Did you ever have one of those teachers in school or college who were famous for their drab and monotonous lectures that put most of the class to sleep? Nobody enjoys such lectures, do they?
Blogging is similar. If your blog content sounds like a boring lecture, it won’t find too many takers. Your blog content should capture your readers’ interest. It should be full of life. It should be full of zest.
Once again, I must quote the online Oxford Dictionary, which defines ‘Zest’ as:
- Great enthusiasm and energy
- A quality of excitement and piquancy
So how do you add enthusiasm and energy to your blog content? How do you show your zest for blogging through your blog and its content?
You can do so by taking a look at some of the synonyms listed by Oxford Dictionary, for the word ‘Zest’:
enthusiasm, appetite, zeal, fervor, passion, love, enjoyment, joy, delight, excitement, verve, vigor, liveliness, effervescence, fire, vitality, dynamism, energy, buoyancy, pep, spiritedness, exuberance
How To Show Your Zest For Blogging?
- Show Your Passion About Your Blog Topic.
This is one point that cannot be emphasized upon enough. Nothing adds zest to your blogging as strongly as your passion for the subject you blog about.
- Show Your Spiritedness By Being You.
Developing your own voice in blogging can be challenging. It takes courage to be 'you' and to share your story with strangers on the internet. But it makes you come across as a blogger with so much peppiness.
- Show Your Liveliness In Your Writing Style.
Whatever style of writing you choose, make it lively. Make sure it conveys great vigor and vitality. Make sure it keeps those yawns away and those eyes wide open.
- Show Your Buoyancy In Your Comments.
Respond to comments cheerfully and with a smile on your face. Let the effervescence in your replies show that you are genuinely delighted to hear from your readers and to interact with them.
- Show Your Zeal To Accomplish.
Set yourself challenging targets. (e.g. this A to Z Challenge) And then meet them. Make blogging commitments. Say them out loud on your blog. And then keep those commitments with fervor.
- Show Your Appetite For Learning.
Blogging involves a constant learning curve, both in blogging as well in the subject you write on. Having an insatiable hunger for learning new skills and new strategies will reflect your exuberance.
- Show Your Dynamism In Evolution.
The blogging world is constantly evolving and you must keep up with the change. Be quick to adapt to the latest developments in the blogosphere—if not all, then at least the ones relevant to your niche.
- Show Your Enjoyment Of Blogging.
Lastly, your blogging should reflect your joy and excitement with the entire process, right from researching to creating to marketing to social engagement and community building. It should show your love for what you’re doing.
Many people start blogging, but most give up after a few months. It isn’t due to lack of skills, but, because of lack of zest. It is easy to maintain enthusiasm and verve for the first 2-3 months, but to keep the fire alive month after month and year after year requires a lot of energy.
Does your blog have this energy? How do you ensure that your zest for blogging shows through your blog and its content? How do you keep your blog from getting boring?
This is my 26th (last) post for 2015 AprilAtoZ.
Link to the previous post: A to Z of Blogging: Y - You.