How to Find Your Blogging Voice – 8 Tips for Bloggers 18


Knowing how to find your blogging voice – who you are as a blogger – is the first step to loving your blog! These tips for bloggers will help you answer these types of questions:


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What kind of blogger are you? Do you advise and instruct, or are you sharing your journey? These tips for finding your blogging voice are inspired by Monica Hamburg, who recently spoke at the Northern Voice Social Media and Blogging Conference in Vancouver (where I spoke, too! SO much fun – can’t wait until next year!).

Before her blogging tips, a quip:





“Confident writers [and bloggers] have the courage to speak plainly; to let their thoughts shine rather than their vocabulary.” ~ Ralph Keyes.

New bloggers (and writers) may feel compelled to wow their readers, instead of communicating clearly. Blogging Tip #1 is to be clear, concise, and direct! If you haven’t started your blog yet, or you’ve let your blog drift away, you might find Create Your Own Blog: 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro helpful.

And, here are eight ways to let your inner blogger break free…

How to Find Your Blogging Voice – 8 Tips for Bloggers

The main points are Hamburg’s; I’m just fleshing them out…

1. Give yourself time to grow into the blogger you’re meant to be. I’ve been blogging for over two years – I started Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals in January, 2008. Only recently have I allowed glimpses of my personality and life in my writing. I’m not a natural “this is my life” or “this is my journey” blogger, but I am learning that it’s more fun and interesting for both my readers and me to be myself in my blog posts! If you’re struggling to be yourself, remember that it takes time to find your blogging voice. It’s similar to finding your writer’s voice.

2. Ask your friends to describe you. This isn’t just a tip for bloggers, it’s a great way to learn how you appear to the world! Hamburg suggested asking your friends to list your positive qualities. Nurture those characteristics – let them bubble up in your blogging. Let your blog be a mirror of your life and personality.






3. Let your writing suck. This is a tough one; when I look back on my web articles from 2006, when I first started writing for Suite101, I want to flee to the nearest biggest blackest cave I can find. I’m embarrassed by my past writing. In fact, sometimes I’m embarrassed by what I wrote last week! But, as Hamburg suggested, bloggers need to let go of the need to be perfect, and embrace the freedom of letting their blogging voices shine forth.

4. Blog about what you like. The more you enjoy the topic of your posts, the better you’ll write, and the happier you and your readers will be. I love writing about writing and blogging, which is why I have millions of subscribers! (okay I only have hundreds….but several hundreds!). This is a perennial tip for successful writing and blogging: the more you enjoy your topics, the more motivated you’ll be to write or blog well.

5. Get happy; you’ll be a better blogger! Hamburg cited a research study that found that happiness increases problem solving ability, expands thought processes, and helps people become more creative and imaginative. Anxiety, on the other hand, leads to more narrow (boring, stifling, even negative?) thought processes. If you’re struggling to find your blogging voice, chase those happiness hormones.

6. Make a point in your post. Maybe your mom wants to read your random thoughts about your toenails or kitty cats, but most readers want something more substantial! Successful bloggers share something: a thought, an opinion, a story. You don’t necessarily need to be controversial or screamingly funny….just be yourself with a point to make.

7. Trust yourself, your inner voice. What do you most want to write about? Don’t worry if it’ll be popular or commented on. Listen to your gut – and ride the horse in the direction it’s going. It’s your blog, after all…and the beauty of blogging is that we’re free to write about whatever we want!  

8. Take risks with your blog. This final blogging tip is the most fun…and the most scary! Experiment with your posts, sidebars, ads, and methods of promoting your blog. Your blog is what YOU – the blogger – make it! If it’s boring, add literal or figurative color. If it’s not getting enough traffic, then try new ways to reach readers. Your blog is (probably) not your primary source of income or health and well-being, so shake it up a little!

Bonus Quick Tips for Finding Your Blogging Voice:

  • Figure out your blog’s focus
  • Remember that good blog writing is compelling
  • Use correct grammar, spelling, sentence structure
  • Make your blog visual appealing
  • Be concise

Do you have any thoughts or questions on these tips for bloggers? I welcome your comments below…

To learn more about Monica Hamburg, go to MeLikeTheInterweb.com.


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18 thoughts on “How to Find Your Blogging Voice – 8 Tips for Bloggers

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  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Shef,

    Sometimes it takes patience and time to figure out what you want your blog to say — what message you want to send to your readers. And, your blog will take its own shape as you keep nourishing it with words and your own personality.

    I encourage you to keep blogging what you want to blog about. Let the question of what your message is simmer in the back of your mind…your subconscious (or the Muse!) will reveal the answer over time.

    Keep me posted; I’d love to hear how it’s going! And I LOVE Indian food, but rarely cook it at home. People like me need your recipes and guidance 🙂

    Laurie

  • shef

    Hi thanks so much for writing about this. I’ve just discovered your site as a very new food blogger. I still am not quite sure who my audience is but I am definitely really enjoying it…more than I thought I would! I have let my writing suck and dealt with it 😉
    My question is: I feel like I’m not really sharing anything or advising anyone. I’m simply journaling what I cook (mostly Indian food), thinking it could give others an idea of what to cook. But I haven’t decided if I’m going to post my original recipes yet…maybe a few here and there. Anyway, I suppose I need to figure out what message or point am I trying to get across. Thanks!

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  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Gina,

    Thanks for commenting — it’s nice to know I’m not alone! Weaving in your personal life and opinions is difficult for some writers…I’ve been writing in my journal for about 30 years now, and yet I have to remind myself to get personal when I’m blogging. But, getting personal is so important — and so is striking the right balance between personal but not too personal 🙂

    Hope to see you in cyberspace soon,
    Laurie

  • Gina

    I have to agree with you about writing in your own voice. It makes it so much easier to say what you have to say. It took me time to feel comfortable throwing in my opinions, too. I’m more of a write and pass on sort of person. I have to remember that it’s my blog, so I can elaborate and slow it down if I wish.

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  • Carol

    Thank you so much for your tips, they will really help. i know what you mean about looking back at posts. it is something i had to stop doing or i would spend all my time rewriting them.
    .-= Carol´s last blog post ..Angels have the power =-.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Tammi,

    It sounds great — I love the idea of fellow travelers on a learning journey.

    Tally ho,
    Laurie
    .-= Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen´s last blog post ..Reach Money Goals Faster – 5 Ways Your Friends Help or Hinder =-.

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Ann,

    Thank you for your comment — I’m so glad to hear from you! And, I’m very happy that your husband was victorious over the cancer…what a relief that must be.

    I hope to hear from you again, and that you find other articles on Successful Writers helpful.

    Warmly,
    Laurie
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  • Tammi Kibler

    I have been working on sounding less didactic and more inviting in my blog. I want to express myself as a fellow traveler on a learning journey not just a preacher (which I fear I was beginning to sound like.)

    Taking risks? I’m asking my readers to take it all off with me…
    .-= Tammi Kibler´s last blog post ..Writing Career Goals – I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours =-.

  • Ann Brandt

    This is the most instructive and reassuring blog site I’ve seen. I have two blogs–my word press blog in which I write mostly about the writing life and the humorous side of owning a pet–mainly my dog Henry. I’ve had good feedback on that one.
    The other site is attached to my web site and I write mostly about surviving tough diseases, having survived a rare illness–Guillain Barre–and then caring for my husband while we battled his brain cancer. (The cancer didn’t win.
    What I see in this blog will be of enormous help in future blogging.