Savvy bloggers advise, don't be afraid to show your imperfections

In a recent Twitter chat among bloggers, chatters were asked whether it is OK to share one's imperfections on one's blog. One thing that almost all agreed, including some very well established bloggers, that it does more good than harm to be frank about one's failures and weak points.

Think over it, and you will see here a sane piece of blogging advice.

The idea is not to bare one's weaknesses and make a show of them. The purpose of showing one's imperfections is to create a bond with readers who themselves might be dealing with same or similar problems. For example, if a dance teacher shares how she tipped over while doing a difficult twist even when she had practiced it a thousand times it would give confidence to her pupils and also goad them into practicing it even harder.

Not only one's past deficiencies that one has overcome, the present ones can in most situations get an appreciating nod from readers if frankly shared. It removes the veil of distance between the speaker/ writer and his audience. Many standup comic artists make good use of this, but it does not hurt in other situations too. An expert in maths or coding can tell his visitors how difficult he finds to get to the logical end in some situations. It only shows the teacher/ speaker/ blogger is a human being.

It is seen that some bloggers, especially those making video tutorials, claim to be experts in their field while many times their expertise is limited to the script of the video. Such faking of expertise does not take one too far. In reality, it is extremely difficult to be perfect even in a small field. There may not be a hundred people in the entire world who can honestly claim they know everything and their knowledge covers all the numerous possibilities that are availabe on even one of the most popular computer program, the MS Word. So, it does not lower my stature if I say, somewhere in my video tutorial on MS Word, that after a lifetime working with this program, I still have problem in properly sizing long tables.

Agreeing with the concept of being honest about one's imperfections, Darren Rowse of Problogger fame tweeted this during the chat: 

👉 Transparency in blogging is really about trust. 👉 Sharing your mistakes makes you relatable. 👉 Showing your imperfections shows you are human. 👉 Being real makes you believable.

Some types of posts (for example, serious discussions on political and economic issues) may not be amenable to such treatment. But, showing the human side whenever one can helps in building rapport with the readers; hope, you agree.

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