For something that is meant to be a fun pursuit, reading blogs can be bloomin’ depressing sometimes!
I don’t know about you but I much prefer to read positive, uplifting blogs, and follow fun, bubbly people on Twitter. Much of the time though I am clicking links through to negative, spiteful, snarky, or just overly grumbly writing – who wants to be seeing moans and complaints on their work breaks?
OK, sometimes we need to air legitimate issues, no problem with that, but it is the sheer quantity that gets to me. And, hey, here I am doing it too! :)
So, with that in mind:
- Passion is good – I know sometimes things get heated because you care, or really feel strongly, but do not turn that passion into hate, anger or name-calling – passion when channeled is persuasive, but when misdirected is just a turn-off
- Take a breath – Sometimes stepping away and focusing on something else puts your topic in enough perspective to provide a balanced report
- Find the positive and share it – For any down, dreary or negative message, look for a positive angle
- Feedback rather than criticism – Rather than just say what you don’t like, balance with what you do like, and tips for how to correct the negatives
- Keep it light – If the topic is not super serious then why make it gray and boring? Sometimes it seems business and finance topics are equated with solemnity which is far from the truth. Business people laugh too!
The good news is the blogosphere could be far more of a downer than it actually is, and the reason it is not I believe has to do with bloggers being mostly natural sharers – who would have thought only a few years ago just how much free knowledge and valuable news would be shared for free by so many people?
Have you any more tips for making a more positive contribution to the blogging world? Please share in the comments …