Srinivas Rao from The Skool Of Life has become a great friend of mine. He is very, very smart and uses his great intelligence to go surfing all day because it makes him happy. That should tell you all you need to know. Today Srinivas has written a post about why it pays to be yourself–whether you’re a blogger or not. Enjoy his wisdom. He learned it from a mermaid he met while surfing.
by Srinivas Rao
One of the things that I think holds many bloggers back is the fact that every article they write feels forced. You can sense it because they don’t write often enough and they get overly obsessive about trying to make the post fit all of the important criteria of a good post.
I’m all for following many of the wonderful tips that people offer in the blogosphere. I share mine, I read ones that other people give, and I even implement them. But, if there’s anything I realized in my interview with Kelly Diels, it’s that we often hide behind our blogs and who we really are gets overshadowed.
The sad thing about that is that we are doing ourselves and the blogosphere a disservice. One indication of this was when I wrote a post called 25 Things I’ve accomplished while I was unemployed. In all honesty I thought it was just a list of a bunch of crap, but I got tons of comments on it. People seemed strangely fascinated by it, perhaps because it was a dose of the “REAL ME.”
This afternoon I came home and thought, “well I have no idea what to write about, so I’m just going to create a post called a collection of my incoherent ramblings.” So, now the question becomes how do I become more authentic.
10 Tips for becoming a more authentic blogger
1. Don’t take this list and use it as a formula to be more authentic. That in and of itself goes against the very idea of being authentic.
2. Tell us things that you might be scared to tell us.
3. If you think something sounds really insane or weird, write about it.
4. Tell us about one your biggest failures
5. Tell us a really funny or crazy story from your life that has absolutely nothing to do with the focus of your blog (i.e. the time I got held up at gunpoint in Tijuana after a high speed car chase)
6. Share an embarrassing moment. (Robert Sutton used women’s deodorant recently and created a whole blog post, twitter commentary, and new followers, by wearing his wife’s deodorant).
7. Remove all filters from your communication and see what ends up happening to your writing.
8. Write as if nobody was ever going to read what you wrote and you could care less
9. Write as if you just found out 1 million people would read your blog post tomorrow
10. Don’t force your writing. Write whatever comes to you and fix it later.
Authenticity for Non-Bloggers
Srivinas Rao writes the Skool Of Life, a personal development blog about surfing, living a happy life, and why getting an MBA doesn’t mean you’re going to be a success.