Category Archives: blogging

Finding My Voice

Of course the week I ponder my blog voice is when my real voice decides to almost-but-not-quite disappear. Guess it was a symptom of much talking and laughing with my best friend Jessie, who braved freezing cold temps to see me this weekend! Anyways.

::clears throat::

I have no idea how to achieve the balance I want on this blog between my professional opinions and my personal voice.

It’s important to me that I maintain my personality here. I read SO many blogs that are well written and give you good insight and facts and graphs and pretty pictures and blah blah blah, but none of them can inspire me like a blog that makes me feel like I have a personal connection with the author (and elicit a YEAH! Das wut I’m talkin’ bout!)

How do I inject enough “Eleanorness” into my writing that people get a flavor of who I am, but aren’t overwhelmed by exclamation points or silly sentences with alliteration? I think it’s necessary to maintain some professionalism, but I want my stuff to be as fun to read as it is to write!

Part of me wants to say Fuck It and just write how I want to write, about what I want to write about.

But a larger part of me says it would be more advantageous to write to …. not impress, but appeal to future employers, industry contacts, influencers who may stumble across this path, etc. Obviously a combination is ideal. But…what’s the secret ingredient? Can’t I just be me? Isn’t that enough?

::Three hours later::

Hot damn, look what I found! I have to say, this post (and Emilie’s blog in general) is exactly what I was looking for! Emilie writes:

…What’s important isn’t the number of hours you’ve got under your belt. If your style and personality resonate with someone, you’ll be able to give that person exactly what they’re looking for. And that may be something that even an ‘expert’ can’t provide.

This is why it’s so important to pour your personality into everything that you do. Your uniqueness is your calling card. Feature it.

Obviously now that I’ve discovered Puttylike, I will have yet MORE rebranding to do here, but I don’t feel as scared and alone anymore. That’s freaking sweet.

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2011 WordPress Challenge = Blog Daily. Uh, Really?

Pinned to the wall in my office is a piece of paper with the following stats:

900,000 blog posts per day. 22.6 million bloggers. Most blogs average 1 reader. Content abundant. Attention scarce. (I’m sure those numbers have gone up in the time that piece of paper has been on the wall!)

I think that just about sums up my feelings when it comes to the 2011 WordPress Challenge to blog daily.

Yes, I’m aware that by writing this I’m kinda a hypocrite. But I actually feel strongly about this subject, which is why you’re reading this.

One reason why I don’t post all the time is because I really don’t like talking (or blogging) just for the sake of doing it. Unless I truly have something to say, I just don’t do it. There’s a LOT of content out there. Most of it is useless. Ok, maybe encouraging all bloggers to post more will create some great articles and discussions…but for the other 99% of the blogosphere, it’s just going to jam our Twitter and Facebook feeds even more!

While I like that WordPress is providing topics to brainstorm on…I just don’t see how this is going to be beneficial to most of us. Call my a cynic but if you don’t have something legit and intelligent to say, well, you know.

It drives me NUTS when I took at my Twitter feed and all I see are people tweeting blog posts – and we’re talking 10-15 a DAY, per person! There’s no way you’d EVER keep up with that. Since when did over-saturation become the hottest new marketing tactic (Oh god, is it? Did I miss something?)

Content abundant. Attention scarce. Yup.

That being said, you bet your ass I’m tweeting this post with #postaday2011.