Happy January and what a wonderful year so far! I have just received some exciting news, that I won’t be able to share with you all quite yet. Though trust me, it has given me a great opportunity to take “Year As” into an exciting and new direction! With that said, just in case there is any confusion, “Year As” is a blog that I started so I can spend every year of my life getting better. Like it says in my Instagram bio, “a new year should equal a new adventure”, however, my year does not start in Jan., since I started “Year As” in August that’s my new year! So no worries, I am still focusing on blogger biz!
Now That That’s Out of the Way…
Earlier this month, I received a super nice comment. (I won’t share their name just in case they don’t want to be known.) The comment read, “After reading a few posts of yours, I would just like to say I really enjoy your happy-go-lucky attitude that comes across in your writing! I love reading about people’s goals, as it pushes me to further explore my own. Happy New Year!” After I got done blushing and smiling ear to ear, I realized the importance of voice and authenticity. So I thought we could talk about it today!
I am by no means an expert on voice and writing style, but I do know a thing or two about being authentic. Before I thought about writing this post, I had never read anything on writing styles, personality, or voice. In fact, I didn’t even think about it and here’s why. To me I view my blog as a public conversation with my friends, (that’s right you are all my friends), so when I start to write I genuinely feel like we are having a conversation. These posts are more of an email to me than an “official” article. In other words, I am super casual with it. Sometimes they are riddled with typos (which I do not suggest). Others time my sentences are less formal and way more conversational. But every time I write, I try really hard to make sure I am typing something I would actually say. So for me, hopefully, my voice comes through and you all can see my tone, hear my sentences, and feel my smiles! It makes writing more fun that way.
For the Bloggers
Your voice, your writing style, your blog, paper, article, book, or whatever is YOURS! Please do not forget it! Write in a way that makes you happy. If you don’t feel “smart” enough, if you don’t feel like you speak the language well enough, if you just feel like you get stuck on your words, it is okay! Work through it. Don’t let that stop you. It is your quirks and your uniqueness that really is what makes people fall in love with your work, trust you, and want to be a part of your journey.
When I first thought about blogging I was a little stressed about how am I going to make my blog for everyone. At first, I didn’t know how I could be super informative and technical and scholarly and helpful? But I just started writing, and through that process I realized I didn’t have to be for everyone. In fact, it is impossible to write for everyone! Imagine if every author wrote in the same way! Reading would suck for the 75% of the population that wants something different, something new! So be you. Be different. Be new!
Of course, there are tons of articles that give tips on how to get your own writing style. These posts can be super helpful for you to gain confidence, and I think that is the most important thing to finding your voice. Find your confidence, believe in your work, and don’t get discouraged if you only have a small audience. Trust me, I can relate! But I tell myself every day, that my small audience really is invested in me; and I rather a few real friends than a couple thousand not so good ones, you know?
So to my bloggers keep writing, be you, and be honest.
To my Non-Bloggers
While I really am focusing on getting the hang of blogging, much of blogging lessons totally are transferable skills to anything. Finding your voice goes beyond writing styles. It is embedded to how we handle relationships, our work, and even our hobbies. For someone working on becoming a better friend, building an authentic relationship is dependent on your voice. How you express yourself, how honest you are, and how you want people to see and understand you. For artist you voice manifests in your unique artistic style. It is the thing you like the most, maybe its lime green accents, or random flower petals in every design. No matter what it is, it is what makes you special and the right people will love and appreciate you being special. So stay positive and keep being you.
It is easy to get discouraged when you are putting your differences out there, there will be people who wont like it. But trust me there will also be people who will love every ounce of it, and be accepted that way feels so much better!
So you can do this! Trust me. I believe in you!
Don’t Go Yet!
I would love to hear how your New Year resolutions are going! Please comment below.
Also to my fellow bloggers who are just now finding their voice and may want to guest blog on “Year As” contact me! I would love to get to know you!
Thank you all for being a part of my journey, holding me accountable, and being amazing!