We have all heard the term ‘blogger voice.’ In fact, some of us are still trying to find ours, some have embraced theirs and some are simply replicating others who have paved a path to success. But I wonder if our voice is truly carrying who we are or are we portraying a more reserved, polished version of ourselves for the outside world for the sake of appearing ‘professional’?
I am in the ‘still trying to find it’ bucket amongst many others. People have told me that I have found my voice and this blog speaks to that but I cannot help questioning myself sometimes (you do that too, right?). Then this week I saw Chris Brogan send a tweet asking if anyone would take business advice from someone that used the acronym ‘lol’. I was slightly taken aback because I use lol – a lot. LOL. And never thought anything of it.
Would people take me less seriously? Do they already?
If you have ever met me or worked with me, you know I am pretty serious when it comes to work. I don’t take it lightly and I work really frickin hard. But I also have a fun side too and perhaps that’s where my lol’s stem from.
Ever wanted to respond with a lol and thought better of it because you didn’t think it was ‘professional’? Why? Why hold back who you really are and what your natural, genuine reaction was to something?
One of my favorite bloggers is Ashley Ambirge at The Middle Finger Project. If you are not familiar with her blog, I encourage you to go check it out now (or maybe after your done reading this because once you start reading, you will mostly likely be on her site for awhile). She is vulgar and she admits it. In fact, that’s her thing. And you know what? She is an extremely successful business woman that people listen to. She uses cuss words, she says LOL, she wittingly relates dating disasters to sound business advice and she is dead-on smart.
She has clearly found her voice and it’s loud (in a good way).
But what is this saying about her? What does using LOL say about me? Am I less professional? Does it indicate I take things too lightly that people shouldn’t take what I say seriously?
Nah. I think it shows I am a person who isn’t afraid to be judged by somebody. Hey, I want to keep my day job too but I have never turned my back on myself to be something fake for the sake of a great business deal. There will always be a proper time and place for everything. Remember my dad and his famous ‘tact and diplomacy’ talk.
I think it really depends on the blog and your goals but most importantly, your blogger voice should be saying a lot about you. What do you think about something? What is your opinion? I hope that when people meet me in person or other places on the web, they see a commonality. And as much as I would love to write in the style of Chris Brogan or Valarie Maltoni or Amber Naslund, I am not them.
What does your blogger voice say about you?