Finding Your Voice in Blogging

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I think one of the hardest things in blogging is finding your voice, being unique from the crowd, while still staying true to who you are and portraying your personality thoroughly. Being unique as a blogger is of course extremely difficult since there are so many of us, but you don't have to be different from everyone else to stand out from the crowd. You just have to find your voice as a blogger and decide who you want to be. Do you want to be that super smart know-it-all that makes everyone's eyes roll so far back they split a cornea or do you want to be that 'ditzy', fake dumb girl/guy who thinks being stupid is cute? Or you can be yourself, y'know that funny, smart werido everyone loves.

Here are a few of my personal favourite tips on how to find your voice in blogging and stand out from the crowd naturally.

You don't have to be like inthefrow or Zoella to stand out from the crowd. You don't have to have a layout like everyone else or write in the same style as some of the biggest and most popular bloggers to get readers. The first step you can take to becoming your own blogger is to not compare your blog or yourself to anyone else, you are an individual and are perfect how you are. Sure other bloggers may have more followers or readers, maybe their stats grew quicker, but what really matters is who you are. People can tell when you are faking a personality or faking intelligence, especially other bloggers, so don't think you're fooling anyone. Just be yourself and be happy with being yourself.

The next step made in comparing yourself to others is copying others. Do NOT copy. There is a huge difference between being inspired by your fellow bloggers and down right copying them. It is super important not to get too caught up in trying to be as 'likeable' or trying to be 'unique' as some of your favourite bloggers. Of course I see inthefrow along with some other bloggers as big inspirations in the blogging world, but I don't want to become an imitation of them. I want to be myself, but I want to be as successful as the bloggers who inspire me. I am inspired by their ambition, by their style of writing, but instead of becoming a carbon copy I try to create a style of writing as fluent, but personal as theirs while still writing what I want to write about and not copying their posts or blog style.

Just because you think of yourself as a beauty blogger or a fashion blogger doesn't mean you have to stick to that one small niche subject. It is okay to branch out, give people your blog tips, write about your favourite beauty products instead of doing a fashion post or vice versa, tell your readers about the new book you are reading. Just because certain topics and certain posts seem to be most popular doesn't mean you have to write about them or adjust your blog to suit them. Write what feels right, what is fluent for you and about things that flow instead of forcing yourself to come up with content for views or shares.

For many people sharing your opinion can be a little bit difficult because it means people may disagree with you and it can cause *gasp* a debate, but at the end of the day there will always be people who have opposing opinions whether it's on how a shirt looks to politics to the weather and no matter what some people will always be waiting to start an unnecessary argument. Your blog and your social medias are your own little places to write whatever you wish (within reason), you shouldn't be scared to talk freely about your beliefs and opinions. Don't just adjust your opinions to fit what your blogger friends or favourite bloggers think, have a mind of your own and use it freely.

My humour is very dry, I am sarcastic and online it can come across like I am being nippy or nasty so sometimes I do try to avoid my sarcastic nature so I don't accidentally upset people, I know sarcasm doesn't always come across correctly online so I avoid it a lot. I do however make little jokes and although I may be the only person to laugh at them it gives the reader some insight into who I am, it shows some of my wonderful and wacky personality.

There are bloggers who share everything from their menstrual cycle to their sex life to their bladder control and there are some bloggers who don't have their location on their blog and don't tell anyone the country they are from. All bloggers are different and all bloggers have different reasons for how much or how little they share. It is totally up to you on whether you want to bare it all or keep private life private. You should never feel you have to share to fit in or that you can't share because some people think it is taboo. Find your voice is all about finding your own limits and not changing them to benefit what others do.

The most important thing to do when trying to find your voice in blogging is to be no one, but you. Don't change who you are to suit trends or to benefit others, who you are is perfect and you shouldn't feel the need to be anyone else. I like to see a blogger who isn't afraid to show how weird they are or isn't afraid of how others will see them because they let their true colours shine through. There is no one in the world you should be, but you, be happy to be you and everyone else will be happy to get to know you and your blog.

Do you have any tips on finding your voice in blogging? Have you found your voice in blogging?

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