In 2008, when I first created a blogspot and began writing about the chronicles of the music industry, it was somewhat at the beginning of the blogging boom. Give or take, because many of the most popular bloggers today started a few years before. I wasn’t serious about it at all. My real, “I’m taking it serious” year was in 2013.
If you’re anything like me, you probably started blogging as a vehicle to get your words out to the world. Very quickly though, you realize there is a lot more work to make that happen then just writing a great blog post and hitting publish online. Actually building an audience and community has taken participating in the community I want to have through Twitter Chats, attending events, writing challenges, guest blog posts and so much more. It has meant building a business around my blog that includes in-person events, online initiatives and much more. But at the crux of the important writing that we do will always be authenticity.
One thing that many writers struggle with is how much they should share. “I want to share this story, but I am not sure if I am telling too much of my life.” We have all had that dilemma, believe me. But over the years I have learned that transparency is necessary in order to connect authentically with your audience. But I have also learned that you can be transparent without oversharing.