What’s The Best Way To Share Your Stories Online

As chil­dren, all we want­ed was to grow up. Every­thing seemed so much fun. You can dri­ve a car, sleep as late as you want, play on the com­put­er for as many hours you felt the need and eat a pile of can­dy with no reper­cus­sions.

Becom­ing an adult, for the most part, starts grad­u­al­ly.

First, you start prepar­ing meals for your­self, doing your own laun­dry, clean­ing your room because you decide it’s too messy, not because your mom yelled at you again, the small stuff. Then comes mov­ing on your own and pay­ing rent and bills.

But things are still easy, the par­ents are still there to help you (and maybe still come over with ready-made meals).

The real kick­er comes when you are even­tu­al­ly left on your own and real­ize that the deci­sions you take have a direct impact and there’s no safe­ty net.

Soon enough you notice that eat­ing as much can­dy you want takes a toll on your body and stay­ing up all night play­ing video games doesn’t work if you have to be at the office by 9.

I got pret­ty bummed out when I first become aware that adult life is not all rain­bows after all: “Is this what life should be? Is this how my par­ents live every day? I want to be a kid again!”

Be care­ful what you wish for, it might just come true.

In the end, most of us adapt to this change and even­tu­al­ly accept that we can’t do every­thing we want in life all the time, every time.

That doesn’t mean that we still can’t do more of the things we like.

Your pas­sions and hob­bies can still be a part of your day to day life, mak­ing it even more fun than expect­ed. Maybe not the same type of fun you sought as a kid, but the fun that ful­fills you as an adult because now you have a dif­fer­ent approach on what reward­ing is all about.

You’re liv­ing in the dig­i­tal world and explor­ing your pas­sions is eas­i­er than it ever was. If you want to learn more about how to play the gui­tar, there are count­less YouTube videos that you can watch when­ev­er you feel like it.

Heck, if you want to com­bine out­door activ­i­ty with the sat­is­fac­tion of a well-pressed shirt, you can go for Extreme Iron­ing (it’s a real thing).

The sky’s the lim­it. Lit­er­al­ly.

And for some of you, adult life could be about inspir­ing oth­ers.

Maybe you want to share your eat­ing habits or your fash­ion sense. What­ev­er the case, there are many ways you can show­case your tal­ents in the dig­i­tal realm.

And this is what this arti­cle is all about. Show­ing you all the ways you can chan­nel and show­case your cre­ativ­i­ty in the dig­i­tal world and help you make the best out of the adult life we all craved so deeply.

Expressing yourself through writing

It’s nev­er been eas­i­er to tell your sto­ry through writ­ing (here are some use­ful tips). But find­ing where and how exact­ly you can start doing it is a bit more com­pli­cat­ed. Don’t wor­ry, that’s why I’m here for.

Let’s dive into the best places to go if you want to write:

Writing on Facebook

The eas­i­est way to write con­tent is to post an update, just like any oth­er. You can see it as a place to prac­tice and get feed­back from your friends.

If you want to go a bit fanci­er, you can post Face­book Notes to give your thoughts a blog-like feel. To do that you can go to https://www.facebook.com/YOUR-USERNAME/notes (replace with your own user­name) and click “Add Note”.

From there you can add head­er pic­ture, title and write the text. You can also insert images and embed­ded con­tent (like Youtube videos, Sound­cloud audio, etc). Just like a usu­al blog.

The ben­e­fits of choos­ing Face­book is that you already have a poten­tial audi­ence since a lot of peo­ple are already there, so why not make the most of it?

Using LinkedIn

This is also a great way, espe­cial­ly if you want to write about busi­ness relat­ed top­ics. You can treat it just like a nor­mal blog and all you have to do is click on “Write an arti­cle”. That sim­ple.

Bill Gates writes con­stant­ly on LinkedIn and has an audi­ence of over 17 mil fol­low­ers. No one says your biggest pas­sion can’t also be some­thing you do at work, not to men­tion the fact that peo­ple who work in the same field as you are always look­ing for knowl­edge and inspi­ra­tion. I know I do.

Creating your own Blog

As you might have noticed, all the Social Media Chan­nels who are try­ing to get peo­ple into writ­ing, are cre­at­ing a blog-like feel.

So why not bypass the sys­tem alto­geth­er and cre­ate a blog from the start?

Here’s why blogging is the best:

#1 — No constraints

Hav­ing a blog allows you to post dif­fer­ent types of con­tent, alter­nate between images, videos, text, col­or vari­a­tions, you name it, with no hus­tle, giv­ing your sto­ry a one-of-a-kind look.

This way, peo­ple can tru­ly under­stand your per­son­al­i­ty and you can tell your sto­ry in a way that rep­re­sents you.

Steve Chap­man, mak­er of canscorpionssmoke.com, TEDx speak­er and cus­tomer of ours says:

The blog was my way of writ­ing stuff and see­ing what peo­ple thought of it and it evolved from there. As I look back at some of the ear­ly posts it seems like a dif­fer­ent per­son has writ­ten them. This is great as it shows me that the blog has been a very impor­tant and help­ful way of hon­ing my writ­ing and influ­enc­ing what I am inter­est­ed in.” (source)

#2 — Community building

With your own place where you can freely express, you can attract like-mind­ed peo­ple around you, becom­ing their source of inspi­ra­tion.

