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How To Be A Genuine Blogger Who People Love

How To Be A Genuine Blogger Who People LoveBloggers want to be loved.

Yes, really.

They want to be regarded as the best in their field.

Not only the best, though, but the most reliable and trustworthy.

And they want their readers to really enjoy the time they spend on their blogs.

Now, I’m sure you want all those things, too.

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That’s why it’s important to know how to be a genuine blogger who people love.

Sure, you need to build relationships with folks.

But if you really dig deep into what you’re looking for as a blogger, I think you’d have to agree.

Most of all, you just want people to love you.

A Blogger Who People Love

Yes, you want them to love you for the person, leader and blogger that you are.

But, they will love you especially because you are genuine and caring in all your interactions with them.

You see, people won’t love you just because you give them great information.

They won’t love you because

  • you deliver the latest news in your niche, or
  • you’re a clever writer, or
  • because you have a really great blog design.

Take It From Me

Now, here’s the thing.

I’ve been dealing with people who want to be loved for a long time.

If you know anything about me, you know that I have spent many years in private practice as an intuitive consultant.

That means I’ve spent a lot of time talking to people about the things that were most important to them.

I’d usually begin each session asking my client “what would you like to talk about today.”

Understand, that before their appointment time, they usually had days to think about this.

In fact, they typically would call to schedule an appointment with me because they had a pressing concern.

So, I was thinking about this recently.

Now that I spend so much time mentoring bloggers and online business people, I hear the same kind of things I did as an intuitive consultant.

It’s different, but really, it’s the same.

Ultimately, it gets down to people wanting to be

  • accepted,
  • appreciated,
  • understood, and at the top of the list…
  • loved.

It’s always about being loved.

Regardless of who I was talking to.

I had clients who were practicing psychotherapists, business owners, CEO’s, real estate investors, law enforcement agents, medical doctors, teachers, police officers.

One of my regular clients was a psychiatrist who was the Director of a gold standard psychiatric hospital.

Several were high-profile actors and performers.

Our sessions were always so interesting about so many different things, as you can imagine.

Being Someone Who People Love

But almost always, the focus got back to one thing.


Everybody wants to know about their love life.

And, yes, everybody wants to be loved.

I remember once when I worked with a leading forensic psychiatrist.

He was heading a team trying to solve a famous murder case, and he wanted me to help him tie up some loose ends.

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An associate accompanied him, just to take notes and to record the session.

It was a fascinating exchange, even if it was more than a bit creepy.

Just as I thought things were winding down, the forensics psychiatrist asked his associate to leave the room.

He said that he wanted to talk to me about a few “personal things.”

Well, guess what it was.

He wanted to know some things about his love life, of course.

Everyone strives to be someone who people love.

How To Be A Genuine Blogger Who People Love

So now, as I’m working and consulting with bloggers and entrepreneurs, I’m finding a very similar situation.

Not that they want to know about their “love lives” per se.

After all, I’m not doing personal intuitive consultations with them.

I’m mentoring them to improve their business.

But ultimately, they are still concerned about wanting to be loved… not in a personal relationship, but by their audience.

You see, the most powerful ingredient in a successful business is developing a loyal following.

That doesn’t happen when people just like the information you’re sharing.

It doesn’t happen because they think you are an “authority” or “thought leader.”

It happens because they “love” you.

They love your energy, your enthusiasm… they love something about you.

Blogger, Love Thyself

So what makes your readers, followers, email subscribers… what makes your audience actually love you?

The first thing you have to know about being loved is that people will only love you if you love yourself.

So as a blogger, the first thing to do is work daily on self love.

Practice being happy… just being you.

It may be a fake “happy” at first.

But over time, you will be able to be truly happy because “you are who you are.”

When you reach this point, you will feel begin to live your life through a deep sense of self-love.

And everyone will know it.

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It’s like a burning flame that will consume you.

It will shine so brightly that everyone will see it.

Then they will be immediately and instinctively attracted to you.

Attraction is not a mental process.

It’s an instinctive response.

If You Pretend, It Surely Will End

Now, this is pretty much the same advice that I used to give people who wanted to find romantic love in their lives.

