Disclaimer: This is my reply to Jordan’s Are You a Blogger or Just Blogging?.

One of the things I enjoy doing from time to time is photography. Probably I know more about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras than I do about photography itself, but nevertheless…

Long story short, because cameras have become so damn good at taking pictures, nowadays the idea is that anyone can become a photographer if they’re willing to invest in the right equipment.

Buy an expensive camera, and you’ll be able to take good photographs.

Not great, but good.

So, yeah, anyone can blog. Anyone can create an account, start a blog, write posts, take advantage of all kinds of social media platforms…

To do all that you need a smartphone or a laptop. A decent internet connection. That’s it, basically.

And given enough time, you could become pretty good at it.

Good, but not great.

Because you know what it takes to be great?

There’s an ART to everything that we do

This website is called The Art of Blogging for a reason. It’s supposed to allow people to forget about the rules, at least once in a while.

Blogging is an art. Photography is an art. Anyone who’s the best at their sport is more of an artist…

It’s not about the technical stuff. That part can easily be learned in less time than you think.

It’s all about art. And art is all about soul.

Blogging is all about a craving

It takes years and years of writing, painting, blogging, acting, singing to figure out one thing: that all you have to do in order to figure out your own style is to be yourself.

Just be yourself.

We’re like peacocks, really. Some say that everything we do, we do it in the hopes of better attracting a mate. Well, people often think in terms of sex and stuff like that when they hear this, but I think it’s even simpler than that.

We crave connection.

We want to feel less alone.

We want to feel as if someone else is just like us.

And everything we do is a means to become more ourselves. To figure out who we are, to invent ourselves. Or write ourselves into existence.

If you read the works of Ernest Hemingway, you get a sense of who we was as a man. How we viewed the world, his character and personality, all that.

Read enough of his novels and short stories, and it feels as if you know them. They become sort of like your friend.

That’s the power of the written word.

Now, if you were to read the stories of a friend or member of your family, then it would (most likely) feel as if you never knew them at all. They’d write about certain things that they never talk about.

And it makes you ask yourself, who are they really?

Odds are, they’re not so sure themselves.

Blogging is about showing us who you are

Be brave and write like yourself.

Yes, anyone can blog. And, yes, anyone can become good at it.

But great bloggers always blog like themselves. They always leave a bit of their own souls in the words that they share with the world.

They are unapologetically themselves, and thus makes us fall in love with them.

Who are you? Really? What is it that you want more than anything else? What would you live for? What would you die for? What do you hate the most about yourself? About others? About life?

If you had just enough time on this Planet for one last blog post, what would you write about?

79 thoughts on “ANYONE Can Blog

  1. Love this post and couldn’t agree more. I write to express what’s inside, to more fully understand myself, and to connect with others. Writing is a gift.

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  2. I agree. I am not an expert but I have noticed that when I take my time and thoroughly be honest about something and become very detailed, it shows in my writing and in my photographs. I think people appreciate when they can see how honest you are with whatever you are blogging about.

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  3. I agree.

    Having expensive equipment doesn’t make one a photographer. While having a basic camera phone can enable someone to take great photos and that person is a true photographer.

    The same goes for blogging. Having a blog is easy, but coming up with relevant material each day is an art from.

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  4. What a thought provoking post. More than anything, I want people to know that they are loved, and needed. I want people to know that their past does not have to write their future. I would die to save the world, by healing hearts, because the sacrifice is bigger than me. I don’t hate anything about myself, or others. I’ve learned to love people just as they are, and win them over with love. My last blog, would be about showing love to one another, acknowledging your adversities, and being the change you want to see. Thanks for making me think my friend…..

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  5. Another good post Cristian …

    “Who are you? Really? What is it that you want more than anything else? What would you live for? What would you die for? What do you hate the most about yourself? About others? About life?

    If you had just enough time on this Planet for one last blog post, what would you write about?”

    Good questions. You know these questions and others l ask myself daily .. and as soon as l have all the answers l will let you, probably in a blog post 🙂

    But the last question if l had enough time on this planet for one more post what would l write about? I ask a similiar question of myself at times, ‘If l was ever in a war would be brave, or would l be some snivelling shit tucked away in the corner or under something, could l face the horrors and the premise of death?”

    Yes l think l could and l think l am .. l blog fairly frequently or as l said recently, l am very active, but there is a difference to being actively busy to actually writing. I try and fill my blog with things l like with regards the activity but l write principally for myself about my life, most of it from the past and not much on topic as in currently. I think in some respects and l could be wrong, but perhaps my more on topic stuff is closer in the resonation to some of the readership. My blog is for me, but l am not entirely stupid, l have a readership and they like the things l do, they may not like everything l do, but they like some of it and that emotion from them to me is the same how l feel about what everyone else does. I may not like everything they do, but there is a good chance l will like a lot of it.

