When first starting off a blog, you are going to read 1 million different articles about successful blogging and every single one of them is probably going to say that you need to “find your voice”. Now I know that that’s much easier to say than to actually do.
How can you know what your voices when you barely even know what you’re going to be writing about or the direction that you want to take your blog? I struggled with this for months and it actually made writing blog posts tedious and more like a burden than the creative fun I thought it was going to be.
That all changed when I had an idea in my car and wanted to make a note of it before I forgot. I opened up the notepad and just pressed the text to talk and started saying my idea. Later, I was reading my note and realized that because I said it out loud, it is literally MY VOICE.
I was ranting about something and naturally I added in puns and jokes and cuss words and all the other things that make me, me. Once I got home, I sat down and opened my laptop and started typing about what I had said in the car. All of a sudden, it wasn’t coming easy to me anymore and I wasn’t just flowing with how I felt. I’m kind of embarrassed at how long it took me to realize that it’s much easier for me to talk than to write. I’ve always been a talker, I speak professionally at my job in front of hundreds of college students across the country and put on workshops for them, even holding competitions about public speaking. I realized that my strength wasn’t being utilized and I was just putting myself behind.
The moment I sit down edit computer and stare at the big white screen that is asking, begging me to fill it with words that everybody’s going to want to read, I freeze up and get nervous. I start thinking about my insecurities and how I might never be like some of the big bloggers that I admire.
I have this need to share my knowledge and experiences but when I am putting myself under pressure, I can’t stop thinking “Come on, you got a D in English class, there’s no way you can be a successful blogger!”
This brings it all to something that you’re also going to read in a ton of articles about bloggers for beginners that you need to play to your strengths. I am not a chef so I am not going to blog about a new recipe that I made up, but I might blog about a recipe I found and ate. I’ve always been much better eating then actually preparing the food.
So I am now utilizing my strength and speaking into my phone for the initial blog post that I will put up. Then I go back to the computer and edit down some of the things or add the necessary punctuation and spelling that might’ve not been correct on my phone.
If off-the-cuff speaking and ranting doesn’t naturally flow into a blog post format that you would like, interview yourself. Write down the questions that you need to answer and your blog and then answer them as if you were talking to your friend.
Admittedly, my blog has not been successful. I feel like every view that I get is coming from Facebook groups that are just about growing social media. I’ll get a view from a Pinterest click and then that person will never return to my blog again. I completely understand why though because as a newbie I know that I’m not going to get 1000 views a day right away, I’m probably not going to get that in the first year of blogging. I work my ass off for every single view and I am going to continue to do so. The best thing about that is now I can work smarter and not harder.
My point is, if you’re having trouble finding your voice as a blogger and figuring out how you want to come across on your blog, I would suggest just talking into something and having it type for you. This way your mind isn’t worried about typing or spelling things right and you’re not visually focused on your computer screen, you can solely focus on the words coming out of your mouth to tell your message.
I already feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders. I know (and my boyfriend will definitely agree with this) that I can talk for hours on end about a million different things. Just figuring out this small advantage has helped me in ways that I can’t even describe. It used to take me a whole day to write a blog post because I was uninspired and actually stressed. So if you are someone that needs help finding your voice as a blogger, maybe you need to simply USE YOUR VOICE.
Now that you have gotten closer to finding your voice as a blogger, you should take some time to analyze the words you say. If you are talking to someone, how do you address them?
I have signed up for a lot of blogger’s emails and I have unsubscribed to quite a few of them. Why? If someone starts their email with “Hey BFF!” or “Hi friend,” I am gone. I am not going to read something that I know is only going to be a sales pitch that, as a 26 year old, I can confidently say I don’t want. That is not how I would ever want to be addressed in public.
So use your VOICE and be authentically you. You absolutely cannot be afraid to be yourself because faking something is not something you can do forever. You are the only person that has YOUR voice as a blogger, don’t hide that!