Finding Your Blogging Voice

I am still a toddler when it comes to blogging, with this baby only being 1-year-old this past July. It has been a labor of love complete with contractions, pushing and lots of screaming. But, just like in real labor, I’ve forgotten some of the pain as I’ve fallen in love with the infant laying in my arms.

When my babies were infants, I was mesmerized by the oooing and gurgling sounds they made even during the wee hours of feeding time. And then as they grew and started forming words…well, you know! That first word was magic and you never forget it. My son’s was kit-kit-kat. Yes, not momma or daddy, but kit-kit-kat. And my daughter’s first word was her brother’s name, pronounced a-ene. I guess she heard it more than ours! 😉 Regardless, we will never forget their first words.

I hope you’ve forgotten some of my first words, as some of them make little sense due to long, drawn-out articles that might make some wish I was mute. But, I am finding my voice and thought I might share a few things I’ve learned for new bloggers.

One mistake that I’ve made along the way, is wanting to write like other bloggers. I fall in love with a particular style or personality and think my content will be better if it sounds a bit like SuzyQ’s. More times than not, it is those posts that I’m least satisfied with. The voice or tone of your blog needs to be none other than your own. I am no expert, but I’m constantly reading and learning, and enjoy sharing what I learn. A few examples of voices used in writing fiction are:

If you are a drama queen or king, then this is your voice. You will have the gift of taking everyday rituals and turning them into riveting posts.

If you are a take-charge, ready to take-on-the-day, courageous person who wants to write commentary – political or religious in nature, then this is your voice. You may be able to increase your readership with a variety of strategies to create controversy or  perhaps reach a consensus with your readers.

If your prose is more poetic in nature, then you have a lyrical voice. Your rhythm and sense of structure will help you find your niche among the more narrative muses.
And last, but certainly not least, is the matter-of-fact voice. Giving instructions on how to build a railroad car or a simple recipe, lends you toward the matter of fact voice.
Am I inferring here that we have to write with one voice in all of our posts? Absolutely not. But, just like they teach you in writing class, choose one voice for each individual post (as if it were a character in a book) and stick to it. This is something I may have to go back and edit, since some of my early posts were more oo’s and gurgles in nature.
Whatever you do, if you love it, keep writing. Push yourself to improve your craft. You will find your voice, even if, as you grow, there’s a temporary crack or two with the vocal chords. And, hopefully that adolescent tone will turn into a deeper, more distinct and close-to-perfect pitch.
And trust me, you’ll forget the pain of blog-birth as your “bl-aby” develops its own language. Just be sure to interpret where needed. (Bl-aby=blog+baby.)

8 thoughts on “Finding Your Blogging Voice

  1. Kim, you definitely have the gift of writing. I love your blogs and they are always witty, intelligent, informative and interesting. Just continue to be yourself and keep all of us inspired with your fun blogs for 2015.

  2. Kim, You’ve had a great year! You do so much for the Southern Bloggers Jubilee that you have my sincere thank you. For me, and many of your adoring fans, you found your voice with “Keep in Touch.”

    1. Alan, I can’t thank you enough for this compliment. I hadn’t thought of that post in that way, but I think you are right. Sometimes grief and anger can bring out something good. Silver linings just need to be turned inside out sometimes.

  3. Well, I can certainly relate to this post! I, like you, worried that my “style” wouldn’t be popular with the masses…but, I just decided to go with it. It’s who I am, and I’m sure there are some other crazy, old, artsy and funky people out there who can relate to me, and maybe a few others that will just enjoy reading about my crazy life! I love the fact that God created us all to be different and unique individuals, and we should celebrate it! I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings for us!

  4. Whatever your voice, I enjoy your blogs. You have the gift of expression and that, to me, makes a great writer. I read or heard somewhere, “Be yourself — everybody else is taken.” Makes sense.

  5. I really like this post, but I’m not sure what category I fit into! Meanwhile, I just got the nicest compliment that a blogger can get. Lisa B at Vintage Stuff and Such wrote. “I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs about thrifting and reselling.” (she mentioned mine among others) “It helps me feel part of a community. Sure I belong to several thrifting groups that offer all kinds of help, but other bloggers offer more than their help; they share their lives.”
    That really made my day!! Happy New Year Kim!

    1. Lorraine, what a nice compliment! I’m sure it did make your day, just like you’ve made mine. This list isn’t all-encompassing, I’m sure. I just found it interesting to compare the “fiction voice” used by novelists with the voice of bloggers. I agree wholeheartedly that bloggers share their lives. That’s what I love about it, too. Happy New Year to you and and yours, too!

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