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The amazing story of your blogging journey

You need to tell the amazing story of your blogging journey.

Oh, wait.

Could it be that you haven’t even told the story of your blogging journey, yet?

Well, the truth is… you have.

Maybe you didn’t even know you had started writing it.

But every day you spend blogging, you are actually giving people glimpses into your personal blogging journey.

And people want to hear even more of it.

So maybe you need to be spending even more time working on your personal story.

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Yes, your readers learn from you showing them how to do things.

But there’s nothing they can relate to more than your real life story about your own journey.

Why you must tell the story of your blogging journey

People could start reading your blog posts for many reasons.

They might like your writing style.

Or they are captivated by a particular blog post’s title.

You might have a lot of social interaction, attracting them to your site.

But one thing is pretty certain.

Just about anybody reading your articles will want to know your backstory.

Your About Me page

They’ll probably give a look at your About Me page.

That’s one of the most important pages on your blog.

How To Write an About Me Page That Will Increase Your BusinessIt’s because people are looking for the story of your blogging journey.

And it’s up to you to tell them that story.

You’ve got to let people know you

Letting your readers know just who you are, and why you blog is important.

Telling them the story of how you got to where you’re at right now… that’s essential.

People really want to know your story.

If you don’t tell it to them, then your blog will lack empathy and interest.

It will fail to intrigue them because you will not be visible.

They’ll probably just think that some big blogging company is behind your site.

But really, it’s you, isn’t it?

If you want to be real, engaging and build relationships with your readers… you simply must tell the story of your blogging journey.

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What is the story of your blogging journey?

So now that you know how important it is to tell your story about your blogging journey, you might be wondering this.

What is the story you have to share?

You might not think it’s very interesting.

After all, you started a blog, worked hard, maybe had some success so far, but maybe not.

What makes you so interesting?

YOUR story is THEIR story

Well, the truth is, people really don’t care so much about you.

Sorry.

It’s just the way it is.

I don’t care if you’re the best blogger in the world, or have won awards and praise.

It doesn’t matter if you have a million views on every post you write.

People care about themselves, first and foremost.

The reason they are so interested in the story of your blogging journey is that it gives them a glimpse into their own.

They’re really looking in the mirror, even while you might think they’re looking at you.

Find out Why Do People Blog? 8 Powerful Reasons Why (by Jonathan Milligan) on BloggingYourPassion.

So here’s the way it works.

People love your story… to the extent that it reminds them of their own blogging journey.

How do you tell the story of your blogging journey?

If people are really looking for their own story, somehow hidden inside of yours, then you actually need to tell them THEIR story.

So, that may sound strange.

I get it.

But it’s really a pretty simple thing to do.

What are your challenges?

Write the story of your blogging journey in terms of the problems you have had to overcome.

Those are your main challenges.

And that’s what people want to see.

What did you come up against, where did you turn, how did you overcome it and move on?

It’s pretty much the same storyline of just about every television drama you’ve ever seen, isn’t it?

It goes like this.

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The hero has a nice enough life going.

Then bad guys jump in.

Villains, enemies, opposition… whatever they’re called, they’re the bad guys.

So that’s it.

Good guy vs bad guy.

Things look bad.

Then they get worse.

It looks impossible until, wow, at the last minute the hero good guy finds a way to beat the bad guy.

Have you ever seen that?

Sounds like cowboy, horror and cop movies, doesn’t it?

But it’s what makes for a great story.

If you can frame yours like that, then you’ve got an amazing story to tell about your blogging journey.

Which of your challenges are the same as theirs?

Now this is really the key.

Your story has to look like theirs… your readers.

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That’s because, like I said, they’re really not that interested in your story, but in their own.

Your readers will have a very typical challenge, like “how can I raise start-up capital for my new business,” or whatever a key issue is in your niche.

You determine what those key challenges are.

If you have a dental blog, it might be how and when to get implants.

Or if your blog is about affiliate marketing, it might be how to create a good bonus to get buyers on board.

List some of those key challenges.

Then think of how you overcame those challenges.

Or maybe, think of how you could not overcome some of them, so you moved in a different direction.

Write your story in terms of your struggles because people reading it are always thinking about their own struggles.

My Blogging Journey StoryAn excellent example of a highly effective blogging journey story, is Harsh Agrawal: My Blogging Journey So Far, on ShoutMeLoud.

And if you show them how YOU dealt with them, it will give them ideas, encouragement, and direction to help them develop the story of their own blogging journey.

What makes your story amazing?

When I have bloggers create the story of their blogging journey, I almost always get one main objection.

They don’t think their story is amazing.

So they think it’s not worth writing.

Does that sound like you?

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Maybe you’ve had trouble getting traffic to your blog.

Or you can’t seem to crank out enough content on a consistent basis.

A common issue with bloggers is being unable to market their content… not getting it “out there” efficiently or sufficiently.

And then there’s always the struggle to create an email list.

Not to mention the problem with writing the emails, and getting people to open them!

