My Blog Is Taking A Digger

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I don’t know what has happened lately. When I started my blog, I was enthusiastic and did my best to create quality content for my readers. Lately, my blogging has slowed down and I’m sincerely having an issue with consistent weekly posting. I know that sounds ridiculous because there are hundreds of thousands of marketing ideas on the internet. There are no excuses.

Many articles about blogging refer to content creation. What should what I write about? Is there a resource I can use to get ideas? One of my goals this year is to increase my frequency and consistency with my blog. So far, it isn’t happening.

I’ve been syndicating many blogs and the last three blog posts I’ve read from my friend Adrienne Smith, refer to “Finding Your Own Voice.” The problem is I’m not doing it.

The first post was about standing out from the crowd regarding blogging called How To Stand Out From The Rest. It was a “Finding Your Own Voice” message. I want to share my comment to this post and you will get the gist of it:

Finding Your Voice

Hi Adrienne,

I have proof that what you are saying and doing about blogging is true. When I relax and just be myself without worrying about technicalities, my audience comment numbers and quality increase a lot! It seems so simple, but I want to share what has been hanging me up. You stated, “Adrienne, just be yourself and the people who can relate to what you share will and those that won’t, won’t. It’s really that simple.” I totally agree. I feel I am an authentic and honest person. I don’t have a problem being me and sharing. However, my issue is not allowing the flow to happen sometimes because of grammar or “being professional.” My background is a professional teacher and I can’t seem to shake it! I’m getting better, but you don’t know how hard it is to say, “Hey, just wanted to see how you are doing!” That might be the thought in my head, but what comes out is, “How you are doing?” It doesn’t come across the same…does it? I’m working on it. It’s funny how I can be more casual on Facebook and Skype. I know! I’ll pretend I’m writing on Skype! It’s difficult for me to add OMG’s and LOL’s, in a post even though I want too!

Great post to think about. I know that we have to be unique and stand above the crowd. It’s a jungle out there! (see I just added that..normally I wouldn’t…LOL) Connecting and sharing is the way to go for long term stability (I had to say that too!). By the way, I love the sheep picture! Thanks!

Raena Lynn

Finding Your Voice

Then, the next time around, Adrienne happened to have her friend, Carol Lynn Rivera write a post called How To Beat The Blogging Cliché Blues . One of the clichés is about “Finding Your Own Voice.”

Carol asks “What does that mean?” Her advice is to do these three things instead:

1. Be you.
2. Write like you talk.
3. Forget what your English teacher taught you.

What if I took Carol’s advice and gave it a shot? The truth is there is a plethora of articles about internet marketing, training, tutorials, and mindset online. I could pick any one of those and write an article for you. But guess what? I’m bored with writing about the same thing everyone else is writing about and I would guess you might be too! So if I just relax and be myself, I know I will enjoy sharing more with you.

Finally, the third post was called 7 Tips For A Better Blog , and you guessed it, “Finding Your Own Voice” was included as one of the 7 tips. I took this as a sign. Was someone trying to tell me something? So after having the concept shoved in my face three times, a light bulb went off.

My strategy is to be myself, write like I talk, and forget what my English teacher taught me. If you read my comment to Adrienne above, then you will understand my struggle with grammar. You might be having the same issue with blogging. I will write a sentence, then make sure it is grammatically correct, and ruin the intent. It also takes too much time and damages flow. No more. All of it goes out the door! This isn’t going to be easy, and if you notice that the grammar isn’t perfect…please excuse me.

I don’t want blogging to be a struggle. I want to commit to my plan and see what happens. I think I’m spoiled because I want to write when I’m inspired and I’ll tell you right now, I want to be inspired at least once a week to come up with a post that you will enjoy and can relate to.

I started this post with, I don’t know what has happened lately. After reading the three blog posts, I do know. I’ve reached a point that I have to change my approach. If you are having the same issue, I would recommend reading these posts. I guarantee you….it will help! I have so many wonderful things happening in my life and business, I’d love to share those with you. So my next post, I am going to tell you about a game I’m playing online with my internet friends which has to do with prosperity and abundance. I hope you will come along for the ride.

Raena_Lynn

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27 thoughts on “My Blog Is Taking A Digger

  1. Adrienne
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    Bravo Raena, bravo!!!

    Girl, you have so much stuff to share with us and I’m glad you had one of those aha moments after reading those posts. You’re throwing up your hands and giving in.