They would usually tell me things like

  • “maybe I should redo my hair” or
  • “I think I should change this or that about myself” or
  • “if I start reading more, I think I’ll be more interesting to talk to.”

I would just look at them and say “just be yourself.”

One of my favorite things to say was this…

If you pretend, it surely will end.

The idea being… that making pretenses and trying to be someone that you are not, just never works.

True, it might help get the relationship off the ground in the beginning.

But eventually the person that you’re trying to impress is going to start seeing the real you.

It’s just a matter of time before that relationship will be doomed.

So never try to be someone you’re not.

Not in love, not in blogging and not in business.

Your friends, lovers and audience will see through you soon enough.

It’s just a matter of time before they learn that you were just putting on pretenses, and then they will be disappointed.

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How To Be A Genuine Blogger

Another thing I would tell people is to be genuine in caring about the person you’re building a relationship with.

Don’t fake it.

Mean it.

And let them know that you care.

How many times have I heard people say things like…

“I really liked this guy (or girl), but it never worked out.”

When I asked why, the answer would be something like this…

“He didn’t really think that I was serious about the relationship.”

“But you really liked him didn’t you?”

“Yes, of course I did.”

“So what did you do to let him/her know that?”

“Nothing much, I guess.  I figured it was obvious.”

Well, news flash… people are not mind-readers.

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When you are genuine… when you really do care about people… you have to make that clear to them.

In other words, you have to actually tell them that you care.

As it is in love, it is in business.

Bloggers and entrepreneurs have to do the same thing.

Always make it clear that you care about people.

Their first tip off that you really care is when they see that you are a genuine person, not just a “marketer.”

But then you have to take it further.

You do this by sharing excellent content.

And by being responsive and available to them all the time.

When they ask you a question, answer it.

Reply to them when they leave you a comment.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort, but it does take a lot of sincerity.

And it requires being genuine in all your interactions.

Tell ‘Em That You Care… Just For Them

There are so many ways to show people that you care about them.

When they see your genuine feelings for them, they’re much more likely to care about you, too.

Again, it’s like dating.

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Anytime somebody says “oh, such and such a guy/gal really thinks that you’re hot”…

…then, all the sudden you turn around and think “wow, maybe I should talk to him/her.”

You see, they got your attention by tipping their hat to the fact that they really care about you.

So you gave them a second look.

A second (or even first) look that you probably would never have given them otherwise.

So bloggers, be genuine about caring for your readers.

And let them know you care.

Tell them you do every time you get a chance.

Do it with your actions.

But also, do it with your words.

Tell them

  • in your emails,
  • in comments,
  • during Skype or phone conversations.

Tell them “I appreciate you” in every way you can, and every time you get the chance.

They will love you for it!

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So, what do you think?

Leave me a comment now.

Do you think it’s important that a blogger capture the hearts of his/her audience?

What do you think is the best way to be a genuine blogger who people love?

Don’t forget to share this, my friends 🙂


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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60 Responses to How To Be A Genuine Blogger Who People Love

  1. Edward Thorpe
    November 4, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Well, you already know that I love you as a blogger and I’m pretty taken by your self-confidence and style, as well.

    From experience and observation, I’d agree with your point that self-love is a prerequisite to loving others. It’s sorta like forgiveness. If you’re finding it hard to forgive someone, it’s usually because you haven’t yet worked past your self-anger for allowing them take advantage of your vulnerability & gullibility on the first place – and you won’t until you forgive yourself for being ‘you’.

    Other than your insightful message, I really enjoyed reading about your life as an ‘intuitive consultant’. Although I didn’t know about that part of your business and only have a foggy notion of what the heck it is, your stories about your clients were outstanding. Your depth as a business consultant and as a likeable, regular person is amazing!
    Edward Thorpe recently posted..4 Tips On How To Keep Your Skin Young and FreshMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill
      November 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

      Hi Edward,

      Thanks so much for the kind words.

      I think people are always attracted to those bloggers who demonstrate their self love in the form of self confidence.

      People are always always want to be folks who are comfortable being themselves.

