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#1 Mistake of a newbie blogger 

But I went on

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Like most amateur bloggers I set up a blog that could be classified as a PERSONAL – random musings, the occasional reviews and some travel tales. After all, I didn’t have a business, nor did I have a skill or expertise that I could share . Besides , my motivation for blogging was to share the goings on in my life.

However , despite my busy life, the posts were often hit and miss. Some  days the thoughts  flowed easily while on some days they just didn’t. They seemed stilted and forced . I found my draft folder growing with posts  unpublished simply because they didn’t sound so funny or amusing when I re-read them .

That also explained why my audience of 10 remained static. My content was too specific. It had too many references that others couldn’t relate to, in-house jokes etc. It just wasn’t interesting enough for strangers to my life or me .

#1 mistake of a newbie blogger

[Tweet “Personal blogs are sometimes too personal and subjective to appeal to strangers”].

I had to make my blog more general and objective to make it more appealing to a wider audience.

Did I really imagine I was like Erma Bombeck , the best selling American author whose stories resonated in vastly different cultures ?

I was Ms. Nobody from Nowhere  blogging on one of more than a million blogs in the blogosphere under an incongruous name like Penelope Potty Snooper !

What ?????

You heard right. I used to blog as Penelope Potty Snooper .

But that’s another story and the perfect example of how very in-house centric my blog was .

If I had to appeal to a larger audience, I needed to step out of my world and into the real world. I had to look outwards.

[Tweet “A personal blog can only resonate across cultures if it addresses UNIVERSAL concerns.”]

This is my #blogpost for Day3 of the # UBC and #DailyChatter

Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

11 Comments

  1. A blog is great if it has a personal touch. It is a way to get to know a blogger. If a reader can’t come away with someone from a blog, readers loose interest.

  2. That is a mistake most new bloggers make. The big difference I see in new and experienced bloggers is that the experienced ones have an audience in mind. They write to specific individuals or types of individuals. They know they have an audience. 🙂 But we all start somewhere. Right?

    1. I completely agree. We all do need to make a start. I wonder how many bloggers start with an audience in mind . Do they just stumble upon them as I did ?

  3. Being able to relate or feeling inspired by a personal account always encourages me re-visit a blog I stumbled upon. I guess that must work for other too.
    Though I write a completely personal blog that never gets enough of talking about ‘me’ I am now left wondering why the handful of people that read it, actually read it.
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    1. My point precisely. There are so many bloggers who write extremely personal posts ( and which I love reading ) tat I wonder why people don’t read mine :(((

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