Finding My Blogging Voice & Why It’s Important For Your Readers

I’m about to be completely real with you guys.

I don’t feel like I am always 100 percent myself on my blog.

By that I mean that I think some posts from the past seem robotic, inauthentic, and not always who I am.

With my journalism background, I was trained to write in AP style. I removed some all cliches from my posts, I kept things to the point, and always took grammar into account. I removed needless words, and considered every technical writing term to see what would make the best “flow.”

That’s perfectly fine when you’re working on a news story, or a magazine feature, but not when you’re trying to create relatable content on YOUR blog. Your blog should be a direct reflection of you and the work that you want to share with the world.

For me, I was afraid for ruining my “reputation” as a writer altogether. But the truth is, I’m NOT that serious (like some of my writing may come off) when you meet me in person. I’m quirky. I make jokes and keep things laid back. I’m also incredibly sarcastic. The only person who really sees this side of me every single day is Josh and my coworkers. Trust me, they can attest to my behavior. I’m professional but like anyone, I open up a little more once you get to know me outside of the office.

I think I tried to make my blogging voice more subtle, professional and straight to the point. But when I read back my content, I wanted to add a joke here, a sarcastic comment there and make it more me.

Instead, I would hit publish and carry on with my day.

Now, I’m not saying that every post I’ve written has been this way. But there are a few where I look back think, “Wow, that’s so dry and emotionless, Kiara. That’s not you at all. You wouldn’t have said *insert long-winded, sarcastic comment here*.”

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty here. You’re not going to see some completely different voice in my content. I simply plan to not delete anything that I would write naturally. And, I’m not going to keep change the style of my content. I might add the occasional, sarcastic tidbit that’s completely unnecessary but it will definitely bring a smile to your face.


So here’s what I’ve learned about my blogging voice and why having your blogging voice important:

1| Your readers get to know the REAL you.

When I read other blogger’s content, I truly feel like I get to know them as a person; and I want them to feel the same way when people read my content.

2| It gives a unique edge to your content.

When you toss in a sarcastic comment here or a random pun there—it takes your post from standard to unique! It helps readers identify your content from other bloggers!

3| It helps you stand out among other bloggers.

See above. But it’s amazing what showing your true self can do for your blog content. Help your readers pick out your post from the thousands of blogging online. It will resonate with them and they will remember you.

4| You’ll be able to write more naturally.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped mid post because I felt like I had to not be myself with the jokes, comments, etc. This makes the writing process difficult and frustrating. Be yourself and the words will flow easily.

If you’re a blogger, inspiring writer, or somewhere in between—I hope you never fear to make your content uniquely yours. It’s okay if it doesn’t fit another blogger’s style. It’s not supposed to. It should fit your style.

Have you ever struggled to find your blogging voice? What tips would you share with bloggers going through this? Make sure to share in the comments below!

 

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12 Festive Date Ideas

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It’s no secret that I love to plan fun, festive dates throughout the year. But especially around fall and winter is when I can go a little overboard with planning date ideas (just ask Josh!) Today I’m sharing 12 holiday/festive date ideas to plan into the next two months while you can enjoy winter and the holiday season. Add a little bliss to your dating life whether you’re in a new relationship, or you’ve been together for many years.

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1| Holiday Bake Off

Find your favorite holiday festive recipes and put your baking and decorating skills to the test. Whether you’re simply doing a cookie decorating contest or seeing who can make the best peanut butter cookies; you’ll love a little competition for this date idea!

2| Christmas Move Night In

I saw this shared on Pinterest where families wrap their Christmas movies, and whichever one they’d unwrap is the movie they would watch. They would do this several times throughout the weeks leading to Christmas. It’s a great way to get all your movie time in without choosing each night.

3| Holiday Shopping Date

I love spending extra time shopping for gifts for my friends and family members. Pick a Saturday where you have a few hours to spare, and get all your shopping done in one trip. (Let’s be real, you probably won’t get it all done in one trip.) But if you do, congrats—you have one less thing to worry about!

4| Gingerbread House Contest

Whether you are super crafty and bakes the gingerbread pieces yourself, or you simply purchase a Gingerbread house kit from a store, get creative and see who can make the best Gingerbread House. Plus, you’ll have something to enjoy looking at or eating once you’ve finished!

