The vast majority of the blogs that I have on my Bloglines are personal blogs. The remainders are tech and blogging related, natch. I like reading personal blogs because I like to see how people tick and what they see, hear and feel over in their part of the planet. When I read their personal blogs, I’m allowed a little vicarious window through which I can imagine myself living.
However, there’s only so much of the mundane daily minutae that any of us can sift through. If you remove the names of people and places, you’d realise that most of what happens to us is pretty common. You can expand the old adage: same shit, different day, different place and different person. It takes skill to squeeze something interesting out of the mundane. It takes skill to convince your readers that what you are telling them are truly unique experiences that they themselves have never experienced before.
So what makes an experience truly unique? To give a rudimentary example: everyone goes to the doctor now and again. You can be really boring and tell how you drove there, how the receptionist took your name, how you browsed through the old magazines in the waiting room, and then how it was your turn to see the doctor.
I got bored just from writing that. If you are bored from writing something, chances are that your readers are gonna nod off too. Instead, write about how you felt about getting sick, how it prevented you from going on the hot date that you had been planning for ages, how you saw something really freaky in an old National Geographic magazine, how the doctor had nose hair that you kept staring at, how a hot nurse caused you to have an inappropriate (albeit natural) reaction. You get the idea.
It helps with the blogging if your life is fantastic and exhilirating all the time but what makes an experience unique is your thoughts and feelings about it.
Do you agree and have I practiced what I preached? You tell me. 🙂