    You said yourself that you get more interaction when you’re letting your hair down and just being you. That’s who people want to connect with anyway.

    I know that even though I came from a professional background myself, I was still intimidated by people who put off that air about them and came across as stuffy. I couldn’t connect to those people so although they may not really be like that in their real lives, they are hurting themselves in the long run because they aren’t being themselves. We want to work with people we like, not are intimidated by.

    I’m excited for you to be on this new adventure and the way you have things going on in your life right now, we all want to hear about it. So, get excited now and just let us have it in your own words.

    Thanks for the mention by the way, I didn’t expect to get that much but just glad I guess I had about three posts in a row hammering that point into my readers heads. I want everyone to succeed and trust me, that will definitely help.

    Have a great weekend and don’t work too hard.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Adrienne,

      I’d let my hair down if I had more! I know you understand what my concerns are because we both came from a professional background and I explained it three times in three separate posts about “Finding Your Own Voice.” It’s a hard shell to crack! Your hammering made it’s way into my head because I took the first step to letting you guys have it in my own words. Thanks for everything Adrienne. You really have inspired me to do better. I really appreciate it.

      Raena Lynn

  2. Garen
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    Hey Raena,please tell me the game is Age of Empires Online. I am so addicted to that game I might have to go into recovery soon. Yeah, forget what your English teacher taught you. When I was back in school blogs were kind of not known very well. Yeah, just be yourself and it isn’t like working. I just found that if I start working in the living room rather than my office I am more comfortable. Just plugged in my laptop to my 60 inch plasma and got a wireless mouse and keyboard and work away.

    Also, if you need someone to call you up and yell at your once a week I can do that. Maybe I should start a gig on Fiverr for that…HA!

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Garen,

      No, the game is not Age of Empires Online, but I love that game! Someone mentioned that blogs are not research papers. So I took the first step to change and just be myself. I know it will be much more fun and comfortable. It sounds like you are having a blast being an entrepreneur! Yes, for $5 I will call you up once a week and yell at you! LOL

      Raena Lynn

  3. Hi Raean,

    Since you’ve posted your comments on your blog, I don’t know if you remember, but last week you said this on my post about “writing style”:

    “You’ve presented some excellent points about writing style. I just commented on someone’s blog about uniqueness and being yourself. I mentioned that I am working on allowing my personality to show through my writing. I’ve allowed my teaching background to write with a more formal tone and I want to change. You defined it as using the conversational style of writing. Between my fellow blogging partners, I’m going to break through this year”

    As I told you, yesterday, all you have to do is just be you. I don’t think you are aware of it, but you are a TRUE funny person. Meaning that you are funny without trying to, and even when you are saying things that wouldn’t sound funny said by someone else.

    I worked around Dama talents for years, I can assure you that I can recognize that , and you have it. Just be you in your post and you’ll do just great!

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sylviane,

      I think it’s cool that you used my post to make your point. That was quite clever. I wouldn’t be surprised if we both do it again. Writing this post was the first step I needed to take to change the way I write my blog posts. Being around you guys has helped me to get to this point. Also, when I read your comment that I am a TRUE funny person, it made me laugh!

      Raena Lynn

  4. Sue Price
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    Hi Raena

    I am so glad you have shared this with us. I was like you when I first came online and kept hearing that “find your voice”. I had no clue how to write other than like the stuffy professional way I had been taught.

    One idea that was recommended to me was to speak into a voice memo on my phone and then type from the recording. I never did it but thought it was a good idea.

    Maybe you should just write as if you were talking to us on our hangouts – that could be an interesting read 🙂

    I remember the first time I saw Ray Higdon’s post and his use of words like dunno I was shocked. But hey it works for him!

    I am looking forward to seeing Raena showing up here.

    Great share. Have a great weekend.

    Sue

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sue,

      Another comment suggestion was to use Skype to record, so a voice memo would be similar. Maybe when I’m writing my next post, I’ll close my eyes and imagine we are at our hangout and talk to you guys! You are right. That could be an interesting read. I appreciate you coming by and I really hope that some of your recent challenges are smoothing out. Love our hangouts. See you soon!

