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Why your blog should be like your own reality TV show

If you were anything like me, you were probably glued to the television in the 90’s when MTV’s reality TV show, “The Real World”, came out. Who didn’t love watching Puck and Pedro? That was one of the first reality shows of its time and now we are bombarded with reality shows on every topic from catching crocodiles to what not to wear.

Why am I talking about reality shows? Because I once heard that your blog should be like your very own reality TV show. I am not an expert on blogging but I know what I like to see in other blogs and I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now so I’ve learned a thing or two through the years.

Ways to make your blog like your own reality TV show:

1. Make your blog authentic
When I first started a photography blog, I was very careful to try to be professional since I knew my clients would be reading it. Newsflash: Professional is so not me! I use slang like “cuz” or “supa” and I butcher clichés (my husband calls me “Balki” from the TV show Perfect Strangers). I’m a dork and am far from professional. So the way I that I was blogging was BORING and not me. When I started being ME, blogging became much more fun and my audience grew beyond being only my Mom.

{I went from professional to the real me}

2. Use the “friend filter”
Write the way you speak and like how you would talk to a friend. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t put that wording on your blog. Don’t try to talk all corporate-like. On reality shows people just talk to the camera in their regular voice. If you’ve ever seen the reality show, Swamp People, you know these people are not holding back on the way they normally speak. Their lingo was part of why I was told I just HAD to watch that show.

3. KIR- Keep It Real
Sometimes putting yourself out there is scary because you feel like people might judge you but I have found that people find a bit of raw reality refreshing. So if you sometimes want to hide in the closet from your kids or if you can’t cook, chances are your audience will relate to that or at least appreciate your honesty. Reality TV shows are about reality (somewhat) and your blog should be too.

4. Don’t air your dirty laundry
While it’s important to keep it real, some things are best kept to yourself. Just like a reality show does editing, you should try to edit out things that might be a little too personal or graphic. I personally like to keep things generally upbeat on my blog. Most people don’t want to read about constant whining. We have to listen to our kids whine; we don’t need blogs that whine too.

5. Get emotional
The best part of reality shows is when you see the cast members showing real emotion. I’m not saying you need to blubber but open up your heart to your audience a little and share your personal thoughts and feelings about different topics.

6. Show or share the things that you do
A reality show would bore you if the cast members did nothing exciting. You’ve got to show or share the things you are doing personally or as a family. Share your latest weight loss goals or decorating projects. Show photos of what your family did for Easter. This is a great excuse to capture more photos of your kids or for YOU (yes YOU) to get in some pictures too. People want to know what you are up to.

If you’d like to follow my “reality TV show” visit me at www.francephotography.com/blog

Kelli France

Kelli France is a busy woman! Her degree in Elementary Education comes into play as a mother of three, Colorado Springs senior photographer, and consultant for photographers . She loves what she does because it gives her a creative outlet. Kelli also likes to read (including lots of parenting books!), rock her aerobics class, and enjoy weekly date nights (for her personal sanity) with her husband. She currently resides in Colorado Springs.

About Kelli


Kelli France is a busy woman! Her degree in Elementary Education comes into play as a mother of three, children's photographer, and online mentor to photographers. She loves what she does because it gives her a creative outlet. Kelli also likes to read (including lots of parenting books!), rock her aerobics class, and enjoy weekly date nights (for her personal sanity) with her husband. She currently resides in Colorado Springs.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/SailorGirlRegina Regina Steed-Ford

    FABULOUS! Thank you Kelli! You’re amazing.

  • http://berlyjo.blogspot.com Kim

    I found your blog through recommended sites on Google reader. I like this post because I am always looking for tips to improve my blog. I haven’t completely figured it out yet. I still find myself holding back and searching for a place in blog world. I will put some of these tips to use.

  • http://www.go4prophotos.com Leah Remillet

    Fabulous Ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://genevieveharvey.blogspot.com/ Genevieve

    Thanks for that! I’m just starting out with blogging and working on “finding my voice” (even though I’m still talking to myself most of the time!). This was very helpful!

  • http://sweetnektar.wordpress.com Steph

    Love this article and you are SO RIGHT. Authenticity is where it’s at…….I find the hard thing is censoring how I would talk as sometimes I can get say things which people might not find appropriate so I have to tone it down a bit while still remaining true to who I am. Thanks for sharing….I so get it when you say how you tried to make things “professional” but you really want to just dork it up as that’s more you…..and by looking at those 2 photo’s the second one of you (with the goofy but still beautiful smile holding your camera) is much more compelling than you sitting with your computer….that’s just awkward…..haha! Thanks again for a great article….

  • http://www.girlinair.com Michell @ Girl In Air

    Awesome Advice!! Thank you:-)

  • http://www.whipperberry.com Heather {WhipperBerry}

    love, love, LOVE this post. Very inspiring!

    kisses
    heather