Blogging Tips – Let’s Get Personal With Blogging

Let’s Get Personal With Blogging

Have you ever shared about your family on your blog?

Do you feel like adding a story about your own life is too personal?

This particular topic has been on my mind for weeks now, and I’m really excited to have this conversation with you. Today, let’s talk about getting personal with our blogging.

Social Media

Social media is a wonderful thing. I never thought it would be so easy to keep in touch with old friends. I love seeing updates from my girlfriend who lives in Germany. Social Media has brought us together. Yet, at the same time it has created distance.

Have you ever see that commercial where the daughter is worried about her parents and their “anti-social behavior”. She admits that they (her parents) only have 16 Facebook friends, and she on the other hand has over 600 friends. Meanwhile, the commercial is cutting to her parents with another couple going out, bike riding, and going to concerts.

Social media does lack a personal touch. Because of that, readers crave authentic vulnerability that can be difficult to communicate though writing. However, I believe that adding a personal touch to every post is vital in this increasing social media world.

The Risk Getting Personal

There are a few risks that come from adding that personal touch.

  • First, once you put your information out there – it’s out there for everyone to see. I’m a shy person by nature and it makes me nervous that what I say today will always follow me.
  • Another risk for me is I don’t want to put too much out there. I still want to offer my readers good informative information. I would hate to lose the content behind my latest cat story. (I don’t have a cat, but you know what I mean)
  • Video Blogs, which is a whole beast in and of itself. But, they are a great way to get personal. I did one not too long ago. I had just cut my hair and now it’s on YouTube!

Knowing those risks and I’m sure there are many other risks, how do we communicate that we are real people on the other side of the computer?

Getting Personal

Let’s get personal, personal.

You may have heard me describe it this way. Every blog I write, I want my reader to feel like we just had a great cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Notice, it’s not at my home, where you will see the dishes in my sink, or my daughters trail of toys from her bedroom to mine.

As great of a picture that is, how do we do that?

  1. Keep It Simple Stud
    Offer your reader little pieces of who you are. So add a quick story here or a funny story there. Only offer what you’re comfortable with and be as honest as you can.Example: One of my blogs that I write for the owner is a big Detroit sports fan. I try to add it a little bit about whatever is happening with the Tigers, Lions and Redwings.
  2. Video Blogs
    Besides having a bad hair day, I loved doing a video blog. It is personal and doesn’t hide the amazing content you are sharing.
  3. Pictures
    These are good for blog posts in general. I’ll admit, I haven’t actually done this and I’m changing that today. Adding pictures provides a personal touch.

All three blogging tips suggestions offer that personal touch while keeping things professional.

Do you agree that blog articles need a personal touch?

How do you keep it personal?

Here are some pictures of my little lady this weekend. She was celebrating the Wolverines making it to the final four and partying in her Easter dress. Have a great week!

Little Lady 1
Little Lady 2

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

28 comments on “Blogging Tips – Let’s Get Personal With Blogging
  1. Alisa Meredith says:

    It’s funny, our most popular posts are of the “how-to” variety. I don’t feel like they need to be personalized, but I do try to make the tone friendly and conversational. I like what you said, “Every blog I write, I want my reader to feel like we just had a great cup of coffee at the local coffee shop.”

    But, this is making me rethink. Maybe I’m not being personal enough. Great job.

  2. I feel adding personal information in an appropriate manner in a blog article helps the reader connect with the writer on a human level.

  3. Stella Scott says:

    I do think a personal touch is good, now and then. I’m not too good at it myself, but I think about it and do my best to have my own style and convey my way of thinking. Working on getting “me” more into the posts though.
    Thanks for a great read!

  4. Dawn Lanier says:

    That’s an interesting question Christine. I think I ‘keep it personal’ through my writing style. I try to write the way I’d talk to you in person, so there’s less distance between myself and my reader. When I blog ‘how to’ posts (which I do fairly often) I share the ‘I feel your pain’ reason that got me to search for a solution. My goal is always to empower. The name of my company is Yes You Can, so my message tends to flow in that direction. It helps me connect with my audience in a very personal way, based on what they’ve told me 🙂 Great post. Your daughter is adorable!

  5. Carrie says:

    I can understand the hesitancy – it’s a big world out there, and once you publish something, it’s there forever! However, to do social media right, you have to make it personal and that includes sharing bits of yourself. I like the idea of a video blog…I plan to get there once I decide which video camera to go with!

    • Carrie,
      You are so right, Carrie, I couldn’t have said it better. I would love to hear about how your experience with video blogging goes. Video blogs are such a great way to be personal and stay professional. I love it. Thanks so much for commenting.

  6. My blog started as a way to communicate with message boards friends. They were friends first, followers later so I kept it “friendly”. The choice on what to post and what not to post is a twist on what my father taught me about talking “never say anything about anyone that you wouldn´t dare repeating to their faces”. 😀 If I´d feel umcomfortable with it later I don´t post it.
    That being said it is a “lifestyle” type of blog. If it were a “product” type I´d keep it focused on the product and it´s benefits with little to none personal content.

  7. Emily Wilke says:

    Great post. I am new to blogging and my blog focuses on crafts and scrapbooking. Which appeals to relationships so I feel I need to talk to them as we are already acquaintances if not friends. But I am still careful about what I share about my personal life.

  8. Hi Christine,

    I’m with you 100%. Seems to me that the whole point of all this social media is to establish person-to-person connections. Otherwise we’re writing in a secret diary or talking to the trees.

    Posting on Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest — especially blogging — invites that personal engagement. Particularly when we write in our own “voice” and reveal that we’re people with hopes, passions, strengths, and weaknesses.

    Like many bloggers, I suppose, I write most often about my businesses, and usually from a personal perspective. Occasionally I write mainly about my own thoughts and feelings. But always in the hope that people will find it interesting enough to reply, and make it a conversation.

  9. Sue says:

    I keep my blog very personal and share lots of pictures and stories with my readers. I think it helps people relate and makes it interesting. Love your daughter’s Michigan dress – Go Blue:)

  10. Delia says:

    I agree that sharing something personal from time to time is a great idea and brings some life to your blog and show you are human. I am not in favour of sharing personal experiences all the time though, unless your blog is about that.

    And good tips to make sure you won’t mind that whatever you share will never be private, nothing really is anymore. So be mindful with the amount/type of information you share online, whatever makes you comfortable is fine and don’t feel pressured to share more or earlier than you want 🙂

  11. Rosie says:

    Hi there
    I love a blog that has a good balance between business and personal stuff – there is nothing that will turn me away from reading more that SELL SELL SELL. Time to write an “About Me” blog I think!

  12. Elizabeth Maness says:

    I had my personal life and my business life so far apart I didn’t know who I was. I started sharing a little bit more about myself about a year ago and it makes a big difference! Great advice!

  13. Elizabeth,
    I can see how you felt like you didn’t know who you were by keeping two huge parts of your life so separate. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Rosie says:

    I blogged about me Christine!

  15. Rosie,
    I just read it and I loved it. Send some of that bread my way! 😉

  16. Designer Rob Russo says:

    Excellent post! I think it is a great idea for sharing a few personal details. With so much networking and business happening all online these days, you might work with a lot of people that you never meet in person. But you want to work with people you trust, right? Sharing a bit of personal details is one way to open up a bit and build that trust.

    I shared a birthday letter to my wife last fall on my design blog and it still gets a lot of view to this day. (Apparently a lot of husbands are searching Google for help in this department!)

  17. Rob,

    Well of course I had to go read this letter. I must say, very romantic. I love that poem too. That article is another great example of getting personal with your readers. Thank you so much for sharing.