      Raena Lynn

  5. Hi Raena,

    I feel your frustration…I have getting to that point also. I was recently told that my voice does not show up in my writing, and that means my writing does not always convey how I feel. Since I want to always be authentic, I looked for a remedy. A read an article recently that suggested the following:

    Put down the pen and Skype a friend. Get them to ask you questions about the topics you will be writing about on your blog — recording every word (naturally). Then just blab away, and transcribe what you have said WITHOUT EDITING.

    This activity sounds tedious; however, I am going to give it a try. I know that I have a voice that matters…I just have to get it on paper.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Rachel,

      It’s funny that you mentioned the Skype exercise. I’ve used Skype conversations in a couple of my posts and I love it! In fact, I’m using it for my next post about The Prosperity Game Part 2. Your description of using Skype to translate may be tedious but I want to give it a try too. It will be worth seeing the outcome. We both may be shocked because we know we speak different than we write. You certainly have a voice that matters! Let me know if you do the exercise and if it helped you.

      Raena Lynn

  6. Excellent post Raena! And yes, even though I seem to never run out of ideas for blog posts, every once in awhile I start second guessing myself. Part of that is my blog basically serves as a branding tool for my writing as opposed to a “business” in itself. From time to time I think about changing that strategy; I’m no longer interested in coaching, but possibly adding affiliate products – the problem is finding products that I believe in and fit with my niche. So I always end up going back to the same purpose. You’ve definitely sparked my inspiration though, so who knows. Thanks!

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Marquita,

      Thank you for your nice comments. I’m always amazed by your blog. You consistently post excellent articles and your blog title fits because they are always inspirational. Finding affiliate products in your niche could be challenging, but I know there are some excellent personal development courses and seminars you can promote. It’s nice to think I inspired a blogger who writes a blog about inspiration! Just keep doing what you are doing because it works!

      Raena Lynn

  7. Sarah Arrow
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    Well done and thanks for sharing your story 🙂

    I do not write how I talk. I’m from East London, a blog post would sound like…
    ‘Allo luv, day not going well? Tuff innit? Well I ‘ave sum great fings that will help ya…

    I do think you should write conversationally, I treat each post as a love letter to an ideal reader, it helps me, after all when you write to a loved one you make more of an effort, and they’ll forgive the odd typo and the slip into East London speak, well at least I hope they will 🙂

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Sarah,

      You are so funny! I suppose it would be a challenge to write like you talk 🙂 “Allo luv” reminded me of My Fair Lady! I like your analogy of treating each post as a love letter to an ideal reader. Most likely you will be forgiven for your mistakes. Writing conversationally is my goal so if I combine that with your analogy, I’ll definitely be on the right track. You write excellent, informative, and conversational posts and I enjoy visiting. Thanks for stopping by.

      Raena Lynn

  8. Nile
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    I talk about this a lot and it deals with site focus, keeping fresh, and knowledge.

    You need to break out and widen your blog circle, reading new blogs that are within and outside you niche. You also should be revising and re-affirming your site focusing. Your blog voice will develop as you grow. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers give up over the past 12 years… pretty good ones in fact, and it was because they did not go back to the drawing board.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Nile,

      I was visiting your blog a couple days ago and read your article about widening your blog circle. Recently I’ve been working on it. I have no plans of quitting. Maybe my title was misleading. I am simply saying that I want to be myself when I write my blog posts. You are really good at it and you have a great style I enjoy reading.

      Raena Lynn

  9. Lynn Jones
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    Raena,
    I love your honesty about how you are feeling about your blogging slump. I too, am seeing the need/desire to write more about what I am passionate about. I also, feel that writing like you talk is so key to being who you really are. If you are too concerned about your words sounding proper, it could come off a bit stuffy. I would encourage you to lighten up and just be your unique self. You, Raena, are one of a kind!
    Go for it!
    Lynn

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Lynn,

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ve read some of your blog posts, and I think you do a great job with relaxing and being yourself. I’ve decided that the blogs I enjoy reading the most come from the real person. I think this approach will help me to relax and just write instead of worrying about all the technicalities. My plan is see how the next month or so goes. Yes, it’s time to lighten up!

      Raena Lynn

  10. Hey Raena!

    What an interesting article! I think I agree, you really must forget what your english teacher taught you – unless you’re writing an essay! A blog really does need to at least resemble your speaking voice – though it’s true – no one says LOL or OMG! Or at least no one completely sane!

    Glad you made some cool distinctions! Onwards and upwards!

