It’s my Five Year Blogiversary! And although How to Find Your Voice in Blogging is the one topic that has always interested me it seems that it has really been at the forefront of my thoughts lately.
It can be so challenging to create in a constantly changing and completely over-saturated world! Staying focused on what drives you without getting caught up in comparisons and trends is overwhelming and can seem like a full-time commitment. But after blogging for five years I’ve created a few techniques to help stay true to you and find your genuine voice.
How to Find your Voice
When you write about things you genuinely love it’s easy. Words flow effortlessly and provide something of value to others. While trying to write about things you don’t care about is nearly impossible. And it’s almost as painful for the reader to get through as the author.
Don’t be that sort of creator. Instead, do you, boo!
Remember why you started in the first place but keep your eye on the future
When I’m feeling uninspired or overwhelmed in the fabulous job I’m lucky to have I think back to why I stayed blogging in the beginning. You’d be hard pressed to find a blogger who says they started for the money.
For me it was for the love of sharing information. Interesting restaurants and recipes, off the beaten path vacations and day trips, easy entertaining ideas and more. For the love of photography and business and digital marketing. For the love of connecting with others, learning from people and sharing what I know as well.
Strip all the other stuff aside – clients, negotiations, billing, seo, social media, etc – and what are you left with? The passion that brought you to create in the first place.
Stay true to you
Share the things that interest and inspire you. Even though something may not be currently popular and may give you a bit of 5th grades nerves for fear of being the odd-man-out, being true to you is always a good idea! There’s no telling when your obscure interests will gain popularity with the general population.
Predicting others is hard but knowing your own interests is much easier.
Remember the old mantra from school that if you have a question chances are someone else in the room does too. If you have an peculiar interest chances are you’re not alone.
Having trouble coming up with topics that interest you? Think back to the things that truly interested you when you were a child.
For me, that’s usually a good start to point me in the right direction. Walking through the woods, holidays and traditions and all the foods that go along with them, flipping through cookbooks, creating and crafting any and everything, astrology and the moon and stars, family history, flowers and gardening. These are basically still the things that truly feed me as a person. What feeds you?
It also helps to think about the things you talk to people about in ‘real life’. What do you and your friends talk about? What are the topics of cocktail hours and mid morning phone chats? Not too long ago, I constantly found myself engaging with others about marijuana sodas and adaptogens so I wrote a few blog posts on the topics and boom! A few months later these seemingly unknown and unpopular topics end up on all the what’s hot in 2019 lists.
I’ve been considering writing a sort of blogging advice post as an overview of how to start a blog or a website in general. Is this something you’d be interested in? What questions do you have? Questions about blogging, starting a website, social media, how to make money from blogging, etc? I’d love to know!
Happy Blogiversary (to me!)
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