    My last post, quite possibly just a good bye to life as l blog from my heart and perhaps l am at times too honest with some of the things l say, so by the time my last post came around, l cannot change who l am, so yeah, just a good bye to life 🙂

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  6. I knew great writers who can write amazingly, yet they wouldn’t let anyone read what they wrote cause they fear to show themselves, I guess it’s like that with many writers, many people in fact.. fear is just a part of us.
    it’s quite scary for people to show off their bare soul, you can get hurt, you can be laughed at.. and even worse, you can be rejected.

    amazing post, really liked it
    and if I had one post left to write..
    I guess I’ll schedule it 10 years from now..
    you know, to keep the blog alive.. !

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  7. Great post. Reminds that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. If you are old enough to remember Nancy Regan, she was always immaculately turned out and very slender. At times she would wear an evening gown with at least one shoulder bare. To me, she looked like a Frank Purdue chicken in drag. She was certainly thin enough to wear the style, but way to old to carry it off with any elan.

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  8. “if you were to read the stories of a friend or member of your family, then it would (most likely) feel as if you never knew them at all. They’d write about certain things that they never talk about”

    This defines me to a T. There are so many things I don’t really talk about because I feel that nobody is listening (or fear they are), and then, when I sit in front of the keyboard, it just flows right through my fingers. Sometimes I think everyone should have a blog, or at least try. It’s a strange thing to do, especially when you tend to be a private person in your non-blogging life.

    Thank you for another insightful post!

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    1. Hi Jay,

      I think one of the reasons one becomes a writer is just that. They feel misunderstood, or they feel as if no one’s listening. I remember being a child and wanting to talk “adult stuff” with members of my family, or listen to them talk about history, or politics, or sports, or science… and they’d just say that I was too little to understand.

      The first thing I ever wished for was the ability to be able to talk with anyone about anything at all.

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  9. You wrote “If you had just enough time on this Planet for one last blog post, what would you write about?”. I subconsciously ask myself this question each time I blog. Words do matter!

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  10. Love this, I’ve just started my blog and found that It’s my passion. I feel like it’s second nature and I don’t mind being transparent or vulnerable. what you said about putting yourself into your blog is so on point! your blog should reflect who you are, leaving a residue.

    again great post!

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  11. Wow! Thank you for this post. I’ve been following your blog and ever since it has helped me come out of my shell and share my words. It is actually quite daunting to write, to be honest, especially if you think of the technical stuff that could go wrong. But you’re right, writing is a means to figure myself out. I should just write like myself! 🙂

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  12. My favourite part of this blog is, ‘Just be yourself.’ As a blogger whose first language is not English, it really helped when I realised this. The last blog I’d write? ‘What to do in London on your last day on earth’.

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  13. Completely agree to this. If I were to write one last post that would be about ‘how I feel at that moment’. Its because there are so many thoughts/ questions running through my mind all the time that its difficult to say/think about my last blog now, in this moment. Very inspiring post and yes, anyone can blog 🙂

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  14. I appreciated this. It is an intimidating industry to dive into as there are a lot of participants trying to accomplish the same thing. I think being authentic and self-stimulating helps set one another apart. Thank you for the encouragement to be unapologetic when it comes to my writing. We need more yous around.

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  15. I love this. I’ve just posted my first blog, not only to help myself but to help others to. I’m really glad I came across this post. It can be slightly daunting not know where to start, but I just dived right in, being open and honest, sharing my journey. Thanks for such a great read

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  16. I like your advice to be yourself, yes we are like peacocks with our displayed feathers, I also love books are like friends, we do feel an intimate connection with writers as if we knew them because we do in a way. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  17. I love your post and it really made me start to think about my own blog. I know that I still have a lot of experiences to share that I haven’t shared as yet. At times I’ve thought about making my blog available to others that I know, but then I totally decided against it, because I know I think a lot differently than they do. Usually if I was in a room with others my voice would be the one to get drowned out, but not so here on my blog. My voice can be heard even if others don’t understand what I’m saying, or even if they don’t agree with me…it’s all mine.Thanks for the information, my blog is a work in progress.👍

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  18. Have seen so many people change niche just because theirs is not growing, they tend to follow the latest trend just so they could trend . I blog because I want the world to hear me , to listen to all I have to say . to inspire people ,to teach for it’s a calling . and with that purpose in mind I keep sharing my truth

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  19. Another great post, Cristian!
    “We crave connection” – Even if you had erased all other lines from your post and written just this, your post would have been as hard-hitting. Ultimately, that’s all we seek – a connection.

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