What is a blog voice? No, I’m not speaking to podcasts, I’m talking about the word choices in your blog, articulation, sentence structure, and the way you present your ideas.
As a fiction writer, voice is extremely important to get your reader involved with your plot and into your character’s head – and in the same vein, your blog voice is extremely important in getting your reader involved with your content! But how do you do it? How do you work to have a unique voice that engages your community and entices your readers to come back and follow you? Here are my top tips for finding your blog voice:
- Read other blogs.
Browse through blogs on your topic. Read blogs on other topics. What voices resonate with you? What blogs make you want to come back and see what they have to say tomorrow? Now take a deeper look at the content and determine the technicalities of the voice. Is it a conversational tone? Is it snarky? What elements stand out for you?
- Evaluate your blog topic.
Some blog verticals don’t lend themselves to all voices. Analyze the goal of your blog and what you want to portray. Are you educating your audience or building a community? Are you speaking to friends and family or your peers?
- Evaluate your audience.
You need to look at your audience. Not only that, you need to evaluate the kind of audience you want for your blog. And those may not be the same thing. If your audience responds to your methodical lists and detailed evaluations, you may want to stick with that. You can always experiment with a different voice to see how they respond and whether you pick up new followers.
- Stay authentic.
In developing your voice, you need to stay pretty true to yourself. It’s very difficult to force comedic writing or adopt a new dialect. I absolutely adore Heather’s voice on dooce.com, but it’s not something I could ever emulate. As much as I’d like to think that I’m snarky, I’m just not … I have an engineering degree, I’m analytical, and I like lists. If you couldn’t tell!
- Take advice from authors.
In writing fiction, there are gobs of advice from authors on voice, including: Write about what’s important. Write frequently. Experiment. Picture your audience when you write. Write from the heart.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any tips on voice? Did your voice come easily or was it something you had to work at?
Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld Blog. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni
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This is really solid advice Nikki. It took me a while to find my voice, and then another little bit to tailor it to my audience. Now that my audience is building, I have to do it a bit more every day.
I wouldn’t be anywhere without the advice of some very talented people.
Thanks Nathan! It is definitely a tough thing to establish and keep consistent. I find that writing on a consistent basis helps 🙂
That’s some solid advice, Nikki. Especially the feedback part. If you can find a trusted advisor to tell you what you need to heart, it is worth its weight in gold.
Great advice for a beginner blogger to hear. Knowing what your readers want is a key factor to know when deciding what topic to write about.
It is a hard work to do, finding the voice… but its fun for me actually.. thanks..