Here’s a question that I’ve been chewing on for months. How much of your self do you have to reveal to succeed?
I’d love to get your take on this one.
When it comes to your “voice” online, does it pay to reveal your full personality? Do you have to be fully self-expressed for your business to succeed online? Can you hide who you really are and still be interesting enough to grow a following?
There are lots of possible dimensions here, so share your thoughts about your specific situation if you would. The answer could depend on a lot of things (your topic, your personality, how much you can stomach sharing, whether you use a pen name, etc.), so please explain your answer a little.
I’m actually torn on the right answer myself. For Think Traffic, I haven’t talked much about who I am, or tried to convey my full personality here. My focus has been on providing you with as much valuable traffic-building information as possible.
On the other hand, at my other blog Free Pursuits, I just bared my soul in an epic post that took quite a bit of courage to publish. It actually felt really good though, and I hope it will lead to a breakthrough.
I’m really curious to hear your thoughts on this question.
The fact is that people want to connect with other real human beings. We identify with flaws and quirks and depth of personality. We’re drawn to people who are passionate, gutsy, funny, provocative, dynamic and vibrant.
How much of your self do you have to reveal to get all of that across?
My Favorite from the Last “Ask the Readers”
And, getting back to our last “ask the readers” post, (can you believe it was 6 weeks ago already?) I asked: how do you make blogging easier for yourself?
Srinivas and I have the same method – I keep a small notebook with me all the time and write my blog post ideas in it. These come from everyday life, and you have to have something handy to write on or the idea will fade away before you get back to your computer.
We’ve become pretty transparent on our blog, so my mind has become trained to think of everything in terms of how I would share that thought/feeling/experience with others. It makes it much easier to come up with blog post ideas.
One last point is that writing those blog post ideas down must activate a subconscious writer’s gene, because by the time I sit down to write the post (sometimes weeks later) I find most of the content has already formed in my mind and it is fairly easy to write.
I agree, the list of post ideas is a great way to make blogging easier and speed up the writing process. Thanks for the awesome tip, Srini and Betsy.
Self Expression and Your Voice
Thanks for playing along in these “ask the readers” segments. I love getting your perspectives on important topics. Now it’s your turn again.
How much of your self do you have to reveal to succeed? How much of that self are you currently revealing? What’s keeping you from expressing yourself like you want to?
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