I am a writer but new to blogging. Well, let me take that back. I started blogging, irregularly years ago. However, a few months ago I committed to blogging at least three times a week.
I thought this will be easy. I write often. I love to write. But little did I know…writing consistently is not as easy as it appears.
Post one…post two…and maybe even post three were not too bad. Then I ran into my normal roadblock: What do I say now?
My quest changed from “How to blog” to “Finding my voice”. I began to research. I read countless posts and articles on “finding your voice”. I know my “voice” as an author of fiction work. I know my “voice” as a bible study teacher and study writer.
However, I did not quite know my “voice” as a blogger. I found myself journeying down a cumbersome trail of too much information and no answers.
What Are Some Steps For Finding Your Blogging Voice?
I closed my search engines, grabbed some paper and a pen. I walked away from my computer and sat in a coffee house. Armed with a latte I began interviewing myself. I wrote my likes, dislikes. What I’d like to say. What I’d like for my readers to feel and believe after reading my blog.
In the end, I found my perspective.
I tell my clients often to determine your perspective while marketing your work. Knowing your perspective will help identify what markets you should pursue and ultimately you will learn how to best spend your time and efforts.
Writing for my blog is no different.
My perspective is like the top-secret key opening the door to all the things I’ve longed to share. It unlocks the intersection of passion for writing and my love of God’s children. From my perspective my voice as a writer will always emerge. Because my perspective reveals who I am.
And no one can do me better than me.
Finding your perspective does not make writing easier but it breathes life into your work. It will also make your quest for connecting with your audience uncomplicated.
You can’t help but attract people of like minds and sentiments if you are able to communicate your passion, your heart, your loves effectively. Even when you don’t find them immediately you will find yourself having so much fun that writing will be goal.
Eventually you will need to sort out the audience piece of the equation. But for now, find your perspective. Let your voice—true, authentic voice—emerge. As for the audience…well, that my dear will come.
Here are 4 Tips For Finding Your Blogging Voice:
1. Identify your passion. This will be hard for some and easy for others. What gets you excited? What can you talk about for hours? How would you spend your days and nights if time, finances, etc where not limitations?
2. Identify your audience. Who would you share your passion with? What desires does your audience have? What is their age range? What are their issues? What are their needs? What are their interests?
3. Identify your skills. How can you address the needs/issues/desires of your audience? What skills do you possess that would benefit them? What experiences do you have to help them?
4. Write. The truth is all of this self discover for the sake of identifying your voice will mean nothing if you don’t write. Writing is like a muscle. You have to write. This is what makes good writers great.
Good luck to you my friends.
I hope you will consider utilizing these tips to help you shape your voice into the content necessary to share your perspective with the world. With diligence you can write to your audience addressing their needs, issues, desires and much more by first daring to find your perspective.
Question: What is the greatest influence of your perspective? How can you use it to engage your readers/audience?