What Is This Thing Called a Blogging Voice?

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

What Is This Thing Called a Blogging Voice?

The New Year is here and some may have decided to ramp up their blogging efforts. Some may be new to blogging and are trying to find blogstheir footing.

If I could impart one thing I’ve learned from my journey here is that blogging in your own voice is what will bring people to your blog and keep them coming back.

So...what is this blogging voice?

In a nutshell, it is being who you are...it is what will distinguish your post from most any other out there that might be discussing the same or similar topic.

For the most part, write as you would speak.

 

Writing in your own voice lets us get to know who you are. You might not think so but through your posts, your topics, your thoughts, and how you share them, the layers of the onion are peeled back.

 

Ask yourself this...why is it that you’ve chosen to follow and read some of the members here?   

You don’t have to answer here but seriously, ask yourself why.

There are, however, some exceptions when you might consider putting a sock in it...

~If how you speak is peppered with all sorts of words that are best be left for sailors...consider tempering it unless you truly don’t care if anyone reads your blog

~If what you say might land you in your attorney’s office ...stifle yourself unless you just like being contentious

~If grammar was not your best subject...ask someone to proofread your post and follow Marte Cliff 

~If you choose to “borrow” someone else’s voice...don’t.  Readers are wise to this and will not waste time stopping by.

 

Ok...now start writing!



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Kathy Streib
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Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978 I have found that if I'm not interested in a particular topic, I will struggle trying to write it. 

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 many thanks and Happy New Year. 

Jan 03, 2018 05:07 PM #51
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Good job describing what makes a post unique, Kathy. Happy New Year!

Jan 03, 2018 05:29 PM #52
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Jan 03, 2018 06:13 PM #54
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Hi Kathy: Now, that is a perfect way to get your voice heard! I heard it loud and clear and your sharing of the message is an inspiration to those who just need the "tips" that you offer here. Thanks so much for the message!

Jan 03, 2018 06:37 PM #55
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We need to be true to ourselves and let the real person we are to show. This is a great post and worthy of the feature.

Jan 03, 2018 07:04 PM #56
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Anna Hatridge
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You are right on the mark with this post.   I seemed to be suffering from blogging laryngitis at the moment, but I know this is temporary.  Thank you for the great post.

Jan 03, 2018 07:26 PM #57
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It helps if you love to write and feel you have something people would enjoy reading! Well said, you!

Jan 03, 2018 07:42 PM #58
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It was a process for me to find my voice and know when to close my trap.

Jan 03, 2018 08:28 PM #59
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Kathy,

Thanks for this stimulating, motivating post on "get blogging"  . . . or "start writing!!"

I'll try!  I'm going to, hopefully, be more consistent this new year by being on Active Rain more!  Happy New Year 2018, by the way!

Happy staging too!

Jan 03, 2018 09:45 PM #60
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Glad that your post got the attention it deserves! It is definitely good advice to speak in your own voice. 

Jan 04, 2018 05:25 AM #61
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John Wiley
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Kathy, I really like your "blogging voice". It fits you well.

As a result, I look forward to your posts.

Keep on being yourself.

Jan 04, 2018 08:20 AM #62
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Paul Graham, a venture capitalist, has a well-known piece on writing like you talk. (http://www.paulgraham.com/talk.html) 

His thesis is essentially yours -- be yourself. He says not to add fluff, useless explanations for the sake of word-count, and essentially writing exactly the same way you'd speak at a lecture. 

No one would speak at a conference like: "Facebook, the leading social media platform that purchased Instagram for $1b, is a great tool for agents to advertise listings and sold homes" 

PG says adding in that fluffy factoid is too common and makes for an unnatural reading experience. To loop it back to your point, you have no voice when you write like that because it's just fact after fact -- there's no personality when you're merely writing out robotic words. 

 

 

Jan 04, 2018 08:44 AM #63
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Life is always about being your true self.  Polite and Kind are Staples!

Jan 04, 2018 10:18 AM #64
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Perfectly said, Kathy.  Thanks for sharing so eloguently!

Jan 04, 2018 11:15 AM #65
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Thank you for the advice. I am trying to find my voice right now, but I am hoping it won't take much longer. I hope you have a great day.
Jan 04, 2018 03:09 PM #66
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The 'voice' thing was very vague to me until I got comments about style. My thought was, 'what style?'  A friend of mine told me to record a story that I told her, and transcribe it.  "Don't try too hard, jus talk.

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We get to know many members from reading their  voice. I've met lots of bloggers and we do feel we have known each other for years and years. Your writing is very revealing.

Jan 05, 2018 04:48 PM #68
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Great post, as always.  It's so good to share what you know with your own vision.  

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I learn a lot from AR, but I also like to blog about my community, share news and updates.

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