5| Volunteer

Volunteering together as a couple is so important, not only for the holidays, but also for any time of year. What’s great about this is that you both can decide what you’d like to donate time to: animal shelter, food bank, etc. There are so many ways to give back during the holiday season, so it’s important to gain a little perspective by giving back.

6| Decorate Your Home

A new tradition Josh and I plan to have is to decorate our home and tree on Black Friday weekend. It gives enough a weekend to go through and get our home ready for the holidays. Make a day out of it by listening to Christmas music, or playing Christmas movies in the background.

7| Hot Chocolate Hop

Salted Caramel, Peppermint, Sea Salt, and so many other lovely and unique versions of hot chocolate around the holidays in cafes. It would be fun to pick a day where you split a hot chocolate from several places in town.

8| Go Sledding/Snowmobiling/Skiing/Snowboarding

There was far too many outdoor activities you can do during the winter months rather than staying indoors. I’ve never been ice skating or snowboarding before (I know, how am I even from New York?!) But my plan is to try something new thins winter!

9| Look at Lights

One of my favorite things to do growing up was to drive around nearby neighborhoods and look at all the different Christmas lights and decorations that people would put out. It’s a yearly tradition I plan to keep on going strong for years to come!

10| Pancakes & Pajamas

So, this isn’t necessarily a “festive” date idea because really, you can have pancakes anytime of year. But you can make it a Sunday morning date where you stay in your pajamas, and get creative by using fruit, sprinkles, and other treats to add to your pancake date!

What other festive date ideas would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Things to be Happy About: November Edition

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Another month has flown past us, which means that I’m sharing a late post on 10 things I’m looking forward to now that it’s November. If you’re a Christmas lover like I am, you’re most likely soaking up all the Christmas festivities for the two months you have to enjoy it all. If you’re looking for a happy, light-hearted post, keep reading for little bliss in your life.

1| All. The. Layers!

Now that it’s November, it’s undeniable that we will be dressing in excessive layers for the late fall months. I will admit that I don’t mind busting out my sweaters and leggings for this time of year. I feel more comfy in clothes at the end of the year.

2| Expressing Gratitude

I’m working on spreading kindness and expressing gratitude for all the people in my life. If you’ve read my recent post, I’m challenging myself to do something kind or as an expression of gratitude all month long. It’s the season of giving back and sharing love.

3| Holiday Shopping

I make it my mission to get all my holiday shopping done before December. Now, I will admit that I don’t get every little bit of shopping done. But I try to get more than 90 percent of it done this month, and I can’t wait for Christmas shopping this season.

4| Christmas Music

You best believe I’m be blasting Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. (As I pretend I haven’t been listening to it already…) I don’t know what it is, but I am in the minority of people who love Christmas music. I only have two months to enjoy it, so I’ll be doing just that.

5| Starbucks Holiday Drinks

Y’all, Chestnut Praline Lattes are everything I want and need around this time of year. I try not to go overboard with my Starbucks visits, but I do treat myself a little more to these around this time of year since they are seasonal.

6| World Kindness Day

Mark your calendars for November 13th and do something kind because let’s be honest; the world could use a little more kindness. #amiright?! I have been challenging myself to do an act of kindness or show gratitude in some form throughout this month.

7| My Anniversary

Josh and I have been together for over three years! I’m happy to say after more than six months of living together, we couldn’t be happier. After being in an LDR for over two years, living in the same place has been a wonderful change. I’m looking forward to celebrating with him this month.

8| Thanksgiving

It’s the one day a year you can’t be judged for eating excessively. Even though I don’t care if people judged my excessive eating on a regular day. I’ll be eating stuffing and pumpkin pie until I can’t breathe; and I’m looking forward to all the pain and regret afterwards that will come from eating too much.

9| Black Friday

I’ve worked on Black Friday every year since I was 16, and I don’t hate it. At least this year I won’t be involved in the retail side of things, but more the marketing side of it, which I know will be fun and exciting in the midst of a crazy day.

10| Cooking

Late fall and early winter is the time of year where I want to cook more, and learn and practice new recipes. I have saved quite a few recipes from Pinterest, and I can’t wait to try them out all month long. I’ll be sure to let you know which ones have been my favorites!

What are you looking forward to now that it’s November? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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