A drop or two of blood will work, too.
Are the Kardashians like an accident scene- you can't look away? Do you know the Jersey Shore guidos better than your own siblings? You, my friend, are guilty of what most red blooded television viewers are- addicted to reality shows.
Do we watch to see what life's like for the other half? Are we tuning in to laugh at the mistakes of others and shake our heads while exclaiming at least my life's not that bad! Do they make us feel better about our own shortcomings or give us ideas for greatness to strive for?
Of course. Reality shows do this and more.
We enjoy watching how others do life.
We are human, therefore we empathize with others having the human experience. We get it, all the silly things and serious moments. And while watching them do life we commiserate and realize ours is not so bad. Whatever it is we're going through becomes more tolerable when we see that others have issues too.
Because none of us has our life all figured out.
That's why true stories are so popular.
Autobiographies are the Reality tv of the literary world. Adding snippets of your story to your writing allows the reader to identify with the idea you're trying to convey in a personally relevant way.
When relevant, (you don't want to start off a technical car manual with *when I was a boy,) adding a bit of you to your work helps the audience connect. They've been there and done that, so you already have them on your side.
Adding a personal story that's relevant and entertaining will liven your piece and make you relatable, and your content that much more understood.
We're all connected and share the same experiences of being human. Because not one of us has truly gotten the hang of it yet.
Take a lesson from reality TV and put yourself out there!
Write today's Steemit blog post and add an element from your life. It could be a relevant experience, a story, or even an epiphany or enlightenment you had. Weave this into your blog post. If it doesn't fit then try a different story or use that story for a different blog post.
Do this for the next few blog posts and pay attention to the reactions you get.
Put a piece of you in your writing and watch your audience grow.
Disclaimer: I wasn't being literal about the blood- that'll likely frighten away a number of readers. Minus the Bram Stoker aficionados. But if they are the audience you're going for, by all means- carry on with the bloodletting!
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