Should Blogging Be Personal?

Saturday, December 24, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 3 Comments

A day of being sick has its perks. Despite the phlegm and the dog-bark coughing (pardon me for being disgusting today), staying in bed the whole day does have its advantages.

For instance, I got to watch all my favorite TV series. I also had the time to read the graphic novel I purchased almost a month ago. Having time alone also got me thinking about my blog and how I miss one aspect of it: its being a personal blog.

There is so much more you can write about, including the most mundane things in your life. Sometimes, it’s those things that tell a story.

Yes, this blog is a personal blog. It’s not just about food or travel or health. Here, I get to tell all (or at least all that I’m allowed to say without doing anything illegal, hehe). And I’ve always loved how this is my space in the go-large, supersized, infinite online universe. Here, I can speak my mind.

But how many blogs remain personal? Many sound like web magazines instead of personal musings. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, of course. But how many bloggers still tell tales about their life?

Stef dela CruzI love reading personal accounts. It’s like reading non-fictional stories from people who share your passion. But more and more blogs are sounding too professional, too polished, that the “personal” touch is lost altogether.

Ergo, this blog post. I have been blogging about events and sponsored posts that I’ve been forgetting why I started blogging in the first place. And maybe in my next post, you don’t have to bear with personal opinions and you will encounter more useful tips and how-to walkthroughs. But in the meantime, I hope I’ve struck a chord here. I hope you remember that you are not just a writer nor a press release publisher. There is so much more you can write about, including the most mundane things in your life. Sometimes, it’s those things that tell a story. What’s yours?

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.

3 comments:

  1. ah, this is why i retained my blog manilenyamom.info as my events blog because i couldn't find anywhere to fit my personal thoughts anymore, i revived a dying blog instead :) i might post a similar thought :)

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  2. hello ate stef. i really like this post. i really do. :)

    whenever i write my blog entries, my tone is really how i speak in real life. pero when i write for school, it's totally different.

    i think personal blog talaga ang akin kasi it's the only space wherein i feel like i have the freedom to write in lowercase. :)

    i also like reading other people's musings about their daily lives kasi it makes me feel na i'm getting to know other people kahit online lang.

    there's just something nice about going public (though not totally) and people actually get to interact with you.

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  3. Ning, it does dawn on us that after all the very nice, professional blogs we own, we still crave for a personal space in this worldwide web, yeah? :) Good for you for reviving an old blog!

    Athena, hello there! :) I so love your site, by the way. I showed my boyfriend some of your photos because you have an eye for these things. And I'm glad your blog isn't too magazine-esque, it stands out from the rest!

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