Life is a Blog – Credibility

The Life is a Blog series is a series reflecting on my past year of blogging. The series aims to gather feedback from my readers in order to make improvements to my blog. You can find the rest of the series in the Life is a Blog category.

When I first started blogging, I had an opinion and a keyboard. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do yet and was very new to blogging.

A few months into blogging, I started writing for Devlounge. Devlounge is a website geared towards designers and developers. Soon after writing for Devlounge, I realized that I wanted to release several of my script ideas for consumption. I had always liked web programming, but Devlounge seemed to unleash it for me. I released my first WordPress plugin called Feed Styler to mixed reviews.

While writing for a design/developer website, I struggled whether I had the stuff to write about design. After all, I don’t have a portfolio and I haven’t done a whole lot of work for clients. So everytime I hit the “Publish” button at the site, I was hoping the design community wouldn’t revolt and cast me into the shadows.

About the time I was struggling whether I had what it took to blog, I published an essay about blogging over at Weblog Tools Collection. The essay’s response was divided, ranging from very positive to very negative. During the few months of waiting for the essay results to come out, I had to deal with a lot of internal demons.

There are times that I still don’t think I have what it takes to blog and/or interact with the blog community. There are many extremely talented bloggers out there who I look up to. Credibility is important in the blogosphere, but the interaction between bloggers is crucial as well.

That being said about credibility, how do you think this blog does on the subject of credibility? Do you have any ideas for ways to increase the credibility of my writing?

Thank you for reading.

6 thoughts on “Life is a Blog – Credibility”

  1. I think the best way to increase ones credibility is to be honest with expressing your thoughts, opinions and admitting the mistakes. And you're doing a very good job with all this. Just be who you are and what you are, and don't try being someone else 🙂

  2. I agree with inspirationbit. I think the most important thing with personal blogs is to be yourself. It's your place to express who you are. Some people will like it, while some won't. And that's okay. And for me, I enjoy writing, even if no one else enjoys it (although of course I get excited when I see that someone has been reading my ramblings!).

    I think putting "you" into your writing is more important than most other things — even proper grammar. I like hearing what's really on someone's mind — what they think about and what they feel. That's more important than it being really polished and using obfuscatory verbiage.

    About credibility, I think being "real" is most important. Also, when you have an opinion, back it up with facts if possible. And when you don't have all the answers, even on a topic you're writing on, say so. (I'm not saying you don't do these things already.)

    I haven't looked through your blog from the viewpoint of judging credibility, but I find your blog interesting. I think it just usually takes time to build credibility and popularity. And some of us may never be big-time bloggers (as in getting paid or having thousands of weekly visitors), but that's still okay to me. Even if I average "only" 15 unique viewers per day, that's still quite a few people that are reading my daily publication. It's like I have a magazine/newspaper that people around the world read. It's really exciting when I think about it that way!

  3. Thank you Beppo and Vivien,

    It's good to know that I can just be myself and it shows here. One reason I wanted my new banner was to increase credibility so that people would know a little about me just from looking at the illustration.

    @Beppo,

    It's awesome to know that people are actually reading your (rhetorical) stuff. When people at work ask me how many visits I get a day, I tell them it's not really the visits that matter — it's actually how many people are subscribing and/or interacting with your site daily. It's an awesome feeling. Thank you for sharing that and I agree that it is exciting.

  4. I haven't read much of your writing before but I think the way this post is written gives you a lot of credibility. It sounds open, honest, and has a friendly tone. Other than this, just be you and write about the things you care about.

  5. Andrew,

    Thanks for weighing in. I try to be brutally honest sometimes in my opinions. I will also be as open as my audience allows up to a certain extent. For example, I very rarely talk about work. My poetry also gives brief glimpses into my thoughts at the time.

    Thank you for the encouragement and I look forward to hopefully another year of blogging.

  6. I guess I'm not sure why you are so worried about your credibility, but that might be because I know you in RL(tm). 🙂

    If you were blogging about legal matters, I would question your credibility if you had a business degree and had only been a manager at a department store. In that case, you would need to show some evidence of why your statements on the topics should be given any weight.

    As it is, you write from your perspective, about issues around you; that is your credibility. If you are spouting false statements or not backing up your claims, you will lose that credibility. I don't see you doing that anytime soon.

    On DevLounge: sometimes not having the "box" is the best position to be in. You can look at design more objectively than some, since you haven't formed moany preconceptions yet. You should be able to use that as your credibility until you "prove" that you are an able analyzer of design.

    I'd say that most people are credible up until the time they throw away their credibility. Keep yours on a good leash. 🙂

    cetroyer

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