Can you tell when someone is writing from their own voice?
Last week, one of our readers made a great point that I had to share, highlight and shout from the roof tops. Mallie said,
Writing definitely comes easier to some than others, but the main key to blogging successfully – IMHO, is being true to your own tone and style. Trying to write in a style not your own will sound stilted and possibly even jaded.” (emphasis mine)
I could not agree more. But how do we do it? How do we keep true to our own voice and style while creating content that is attractive to our readers? How can we be our self and blog?
Here are 5 ways to blog and be yourself that we thought we would share:
- Find Your Voice
The first step is to know your voice. What are you trying to accomplish with this blog, what is your niche and what do want to communicate? This may be the hardest part. But once you find your voice, blogging will come easier to you and you may even like it more.
- Your Own Content
In a recent article published by Social Media Examiner, they explain that one of the best ways to be yourself while writing blog articles is to create your very own content. While content curation is helpful and a great way to get information out there, when you are the creator of your own content your voice and personality shine through.
- Personal Stories
Add a personal touch with a story from your life. This will allow your readers to feel as though they know you. It can feel intimating to put so much of your personal life out there. So when you do, make sure that it is information you don’t mind anyone knowing and the story is an illustration of your main point.
- Be Relative
We know we need to be relative to our audience, but we also need to be relative to ourselves. Find a niche or your own flavor to each article you write.
- Write Like You Talk
This is my personal favorite. While keeping it professional, try to write like you talk. These days, blog readers are looking for real life people, someone they can relate to and even imagine drinking their morning coffee with.
So, how do you do it? How do you maintain your voice and personality in this blogging world? I would love to hear your comments.