How To Blog Safe And Authentic At The Same Time
I’ve encouraged many bloggers to be authentic and to use their natural writing voice when blogging about their ideas, experiences and thoughts because readers would somehow feel if bloggers are authentic or not. But keeping one’s voice while staying safe is challenging. You may get confused about which things are safe to share, and which are not. When you are a blogger, you want to share everything you know and setting limits to it could make your story less real. But, how to be real in your blog posts without sacrificing your safety? How to engage with your readers while protecting your private life?
Here are some points that may help in balancing authenticity and privacy.
Write as if you are talking with friends
You may already have encountered a blog that disinterest you cause of the voice used in those articles. They were written in a way as if the blogger was speaking with a robot, a zombie or an alien. On the other hand, you may have encountered a blog that made you feel as if the articles were meant for you and as if the blogger was sitting right in front of you as you read every word. You would feel every word and the emotion invested in those articles. Blog that way! Blog as if someone is currently listening as you write each word.
Beware of blog stalkers
Now that you are blogging as if you are talking with a friend, don’t forget that there are other people who read your blog. Always keep in mind that as you talk with your friend, there are stalkers watching you all the time. So be conscious of the details you add on your blog. If it’s too sensitive and private, then don’t share it. Be aware that both friends and stalkers read your blog. So blog authentically without going beyond your security.
Use nick names or code names
You may use a pen name/screen name as a blogger but if you are ok using your name publicly, at least use nicknames in mentioning your family and friends. It’s safer that the rest in your household aren’t public. Be careful in blogging about your events inside your home cause there may be some people spying you through your blog to get the information they need. You should consider keeping the safety of your family, friends and those you mention in your blog posts.
Interact with your readers
You should develop a relationship with your readers, those who comment on your blogs, those who are subscribers, those who are anonymous, and even those that are in a form of a page view. You may interact via social media, by mentioning them on your blog posts or by sending them a newsletter. Update them about what’s latest on your blog that may interest them or about what you are up to in the next few days. Let them know about what’s up about you but avoid mentioning exact location, name, and dates.