Starting a blog about yourself and your life is thrilling but also completely terrifying.
I mean, how do you even begin?
Here’s how to write a blog about yourself:
Write a blog about yourself by choosing a purpose, a design, and a monetization strategy. Use keyword search tools to find topics that bring traffic. Use compelling titles, emotional storytelling, basic SEO, and lots of subheadings. Study your analytics to know what is working.
In this blog post, you’ll learn my best tips and examples for writing a blog about yourself that people actually want to read.
22 Best Tips for How To Write a Blog About Yourself
I’ve been blogging for close to a decade so I’ve learned some valuable lessons about how to write a blog about yourself.
Instead of blogging in the dark, follow these 22 top tips.
I think you’ll be delighted with the results.
1) Start With Your Purpose
Before you launch your personal blog, think long and hard about why you want to write it.
- Do you want to record memories?
- Do you want to make money?
- Do you want to express yourself artistically?
Maybe it’s several (or all) of these reasons. That’s okay.
What matters most is that you get crystal clear on your purpose before you publish your first blog post.
The purpose of your blog will guide everything else – so do this first.
2) Design the Blog With Your Personality in Mind
Blogging is all about personal expression, so it’s important to design your blog with your own style and flair.
For example, if you’re creative, pick colors and fonts that reflect that vibe.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, use nature-themed logos and images on your blog. This will make your blog more attractive to readers and help build a consistent identity.
However, keep in mind that simple and sleek is often better than complex and overloaded.
3) Use Intuitive Categories
When organizing your blog, gut-check yourself with the categories in your navigation bar.
You’ll want to split up your website into major categories that relate to you.
This could mean:
- Work, Play, Passions
- Kid, Teen, Adult
- Music, Art, Poetry
- Short Stories, Novels, Screenplays
Or any other categorization that makes sense for you.
4) Storytelling Is the Key to Everything
Don’t just write boring facts about yourself (include those, too).
But focus on storytelling.
Tell your stories, share your experiences, and bring those facts to life on the screen.
People love to read stories, so give them what they want.
Remember, stories are about a person (you) doing something, learning something, facing something, and growing into something and someone new.
5) Go Visual Heavy
On a blog about yourself, include lots of images and videos of yourself.
This could mean selfies of yourself doing something you love, photos from trips and events you’ve attended, or video clips of projects you’re working on.
The more visuals you have, the better your blog will look and the easier it will be for people to relate to you.
Plus, visuals help keep readers engaged.
6) Be Raw and Vulnerable (Like a Diary)
Blogging is a great way to express yourself and share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Don’t be afraid to get raw and vulnerable.
If you feel comfortable, open up about struggles or mistakes you’ve made.
People often enjoy reading about these things because it helps them realize they’re not alone in their mistakes or struggles.
Writing your blog like a diary can also be therapeutic – and very beneficial to readers.
7) Share Your Opinions, But Be Respectful
It’s okay to express opinions on your blog, but make sure you’re respectful when doing so.
You don’t want to alienate readers and grossly offend people.
Cancel culture is real. Be open and honest but also be mindful of others’ opinions.
Remember, your blog is a reflection of you – so always strive to make it a positive one. Of course, we all have thoughts and feelings that fly against commonly held paradigms.
As long as you frame your opinions as just that (opinions), you should be fine.
8) Balance the Personal With the Applicable
Don’t fall into the very tempting trap of writing about whatever you want.
Lots of bloggers do that in the beginning. I did.
But it’s critical that you strike a balance between writing for yourself and for your audience. Find out what they want to know.
You can do that by asking them.
You can also use keyword or topic research tools:
9) Introduce Yourself Early
One of your very first blog posts (if not your first) should be all about you.
Introduce yourself to your audience, talk about your goals for your blog, and give readers a taste of your personality.
This is a great way to build an early connection with your readers and get them invested in your blog from the start.
And as you continue writing, don’t forget to revisit this post and update it regularly.
Your audience will appreciate getting to know the person behind the blog.
10) Write In an Authentic Voice
One of the most important parts of any blog is to write the same way that you talk.
Don’t try to imitate someone else – even a popular author or blogger.
Your voice is what sets you apart.
It’s what brings your audience back blog post after blog post.
If you speak in slang, write in slang (but do explain it). If you don’t use five-dollar words in conversation, keep them out of your blog post.
A nice way to see if you are getting it right is to use a voice-to-text app.
Simply talk into the app to speak/write your blog post.