      The more we can show people that we just “are who we are”… regardless of what judgments are passed on us… the more they will want to hang around and even come back for more.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..3 Blogging Commitments Guaranteed To Boost Your BusinessMy Profile

  2. Elise Cohen Ho
    November 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

    I believe that the surest way to lose someone is to not be honest. You must bee the person you are because when one is not genuine it becomes very obvious, very quickly. In no way does this mean one can be rude, they still must be polite. Just do not pretend to be something you are not.
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    • Donna Merrill
      November 7, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Elise,

      I sure agree with that.

      You’ve got to be honest and sincere.

      Realize that people come to a blog because they’re looking for genuine people and real ideas and advice.

      They can get double talk from all the big company sites all day long.

      Being sincere and genuine is one of the big advantages we have over big company blogs that are funded with seemingly unlimited advertising dollars.

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  3. Mitch Mitchell
    November 3, 2017 at 11:28 pm #

    Intriguing stuff Donna. Personally I’ve never gone for the “love” part of things, but I have gone for likability. I’ve always said that people need to like what they’re writing first before expecting others to like it. Whether it’s being helpful, being entertaining, or educating, we all have to write a style that feels genuine, not only to the reader but ourselves. If that can’t be accomplished then it’ll be hard to keep people coming back… except for spammers lol
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    • Donna Merrill
      November 7, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

      Hi Mitch,

      I think we’ll always have the spammers that’s for sure, haha.

      Meanwhile, I don’t know that it’s so much that we need to have people love everything we do…

      but certainly to love the fact that they get a lot of value from it.

      This usually happens when we help them solve a problem they’re struggling with.

      So I think that’s the main thing bloggers have to focus on doing.

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  4. Richard Seaton
    November 3, 2017 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Donna

    I completely agree with you about writing from the heart. That is a great post. I recently made a video all about ‘Finding Your Passion’ where I suggested that you stop copying the internet ‘gurus’ and start being yourself. Like you, I believe that the only person from whom you need to seek approval is YOURSELF! The people who are meant to resonate with you will do so, and the ones who don’t were never meant to. Thank you for this… Richard

    • Donna Merrill
      November 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

      Hi Richard,

      So true that the only person from whom you need approval is yourself. Good to know you have made a video of “finding your passion” because so many get confused when it comes to this. We have to communicate from the heart be it in text copy, video or podcasts.

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  5. Soumya Roy
    November 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    I have read so many contents on similar topics but this is really different and I loved reading it. I believe consistency is something which is really important for being successful in any profession, be it blogging or any other profession. Other two strong characteristics are never-give-up attitude and hunger for learning new things. Obviously domain knowledge and expertise are must.
    Being a digital marketing & SEO trainer I use to meet with people all the day and I have seen that people lose their hope and passion very fast and give up frequently. In blogging people must build a mindset of not thinking about the money at least in their first year of blogging. I recommend my trainees to focus more on learning than earning.

    Soumya Roy

  6. Larry Holmes
    November 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    Donna, this was an awesome post. Not only was it perfect for me as a blogger, but you gave me awesome life tools to help me. Just be yourself and don’t pretend. I like this quote, “People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This quote has helped me grow in my day to day interactions with others. When you care people open up more and you are able to help them better. Also, you make more friends which is always beneficial. Thanks again Donna, you really outdid yourself with this article.

  7. Ryan Biddulph
    November 1, 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    More sensational love-based blogging here Donna.

    You need to love yourself before readers love you because all is a simple reflection of your predominant vibe. Folks generally try to change themselves to conform, to manipulate, or to try to get people to love them. Big mistake. Because this proves you do not love yourself as you are, and this vibe will reflect back to you as folks who do not love you as you are.

    Everything about my blog and brand is self-acceptance. I am cool with me. But I had to accept me and love me and feel at peace with being me before this being arose.

    You have this down pat Donna; you genuinely love and accept yourself, and your raving tribe merely reflects this fact back to you.

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    • Donna Merrill
      November 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      I had to learn to love myself…I wasn’t able to do so until I was in my late twenties. It took a lot of work and reconstructing my mindset but I just had to do it because it was too painful not to.

      Once I loved myself, I was able to attract all good things to me. It sounds pretty simple, but for me it was a few years of practicing. But that was then and this is now.

      I always wanted to help others since I was a kid, but lacked confidence. Once I got it, I was on a roll and still am.


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  8. Izuzu Nworgu
    November 1, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    Another beautiful post from this blog☺.

