Blogging Tip: Be Yourself

A lot of people wonder how they can create a Breakout Blog that will help build platform and connect them to their audience. This series on Blogging Tips looks at ways to maximize blog performance to reach these goals. 

At my last SCBWI meet up, I led a discussion on Social Media, and inevitably the conversation turned to how some people struggled with creating and maintaining a blogging voice. The argument was that to stand out, they needed an edge–to be super witty or comical or fill-in-the-blank in order to be memorable and attract readers.

The truth is, the only thing a blogger needs to be is GENUINE. That means being yourself! Stina Lindenblatt and Jan Markley were quick to point out that if you try and be something you aren’t, it will show in the posts. Why? Because eventually keeping up the facade will take a toll. Crafting posts will feel like work…and it will leak into your blogging style. If your heart isn’t in it, readers will know.

Trust in yourself that the only voice components you need to bring to your blog are passion and honesty. Offer these two things & your blog will be a natural extension of who you are…and draw readers who identify with you.

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About BECCA PUGLISI

Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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42 Responses to Blogging Tip: Be Yourself

  1. This makes the idea of starting a blog less scary, so thanks.

    It also reminds me of this quote from Conan O’Brien:

    I met Johnny Carson at a function, and he said, “Just be yourself. That’s the only way it can work.”

  2. I’m really late on commenting here, but I just love this post. Such great advice, Angela. It really is easy to veer away from being true to ourselves. This is a great reminder. Thanks!

  3. Thanks everyone for the great comments. I know this is a logical thing, a simple tip, but there’s always so much pressure on us when we do anything that puts us ‘out in the face of the world’, isn’t there? The best course is to always stay true to who we are in all that we do. 🙂

    Tanya, if I had cats, my hubby would murder me for dressing them up. He has a hard enough time with my dog’s pink camo hoodie that she wears when we get her groomed in the winter, LOL.

    Angela

  4. Tanya Reimer says:

    There’s a certain magic that comes off when we write. Just like when we face to face.

    Really, every blog is unique, and that’s what makes it so much fun! Being true to our own inner voices and talents means we get to meet the cats behind the bikinins.

    Damn that’s a funny photo btw!!! hahahaha!!!! All they’re missing is the catnip. (did you dress your cats up like that?) LOL

  5. This is so true. And it helps to have a theme of how you’re trying to help others like you do on your blog.

  6. Great point. You really can tell a difference in how the posts come off.

  7. Before I started reading blogs, and started writing one myself, I thought relationships in the blogging community could only be superficial, at best. I mean, we never actually MEET, right? But the truth is the best bloggers are honest and vulnerable … the very same qualities most of us seek in our face-to-face friends. So it only stands to reason that bloggers can and do become friends. We do care about each other. But as you said, the only way this can happen is if the real you is exposed on your blog. (um, figuratively, of course …)

  8. Awwww, so I have to get rid of the sequins and glitter? And I just rented the elephant… He he he. Kidding! I agree 1000%. There’s no way you could keep in the game for the long haul unless you were being true to yourself and actually enjoying it.

  9. Beth says:

    This is so true. Being myself in my blog posts means I have fun writing them. And I think you’re right — otherwise, people eventually see through it.

  10. Cute pic. So very true!!

  11. Lydia Sharp says:

    Love. Thanks for the reminder. 😀

    This goes along well with the article I’m currently working on for Writer Unboxed that will be published on July 29. Would you mind if I quoted this: “The truth is, the only thing a blogger needs to be is GENUINE. That means being yourself!”, and included a link?

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