Then compare it to a blog post you wrote on the computer. Do they sound the same? If so, you’re on the right track.
11) Go Beyond the Obvious
Don’t stay on the surface of your life.
Explore topics that may not be immediately obvious.
Think outside the box and ask yourself questions like, What else is going on here? What’s the bigger picture?
Take your readers on a journey with you – one they will enjoy reading and remember long after they’ve finished.
This kind of writing can be powerful and leave a lasting impression on your audience.
Take the opportunity to add depth, emotion, and meaning to your blog posts.
12) Build a Tribe
Don’t just write to a faceless audience on the internet.
Build a following. Grow a tribe.
You do that by:
- Responding to comments
- Offering an email list
- Giving readers what they want
- Participating in online communities
- Creating a forum on your site
- Linking to your social media
- Providing personal services (one-on-one coaching, etc)
A tribe is an audience that keeps coming back to your website week after week to read your latest blog post.
As they say, you only need “1,000 fans” to make a living from your blog.
13) Empty Space Is Your Friend
In other words, use short 1-2 line sentences.
Notice how I try to do that in this article. There are few (if any) long, never-ending paragraphs.
This makes it much easier to read, and people are more likely to actually finish your blog post.
Also, consider putting a line break between two paragraphs if they are related in some way. This is like giving them white space (empty space), which further makes the blog post more inviting and easier to consume.
14) Make It Scannable
On that note, make each one of your blog posts highly scannable.
An easy way to make sure this happens is to use lots of subheadings. Subheadings break up the blog post into related chunks of information, stories, etc.
This makes it easier for readers to pick out the parts they are most interested in, and skip over other parts.
If you want to take it a step further, add visuals like images, GIFs, or video clips between subheadings.
That can break up long chunks of text even more.
Plus, visuals are more memorable and serve as a great reminder of what the blog post was about.
15) Write In Moments and Episodes
Don’t cram too much into each blog post.
Over the years, I’ve learned it’s better (and easier) to write in small moments and episodes.
For example, instead of writing about your entire trip to India in one blog post, break it up into 3-5 “episodes.”
The reader gets to go on a long journey (like watching their favorite TV show).
As the writer, you get 3-5 pieces of content instead of just one.
16) Master the Art of Compelling Titles
Coming up with good blog post titles and subheadings is part art and part science.
You can definitely study other great titles.
That’s probably the best way to learn how to do it yourself. Practice is the second best way.
One thing I like to do is come up with several possible titles for each blog post.
Here are some tips for better titles:
- Keep them short (under 60 characters)
- Use active verbs (Make, Write, Drove, etc)
- Use power words (Easy, Free, Best, Simple)
- Use numbers
- Make sure your keyword/topic is in your title
Try to clearly explain what your blog post is about but also make it interesting.
17) Use Basic SEO Magic
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) gets tricky fast.
I recommend that you:
- Start your blog on WordPress.org
- Use a blog hosting service like Bluehost or HostArmada
- Then get the free RankMath SEO plugin
This is exactly what I do.
The RankMath plugin will guide you with very specific suggestions on how to make your blog posts more SEO-friendly.
18) Apply the “Resume Blog” Approach
Believe it or not, you can use your blog as your resume.
If that’s your main purpose, then you’ll want to highlight your skills and experience in your blog posts.
You can even show off your writing skills (or other talents like photography).
On your About You Page, you might list all of your credentials, link to LinkedIn, and give your contact email for clients or employers.
Go further by providing a downloadable resume.
Just make sure that you keep it updated.
19) Give Your Readers a Reason To Keep Reading
I am a strong advocate for interlinking your blog posts.
Not only does this help with SEO and ranking on Google, but it also helps your readers find other related content that they might like.
It gives them a reason to keep reading your blog.
Interlink keywords, phrases, and sentences within each blog post that you want to use as “jumps” to other content.
This is one of the simplest (but most effective) ways to keep readers on your website longer and increase engagement.
20) Monetize Early
Right from the start, choose your monetization strategies.
You can always change up later but starting with a plan to earn revenue from your blog can dramatically improve your odds of making a full-time living.
Common monetization strategies for blogs include:
- Display advertising (Google Adsense, Ezoic, Mediavine, Ad Thrive)
- Affiliate marketing (Amazon Associates, ClickBank, etc)
- Selling digital products
- Writing a book
- Creating a course
If you want to know more about how to maximize your earning potential, check out this article I wrote about How To Make 5K a Month Blogging (Real Examples).