    Everyone wants to be loved. That’s one of the essential needs of people and bloggers are not an exception.

    Self-love is awesome and so important. I don’t know how possible it is to build a good interpersonal relationship with others if we can’t appreciate ourselves.

    Taking time to genuinely let people know that you care about them will make people care about you too.
    It’s a reciprocal thing.

    The bottom line is that, to be a blogger people love, let people know you care and those who appreciate this will definitely reciprocate.
    Don’t forget to be natural and genuine.

    Thank you for writing this.
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    • Donna Merrill
      November 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

      So true Izuzu,

      We cannot develop healthy interpersonal relationships with others, unless we love ourselves. It all boils down to that.

      We all have to take the time to tell others that we care about them if we genuinely do.

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  9. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS
    October 31, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

    Donna, you always provide such helpful information. I think readers know when it is coming from the heart.

  10. Chery Schmidt
    October 31, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    Hello & Happy Halloween Donna! I Love This Subject!! And You have done an amazing job with this article! I also agree we all need to love ourselves as to love what we do! My Tag Line on My Blog has always been Love What You Do And Do What You Love! Now as you have stated you also need to have other fall in love with you, which is not always easy HUH!

    Heck Yeh We all want to be accepted, appreciated, understood, and at the top of the list Yes Loved.

    I like how you stated that people won’t love you just because you give them great information , that you truly need to be genuine and caring when dealing with others.

    Awesomeness Girlfriend! Thanks for sharing! Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill
      November 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Chery,

      Yes, we must love ourselves first in order to love others. When we write our blogs, or on social media, we need to put people first. When that comes from a true heart, then reciprocity will kick in.

      Realistically we cannot please all of the people all of the time, but some of them some of the time lol.

      We all want to be appreciated, but we must express our appreciation to others too.

      Thanks my friend,

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  11. Pedro
    October 31, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Wow, another awesome blog post. But also, one that is truly inspirational!

    I totally agree that its important that a blogger captures the hearts of their audience. Until that happens, the audience will not feel a part of the blogger’s tribe!

    The best way to be a genuine blogger who people love? Well in addition to all the great points you’ve mentioned, I think it is important to be vulnerable. We should be able to show that at the core of our MESSage is a mess which we have just about turned around.

    And while we are on the subject, I think its important to also let our mentors and virtual mentors know that we truly appreciate them. So…I just wanted you to know that I truly appreciate you: for being a great blogger who’s always willing to share your knowledge and expertise, a fantastic net-worker and an inspirational virtual mentor to many people like me!

    Best regards,


    • Donna Merrill
      November 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Pedro,

      Awww…you have touched my heart with your words of appreciation. So true that we have to acknowledge our mentors and virtual mentors that they have helped us.

      I too do that many times when commenting. Give recognition where it is due!

      Again, thank you because it means I’m doing my job helping and that is what I set out to do.

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  12. Aman Kumar
    October 31, 2017 at 1:33 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Great informative post over here 🙂

    So true, we all want to be loved in their own field. Being genuine and caring really works in good terms of of relationship with the client or any kind of relationship.

    You had great session with your client, that a very good massage to deliver with us.

    Actually what makes love to the audience is important to every blogger. And the list shows, how to create some thing magical to their audience.

    Thanks for the share
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    • Donna Merrill
      November 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Aman,

      So happy you enjoyed this blog post. If we love what we do and think of others before ourselves, we do become a good blogger.

      I just had to share that session with my client as an example.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Welcome – How Is This Blog Different?My Profile

  13. Cori Ramos
    October 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Love this post! I totally agree with should be ourselves when we’re blogging. For me, what you see is what you get, lol! I pretty much blog the way I talk so if anyone talks to me, they’ll say, wow – she does write like she sounds. Just not sure if that would be a good thing or a bad thing, hehe. 🙂

    I think it’s very important that we capture the hearts of our audience. That love turns into loyalty and that goes a long way. And it should never be one-sided. Like you said we can show our love by our comments and conversations.

    Thanks for sharing this Donna!

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    • Donna Merrill
      November 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi Cori,

      I know you well enough to say that you are a person whereby what you see is what you get and it is awesome! You blog so well that I can hear you talking to me.

