Blogging is a unique form of writing. It’s a cross between writing a newspaper article and a journal. It’s sharing information, pictures, stories, and advice with personal panache.
There’s a vast variety of blogs out here in cyberworld. That’s a good thing; everyone can find one he or she can relate to in the blogging world. But what makes it a good blog? What makes us want to go back again or follow it? Does it give us information to help us in our own endeavors? Does it give us new insights into our psyches? Does it give us a peak into someone else’s world? Does it entertain us?
Blogs do all of those things, but to be a good blog it needs to have a voice (just like other forms of writing). When the personality behind the blogger comes through, the blog becomes addictive–at least for me.
Voice is all about language: words, tone, and sentence structure. Each novel has its own unique voice and so do blogs. You would think it would be ridiculously easy to have your own voice in your own blog. You’re writing from your heart about your own stuff, right? In one word, no. We all have our business voice and our family lingo. We have lots of different personas we portray to the world, and we don’t switch back and forth when talking to a single individual or group. They might think we’re nuts. It’s not so easy deciding on which one we want to share with the world, but a blogger eventually settles on a particular voice.
I’m still in the progress of developing my blogger voice. So, you’re kind of like my guinea pigs. Let me see, it takes me between six and ten pages of writing to peg my voice down when writing a story, so if I translate that to blog writing I should have my blog voice narrowed down by… well, let’s just hope it’s soon.
What keeps you going back to a blog? What strikes that blogger nerve of yours?
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