How to Be Yourself and Blog

How to be yourself and blog

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:

How to be yourself and blog

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

18 comments on “How to Be Yourself and Blog
  1. Jen Walker says:

    I agree with all of these tips. I think writing like you speak is the easiest way to get started and to find your voice. Telling relevant stories is a tough one for me as I am not always sure I want to share with just anyone πŸ™‚

  2. Kerry Armour says:

    A topic near and dear to my heart. Geniuneness is a key factor in social media success.

  3. Brooke Ballard says:

    All very good points! Sometimes I try to get all “proper” when I’m writing and then I remember that it’s best to just try and write like I’m talking with everyone. πŸ™‚
    And being relative is a good one, too. More people need to get on board with that one.

  4. Heather Myklegard says:

    Great blog. I, too, really like the tip to write like you talk. I get so hung up on what I should write about because I am constantly worrying about writing as well as other bloggers. I think just being honest and writing as if I was talking to someone over coffee is the best way to go. I also like adding personal stories. They humanize the blog and make it fun to read.

  5. Kristin Taylor says:

    Great post. I love when I hear a unique and vibrant voice. We simply can’t do that when we’re just rewrite other content or trying to be something we’re not. Blogs are a place to get personal, to sit in front of the fire and share stories and ideas, the virtual parlor! Don’t be afraid to communicate authentically. People will love you for it!

  6. Nancy says:

    Christine, I’m always grateful for blogging advice; it doesn’t come easy for me. Appreciate your tips, they are all great points to keep in mind.

  7. Melanie Kissell says:

    Nice tips, Christine!

    I always advise fledgling bloggers to “mix it up” a bit when they’re hitting the big publish button on their blog.

    Show not only what’s quirky, funny, sincere, meaningful, witty, wise, unique, etc., about you but also …

    What’s “well-rounded” about you. Offering your loyal readership different kinds of content will be a treat for them and will help you to find your blogging voice. Consider doing some video blogging, lists posts, analogy posts, poetic posts (one of my personal favorites), tell a story, write a “Dear … ” letter post, start with an inspirational/motivational quote and give your “take” on it, and so on.

    Terrific topic! πŸ™‚

  8. Martha Giffen says:

    All great points! My favorite? Write like you talk. Sometimes, I think my readers can even hear my southern accent! LOL

  9. Judy Bowker says:

    These are all such great tips! I do not blog yet, but I am sure that at some point down the road I will have to. Between these tips and taking lessons from Brooke, who I think has a strong grasp on showing herself through her blog posts, I will have it down! Thank you!

  10. Mallie Hart says:

    LOL! I got a shout out and was not informed! Ha ha! Great article, Christine. Writing is difficult enough when we feel the pressure of a deadline. Trying to write out of style, out of tone, only adds to any stress already involved in the writing process.