A guest post by Farnoosh of Prolific Living.
Call me crazy but I think Personality is seriously under-represented around here. Personality is the light, unpopular and untouched side dish when served next to the other big players at the Self-Improvement Feast such as Will Power, Motivation, Communication Skills, Pursuit of Happiness, Discovering your Passion, Developing Zen Habits, and Time Management. Personality seems to be no more than a label – shy, outgoing, cheerful, ambitious, risk-taker or compassionate – a dozen or so generic descriptors of how one unique fabulous human being differs from another. You see, Personality has not been getting nearly enough of the spotlight in the world of blog headlines. Today we will put it up on the stage, analyze it from different angles and show you the sweet consequences of being true to your Personality as a blogger and a writer.
Personality is your disposition as a person. Personality is the sum of your characteristic traits including all of your quirks and your eccentricities. It is the unique person that you are the majority of your life – perhaps early childhood and really old age can be excluded with good excuse but you get the picture. It is the person you are outwardly and inwardly to your family and friends and all those who surround you and know you. It is the essence of who you are and how you interact, analyze, understand, digest and consume your surroundings, your world and your environment. Most of all, to always be living and breathing your own Personality is a remarkable step toward self-actualization.
Your Personality remains unchanged whereas your lifestyle and your habits can improve and in the process help you grow as a human being. So while those aspects of you evolve, your Personality is constant and it holds tremendous power in setting you apart as a blogger.
Jon Morrow, the Senior Editor of Copyblogger, emphasized during his seminar around guest-posting, how imperative it is for you to show your personality on your blog. He is right. You connect with your readers not just through your writing and your voice but through them knowing you on some level, being privy to your quirks and seeing you as a unique individual in a sea of other faces.
Let this powerful technique make you shine as a blogger!
In an effort to put Personality and all its wonders on a pedestal for your blogging career, first it is important to recognize yours. Next, you should become aware of all the ways you can shine with it. Last but not least, you should watch out for its weaker tendencies which may limit your success.
So do you know what kind of a blogger your Personality makes you? Here are 7 primary types to ponder:
1. If You Are a Shy Blogger
Why You Shine: Your quiet introvert nature will help you to focus on your blog’s work and growing your content and therefore keep you grounded and more productive. You are probably a quiet lurker, reading information without interruption of much email and social media and you are generally more informed and therefore in a better position to bring value to your readers.
What to Watch For: You might want to to slowly get your feet wet with building a network of blogger friends and becoming a part of the community. You may want to have some presence on social media and to your comfort level, interact with your readers and followers.
2. If You Are an Ambitious Blogger
Why You Shine: Your ambitious nature often makes you a risk taker and a serious person. This will make you a strong candidate for developing strong strategies and focusing on your goals. Your readers would respect and admire you for your attention to the growth and success of your blog and will draw inspiration from you.
What to Watch For: You may come across as distant, arrogant or perhaps cold and lacking compassion. You may wish to draw on personal stories in your writing and talk about setbacks which propel you forward and find ways to connect with your readers.
3. If You Are a Social Butterfly Blogger
Why You Shine: You will have no problems finding friends and followers and playing an active role in the community. You will enjoy a strong network and it will help your blog shine and grow and keep your content lively with much dialogue and interaction.
What to Watch For: You may want to be disciplined about staying focused on writing and taking care of blog business and not let your super friendly nature run away from you. You may have tendency to respond to every email and Twitter message immediately and these distractions can be harmful over time.
4. If You Are a Creative Blogger
Why You Shine: You are most likely artistic and carefree and can come up with fabulous creative content and products that never bore the readers. Your creativity can give the blog a unique position and make your brand memorable. Everyone wants to be in the know of the next step a creative mind takes.
What to Watch For: Your carefree nature may set you loose and far from the (minimum) necessary structure and attention the blog needs so be ware to do at least minimum due diligence in these areas.
5. If You Are a Selfish Blogger
Why You Shine: You put your own blog first and foremost and your own needs above others. You take good care of your own house before helping others. You know your priorities and the result will show in a well-maintained blog with excellent content and reasonable success. Your blog will attract attention and deserving respect and you would be an example to follow.
What to Watch For: You may find yourself too engrossed in your own world to take part in the community so beware not to fall into this trap. Promoting your own work is fine and necessary but why stop there? Remember to help make others as successful as yourself.
6. If You Are a Compassionate Blogger
Why You Shine: You sympathize with others and feel their happiness as well as their pain and sorrow and this shows in your writing and your participation in the community. You will have many followers and readers who can connect with you on many levels and draw encouragement from you. You write from the heart and enjoy a strong readership.
What to Watch For: Remember to put the well-being of your own blog also on the list while your focus remains in that of others. Making sure that your own foundation is strong is important and it takes some initial focus away from others but in the end, rest assured that your efforts benefits others.
7. If You Are an Analytical Blogger
Why You Shine: You are good with math and logic and love to analyze the health and direction of the blog. You are on top of your strategy and direction, your goals and your growth. All of this makes you an attractive blogger and deserving of attention and following. You will enjoy success from logically planning your steps and being resourceful and well-informed.
What to Watch For: Remember that being analytical may make you sound sterile and cold in your writing so add personal stories in your writing to connect with your readers. Have your analytical nature in check when writing content and connecting with your followers in social media.
Remember that your readers want the information, the expertise and the skill set as much as they wish to know the person behind it all. Inject that unique Personality in your blog world and let it make you shine before everyone!
“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”
~ Albert Einstein
What type of blogger does your Personality make you? Any of the 7 above or another of many not listed? Since I lean just a tad bit toward number 3, I cannot wait to read all your comments especially the one from Jean, the lovely woman behind Virgin Blogger Notes, who graciously accepted my guest post here.
Bio: Farnoosh started pursuing her passions only in the recent years where workaholism took a backseat and balance became a survival matter. She has a love for personal expression, writing, reading, traveling, yoga, healthy bites and self-improvement and explores these elements and more on her blog, Prolific Living. She is grateful to Jean Sarauer and thrilled to be contributing here to the fun Virgin Blogger Notes community.