Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Heart of Blogging--Blissdom Style

What makes a blogger tick? What makes one wildly successful and another maintain a followers list of 2? Is there a “hard and fast” formula to a successful blog? These are questions I think must constantly receive time and attention from people that study these sorts of things. 
I pondered these questions as I drove to Nashville with Heth riding shotgun. I wondered if I was going to be given a magic formula, which would correct any blaring mistakes I currently make. After sitting and listening to sessions, I came to this conclusion: I have to write for me. That is always most important in this journey of blogging.

·         Do some bloggers have crazy formatting and a bazillion followers? Yes!

·         Do some bloggers insist on having that dreaded word verification on their blog that we hate so much? Yes!  

·         Do some bloggers just publish fluff with little to no legitimate content and still receive bookoos of comments? Yes!

 Here’s the thing: If you aren’t being true to yourself on your blog, you are going to run out of things to say. You can only be inspired and be fake for so long.

 Always write like you are talking to your best friend. Be a storyteller! My favorite teacher ever in school happens also to be a English teacher—who reads my blog. The first thing I told her, “Please don’t be too rough on my grammar, I know I make terrible mistakes sometimes!”

 Her comment to the person standing with us, “Tiffany is one of the best writers, because she writes from her heart.” Heart makes the content! There is no complicated formula for that. It is just that simple. I love my family, friends and the life I have. Having those things—makes my writing easy!  

Am I guilty of throwing up some pictures and calling it a day, from time to time? Yes. We all have those days where we have life happening and can’t take the time to churn out a spot on post. Or life happens and we need a few days off blogging.

But when you take the time to write what you need to write—a beautiful thing will happen. Everything will come together.

I know that isn’t a deep philosophical answer to the questions we all have about our blogs, but that is the “heart” (pun intended) of what I learned at Blissdom.

 I hope that you all have a great day!  


Whitney said...

I loooooove this post!!!!! It's perfect!

Amy Penny said...
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Amy @ Forever 29 said...

Great thoughts, Tiff! I always try to write like I'm talking to a friend and often check in with the people who know me IRL that my writing still seems like me! I actually don't even like to comment on blogs that get a bajillion comments because I feel like mine won't mean much, does that make sense?

Laura said...

LOVE THIS POST! Thank you for saying all of this.

Lindsey said...

Phenomenal post girflriend!!! I am working so hard on creating thoughtful posts so that my readers will want to continue to read what I write! :) thank you for inspiring me!

Jill said...

Girl- you hit the nail on the head with this post!

Amber said...

So true! And I must say well written!

Carrie said...

I wish everyone understood this simple formula. I get tired of clicking on a blog craving content and getting one picture of the dog or child.

Carrie with Children said...

I love that you said "Heart makes content" - absolutely true! If there isn't heart...there isn't a blog post! Love this post!

Ashley said...

Oh goodness, this is such a great post! Writing from my heart is something I've been working on for awhile, and Blissdom really motivated me to do better.