest.  Come back to edit when you’re fresh.  And full.  “Sober”, so to speak.

5.  Be Yourself:

Are you a funny gal in real life?  Let that goofiness show.  Are you more serious and dainty?  Serious?  Show that.  Don’t pretend to be some really rad supermom-photographer-blogger-storyteller when you know you just sit around in your parents’ basement playing online poker wearing your brother’s t-shirt and your mom’s hair rollers.  Just BE YOU and you’ll be rad.  I promise.

These days?  Blogging is your voice.  It is your thoughts, your feelings, your funnies.  Blogging is your way to connect with the world.  Therefore, I encourage you to use that voice with genuineness, honesty and positivity.  Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, don’t snag another person’s humor, and don’t use big words that you wouldn’t normally use like “therefore”, “genuineness”, and “positivity”.  All in all, don’t be a poser.

Wanna know some of my favorite bloggers that know how to keep it real?

The Pioneer Woman
Baby Rabies
Mom*Tog
Momastery
Young House Love

And?  Since I can NEVER end a blog post without some images of my littles?  Here’s one from when I first started and one that’s recent.

keepin it real: finding your blogging style photo

keepin it real: finding your blogging style photo

How’s THAT for keeping it real?

*curtsy*

keepin it real: finding your blogging style photoMelissa Gibson, Georgia
Copywriter | CMU Instructor | CM Mentor
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Melissa is a proud MWAC who gears up with a Nikon D700, prime lenses, and edits her “fun, childlike, and whimsical” photography solely in Photoshop Elements. Melissa is one of the instructors for CMU’s Mastering Manual Exposure and the new Processing 103: Photoshop Elements and her goal both now and when she first began her photography journey in 2005 is to, in her own words, “remember my girls’ lives for them. They are so young yet growing so quickly. I know they won’t remember it all so I feel it’s my job to document it for them.” She is a self proclaimed goofball that loves reading, giggling, sweet tea, her iPhone, kisses, instagram, and having fun with her small family which includes her husband and three darling girls.

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