The following is a blog post for COM0014 - Blog Post 6:
The purpose of social media is to interact and have conversations with like-minded people. My travel blog has been completely one-sided. I’ve been using it as a platform to record my travels instead of using it as an opportunity to inspire or motivate my audience, though I hope they are entertained nonetheless. Content on this blog will be guided by stories instead of day-by-day accounts (I might have to create more posts in order to get all my memories on “paper”).
I didn’t really consider my audience, since I’ve always just written for myself. Is it my friends? Is it random people who search travel destinations and find that I’ve been there already? I need to pick one and write to THEM. I want my audience to be inspired to visit the places I’ve been so I’ll need to change my writing style to accommodate that.
Going forward, it’s important to properly theme my posts so they don’t read just like chronological accounts. I should write, rest, and then edit for clarity and tone before posting. Even though I am a stickler for grammar, I also make mistakes. Poor writing style and spelling mishaps can really make or break a blog. Nobody wants to read through a blog and constantly make mental corrections to the text. It’s just aggravating! (or is that just me?) Blogs without mistakes seem more authentic. I mean, if I can’t trust you to have passed English class, how can I trust that you’re the expert in cars/parenting/cooking/travelling/etc.?
What do you think? How else should I frame this blog to be more interesting to you, the reader?
Let me know in the comments so I can prepare my stories on my next trip!