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Finding Your Inner Voice

This is a guest post by Michelle Mantel. Michelle is an article writer with more than five years of professional experience in the writing industry.

If you asked anyone 20 years ago what a blog was you would likely get blank stares. Fast forward to Y2K and you don’t look so crazy to other internet gurus. More than a decade later, blogs are taking the internet by storm.

However, I have found that many bloggers, and publishers alike, struggle to find the one thing that matters the most: finding your inner voice.

A blog is more than splattered thoughts conveyed through words on a page. It’s a chance for you to create your own platform. Finding your inner voice doesn’t have to be a challenge. All it takes are a few steps to get you along the right path, and you’ll be writing from the heart in no time!

Your Voice Is Unique to Your Personality

Everybody’s inner voice is unique to their own personality.

Your inner voice is essentially your subconscious combined with a tinge of creativity. When writing, there are so many thoughts and ideas jumbling inside one’s brain. However, it’s important that you distinguish what’s really coming from the heart and soul, versus what sounds better to the reader. Writing for blogs should not be viewed as a task. Instead, it should be viewed as an opportunity to share those thoughts with others. After all, you’re not writing a paper in which you’ll be graded on.

Everyday, take a few moments to look at what other bloggers have to say on their platform. You might find that you have similarities with certain bloggers and perhaps they are writing down the exact words you have been trying to find! You will find that most bloggers are either willing to share thoughts and ideas with you or in most cases, they’re having just as difficult of a time finding their inner voice.

Relax.

An inner voice is vital for bloggers who wish to truly connect with their audience. For example, I used to be a news reporter and initially had this tight persona about my delivery. This was simply because my inner voice was blocked with expectations and stereotypes of how I should deliver my work. Now that I have started jogging down the thoughts that I know are coming from the heart, I find it easier to send the messages I’m trying to convey.

If you are struggling with your content or have writer’s block, take a breather, step away, have a cigarette, do whatever it is that YOU have to do, in order to get your mind and body in a state of relaxation. For some of us, writing is what helps us get to this state but let’s not forget about the days when we too would write down a few sentences, only to find ourselves staring at a blank page for the next 20 minutes.

Dig Beyond & Refine Yourself

Overall, what I’d like to you take away from this is be yourself.

There are hundreds upon thousands of webpages out there with bloggers who are trying to force sales pitches down your throat, yet don’t have anything meaningful to say. Don’t get me wrong, everyone has to make a living. However, you will find that finding your true self, or inner voice, will help you create this immense bond with your audience that no sales pitch can ever replace! The best part of it all is this technique can be applied to just about anything in life.

I’m just passionate about writing so wanted to relay my thoughts through my platform.

Remember, what your trying to say will eventually come out, if you allow your mind and body to relax. So take these next few moments to jot down some thoughts and ideas. Start digging beyond your conscious and let the thoughts roll out through your finger tips. What you’ll find is what  you’re trying to say is on the verge of coming out, you just need that extra push of self-motivation.

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23 comments… add one

  • Nicole Hillstead January 7, 2012, 7:08 am

    This is fantastic Michelle, I agree with the need to find your inner voice and appreciate your thoughts and ideas of how to do so.

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  • Lenia January 7, 2012, 10:09 am

    Hi Michelle and Christian!

    Yes Michelle, you are right. Thank you for the advice.
    There are thousands of bloggers and webpages and the competition is big. It is true that being ourselves and finding an inner voice can definitively help us build a web audience.
    On the other hand, when you are a beginner, everything is harder. Relaxing and being self-confident is a “must” but it is not easy at all.

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    • Christian Hollingsworth January 7, 2012, 2:56 pm

      It’s like jumping into the deep end of a pool, with floaties, as my friend Cris Marston (from WhimsicalWisdoms.com) always says. It’s true. It’s scary when you’re first starting out.

