5 Ways To Be A More Unique Blogger
March 3, 2008
Photo credit : Irina Souiki
This post was written by PabloPabla, a Malaysian lawyer who inter alia, blogs at Blogsreview.Net. He believes in seeing things from various perspectives. Kudos and brickbats are most welcome.
No two man are alike. All of us are born different, unique and with our individual talents and gifts. Blogging is no different. Each blogger is unique in his or her own ways. It’s just that they don’t realize it and perhaps, have missed out certain simple ways to show their uniqueness. Let me share with you five tips on how to make yourself become a unique blogger.
A great majority of bloggers use blog themes which can be freely downloaded from various sites. Having downloaded that free blog theme, spend a bit of time modifying and tweaking it so that it would look different from the one you just downloaded. A small difference (eg. changing background colour, moving the sidebar from left to right or vice versa, creating new icons or RSS feed buttons, etc) is still a difference nonetheless and executed properly and thoughtfully, can be a refreshing sight for your readers. If you are still using the theme on the as-is-downloaded basis, it is time to show a little creative side in you.
2. Favicon and Avatar
Go one step further and make a favicon and avatar for yourself. This becomes your identity which would be useful to make you noticeable especially when you comment at other blogs which enables the Avatar functions. It is also an expression of the image which you wish to project to others about you. You can generate your own favicon at Favicon Generator and Gallery.
Spelling and grammar aside, you should stick to your own writing style. Everyone expresses his thoughts differently and you should do likewise. Just be yourself and treat blogging as a conversation which you are having with someone you know. Better still, imagine that you are writing to a penpal (do penpals still exist in this age?!?) because when you do so, you are more likely to be at ease in expressing your ideas, rather than the daunting thought of writing for the world audience at large. From feedback that I get, most of my regular and loyal readers read my blog because of the way I express myself. They may have heard about the same tips or ideas elsewhere but the method of delivery is uniquely mine.
People are interested in your ideas and what you have got to say. This holds true especially with socio-political blogs. I have seen some bloggers merely pasting a long piece of news from another source and merely adding a sentence or two on their thoughts. That, to me, is a waste of my time and an abuse of reader’s trust. Supposing your next post is about the latest debate between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama and you copied the news clipping from CNN. What have you got to say about the debate? Was it a good debate? Who did you agree with and why or vice versa? What further points would you add? What’s your prediction of the next round of voting in light with the debate? I think you get the drift.
It is not at all difficult to be unique if you realise how easy those tips are above. The bigger hurdle you may be facing is probably a lack of confidence in your uniqueness. I personally think that if you blog with confidence and being assured of what you are expressing to others, half the battle to uniqueness is won. Blogging with confidence means knowing why you want to blog, knowing what you are blogging about and enjoying the whole process of blogging as a means of expressing yourself to the world.
Now is the chance for you to show your uniqueness. How else do you think a blogger can express his unique blogging voice to others? I would love to hear your comment.