Imagine you’ve just started a blog. You’ve picked out a domain name, found a beautiful theme, and set up social media accounts. It seems like you’ve got all the pieces of a blog ready to be put together, but when it comes to the actual content, you feel like you’ve reached a dead end.
This situation basically describes how I felt during my first two or three months of blogging. I had lots of ideas of what I wanted to write about, but when I wrote, I couldn’t help but think that my voice was getting lost. My posts felt very generic and impersonal and occasionally a little forced. I grew exponentially frustrated with myself, as I thought my content was lacking.
To deal with this issue, I spent my free time reading blogging help posts. A lot of these articles talked about finding one’s “blogging voice.” At first, I was pretty skeptical of the idea. It seemed like something that people just said, but didn’t actually mean. I didn’t know what to think of it.
Despite my skepticism, I let the concept
marinate (weird word choice, I know. It’s not a piece of meat) sit in the back of my mind. I didn’t revisit it until several months later, when I was much happier with the content I was producing. It was then when I realized how true the idea of a “blogging voice” really was and I can’t believe it took me so long to realize it.
Blogging is different from any other form of writing. It’s not as formal as an essay, but it’s not as effortless as text message. It requires some thought and practice and a great deal of patience. Since it’s so different than other forms of writing, it takes time for your thoughts and your voice to develop. It’s not something that happens instantaneously and it’s not something that you’re able to control. After a while, it just starts to grow.
I think that finding your “blogging voice” is another way of finding yourself. As you continue to blog, you begin to realize what type of posts you like to write, what type of posts you like to read, and what other aspects of blogging you enjoy. It’s mostly about deciding what topics make you the most happy to talk about.
Once you’ve figured that out, it becomes a lot easier write blog posts. I went from blogging every then and again, to blogging every other day, to blogging every day. It’s a gradual transition that you probably won’t even notice, but it’s certainly one of the most exciting things about blogging.
How did you find your blogging voice?