Reblogged from ProBlogger –
This is a guest contribution from Ryan Biddulph.
I was intrigued by Ryan’s take on getting your story out there and that people DO care. It really has inspired me to re-think how I blog. Putting myself out there for people to “judge” is a little scary but probably something I need to do more if I’m going to make my “second act career” successful.
7 years ago I was a broke, depressed, recently-laid-off security guard.
My life had no direction.
I had no purpose.
My self-esteem was in the toilet.
I was lost, swaying to and fro on a sea of circumstance.
Today, I am a pro-blogging island-hopper. My wife Kelli and I blog from paradise. We’ve traveled the world for 51 months straight, living in places like Fiji, Bali, Thailand and Costa Rica. I am an Amazon bestselling author. I’ve written too many Blogging from Paradise eBooks to count. I publish a podcast. I may even start Blabbing after seeing Darren’s inspiring Blab sessions.
I’ve lived my dreams because I discovered the secret blogging weapon years ago.
This secret weapon helped me to gain recognition in a crowded, star-studded blogging field.
This secret weapon levels the playing field for every blogger on earth.
The Secret Weapon?
Every blogger’s story.
No two human beings are alike, just like no two snowflakes are alike. Every creation is unique. This miracle of life does not exclude bloggers. Nor does it exclude their stories.
Nobody has lived your story and nobody can tell your story in your voice. Only you have lived your special, inspired life, and only you can write in your special voice.
This is why storytelling levels the playing field for every blogger.
Nobody has lived Ryan Biddulph’s life and nobody in human history can tell my story in my voice, as I can. Which is why I’ve lived a neat life in paradise. I use the one branding tool, the secret weapon, that makes me stand out from all bloggers: telling my story in my voice.
What if Your Story Has Been All Struggles So Far?
Tell your struggle-laden story. Then share your dream.
If you’re new to blogging your story needs to include a dream. Nobody wants to follow a pity party. We’ve all been through nightmares but we’re all inherently hopeful. Share your dream. Hook readers.
Your story becomes your secret weapon, leveling the blogging playing field, if it ends with a dream. I want you to inspire me. I want to root for you. I want to watch you overcome the odds. I enjoy watching you crush obstacles.
Once you add your dream to your struggles, you have set the stage for a happy ending that we all want to see. You’ve whetted your blogging dagger. You’ve hammered your blogging scythe.
Billion Dollar Industry
Readers and viewers buy into stories. Literally. Books, movies and TV shows are billion dollar industries. Everybody has a billion dollar story within them just screaming to be told. Be bold. Tell your story.
Practical Tips for Telling Your Story
- Write for at least 30 minutes daily. Writing regularly helps you to find your voice. Writing regularly also inspires you to let go the self conscious “my story is not significant” limiting belief.
- Read voraciously. Skilled novelists can teach you how to write emotional, inspired stories. I am reading George R.R. Martin and Lee Child now. These two bestselling authors inspire me to become a better storyteller through their masterful writing skills.
- Tell your story regularly, offline. Get comfortable chatting up your story with strangers. For example: I drop my blog name and personal story casually into conversations with strangers I meet during my world travels. Doing so gives me greater confidence to tell my story regularly through my blog.
- Surround yourself only with confident, inspired bloggers. Allow their transparency and faith in self to rub off on you. Bloggers like Darren freely share both their successes and failures. If he only spoke of his successes his story would be boring because good stories need highs and lows. Learn from him. Follow one of his great success secrets: transparent blogging.
- Weave some part of your personal tale into every blog post. Blogging from Paradise readers often comment that they love when I share my personal travel stories. My stories are unique. Nobody on earth can re-create my experience with my writing voice. I remember this before I publish any blog post.
Do You Think that Nobody Cares about Your Story?
7 years ago I was a nobody. I didn’t even know what a “blog” was.
Today I am a fulltime income-earning, island-hopping blogger.
My metamorphosis started with one story. One day I just decided to blog about how I became a pro blogger. I thought for years that nobody cared about my story. Who would really be interested in a security guard turned blogger? It turns out, a lot more folks than I initially thought. Everything changed the moment I opened up. I had to speak up. It took courage to tell my story. It took a willingness to accept criticism. But I am so happy that I chose to tell my tale.
We care about your story.
We want you to tell it.
You have the great equalizer in your blogging arsenal. It’s begging to be used.
Tell your story.
Are you telling your story?
Ryan Biddulph is an Amazon best selling author, blogger, world traveler and the creator of Blogging from Paradise.