      You sure have a knack of capturing the hearts of your audience.

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  14. Dare James October 30, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    There’s something about your blog posts, they are just so unique and natural.

    Now, to the main post, I am inspired to know that “if you want to be a blogger that people and readers love, you need to love your self first”

    To me, this is just everything i need to know.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Taiwo
    October 30, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    Hi Donna,
    This is a great post.
    I think becoming a genuine blogger that others love requires a bit of hard work. To be loved as a genuine blogger, one must be true to oneself just as you rightly assert.

    Being true to oneself involves writing and posting original content that meets the need of the readers. It is also very important to show love and care to readers by responding to their comments and providing answers to their questions.

    we must also form the habit of keeping our promise. For example, if we promise to write on a certain topic at a given time, we must keep the promise. By so doing, we would gain the trust of our readers and consequently gain their love.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  16. Maria Tayler
    October 30, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    My goodness.. Such amazing post, Many peoples have the question in their mind that How they form a bond with other bloggers? Where do they find them? if you want to make friends, you have to be genuine with them and take great care of them.

    As in the blooging field, You have to be an inspiration and energy to your blogging buddies to stay consistent in what they do. Also, it is a good way to stay motivated to keep writing kind posts because you know they will read your content. It is always superior to do things with friends.


  17. Vishwajeet Kumar
    October 30, 2017 at 5:20 am #

    Hello Donna,

    I am always tries to be a genuine blogger. Being a blogger, my first priority is to help others to make them successful in their online ventures and I love to do it. I think helping others is one of the big signature of a genuine blogger. I always try to provide valuable and relevant information to my blog readers. However I will definitely work on your tips you have shared here. Thanks for sharing these great insights.

    Have a great day 🙂
    Vishwajeet Kumar
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  18. Lesly T Federici
    October 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    It really is about self love that can really generate incredible life changes. As you know I’m an advocate of writing down your successes – in a list form so it’s easy to read. To often we forget the incredible things we do! It’s easy to beat ourselves up. Harder to appreciate ourselves. Yes, be genuine, be loving of self and others. People can smell dishonesty in a second online and off .. Love and appreciate you 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      Hi Lesly,

      It sure is about self love. To be genuine with others and love them in a way that is caring.

      You hit the nail on the head because people can smell dishonesty in a second.

      Love and appreciate you too my friend,

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Welcome – How Is This Blog Different?My Profile

  19. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    October 29, 2017 at 12:55 am #

    Yes, everyone wants to be loved, but not everyone wants to do the loving.
    Not everyone wants to take the time and make the effort, as you do,
    to listen and understand what others want and need.
    Caring for others is truly the key to ongoing success in any aspect of life.
    And of course that caring includes caring for yourself.

  20. Kathryn Maclean
    October 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    Great article. I think the whole world all boils down to be being loved or not. My personal theory is prisons are full of people who were unloved.
    All bloggers want to be loved for the person and leader that we are. “But, they will love you especially because you are genuine and caring in all your interactions with them” It’s not the news in your niche, or that you are a good author or you have a super blog design. You can find these things everywhere. What really matters is YOU and that you care. The fact that you appreciate them and you let them know it. I am going to use that phrase much more when answering comments. PS Enjoyed reading about your clients that you have had. Eye opening!!! I do love and appreciate you Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi Kathryn,

      Indeed, what really matters is how we care for others. Like the old saying: “what goes around comes around,” If we love what we do and love the people who take time to come to read our blog posts, we are likely to have them love us too.

      Glad you enjoyed reading about my clients I have had in the past. Love and appreciate you too my friend.

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  21. Janice Wald
    October 28, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    I had 3 blog coaching sessions recently. Sessions 1 and 2 I definitely followed these tips. By #3, I was so comfortable, I got sloppy! Thanks for the reminders.
    By the way, I emailed you about two weeks ago but never heard back. Did you get it or should I resend?

    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

      Hi Janice,

      re the email: I found it and responded. I don’t check my email that much. The best way to get to me is FB message because it comes up on my phone.

      Anyway……Good to know you got 3 blog coaching sessions 🙂

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  22. Emenike Emmanuel
    October 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    This is an interesting piece. Thank you so much for taking the time to outline this. Being a blogger people love is pretty sure one of the most powerful strategies to dominating one’s niche.

