Do you prefer reading travel stories or articles about life issues?
I’ll admit. I often get bloggers’ block, when I have tons of ideas to blog about, many at the half-edited stage in my drafts folder, but in reality many of them will not reach the “Publish” button because, bloggers’ block hits half way through.
And bloggers’ block for me is all about how deep into my own life and thoughts I should stray.
The general travel articles are easy, they almost write themselves. But in other instances I know that readers like more intimacy, and a look behind the scenes into my own life. How much of that very personal narrative I’m willing to share becomes the stumbling block. Will people laugh at me, think I’m stupid, think I’m big headed, or think that I’m projectile vomiting thoughts onto the web?
Do you ever feel like that?
What do women want in a blog?
Travel articles, are the lifeblood of Zigazag, and yet I get a big response from readers when I write a more personal type of post such as Fashion and lifestyle after the age of fifty, a guest post I wrote for Styling You – which gives an embarassingly intimate glimpse into my own life.
Other popular posts are those in which I give general blogging advice about How to set up and run a blog which has no personal narrative to speak of.
This conundrum led me on to thinking about why women read blogs. Do we see them as a form of online magazine as we search for information about fashion, health, travel, cookery etc., or do we enjoy the more personal aspect of blogs, when the writer rolls up her sleeves and gets touchy-feely about life issues?
So I’m going to ask you, lovely readers. Why do you read blogs? What piques your interest, or not? Does quirkiness, surprise and humour entertain you …
Or do you look more for comfort, escape and inspiration?
Blogs that share advice and improve things
“Mostly women want to know that what they’re doing in life is on track…that other women are having the same experiences and to share advice on how to improve things, said Sarah Wilson (once editor of Cosmopolitan – blogs at A Sweeter Life) in an Article by Lucy Kippist.
Wilson went on to say that her readers seem to be drawn to the stories of emotions and life experiences which makes me excited because I know that Travel can be written from a personal point of view on blogs, and not just in an objective, tip driven way as a magazine or newspaper might handle them.
“The content that resonates most is where I share something that goes deeper than information send-outs, deeper than commentary and opinion, and shares what’s going on for me intimately. When I share about my loneliness or my ‘fraud complex’ or my inability to make decisions, my site lights up. I feel self-conscious at times sharing at this level. But then I remember that readers aren’t really interested in my personal angst…they just want to know that they’re not alone in theirs!”
Is she right do you think?
Q: Do you read and enjoy blogs with travel posts that share information, or those that reflect your personal angst and questions about travel, or are you more interested in reading about, and sharing ideas and conversations about daily life or life issues?