Finding Your Blogging Voice

Blank PageWow . . . a blank page,

. . . a clean slate,

. . .a fresh start . . .

. . .how many times in life do you get a second chance at a first page?

This is going to big – huge even. A chance to take my experiences from the last two years and apply them to a new blog! An opportunity to emulate all of the great bloggers that I enjoy reading, to  finally lose my “teacher” voice – the all important “fresh start”.

 

But how do I want to sound – what is MY voice?

Is it the passion of Marcus Sheridan – the Sales Lion? Maybe the openness and sincerity of Craig McBreen? Ryan Hanley’s determination, or John Falchetto’s calming, Zen-like quality. I love the humor and conversational environment that Gini Dietrich’s created at SpinSucks . . .hmm. . . that would be good. I’ve just recently starting following Ana Hoffman over at the Traffic Generation Cafe – I really enjoy her honest, straight forward approach to writing and educating. So many styles to choose from!

This is going to be great!

Maybe I’ll check out their latest blogs – see if anything resonates?

Let’s see . . . what’s Marcus got going on over at The Sales Lion . . . “Why Blogger Worship is a Really Dumb Thing to Do” . . . hmm . . . no – nothing helpful there.

What about Craig – he’s always inspiring! “The Key to Online Success? YOU“. Oh – this sounds good!

“. . .Many in the online space get hung up on “process” and emulating others, ignoring their own gifts . . .”

. . .blah, blah, blah. Wow – must be a pretty slow week in the blogosphere.

Okay . . . moving on . . . what’s happening over at SpinSucks? “Dog Shaming and Sexy Guy on Rollerblades“.  Ahh . . . what? Yeah . . . not really my style . . . but it looks good on you Gini!

Not out of options yet – checking out Ana Hoffman at the Traffic Generation Cafe next. “Conduct Unbecoming a Dull Writer“. Okay – now we’re getting somewhere!

” If you write, write, write, and no one is reading, what do you think the problem might be?

Time to take a closer look at your writing?

You bet.”

Wait. . . I don’t really see where she’s going with this . . . ?

Well, this may not be as easy as I thought.  None of these voices seem quite right after all. . .

I’ve got to admit, this is a new experience for me. I mean, as a teacher, my clear, patient, supportive, instructor voice was easy to find.  My demanding, inspirational, leader voice was second nature while coaching high school basketball. Fatherhood’s brought out the best in my positive, sincere, and caring voice. But where do I go to find my blogging voice? It’s got to be around here somewhere . . . ; )

Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear from you. What is your blogging voice – have you found it yet? What kind of bloggers do you enjoy following? Any you’d recommend or share here?

Please check back again soon. In the meantime, if you know of any bloggers searching for their voice, feel free to share this with them. And,  if you happen to find my voice out there anywhere, you know where to find me.  : )

 

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Brent is a nationally recognized SEO expert and works with small businesses and Financial Advisors across the country. In addition to this blog, he is a regular contributor to Steamfeed, is syndicated through Social Media Today and B2C, and has written for Search Engine Journal, Spinsucks, and other marketing blogs.
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