I started my blog just over a month ago now. Even though I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of establishing it properly yet, or generated the beginnings of a readership, there have been hours poured into it. Hours of doing very important and productive stuff like browsing WordPress blog themes, deciding whether a heading looks better in grey italics or black bold text, correcting grammar, resizing photos, and, probably most significantly, reading other people’s blogs and dealing with blog envy. ‘I think I want to be like her!’ ‘No, wait, I love how she writes, can I be like her?’ ‘Actually, I’ve never thought of that – maybe I’ll be her.’ (Newbie blogging tip #1: None of these things produce actual writing of blog posts).
It’s much like how we learn to be people. The nature or nurture of blogging. We model ourselves on other people and their personalities, behaviour, beliefs and experiences and use these to shape our own personalities, opinions and values. But still, somewhere in there underneath, there’s that little box of firecracker that makes us different from the rest. Better known as who we are.
And that’s the bit that makes us interesting. That’s the bit that makes people want to read us. It’s nice to share experiences, it’s flattering to love other blogs, it’s normal to inherit parts of those who surround us as we grow and change. But it’s not until we let that bit that’s uniquely us come out and stand up that we establish our own unique voice.
Much like life, some people will want to read us, and some people won’t. And that’s just fine.
“Don’t blog like anyone else, they’re already taken. Just be you. Even if you’re still in the process of finding who that is.”
How do you make sure your voice comes through on your blog?