Good morning everyone! How was your weekend? Mine flew by and I can’t believe it’s already Monday. I helped out with a friend’s baby shower and it was such a lovely and fun day. But now it’s back to work and blogging! One of the hardest things about blogging can be how to find your authentic voice. With the millions of blogs out there, your blog will stand out because it’s written by you. But you need to know what your blog voice is, so here are 4 surefire ways to reveal your blog voice.
1. Re-read old posts
If you’ve been blogging for a bit, it can be so helpful to check out your old posts. This might make you cringe (it definitely does for me!), but I promise it’s for a good reason. Check out posts that didn’t perform well and critique them. Try to figure out why your writing didn’t connect. Then check out some posts that people really responded to. Chances are you wrote more like “you” in the more popular posts.
Compare and contrast your fabulous posts and the ones that bombed. You’re at your best when you’re being your true self and your readers will respond.
2. Read your emails to friends
Want to remind yourself of who you are at your core? Read your emails to your friends. This is you at your natural and unfiltered self. The internet and blog world miiiiight not be ready for the subject matter of your emails (such as the inappropriate ridiculousness I email my friends about) but you can still bring that personality out in your blog. Minus the f-bombs or gross things you email about. Unless your blog is into that kinda thing. Do you.
3. Think of your favorite writers
Think about your favorite writers – bloggers, novelists or even just some fave magazine articles. What makes you like them? Are they super honest, quirky, silly, educational, etc? Think of what makes you connect with other people’s writing and try to bring that out in your voice.
4. Use photographs to add visuals to your words
Pictures are worth a thousand words, yada yada yada. But it’s so true. The photographs on your blog aren’t a substitute for your writing but they can be used to enhance your writing and sorta “set the mood.” Find photographs that fit with the overall feeling of your blog post to really get your message across. You can use your own photos or find some amazing free stock photos.
Are you working on finding your authentic blogging voice? Is it a struggle or something that comes easily to you?
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