    If people love you, they will talk about you to their friends. They will ask others to visit your site and learn from you. They will endorse you as an expert in your niche and as this continues, you will make more money.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Emenike,

      Connecting with people and building sincere relationships… it certainly gets the Good Times Rolling.

      And when people sense that you’re genuine and sincere, then they talk about you to everyone they know.

      They become your brand ambassadors.

      They are now be part of your loyal following.

      That’s something that all bloggers aspire to.

      And nothing gets it flowing like some genuine caring.

      That’s when your followers will really start to love you.

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  23. Lisa Sicard
    October 28, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    Hi Donna, wow, I can relate to this for my day job and my content marketing business. Just yesterday I was out visiting clients and at the end of the day I was thinking “Wow, people just wanted to talk today, they wanted to know what my weekend plans were and I asked them about theirs and learned a lot about their families, etc. I love that kind of interaction with others. If I just sold products to them it would be very boring. They probably feel the same way.

    I need to get more personal though in my content marketing. I know you and Ryan both have taught us about that. More into the storytelling. You have just inspired me on a piece that I am writing today for another blog. It will be a much better piece after this Donna, Thank you!!

    I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and that you are not getting the storm we are having Sunday/Monday 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Yeah it’s a lot of fun when you can get personal with people isn’t it?

      Just get out of that “strictly business” box.

      It’s really what makes it worthwhile when you get to see how you’re able to help people.

      When you’re doing some storytelling, that’s another perfect way to get through to folks.

      It’s a good way to let them know that you’re aware of their struggles because you’ve been there, too.

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  24. Shantanu Sinha
    October 28, 2017 at 12:32 am #

    Hello Donna,

    This one is so true, indeed bloggers want to be loved. By their clients and also by their fellow bloggers and its community.

    Yeah every one wants to be the best in their fields and this feelings is very important to maintain the pace of moving
    forward towards our goal.

    If we want our readers to love us, then we too need to provide them with care and love, reaching them consistly and talking
    about their problems and what do they want so that they can lead their life with a positive mindset. There are millions of
    people who are doing the same thing as we do, thus why they should love us, what extra assests do we have with in ourself
    that will attract them to us.

    Talking to people and sharing their problems and getting connected to them is the main thing that we all need to do.
    Every enterpreneur wants to be loved, this is how they will get going in the long run. If no,body loves them, then they are

    Thats the key, we need to find our own happiness first, we need to derived self motivation first, then we can pass it to others.
    Being stuck with positive vibes and dispatching the negativity is the key. We can not loved by the people if we hate our
    self or we are not happy with our own thing.

    Thanks for the share.

    Have a great weekend ahead 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

      Hi Shantanu,

      “Being stuck with positive vibes and dispatching the negativity is the key” …

      I certainly agree with that.

      In fact when you’re in that positive vibe then you’re definitely going to be looking to help people all you can.

      You’re going to become a real problem solver.

      And you’re going to show them that you really care.

      As you say … you’re going to let it shine through.

      Got to lose that negativity and yes, that IS the key.

      But not just negativity towards others.

      Negativities about yourself too.

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  25. Joy Healey
    October 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    That’s a coincidence – in a Facebook (I think) post today we were asked to write down 3 words to describe how we would like to be thought of in our business. The piece of paper is still in front of me and two of those words were “reliable and trustworthy”!

    I hadn’t really thought about being loved, but it won’t take much to persuade me. Certainly in my personal life I would like to feel loved.

    There are some bloggers (yourself obviously) who I feel really care about their readers. Many of the PAC community I care about even though I’ve never met them and feel they maybe care about me too.

    So, yes, it’s a great goal to have, and an important one. Being genuine seems a good start.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark
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    • Donna Merrill
      October 29, 2017 at 10:40 am #

      Hi Joy,

      I like your answer to the question of being reliable and trustworthy. When you find that important, others will come to love you. Not the romantic love, but caring and feeling like you are a friend.

      You are a genuine caring person…that I know for sure. This is why people will read your blog posts, comment on them and share it to the world to see. Why? Because the love you.