    ~Robin~

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Welcome Robin,

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Since I wrote that article, I’ve become more enthusiastic and relaxed about posting. It was very therapeutic! I was in a Facebook group and someone posted how impressed they were with the host because he never used such silly expressions such as LOL or OMG and it showed how “professional” he was. I never forgot it. When I’m casually writing on Skype or Facebook, I’ll use them once in awhile. On my blog I like the idea of using my speaking voice because it takes away the pressure from worrying about the grammar. Just do it and don’t worry about being perfect. I appreciate your comment!

      Raena Lynn

      1. Oh no! I don’t think I agree with that fellow at all! Never using ‘LOL’ and ‘OMG’ doesn’t make you a ‘professional’!!! It just makes the writer of that comment very stuffy – was he an english teacher?

        The reality is never in human history has conversational written english been such a common event. Before texting and social media and the internet, written communication was done by letter! Remember those?

        You know, in 1840 it took two years for a message to go from London to New Dehli and back! TWO YEARS! 10 years later with the advent of the Telegraph it took 4 minutes!

        And before the internet – if we didn’t phone each other – which of course we did a lot! The WRITTEN word took 1 or 2 days to reach the recipient and then we had to wait for their reply.

        Now… it’s instant! Who is seriously going to type – “I’m laughing very loudly at your comment Lynn” when LOL will suffice to convey their amusement?

        Of course, if you don’t use LOL or OMG very often then of course, don’t include them in your blog! Personally I would be very unlikely to either – a blog is a ‘letter’ after all. But seriously, only a very few take serious exception to it. You can’t please all the people all the time!

        Enjoy using your authentic voice Raena *smiles (see what I did there?)

        ~Robin~

        1. Raena Lynn
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          Hi Robin,

          Actually the writer of that comment is female, and I don’t think she is an English teacher…not sure!

          I couldn’t imagine waiting for 2 years to get a reply from a letter! It’s been awhile since I’ve thought about how long it used to take to communicate. I remember writing letters and checking the mailbox every day for the reply. We are so fortunate and spoiled to have instant communication…OMG I love it!

          Raena Lynn

  11. Michael Shook
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    A most excellent article on the crux of blogging, Raena – doing the actual writing. There are a number of people who propose that everyone needs to write a post every day. And some that say, once a week and some of the biggest bloggers in the world, once every two to three weeks.

    All those ideas are right and all are wrong for some people, and the absolute best way to write in a way that makes expressing yourself a joy instead of drudgery is to write when you want, how you want and about what you want to write about. If your goal is traffic to your blog, then perhaps less time spent writing and more time spent promoting might be the ticket. If your goal is to express the multitudes of ideas you have, then writing every day or even more than once a day might be the best.

    But all those ideas have one thing in common, the schedule and content areas you follow must serve you and your purposes, anything less than that and your readers are going to spot it a mile away. And besides, it is ever so much more fulfilling to write as you rather than somebody else’s idea of who you should be online.

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Michael,

      It’s so great to see you here! Your answer to blogging frequency is the best I’ve ever seen. “The absolute best way to write in a way that makes expressing yourself a joy instead of drudgery is to write when you want, how you want and about what you want to write about.” When I follow this goal, and I feel inspired, and I enjoy writing my blog and sharing with my readers. You are so right! Gauge the schedule according to the goal and whether it serves the blogger and their purpose. Michael it makes so much sense. As an example, if I write with inspiration, my readers are inspired. If I write with boredom, my readers are board. I love your perception and wisdom. Thank you Michael!

      Raena Lynn

  12. Dena-Lynn
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    Hi Raena, I’m so glad that I found this post. I’m getting back into the blogging swing so this is really helpful. I’m challenged with blogging subjects. While I can talk up a storm in the moment – I seem to get writer’s block when I sit down with the intention of creating content.

    Your shares were definitely made for me 🙂

    Dena Lynn

  13. Josh
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    Very well written as you said it should be “Write like you talk” and forget the Grammar taught by teacher … and as simple like this – Just write as it flows through!!

    Thanks for the share 🙂

    1. Raena Lynn
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      Hi Josh,

      Welcome to my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment. I hope to see you again 🙂 I’m practicing the “Write like you talk” concept. It is still a challenge, but it’s getting easier the more I let it flow! Have a great week!

      Raena Lynn

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