Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Do You Have a Story To Tell?


I had a documentary film professor back in my Academy days who used to say 'Why should I care?' every time we pitched an idea about a certain topic to him.

Yes, that sounds quite harsh, strange and discouraging and I absolutely hated studying directing at that place BUT there is something about that line that actually makes sense. The ugly truth is that sometimes we come up with ideas that sound so brilliant in our head because it might be a thing we're interested in or it seems like a fun thing to do but in reality it can be of no use to anyone.

And even though so many of us are struggling to keep these blogging spaces like a daily journal of things that we're passionate about and love doing, it's becoming more and more clear that things are drastically changing and that our audience wants and needs more.

If you're asking me, that's a good thing.
A challenging awesome thing because it pushes your creativity. Makes you think more and write better.

This morning I came across the sentence 'Your blog is not your personal diary.' and it stuck with me. 

I thought about it while browing my Instagram feed, brushing my teeth, getting dressed, making tea and eating a proscioutto sandwich. I literally couldn't stop thinking about it because, honestly, it's so true and straight to the point.

And we're all guilty of doing that.

Writing a diary is quite easy, I'm sure you'll agree especially if you're a fan of stream of consciousness type of storytelling. I adore it and have been doing it pretty much since I learned how to write.

But maintaining a blog is nothing like keeping a journal. 

Nobody cares about our personal details and we should keep certain parts of our lives and thoughts private - just for ourselves and our loved ones. Not everything should be shared and also not everything is interesting or useful or even fun enough to be shared with the world as well.


Long gone is the time when we were able to compare today's blogging world to what it used to be 8,9 or even 10 years ago. Everything has changed, the medium has evolved so much and there's no use crying over past times. Yes, it's harder than ever to get noticed in the ocean of blogs, there are so many obstacles on the road to success but I most definitely think the battle is worth fighting.

Let's go back to filmmaking again.
Many times I've been faced with a question 'Do you have a story to tell?' because that's one of the ways how I love to test out work in progress ideas.

Is there a good storytelling potential somewhere in there? Will I inspire my audience to take action, will they cry, laugh or learn something interesting? Will it make any kind of difference?

The same mindset can be used for blogging as well.
Don't just write down first words that come to your mind, that's too easy. Think about your readers, those wonderful people who spend a few minutes of their busy days on your platform. Cherish that incredible trust they're giving to you over and over again. Don't take it for granted.

Think about yourself and things that excite you the most.
About stories you're most attracted to.
Think long and hard about what makes you who you are.
Dig deeper and stop following trends. Simply be who you are because that's enough.

Think about the vibe of your posts.
Ask yourself how you want your readers to feel after reading one of your articles.
Imagine what kind of blog you would love to read. Write it down, draw it, play with all the ideas that come to your mind.

Now go and create that blog.
Because we all have stories to tell, the key lies in knowing how to recognize the right ones and tell them in the best possible way.

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  1. Koliko god voljela pisanje dnevnika, slažem se da je blog zapravo nešto skroz dugo. Dnevnik u pravilu pišemo zbog sebe. Blog pišemo i zbog sebe i zbog drugih. Kako nisam ljubitelj 'reality' emisija nikakve vrste, nikako mi se sviđa ideja da mi blog postane nekakva vrsta Big Brothera. Mislim da to ne bi bilo previše zanimljivo ni meni ni drugima. Baš sam u zadnje vrijeme razmišljala o tome kako blog ne bi trebao nikad biti ego trip ili kako bi bi englezi rekli 'self-indulgent' i pitala sam je li mi možda krenuo u tom smjeru (što nikako ne bih željela). Nije mi bitno da ga čita sto ljudi, nego da to što napišem imam nekakvoga smisla meni, pa da bude nešto što ću jednoga dana opet moći pročitati, nešto više od dnevničkoga zapisa (iako i oni mogu biti poučni). Rekla si da trebamo razmisliti kakav bi blog mi voljeli čitati, zamisliti se na mjestu čitatelja.... i tu se slažem, a mislim da je dobro vidjeti i koje objave možemo i hoćemo sami ponovo pročitati.

    Istina je da su je danas konkurencija među blogovima ogromna, ali kao što si rekla, zapravo taj natjecateljski duh može biti dobra stvar. Sve se više usmjeravamo na sadržaj....taj sadržaj može biti ovakav ili onakav, ove ili one teme i kvalitete, ali opet je nekako bitan sadržaj i po tome su mi blogovi malo različiti od drugih društvenih mreža. Nekako mi na blogovima u pravilu ima manje 'pokazivanja radi pokazivanja' ili mi se barem tako čini.

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    1. Potpisujem sve što si rekla o pisanju, i ja sam se u jednom trenutku ulovila da razmišljam na način kako nešto pišem jer mi se to trenutačno dešava u životu, ali da to zapravo nema neku veću (ili ikakvu haha) vrijednost za čitatelje bloga - a čemu onda? :) A s obzirom da ni ja ne podnosim reality tv, zaista ne bi htjela da mi se blog ikad pretvori u dijeljenje čitavog svog života sa svim zainteresiranima, neke stvari treba ostaviti sebi samima.

      A dobar sadržaj je sve i mislim da se zaista vrijedi malo detaljnije posvetiti svemu što namjeravamo objaviti na blogu kako bi zaista izvukli maksimum iz ideje i teme, a ne da je samo brzinski odradimo, što se ponekad svima zna dogoditi :)

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    2. istina, istina....danas je prisutan taj neki pad koncentracije, pa čak i sa vlastitim idejama nekad (možda čak i često) nemamo dovoljno strpljenja. No, ako nećemo mi sami vjerovati u vlastite ideje, kako očekivati da drugu vjeruju u njih? Nekim projektima trebaju godine da sazriju, a često nam se dogodi da nešto ispadne relativno brzo baš kada prestano toliko žuriti, to je onaj paradoks života, kada se opustimo na pravi način, nekad sve ide lakše.

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  2. The 'Why should I care?' question does definitely sound a bit harsh; but I have to admit that it makes a lot of sense too. If you don't present something in a way that moves people, then a story {or an idea} simply isn't going to work. :)

    xx

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    1. I completely agree with you, Erika! xx

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  3. This has really made me think and you're so right - I'm definitely going to try and apply this way of thinking to my writing in future. I do think it's good to have the challenge of having to keep an audience engaged rather than just being able to write whatever though, I enjoy a good challenge!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. I love a good challenge as well, glad to hear you liked the post! xx

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  4. I partly agree with you. However blogs without personal touch, telling the stylised marketing perfect story are just another promotional tool in my eyes. I am looking for authenticity. If you had a bad or boring day I would rather know that or see nothing, than yet another ad. Love, pugs and kisses! Iga http://www.igaberry.com

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