But finish this article first so you don’t miss out on any details. 🙂
21) Measure and Monitor Your Results
Just like any other business, you need to know the numbers.
Use Google Analytics and Google Search Console for more detailed tracking and insights about your blog traffic.
The most important things to measure are:
- How much monthly organic traffic do you get
- How much traffic does social media bring in
- Are people converting to your monetization strategies?
Set up goals in Google Analytics so you can track how people behave once they hit a certain page or take a certain action.
You can also measure how engaged your readers are by tracking comments, likes, and shares.
This will help you understand what topics and content are resonating with your audience so you can focus more on those types of posts.
22) Decide on Blogging vs. Vlogging Priority
There is a big difference between blogging and vlogging.
You’ll probably do both on your both (at least, I recommend that dual approach). However, it’s important to choose your focus going in so that you can plan your content strategy and prioritization.
For example, if you focus on blogging, you’ll probably place your content first, followed by a video somewhere deeper in the article.
If instead, you want to promote your video content, you’ll reverse the order.
That means embedding your videos up front in your blog posts.
If you want to know more about this topic, I wrote a good article about Blogging vs Vlogging: 13 Big Differences Explained.
Before we end this section, here’s a short video I put together that summarizes how to write a blog post about yourself:
Examples of How To Write About Yourself on a Blog
I couldn’t leave you with some examples of how to write about yourself on a blog.
Example#1: How To Write a Blog About Yourself
A few months ago, I had an opportunity to travel abroad and explore a new culture.
It was a humbling experience that opened my eyes to the incredible beauty of the world. I have brought back so many wonderful memories and lessons that will stay with me forever.
Here is what happened during the first big moment on my trip…
Example #2: How To Write a Blog Bio About Yourself
I’m an avid runner and have been running since I was a child.
Running has always been my favorite form of exercise and something that helps me stay focused and motivated. I’ve completed several 5ks, 10ks, and half-marathons but my proudest accomplishment is completing a full marathon in 2016!
When I’m not out on a run, you can find me curled up with a good book or trying my hand at baking something new in the kitchen.
Fitness and nutrition are two of my main passions, so don’t be surprised if you hear from me about the latest fitness trends or healthy recipes.
Running brings peace to my mind, body, and soul.
It’s one of the best ways to connect with nature and yourself. With each step I take on the pavement, I’m reminded to hold onto my dreams and never give up.
Example #3: How To Write an Introduction Blog Post
I’m a man on an eternal quest: exploring the worlds of chess, code, and RPG.
Since I was a child, I have been captivated by the allure of strategy. From the classic board games of my childhood to the complex online chess matches of today, I never tire of outwitting my opponents.
Learning to code has only elevated my appreciation of the game and how far it can be taken.
And, of course, there is the imaginary world that comes alive with each new role-playing game I discover. It’s all part of my wild journey into learning, exploration, and mastery – something I hope to continue for many years to come.
Here are some good websites for even more examples:
How To Write an About You Page That People Actually Read
There are 10 key ways to write a rocking About You page for your blog.
Here is how to write a good About You Page:
- Brainstorm what you want to communicate about yourself and your work, then structure it into a list form.
- Keep the About You page concise and direct, focusing on important elements that define your brand or business.
- Use positive language to create an upbeat tone, but also focus on being honest and genuine when describing yourself and your work.
- Incorporate stories or anecdotes in your About You page to illustrate who you are and how you got to where you are today.
- Make sure the content on your About You page reflects whatever goals or objectives you have for your business or brand — think of it as a “call to action” statement.
- Be mindful of any typos, spelling errors, and grammar mistakes since they can deter readers from taking your message seriously.
- Include media such as pictures, videos, podcasts, etc., that exemplify you or aspects of your work in some way — use them to add life to the words on the page.
- Use keywords related to whatever topics or services you offer in order to help maximize visibility for search engine optimization (SEO).
- Link out to relevant pages within other platforms, like LinkedIn or Instagram profiles, so readers can learn more about you.
- Read through what others have written about themselves on their respective About You pages too – this can be useful for generating ideas about things you may want to include/exclude from yours.
There you have it – that’s how to write a blog bio about yourself.
Final Thoughts: How To Write a Blog About Yourself?
The most important tip for how to write a blog about yourself is to enjoy the process.
Blogging is hard enough by itself.
There are long months of no traffic, setbacks, and Google updates. Take joy in the writing, in the learning, in the growth.
Everything else is icing on the blogging cake.
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