Everything That Can Go Wrong In A "10 Things About Me" Post

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I'm not trying to challenge a tried and tested format by being overly negative and critical.
Since I have not been inspired lately, I googled "Blog Post Ideas". Granted, most of the ideas are pretty generic, but with some tweaks, they give you a nice frame to work on. One suggestion that kept popping up was "10 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Me." And showing more than 2 million results on Google, it's a popular blog post to write.

Fair enough, a list of facts about me is easy enough to write. No research required. So, what actually causes people to write these posts?  It appears blog anniversaries and hitting specified follower numbers are triggers some bloggers to write these posts. However, quite a lot of posts were written on random occasions. Some of them were "Welcome to My Blog! I'm New here" and others were just stopgaps.
I really do see the appeal of this post. But, I think there must be some guideline on when and how to post it. So, I thought I'd analyse what I read and why sometimes did not like it.

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Everyone talks about the added value of a post. What does the reader gain by reading my article? And that is a valid question. The truth is, if your reader does not see how your post applies to his problem, he will not read it. Well, what does the reader of "10 Things About Me" Posts have?
Unless you're a 10 million subscribers blog, nothing. The advantage of big blogs and their bloggers is that people have developed a real personal interest. They are like Hollywood movie stars.
If you are a small to medium sized blog, there is a chance most people will not be interested in this post. I am sorry. But, before writing, it might be worthwhile to consider how many people in this world consider you a person of interest.

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So, I read some "10 things about me" posts in random blogs and compared them to their focus on the blog. In general, I found the facts about a particular blogger were very random. I hoped that reading these blog posts would help me see a coherent picture of the person behind a blog. But none really did.

Let me construct an example for you:
Suppose this is a "10 Things You Probably Did Not Know About Me," written by a travel blogger:

1. My mother calls me Moonpie because she thinks I'm the cutest kid ever.

2. I really liked my elementary school teacher, Ms Miller, because she always brought cookies.

3. My dad caught me breaking my curfew when I was 15.

4. My favourite subject at school was art.

5. I have a crush on Benedict Cumberbatch.

6. In college, my roommate and I went to each party together.

7. I know my best friend since the kindergarten.

8. I am really bad at technology. It's a miracle that I have not broken my computer yet.

9. I was in the Cheer-Squad of my school.

10. My favourite colour is pink.

I know this is a very random collection of facts. And this collection is by no means unprecedented. I do understand that there is more to a travel blogger than travelling. But what did I just learn about this blogger? What picture did he give me of himself? This list is set out to be funny and relatable. But is it really? Sure, it might be a hilarious read. And you might think:" Cool! Me too!"

But, Blogs and social media are more and more about creating a coherent picture of yourself. These facts are not coherent even within themselves. Let alone in the context of the whole blog. And what picture do your readers now have of you? Do the facts underline the bloggers online-personality as a travel blogger?
No. I mean no harm is done talking about your primary school teacher. However, wouldn't this fact be more interesting to read for your readers, if your primary school teacher inspired you in a certain way to travel the world? If you can't connect any of your facts to what your blog is about, then leave them out.
Also, the sharing of negative facts about oneself. Probably, it seems to be a means to make themselves relatable like "Hey, nobody's perfect". The thing is,  do you present yourself differently in your blog posts and social media? Putting a random negative about yourself in a post doesn't make you more relatable, especially if your other blog post and social media self would tell a different story. You want to be more relatable to your audience, let them read your small little mistakes in other posts. Include storytelling and anecdotes. Be relatable in small things often, instead of in one post once.

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In the end, this kind of post is no different to other posts. Yes, might seem easy to write. But, if you really want to produce an article of quality, it will need just as much preparation as other posts. You might be ok with the facts you publish, but so many just ignored the question that interests people most: "Why do you do what you do". Think ahead. If you would end up to be a multi-million subscriber blog, could your facts be held against you? Would you be embarrassed if someone dug them out?

Have you ever written a "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me" post? How did your readers find it? Is there another blog format you would like me to analyse?  Let me know in the comments below!


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