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5 Ways To Be A More Unique Blogger

March 3, 2008

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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.

1. Site

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.

3. Writing

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.

4. Originality

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.

5. Confidence

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.

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Comments

21 Responses to “5 Ways To Be A More Unique Blogger”

  1. pablopabla on March 3rd, 2008 1:21 am

    Thanks for putting this post up Tay! I hope to be able to contribute more in the future :D

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Slow and Steady Blogging

  2. OldSailor on March 3rd, 2008 2:41 am

    lam not confident about point no 1 and 2 which needs little bit in depth knowledge about  web  design.  Other  points  I fully agree.  Nice  tips.

    OldSailor’s last blog post..USS Newyork Built with September 11 WTC Wreckage

  3. pablopabla on March 3rd, 2008 2:54 am

    Old Sailor : I do agree with you that you need to read up a bit to execute points 1 and 2. There are plenty of tutorials out there and believe me, tweaking a blog design is not at all that difficult. There are many bloggers out there who would gladly assist you to make some changes to your blog (eg. changing colour, positioning, etc).

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Tree Blogging

  4. OldSailor on March 3rd, 2008 3:07 am

    pablopabla:I appreciate your immediate response to help me out. Thanks.

    OldSailor’s last blog post..USS Newyork Built with September 11 WTC Wreckage

  5. MandS on March 3rd, 2008 3:34 am

    Thank you for the tips of becoming a more unique blogger! Yes, I think that it’s really important nowdays to provide readers with original content, new website design and so on… If you have some good ideas to write, you will always get visitors to your posts!

  6. Jug on March 3rd, 2008 9:04 am

    Great post man! I especially liked the last one — confidence. Many bloggers lack this and it’s what hinders them from success. :P

    Jug’s last blog post..Is Your Site Worth My Time?

  7. Steven Snell on March 3rd, 2008 6:43 pm

    Hi Pablo,It’s nice to see your writing here. All very good points. I think originality and confidence are often overlooked by new bloggers, but people learn pretty quickly that it’s hard to stand out otherwise.

    Steven Snell’s last blog post..Questions to Ask Yourself When a Design is Coming Up Short of Your Expectations

  8. Dzof on March 3rd, 2008 7:52 pm

    If ‘unique’ means ‘being the only one of its kind’, how do you become ‘more unique’?

    Dzof’s last blog post..Now I’m international!

  9. pablopabla on March 3rd, 2008 8:44 pm

    Old Sailor : Don’t mention it. My pleasure.

    MandS : Actually, one can always recycle old ideas by writing in an original or unique way. What makes a Grade A student different from a Grade B student is in the way they articulate their views (on the same subject matter). Usually and on all things being equal, the Grade A student shows some originality in thought and hence, is rewarded for that as against the Grade B student.

    Jug : Unfortunately, my personal view is that the confidence part depends on the character of the person. Some people are by nature confident of their abilities (and are able to hide away their imperfection well) whilst some are less so. However, blogging allows those in the latter category to grow their confidence due to the anonymity of blogging. The question is, are you growing your confidence as you blog?

    Steven : Thanks for your compliments. I hope to do more guest post so as to share my thoughts with others :D

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Tree Blogging

  10. Tay on March 4th, 2008 4:38 am

    @Pablo,

    No problem with putting up the post, thank YOU for guest posting and participating. It really means a lot to me to have your excellent content featured here! Keep up the great work.

  11. pablopabla on March 4th, 2008 9:15 pm

    Give me a shout if I can help you in any way and if you would like to guest post at my blog, you are more than welcome :D

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Tree Blogging

  12. Tay on March 4th, 2008 10:26 pm

    Pablo, I definitely will, and if you ever need help you can do the same with me. And since I’m trying to guest blog at least once a month, I might take you up on that offer sometime in the future. If you’d ever like to guest blog here again as well, I’ll accept it with open arms! :)

  13. Shannon on March 5th, 2008 7:45 am

    Those tips are really helpful, I’m just a newbie in blogging.  I find your blog’s article informative and the picture you used attracts me.  You just have used the right picture for your topic..

    Shannon’s last blog post..Dramatic Demon Supercar - Lamborghini Murcielago

  14. Tay on March 5th, 2008 4:47 pm

    Shannon, I agree, Pablo chose an extremely attractive photo. It’s definitely eye-catching! If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask! Thanks for your comment and for dropping by.

  15. pablopabla on March 5th, 2008 6:58 pm

    Shannon : Thanks for the feedback! You can get these images from Flickr under the Creative Commons license.Tay : The credit for the picture goes to Irina, of course :D  And yes, if I do have something good in my store of ideas, I will send it to you. Thanks for the open invitation.

    pablopabla’s last blog post..Tree Blogging

  16. Tay on March 5th, 2008 9:28 pm

    Yes, Flickr is the best option for bloggers that need images (as long as it’s under Creative Commons and they give credit). Much better quality and more options than free stock photos, and definitely better than stealing from Google (which most people don’t see the problem in doing).

    No problem, and thank YOU! :)

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  19. Chip Hunnicutt on March 7th, 2008 2:13 pm

    As obvious as these points are, it always helps to read them again.  And again.  And again.

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  21. Biodun on March 12th, 2008 4:45 am

    Great Post! Thanks for sharing all these tips and resources. I will surely take note of all these and become a unique blogger. Of all the ways its really the confidence i need to take more into consideration.

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