How to Find Your Voice & Why You Need It
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There are so many other bloggers out there, the blogging universe is vast. Believe it or not, there’s room for everyone in the blogging universe. The difference is you can choose to stand out in the crowd or blend in. The one thing that sets every blogger apart from one another is their voice. We all have something unique to offer, and no one is the same. We may have our similarities but I guarantee you have something unique to offer in this world, and that is what will set you apart.The one thing that sets every blogger apart from one another is their voice. We all have something unique to offer, and no one is the same.Click To Tweet
Since blogging I’ve had a few people ask me how do you start a blog and how do you gain followers? I was awe stricken that they would even come to me for advice! So my take on blogging related content isn’t going to be the same ‘How to Start a Blog’ ‘How I tripled my Pageviews’. Instead, I want to share with you my experiences and helpful tools so that you can be successful. I believe that an important aspect of blogging is your voice.
The problem with blogging is that there are so many resources, workshops, and ebooks. While of course, this is amazing, it’s hard to sift through the fluff content and find the golden valuable content that is going to really help you jumpstart your blog. So any resources I recommend to you, I truly value and utilize personally.
My number one piece of advice if you want to start blogging and gain followers is to use your voice. Use what is unique to you, and that is what will draw people in. Sure the pretty Pinterest photos, amazing images, and freebies are great but in the end, if you’re not writing with authenticity and using your voice, it’s all just fluff.
Why It’s Important
Have you ever stumbled upon a great blog post, and you can picture the writer talking to you? Like you guys are sitting in a quaint little coffee shop just having a casual conversation. It’s their voice that captures your interest and really hits you in the feels. That’s what really pushed me to grow my blog, to inspire others and to be a resource or stepping stone for something greater. Find your voice, and use it.
You may think, well I already have a voice? Well yes, but I’m talking about YOU, your voice. When you start blogging it can be easy to write like another person or write entirely different than how you would if you were sitting with your reader in a coffee shop having a casual convo.
When I rebranded my blog, I went through my very first posts to re-edit them. Immediately I noticed that I was selling myself short. I wasn’t writing to the best of my ability, and I hadn’t yet established my voice. It’s hard to really discover who someone truly is as a person through words on a screen. This is why writing with your voice is important.
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The best part of this concept is that it’s easy because you already have one. If we are able to provide our readers with the truest most authentic versions of ourselves, then will we really be able to hone in on our readers and develop those relationships that turn into more page views.
My first month of blogging I really didn’t see much readership or page views, unless it was family or friends. It took some time for me to write pieces I was truly passionate about and wasn’t writing just for the sake of writing. Now I’m really able to write with my voice, and the results of been great.
For example, I started posting on Instagram as if I was talking to my followers explaining the photos. After doing this, while also engaging with others, I started to see an increase in traffic on Instagram. No, my numbers aren’t great but I’m seeing so much more engagement. That my friends are incredibly important. Don’t focus on the numbers as much, rather focus on the engagement.Don’t focus on the numbers as much, rather focus on the engagement.Click To Tweet
I truly believe you won’t really start seeing growth until you can use your voice and be the most authentic version of yourself on the internet. This is scary though right? Being completely vulnerable to the entire internet. Because it is. At the same time, you’re sharing your stories and experiences that could really resonate with someone. That is the beauty of blogging.
How do I find my voice and how do I use it?
The best part about it is that you already have it. However, your voice will develop over time the more you write. So don’t think that it will come in just two blog posts. The more you write, and create with intention than what makes you unique – your voice will shine through your writing. Like I mentioned earlier sometimes we write mindlessly, all these thoughts in our heads and no true intention. So in order to find your voice and implement it into writing, is to write as if you were talking with a friend. Of course, let’s keep in mind we want to still use our grammar and formatting, but forget writing like you would be writing a college essay.
It will take time for you to really discover how your writing style is, and the tone so just always remember to write with intention and purpose. If we go back to the ‘WHY’ of what we do as bloggers, this helps drive us to create killer content. Don’t fret over the concept of voice, because you already have it and it makes you unique. My point is to not write like someone else, and don’t write like you’re writing for a class.
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Don’t think too much about it, write a lot and write with personality and intention.
Write with Passion
What gets you out of bed every morning? What’s your motivation to do what you do? What could you write about every day for the next year and never get tired of?
Are you writing with honesty? Is what you write about truly how you feel? Are you writing pieces because you truly believe in them or because you think someone else does and they’ll read it?
What is the vision for your blog? What do you see your blog becoming 5 months, 5 years?
Write with intent, what is the point you are trying to make? How is it going to help your reader?
After this is all said and done what is the purpose behind what you write? Are you helping something? Trying to inspire others? Documenting your adventures?
How to Start a Blog
This post was created to answer the infamous question of ‘How to Start Blogging’ so like I said I wanted to talk about what you need to get started and provide you with my most valuable resources. Check out these following articles that are super resourceful and don’t forget to sign up for the email course, it’s free!
Resources to get started
Krista Aoki’s How to Start a Lifestyle Blog
Elley Mae’s Everything You Need to Start a Blog
Ana from The She Approach How to Come up with a Blog Name
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