I am beginning to find myself liking/disliking other blogger based on their writing voice. I find myself drawn to their photos of their outfits, but I ignore what they write. It’s weird, I know. I’ve also found myself doing the opposite – liking the writing but disliking the content.
Maybe I’m really picky, or maybe I’m just reading too much into things. I try to have the same voice here as I do on my twitter and as I do in real life, and I feel like I do. Sure, I might speak in more slang phrases (or Susan-isms) in real life, but at least you can tell it’s me.
I’m come across a blogger or two that have a brilliant voice on their blog, so thoughtful, so intuitive, but they’re mean, crass and rude on their twitter. And they have the two linked to each other!
I guess I just don’t understand the point to disguise yourself. Usually it’s not hard to figure out if someone is faking their writing voice. I could never be as funny as Kendi Everyday, but she seems to be able to write her entries so tongue-in-cheek, without ever seeming fake. She also seems like someone I’d love to be friends with, all from her blogging voice.
And, I have to say, even though Meg isn’t just a fashion blogger, I have a soft spot for her blog. She talks about her life, among other things. She posts about problems she’s faced, her beautiful bouquets and most recently, her pregnancy.
I think I like blogs that seem REAL to me. Not just the “I’m going outside to take photos and then post them online” kind of blog. I like to feel like I know the writer. And I have a few favorites that I feel that way with (I just linked to two of them).
I would have to say my advice, if I were to give any (and if anyone is still reading) is to be you, no matter what. If you’ve had a bad day, say you had a bad day! Everyone can relate. My life isn’t all unicorns and rainbows, believe me. More often than not I am shoveling my way out of some mess. Don’t feel like you need to write about the same things as someone else.
Maybe I’ll turn this into a “how to be a start a blog” series, since I know we can all make use of the conversation 🙂
Oh, and if you have any suggestions for stuff I can do better, leave me a comment or email me (Smooreink (at) gmail.com).