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      • Cris January 8, 2012, 5:38 pm

        Hahaha! And I still have the floaties on every time I jump in. Can’t tell you how many drafts I have in the coffer with anticipation that some of them will materialize into a post I am comfortable publishing. It is getting easier as I write more, and settle into myself. I am really beginning to understand the concept of writing with the inner voice/from the heart vs. approaching it (in the back of my mind) as a piece to be critiqued. That one thing paralyzed me from hitting “publish” more than once. I am still learning….growing…exploring so greatly appreciate a post such as this.
        Mucho Gracias.

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      • Lenia January 9, 2012, 2:33 am

        That is right Christian! You get it :)
        Nice metaphor! It is exactly that.

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  • Knikkolette January 7, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Thanks for an enjoyable read. You are so true, there are hundreds upon hundreds of blogs out there and many of them do try to force something down your throat before they even let you into their site. What a turn off!

    I’m sure your words of encouragement will help many. :)

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    • Christian Hollingsworth January 7, 2012, 2:58 pm

      I’ve been offered, many times, help in setting up one of those email newsletter popups on Smart Boy when someone first visits. I’m torn. Yes, I use it on many marketing sites – but I’m not convinced I want to use something like that here.

      Sometimes, you’d rather just sit back with friends and enjoy what’s being provided.

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  • LaRae Quy January 7, 2012, 4:53 pm

    Thanks for this post – it was great! I think you’ve hit the nail on the head when you speak about bloggers finding inner voice – it’s one of the most difficult and yet essential things a writer can do. For that matter, finding our own voice is something we can all strive toward, no matter what we do in life . . .

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    • Christian Hollingsworth January 8, 2012, 6:01 pm

      Maybe I’ll write a post about “exercises” one might do to develop their voice. I’ve always found writing exercises to be rather helpful.

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      • Nicole Hillstead January 8, 2012, 6:42 pm

        I vote yes! I’m a fan of writing exercises myself and would definitely be interested in something like that.

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  • Patricia January 8, 2012, 8:30 pm

    I agree that when writing a post for my blog it has to be “me” and not how someone else would express themselves.

    As more people become savvy with blogging and internet marketing, I do believe they will be more adept at flushing out who is “real” and who is not when the land on either a blog/and or a sales page.

    Patricia Perth Australia

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    • Christian Hollingsworth January 8, 2012, 11:01 pm

      I’m thinking because of that, search engines will become even better at recognizing good, quality content. So we better keep building it! :)

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  • Samantha@Gardening Blog January 16, 2012, 10:23 pm

    Writing blog post must comes naturally so you can attract more of your reader. In that way, you could have the chance to share all important ideas or thoughts you have in mind about the particular subject matter. Remember that it could help you maintain your connections with every blog visitor you have for your site.

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  • Jeevanjacobjohn January 17, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Hey Michelle,

    Great tips presented here :-)

    For me, the trick is to have fun writing. For example: If I really enjoy writing about the subject, I can write a moderately lengthy article and publish it in about one hour. But, If I find it hard to add the next paragraph. I will just stop writing the post. Trash it and find something else to work with.

    This is because I want my posts to be smooth. And it can only be smooth if I write continuously (for me).

    Yes, Relaxation is also important. But, I don’t take breaks or relax when I am writing my articles. I just write. Keep on writing. Once I am satisfied, that is, when I feel that I have conveyed my message, I will publish it/submit it for review :-)

    Your last tip is also important. I can see a lot of bloggers nowadays trying to be someone else (most likely their fate is to quit blogging).

    Thanks for all the tips!

    Jeevan Jacob John

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    • Christian Hollingsworth January 19, 2012, 4:59 pm

      And it seems like many times, we’re the toughest critics on our own work. We might think a blog post is stupid or not worthy of posting – but once we do, we find people actually enjoy it!

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  • Christian Hollingsworth January 19, 2012, 5:00 pm

    And thank you for sharing your own thoughts, Meg.

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