You see, you might think your story is less than amazing because you haven’t mastered all aspects of blogging.

Or maybe you feel like you’ve just not had much success at all.

Building relationships

But you shouldn’t be worried about your “failures” or “underperformance.”

Those are exactly the kinds of things that actually attract many readers to the story of your blogging journey.

They’ve had the same problems.

And the same feelings.

They often feel lost and confused.

And, of course, overwhelmed.

So when they hear that your blogging journey has taken you down a rocky road, they have empathy for you.

And they feel encouraged by your story because they can put themselves in your place, as you tread down that road, step by step.

The engagement your story creates, and the relationships it helps you build, are among the strongest assets you can have.

The amazing story of your blogging journey

So you see, the story of your blogging journey is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

It’s amazing if you are highly successful, just holding your own or even a dismal “failure” by your own standards.

As long as you can tell your story so that others can say “Oh, wow, that’s exactly how I feel sometimes,” or “Yeah, I’ve certainly had that problem” – then you’re doing a great job with it.

Just keep relating to people like that, and you’re on the right road.

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So, please, let me hear from you in the comments below.

Are you ready to share the amazing story of your blogging journey?

-Donna

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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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8 Responses to The amazing story of your blogging journey

  1. Praveen Rajarao
    Twitter:
    November 18, 2021 at 10:58 am #

    It’s just super cool to learn more about a blogger you follow, and Harsh has done a great job in his About section. I never knew about his accident and how he ended up blogging for a living. And he has reached such heights. I do remember interacting with him during his early days and we exchanged guest articles on our blogs as well 🙂
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  2. Gaurav Kumar
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    November 7, 2021 at 11:34 am #

    Blogging is a journey, not a destination.

    And, only the true traveler knows the importance of this journey.

    Blogging Journey is not just about being on the top all the time, but it is about how you manage to be better each day and improve your blog in competitive world.

    Thanks!
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  3. SharlaAnn Matyjanka
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    October 31, 2021 at 7:48 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    So far my blogging story has a lot of cuss words. I mean A LOT. I use to be a truck driver (for real) cuss words. The struggles are real somedays. Good thing I work alone.

    We connect with people we have something in common with so it makes sense that readers will be attracted to bloggers who share their journey. How better to bond with someone than discussing how to overcome challenges and struggles.

    This is a great post to remind people that they don’t have to be perfect, or have all the answers all the time.

    SharlaAnn
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  4. Ryan K Biddulph
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    October 26, 2021 at 2:27 pm #

    Harsh has such an interesting blogging journey Donna. I never really knew what his life was like before blogging until he went into his story in depth. What an amazing journey for him.

    When we share our blogging stories we become more human to our readers. Some people see pros as being lucky or gifted or talented but never really know the fears we all had to face to be the bloggers we are today. Sharing your blogging story is an important point to let readers know that you had to face discomfort, challenges and obstacles to go pro, just like every single blogger who succeeds online.

    Excellent post.

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    • Donna Merrill
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      October 29, 2021 at 11:36 am #

      Hi Ryan

      It’s a long rugged road to become a blogging pro.

      People look up and see your blog for the first time and think, “wow, that looks easy.”

      It’s not.

      And we all know it.

      New bloggers have the excitement and inspiration they need to make it, now they just need the knowledge, experience and trails of failures.

      -Donna
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      • Ryan K Biddulph
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        November 1, 2021 at 11:14 am #

        This post is so timely too because as I share more of my travel photos attached to one of my blog post links on Facebook, the organic likes are going up into 200, 300 and even 400 likes for Facebook update including a link. Most prior blog post link shares nabbed maybe one or two likes on Facebook m

        Why?

        I’m sharing my travel photos so in essence I am sharing my story. People are digging it because I’m sharing more of myself and my journey to inspire them. We can never go wrong with sharing our blogging story.

  5. arfa nazeer
    Twitter:
    October 26, 2021 at 8:09 am #

    Hi Donna!

    I’m always attracted to reading amazing stories of bloggers. It’s exciting to connect with different stories and the struggles they have gone through. I would agree with everything you said and most importantly, every blogger has a different story to tell. This is what attracts readers. They want to know more about us and how we started, what didn’t work, our mistakes, and achievements. It’s not only about the glam but also about failures, mistakes, missed opportunities and so much more.

    Always get fascinated when people share their journeys. Get emails from all different bloggers and their stories. This is simply the beauty of blogging world! Keep sharing the journey.

    Such a good post.

    Arfa

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    • Donna Merrill
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      October 29, 2021 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Arfa

      You make a really good point, here.

      Every blogging story is different!

      Somebody can say, “you need to use Facebook groups to get traffic to your blog.”

      But that doesn’t tell you about thousands… millions… of different approaches to getting traffic from FB groups.

      And it doesn’t tell you what mistakes to avoid in FB groups.

      So every story is ONE path.

      We learn from it, but then need to decide if it’s the right path for us to be on.

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      It’s one of those things that make bloggers stories so important, and so much fun!

      -Donna
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