Five reasons why I read your blog - part three.
3) Your post had humour, humility, hope or hobby talk.
There is way too much misery, anger and ego in the world. Lots of it is highlighted in various ways across the internet. So if your blog has a feel of irreverent humour about it, I am on it like a magnet.
Humility is another great trait I love in writers. I am attracted to blogs that show a high degree of this. It shows respect for readers along with creating an air of equity - something this world needs in abundance.
If a post is about something mad, bad or sad, I love when it also carries a grain of hope with a splash of optimism.
Anything that gives hope to people who may be suffering alone and in need of human warmth are like diamonds sparkling in a sea of negativity. Words of hope and optimism can act like a beacon of light in a world where hostility is becoming the norm.
We all have sad stories to tell and the telling can be therapeutic, even cathartic. Add a bit of hope and an optimism and send it out in to the world. It will work wonders for someone.
In real life, I adore people who are funny. If being around you makes me laugh, you have an open invitation to my house because I will laugh all day long given the choice between that and crying.
There are times when a raw, funny, compassionate post has given me that choice when crying had been feeling like the only option. Writers who can share their sadness while giving a message of hope are truly golden.
Such people are skilful at garnering empathy, support and respect without making people pity them. That attracts me to read.
In the blogging world I am drawn in by titles that suggest a wicked sense of humour and the ability to laugh in the face of adversity. I follow one writer in particular who writes about her serious health issue in a way that makes people laugh. I don't feel sorry for her at all but I do feel compassion.
Pity ain't pretty. Compassion, however, is a potential world changer. Pity is crying over images of starving children and doing nothing else.
Compassion is donating money, time or physical resources to help change the situation or issue that sparked the tears.
And finally, if you wrote about your hobby, my day is complete! Especially if it involves crafting or painting. I spend hours and hours reading blogs or watching vlogs about the things people do in their spare time.
Having time to enjoy hobbies is one of the greatest gifts later life brought me when it arrived with the wrinkles.
There are days when my creativity runs dry and I really appreciate being able to sit back and read blogs or watch vlogs about the creative activities of others.
There is nothing quite like finding another passionate crafter who loves to write or vlog as well. I am all over those blogs like a rash!
If your post had humor, humility, hope or hobby talk, that is why I read it.
Next up - reason No 4 of 5 Reasons Why I Read Your Blog.