What’s your blogging style?

Quick, go take this 2-minute quiz.

Come back when you’re done and keep reading!

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"Maybe I'll just lay here until they get back and rest my eyes..."

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Wha? Oh, there you are. What took so long?  I said TWO minutes.

Anyhow, welcome back!  You’ve just completed a VARK test, which helps determine your preferences when receiving and giving information.  VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic—four common learning styles that most people prefer.

Now, here’s my 10-second followup quiz:

1. Were you surprised by the results?

2. Does your blog reflect your preferences?

Well, does it?  In other words, if you scored as a person who prefers visual information, do you blog using lots of photographs or charts?  Do you like making YouTube videos or podcasts?  Do you love pure, unadulterated text?  Or is it really just the tapping of the keyboard that makes you happy, and you’d rather be outside right kicking a ball right now instead of reading this blog?

So there you go. Now you know your blogging style. Whoopee!

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"Wait, that's it?"

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Wha? You’re still here?  Oh, you want me to get to the point and explain why it matters to have a blogging style.  What’s that?  You’re not quite sure that your VARK score matches up with the blog you’re writing?  Why not?

Alright, since you’ve endured two quizzes and two primates to reach this point, I guess I owe you something.  Here goes:

No matter who you are, your blogging style probably could use a makeover.

Our preferences, as determined by the VARK quiz a little earlier, are starting to seep into our blog posts.  But our preferences may not mirror those of our readers—so we’d all benefit from broadening our delivery styles.

But there’s an even scarier possiblity—you have created a blog that even you wouldn’t read.  Seriously, would you read your own blog, if you happened upon it one day while aimlessly meandering through the interweb?

If not, it’s time to pull out the eyebrow tweezers, make like Susan Boyle and start plucking.

Still lost on how to get started?  The Wall Street Journal reported that layered fashions are in style—coordinating elements like scarves, hats, gloves, cardigans, belts, etc. that can be worn together or separately.

I think the same style could work for our blogs.  Why?  Because I didn’t read WSJ, I listened to a podcast instead.  But the two elements coordinated together brilliantly.

So, what’s the first accessory item you’re going to add to your blog to improve its style?  A podcast?  A guest blogger?  A weekly chart or musical pick?  A GPS-enabled map of your readers?  A plaid knit muffler?

Tell me what you’ve learned about yourself—and what you’re going to do about it!

3 responses to “What’s your blogging style?”

  1. Jennifer Fink

    Excellent and informative post, Ron! Not surprisingly, I have a read/write preference. But until I read your post, I’d never considered how my preference — which is reflected in my blog — might be unnecessarily alienating readers. Def. something I need to work on, both on my blog and in the classes I teach.

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