How to Be a Blogger Everyone Listens To

Although I’m a big fan of original content, I also recognize that joining the conversation that other bloggers have started is one of the most important aspects of blogging.

But that requires one skill: the ability to add to the conversation.

While you may not be a rhetorical master, there’s an easy way for anyone to become a persuasive conversational blogger. The key is to offer more than just your opinion, since everyone seems to have one of those. You’ll get better results if you give people something they can relate to at a personal level.

How?

Tell a story.

Think about it. When having a conversation, you find something to say in response fairly quickly based on the personal memories that the speaker stirred. Without those memories, you’d have nothing to say. Those memories are tied to experiences, and experiences are stories.

The reason why a story works better than simply stating your opinion is because a story evokes vivid mental imagery in your reader’s minds, based on their own memories of experiences. You’ve now created a relational bond with your readers that makes it more likely that they will see (and agree with) your point of view. Don’t tell them that you’re right; let them tell themselves that you’re right, based on their own similar experiences.

Give it a shot. Next time you see something that inspires you to blog, take a moment and identify the one or more experiences that prompted that reaction. It can be a personal incident, a professional anecdote, or a success story about one of your clients or customers.

Stories are the key to selling people on your ideas and authority in an engaging fashion.

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19 thoughts on “How to Be a Blogger Everyone Listens To

  1. Whenever I hit a like button on a post, I try to leave a comment as well saying why I hit that like button to begin with. It is usually not hard to pinpoint what you like about the post, and figuring out why you like something can help you understand what someone else might like about your writing.

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  2. What a great idea! All of my classes in grad school were online, and they required a certain number of posts per week on discussion boards. I always struggled in this “forced” conversation, but you’re absolutely right. Stories help us connect to one another. I’ll definitely be keeping this in mind!

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  3. I don’t think I can help giving an illustration of a point that I have or want to make. And it is effective. I always appreciate your knowledge and encouragement. Thanks.

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  4. Wow! It’s incredible that you share from a place of compassion. You umderstand human interaction. U respect its bylaws! Shows rich experience n imvestigation of humanity! Lucky us to have u aroumd!🍂🌺🍃

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  5. I always struggle with telling my story. Most often than not I find myself standing outside of my posts. It’s all mechanical and knowing now that people want to connect, I can see why it’s difficult for my audience to connect with me. I’m going to work on my story telling skills some more.

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