The month of May marks my fifth month of blogging and I am honestly still struggling to find my voice. I feel like one of the most popular tips when it comes to blogging is to find your voice. I know I’ve read it on multiple posts I read regarding blogging advice. And I feel like I should know what I want to come across like by now. Am I the always happy and fun blogger? Am I the ALL CAPS and BIG TEXTS blogger? am i the kind of blogger who doesn’t use capitalization and pisses off her grammar checking program? What kind of blogger am I?
I honestly don’t know what kind of blogger I am or what kind of blogger I want to be.
What I do know is that I love bloggers who have a distinguishable voice within the community. One example that I keep going back to is Cait over at paperfury! I love the way she formats her posts and just the way she writes in general! Her love of cake and dragons is everything! I find her blog to be one I visit when I want a bit of a boost to my mood. And her bookshelves are to die for. Seriously. Just look at her Instagram!
Another blogger that stands out to me is Reg over at shelatitude! The amount of time I have spent on her blog reading through a ton of her advice posts, her reviews and everything else has gotten a bit out of hand, but I just really love the way she writes – and her GIF game is on point. Seriously! Have you seen it? If you haven’t, here’s just one example.
To me, those are two of the bloggers that I think have a distinguishable writing style and make me wonder what mine should be like.
I often find myself thinking that it would be super fun to have a similar style to Cait’s but then I don’t want to copy it. Because then I wouldn’t be me anymore and rather a copy of what somewhat else is already doing and that’s no fun for anyone involved, right? Or I will wonder if I should include GIFs in my posts the way Reg does – but I would have to look for all of the GIFs first. I haven’t had any saved to my laptop in years. Oh, the good old days of my folders and folders full of Supernatural reaction GIFs!
And just thinking about Supernatural and myself back in probably the very beginning of the 2010s makes me wonder if maybe I should be a fangirl? Like, yes I am obviously still a fangirl but I don’t think that part of me really comes across on the blog (apart from the many, many times I talk about The Infernal Devices) as much. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably witnessed my fangirl tendencies at one point or another. The same goes for Goodreads to some extent.
But does anyone really want to see a 27 year old losing their mind over a book or series? Or see me go on and on and on about how much I love certain characters (most recent example: Cassian from ACOMAF & ACOWAR)? I know I enjoy watching people share their love for their favorite books on Booktube! And I love seeing them go on the longest rants about how a series did them wrong (I recently watched a thirty-minute video about how Maximum Ride didn’t live up to fan expectations and more by Piera Forde and I haven’t read or heard about that series before). I feel like Piera has quite her own voice too in the community and I’ve come to really enjoy her videos!
How many people have said to do what you love? So maybe I should be more of a fangirl on here and let that side of myself come through more often. Would you guys mind that? I don’t know exactly how that’s going to work without sounding too much like someone else – which is honestly the last thing I want to do. People have earned their spots in the community for being exactly who they are and for their unique style and I don’t want to ever piggy-back off of that.
How did you guys find your blogging voices? Or are you still struggling with that yourselves? Let’s talk about it in the comments and help each other out a bit!
PS: Does anyone else get the most random blogging ideas while in the shower? Because that’s exactly where this idea came from.