Blogging Tip: Know Your Voice
A blogger is really a writer and every writer has a voice.
The advent of the internet makes it possible for more voices to be heard. One of those voices can, and may already, be yours. Take Facebook for instance.
Everyone has a Facebook account. Every time you post something as your status is voice a wanting to be heard. Every little “ok”, “yes” or “no” in the comment section is a voice. How you say it is your voice.
As blogger, you need your own voice. How you structure your sentences and paragraphs or how you punctuate is your own unique voice. Your voice as blogger can be generally casual or formal. It can be passive or aggressive. You can be serious or comical. However you say it is your decision. It is YOUR voice.
Your “writing” voice may reflect your personality or probably a voice that you want to be. When I started this blog, I made a conscious decision how I want to be heard. Taking my cue from one of the bloggers I admire, Scot Kelby, I decided that I would have casual, sometimes, irreverent and frank voice. This is part who I am and part who I want to be.
As blogger, you need your own voice. How you structure your sentences and paragraphs or how you punctuate is your own unique voice.
After making this decision, writing became easier. I knew how I wanted to be heard. I did not need to come up with smart and fancy words, although sometimes I want to so that you know, I’ll sound smart. But that is beside point.
You also need this voice to attract the kind of audience that you want to have. A casual voice attracts casual visitors. An intellectual, scholarly voice attracts intellectual and scholarly people. Its that simple.
Once you decide on your voice, you’ll then have to strive keeping that voice. That’s for another post. 😎