Besides, your audi­ence will help you improve your work, by pro­vid­ing feed­back and reac­tions to what you write, offer­ing you a deep­er under­stand­ing of what works or not.

Daniel, our cus­tomer who runs the food blog dicedandspiced.com says:

I think we real­ly do know our audi­ence, in no small part because they’re very like us. Like us, they are peo­ple of dif­fer­ing lev­els of expe­ri­ence in the kitchen. Some of them (like us) want to know how to sub­sti­tute meat or ani­mal prod­ucts in their favourite dish­es. Some of them (like us) are par­ents who want to find new ways of get­ting their kids to eat their veg­gies.” (read his sto­ry)

#3 — Getting Authority

Hav­ing a great fol­low­ing is a big val­i­da­tion that you are doing things right and that oth­ers believe in your work. Your blog can act like a resume on nitrous.

Soon enough you’ll see doors open, col­lab­o­ra­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties and recog­ni­tion in the niche you are active. It might just become your only source of income. For most, that’s the dream.

Ana, a pro­fes­sion­al blog­ger and own­er of thesheapproach.com shares hers two cents on this one:

”I guess I start­ed putting a price on my strate­gies (while still deliv­er­ing free con­tent in the same time) when I real­ized that what I’ve learned and expe­ri­enced with grow­ing my own blog was not com­mon knowl­edge, but valu­able infor­ma­tion that was (and is) worth pay­ing for.” (read the inter­view)

#4 — Total control

Social media chan­nels are known for chang­ing the way you can do things, by lim­it­ing your organ­ic reach or remov­ing fea­tures. Hav­ing total con­trol over your con­tent is essen­tial and a blog can give you that.

How can you actually start a new blog?

Google-ing “How to start a new blog” gets you about 1 bil­lion results. Not even kid­ding. But to sum­ma­rize it, you need to:

#1 Figure out why you want to write, the topics you want to tackle, and what are your goals.

Are you pas­sion­ate about fash­ion and what to share your insights? Do you like to cook and want to get your recipes out in the world? Or maybe you like build­ing things on your own and get­ting your hand glued togeth­er while doing it (or is it just me?).

Peo­ple need to come to your blog know­ing what to expect.

At the same time, you need to set your pri­or­i­ties straight regard­ing the out­comes of blog­ging. If you want to make mon­ey of it, you need to con­sid­er brand deals, ambas­sador­ship pro­grams or dis­play­ing ads on your web­site.

You can’t expect to make a liv­ing out of writ­ing if you’re not mak­ing the nec­es­sary steps towards that goal.

#2 — Select a blogging platform, a domain name and hosting (where you store your new blog).

One of the main things to keep in mind when choos­ing a blog­ging plat­form is who has con­trol over what I’m shar­ing.

What does this mean?

If you want to be in total con­trol over your con­tent and express your­self how­ev­er you want, you need a blog­ging plat­form that doesn’t have many con­straints.

Medi­um, for exam­ple, is easy to use and set-up (you can sign-up with Face­book or Twit­ter), allow­ing you to start writ­ing in a mat­ter of min­utes.

The down­side is that, in some ways, it falls into the same cat­e­go­ry as social media plat­forms. You have a lim­it­ed num­ber of options when it comes to dis­play­ing your con­tent and if they decide to remove a fea­ture, you won’t be able to fight back. Not to men­tion that your plung­ing into an ocean of con­tent writ­ers, and stand­ing out will be a chal­lenge.

On the oth­er hand, if own­er­ship, flex­i­bil­i­ty and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port is top pri­or­i­ty, Word­Press is the way to go. No won­der 30% of the world’s web­sites are on Word­Press and that 50% of US users pre­fer it over oth­er con­tent man­age­ment sys­tems.

All of this might seem com­pli­cat­ed, but it shouldn’t be.

It’s eas­i­er than ever before to get host­ing, Word­Press instal­la­tion and access to pre­mi­um themes all bun­dled in one pack­age. Here at Pix­el­grade, are offer­ing a one-stop-shop for all of this. All you have to do is choose a theme and you’re good to go.

#3 Select a theme designed for your blog that speaks to your personality and style.

This step is only avail­able if you go for blog­ging plat­forms that allow this lev­el of cus­tomiza­tion (such as Word­Press).

The impor­tant take­aways are that you need to select a theme:

  • designed for your niche
  • that offers enough flex­i­bil­i­ty and adapts to your growth as a blog­ger
  • that aligns with your ulti­mate goals: if mak­ing mon­ey is the dream, you need a theme that can native­ly sup­port ads or that can eas­i­ly allow you to run a brand­ed hood­ies shop. What­ev­er floats your boat.

👋 Conclusion

No mat­ter what you want to share with the world, the best thing is to start doing it.

As Daniel, one of our beloved cus­tomers puts it, your first post “doesn’t need to be all things to all peo­ple, and after over­com­ing the hur­dle of mak­ing the first post, it will be a lot eas­i­er to make the sec­ond, and third, and so on.”

Think about how you want to show your­self to the world, be it through writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy or video, and just start mak­ing. Once you’re out there the wheels start turn­ing.

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Marketing Aficionado @ Pixelgrade. Ear­ly adopter of almost any­thing, data dri­ven and seek­er for smarter alter­na­tives.