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  26. Marquita Herald
    October 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    What an inspirational message Donna! The funny thing is that just the other day I was chatting with a fellow blogger who was moaning about what a struggle it’s been to build traffic. Long story short, I believe I got a pretty good clue what the problem was when this blogger commented to me that she’d love to find a way to write and blog not have to deal with people. Hum. I suggested she might be happier just taking her blog private and use it as an online journal then she wouldn’t have to worry about traffic, but I don’t think she got the point because she just laughed.
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  27. Jarvee October 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I can imagine how many interesting stories you have heard. Everything starts within ourselves, we do need to love ourselves first in order to be good friend, partner, son, sister, mother, blogger.. It’s silly to say that you know how to capture our hearts, it’s obvious. Your appreciate everyone of us, you always reply and thank us, that’s why we come back. We trust you, and you also have great content.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Donna Merrill
      October 28, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Hey Jarvee,

      I do have so many stories. My friends say I should write a book about experiences I have had. But where’s the time? he he he

      Indeed, we must first love ourselves, love our business, and love to help people grow. Once it is genuine in our hearts, business will blossom.

      Thank you so much for your kind response,

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  28. Richard Monssen
    October 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    What a great topic for an article! I like the point your trying to make here. I used to work as a sales consultant/manager a lot of the stuff you refer to in your article is stuff sales consultants get taught in order to build rapport. A sales consultant will pay close attention to their audience, so he can develop an emotional bond. The emotional bond or rapport is used as a way of gaining trust and authority. This allows an effective consultant to identify buying triggers by using emotional impulse and so forth.

    It’s no different with being a genuine blogger I believe just on a different playing ground 🙂

    Thank you for the great piece on blogging!

    • Donna Merrill
      October 28, 2017 at 10:11 am #

      Hi Richard,

      Learning the art of building a rapport is fine. But when a person has it naturally, it comes so much easier. As long as one who is learning really honestly cares, there will be a good rapport between client and sales.

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      • Richard Monssen
        October 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

        Hi Again,

        I’m a person who had to work hard and didn’t or don’t have that natural charm. Women naturally have this kind of charm to build rapport in majority of cases. If the person or consultant doing the rapport building is genuine and doesn’t care about his potential customer he won’t be successful. People usually see through fake feelings (not always) so unless that consultant is an exceptional talker they will struggle.

        This is just my experience though 🙂
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        • Donna Merrill
          October 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

          Hi Richard,

          I watch my husband teaching (we share the business) and he is very cut and dry and to the point. Not a great talker but an excellent teacher.

          Valid point that women and men can differ, but I’ve learned from warm women to men that had no time to chit chat…So It really doesn’t matter. As long as a person comes from their unique honest point, peoople will love to learn from them.

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  29. Bren Lee
    October 27, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Donna,

    This is such a beautiful and inspiring article!

    Everyone wants love. You know it. I know it. But in order for that to happen, we must love ourselves first, right? And it works the same for our businesses (I believe). If we are “in love” with what we do, it will shine through to our audiences. They will see the friendliness, our caring personalities, and embrace us for who we are, not what we can give them.

    I know many of my clients have told me how super awesome I am. I don’t believe I’m total awesomesauce but I will go above and beyond to make sure my clients are happy. However, it’s something that just comes naturally for me. It’s not pushed. It’s not fake. And I believe they, my clients, pick up on it.

    If we can’t capture the hearts of our audience in some way, we won’t have “that” audience. A loving, attentive audience is better than no audience at all. Let’s your beauty shine through for all to see and reap the love that comes back to you.

    Thanks for this post on a Friday, Donna. I really needed the extra boost!

    You rock, momma!

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    • Donna Merrill
      October 28, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      Hi Bren,

      I think you are awesomesauce! It is true, if we love ourselves people will love us. If we love our business, people will intuitively feel it.

      Our clients will choose us because of our caring hearts. This is something that cannot be faked because people usually have a “gut feeling” about it. If they follow that feeling it will lead them to those that will genuinely care about them. If not, and they follow their head only, they will bounce from one person to another trying to reach their own goals.

      Girl, I’ve seen it all lol. I get those who are in it for themselves and run…not walk away. Then there are people like you who are genuine, loving, and truly caring about others. And that my friend is the secret sauce to success!

      Wishing you the best of everything,

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