If I had to answer why I follow the blogs I do I’d have to say – regardless of whether they’re chewing beef jerky or scrambling tofu, lifting heavy or logging miles – they’re all written by people I can see. That doesn’t make sense? Grab a cup of tea or coffee and let me elaborate … out loud.
Ever since before I started my own blog I followed that one blogger. [okay, I obviously followed many bloggers but bear with me here]. She was around my age, striked me as a super creative mostly vegetarian chef and shared her struggles with food, too. In short, she was relatable and many of the recipes I tried from her blog were amazing. Needless to say I followed her almost religiously hardly missing any of her posts because I didn’t just learn about new foods or ways of preparation but bits and pieces about her, too. With her recipes and advice she was a role model and helped me in recovery.
Fast forward to today I probably check her blog once in a blue moon. Why? She has changed – not neccesarily a bad thing and it happens for all of us at certain points in life – but unfortunately her blog has, too. Aside from the fact she did a 180° turn in her diet [from veg to paleo], all of her recipes are now calling for hard-to-find and/or expensive ingredients and I can’t relate with her as a person anymore, either. But one of the major let-downs for me was that I don’t see her anymore. No random facts, no childhood memories or mentions of personal quirks.
Just to stress that this has nothing to do with her dietary decisions: Take another blogger I’d only been reading if I noticed a post of hers at the top of my reader while she was vegan. Ever since she made the switch and became more relaxed about her diet I’ve also found her as a person more interesting and relatable.
The question that naturally came to my mind while thinking about this was if I am visible enough. I know you can’t technically see me because I don’t post pictures of myself on the blog. But I’m hoping that by sharing parts of my story, my thoughts and opinions you’re getting a glimpse on the girl behind the blog. I could never do the a-post-a-day style of blogging and telling you everything I did or ate in a single day. Simply because that’s not me. I also stopped weekend reviews because – unless something particularly significant or fun happened – I admittedly hardly knew what to write. Does that make me less visible? I hope not.
Because yes, while I realize I just talked a lot about visible and invisible bloggers I’m not sure how well I score here, either. It’s a tricky thing to know – or actually, we can’t ever know – what exactly readers want to know about ourselves unless they’re saying it. And also how much we’re willing to share. What I like to know about other bloggers are their stories. Finding out about the people who matter to them. Impacting experiences they make. What makes them happy. What makes them sad. Their studies or jobs [blogging is the best way to find out about a completely different field!]. For me, the most difficult part about becoming more personal and at that more visible is that I don’t consider my day-to-day life an action film but more of oh, hey, welcome to the daily grind. Jawning is a good way to power your brain up with some oxygen – but I wouldn’t want to be the one to evocate this natural reaction in you if you know what I mean. (:
Now that I’ve gotten all of that randomness off my brain: let’s chat! Tell me whatever you want to spill on the topic – questions for inspiration below!
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Bloggers: how are you making yourself visible on the blog?
Non-bloggers: what keeps you following along? What do you want to find out about any blogger? Their daily life?