By: Lungile Moyo
A lot of people think that in order to be a blogger you must be a writer… but I don’t think this is all true. A writer can be a blogger yes, but a blogger does not have to be a writer. I think there is a difference; because for me, when you blog, you can express yourself through anything, and when you write… well, you write.
Some people don’t see the difference though, and that’s why I wanted to write about this topic today, because I’ve heard a lot of people say that they want to start a blog but they won’t because they can’t write, or that even if they did start their own blog they wouldn’t know what to write on it. You sure as hell do not have to be Hemmingway or J.K. Rowling, and if you are reading this and think this is you, then let me just say, there is obviously a lot that goes into deciding whether you want to have your own blog, or URL, but this doesn’t have to be one of them. There are a few things you can do that don’t require much writing but can still make a successful blog.
PICTURES & VIDEOS
This one probably goes without saying, but one of the ways to blog without writing much is to use pictures and videos. This is what a great deal of fashion bloggers do. And even though they do not always use words in their posts, there is an art to it. Think of your favourite fashion bloggers blog and you will know what I mean. Whether it is an outfit of the day post or their favourite fashion buys, fashion bloggers will always use pictures that do most of the talking and will have you coming back for more. You can use pictures and video too if you are a food blogger, or a how to blogger. Most of the time you are explaining a process, this information is readily available and you don’t have to worry about what to write or putting words together.
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Camera shy perhaps… or pictures and videos aren’t your thing? Then another thing you can use to blog without using too many words, are quotes. Personally I love a good quote, and from scrolling through my Pinterest boards I’m pretty sure the world is with me on this one. On my blog, I used to have a Sunday Quotes. Every Sunday I would pick one of my favourite quotes, write it out, and sign off “Happy Sunday”, blog post done. I didn’t have to write too much (unless I wanted to) because most of the times I didn’t want to write, I wanted to blog. The good thing about quotes is they say exactly how you are feeling for you, they resonate with so many people who may be feeling the same thing, and they inspire, motivate, encourage, cheer you up, and get people to come back for more. A bonus is if you are able to play around with design, put your quotes on a design to give your blog personality. See more of SA Bloggers posts to see what I mean.
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Are you the type of person that likes talking to people, finding out what their story is and sharing it? A lot of us here on SA Bloggers are, and we swear by this strategy. Even though an interview post is wordier than any other post, it’s still a you-can-use-this-if-you-don’t-want-to-write-too-much kind of post because most of what you are trying to get across in your post is what the other person said. It’s also great because even though I am a huge fan of the personal blog, not everyone out there wants to read about your life. They want to know things that interest them, inspire them, and with an Interview post, you are half way there.
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