One of the questions we answered during our Healthy Living Summit panel was
Do you feel pressure to be like some of the big name bloggers who publish multiple times a day and have amazing photography skills?
I’ll answer the photography part first, because that answer is shorter. While I am working on improving my photography, that is mostly for me. Yes, better pictures will help my blog look better, but the real reason we bought our dSLR was to take pictures on our honeymoon in Italy next month!
A slightly more complicated topic is the concept of finding your blog ‘voice.’ I have been reading about it for months, but only recently figured out what my own voice was.
And you know how I found it? By ditching all my preconceived notions about what a healthy living blog “should” be.
Think about it. If we all posted the same things with the same frequency, we’d be very, very bored, right? Who wants to read the same thing over and over? If we can find what makes our blogs unique and what style makes our blogs the best they can be, we’ll all grow as people and bloggers!
So, to have a healthy living blog, you do NOT have to:
- Post multiple times a day
- Post about everything you eat
- Post healthy recipes
- Post about your most recent workout
Basically, as Heather likes to say, ‘Healthy living is MORE THAN food and fitness.’
Figure out what works for you. When I started Savvy Eats, I tried posting everything I ate. And while that works fantastically for some people, it did not work for me… it just stressed me out!
For awhile, I wrote posts that contained tidbits about Smart Food, Smart Fitness, AND Smart Life, and while it was better, that felt forced, too.
As soon as I made this adjustment, I noticed a change in my blogging. My posts are stronger, I feel proud of my writing, and I’m excited to blog again. The words are coming more easily to me. I feel like I can tell a story with each blog post, and I am sharing more useful information that my readers can come back to and use.
How can you find your ‘voice?’ Well, there is no direct formula, but there are some exercises you can do to help you on your quest!
- Look back at your favorite blog posts or other favorite pieces you’ve written. What do they have in common? What is it that you love about them?
- To find your voice, you’ll need to set yourself apart from your preconceived notions about blogging. What can you do to set your blog apart? What makes you and your writing unique?
- Figure out what comes easily to you. Posts shouldn’t feel forced. Do the words flow best when you talk about multiple topics in a post, or just one? Do you prefer lists and bullet points, short paragraphs, or a combination of the two? Do you like to tell a story leading into your main topic, or jump right in?
Blogs, like people, are constantly growing and changing. But if we tune into what we need to do to be proud of our blogs, we can each find our own voice.
Have you found your voice yet?
Note: Thank you to the Arnold Bread’s photographer for allowing me to borrow their picture!