Thursday, February 27, 2014

Your "Blogging Voice"

A person writing a letter
One thing I love about blogging is noticing all the different blogging styles of my fellow bloggers. I have always felt that writing is as unique to the person is their fingerprint is. I think that holds true with blogging as well. Everyone has their own "blogging voice" so-to-speak.

In my blogging circle, I correspond with bloggers who blog about everything from poetry to photography. From cooking to bird-watching. From gardening tips to life tips. And everything else in between :-)

How did you find your “blogging voice”? And what prompted you to begin blogging, if I may ask? Please share your stories. 

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  1. Mine is fairly simple. I was writing very long comments on other people's blogs and thought I should start my own. Ten years later, what a wonderful experience it has been, and continues to be.

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  2. It was my love of communication. In a small community it is often difficult to find people of like interests but blogging opened a whole new world of communication for me.

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  3. I'm still looking for my blogging voice. It's evolved over the past couple of years. I started out wanting to be an informative blog for weekend Vermonters, but the reality was that it took away from being able to relax and enjoy my own weekends. I've time I found a group of bloggers that I really enjoy who share snippets of their lives along with photos, book reviews, recipes, home decor... I'm feeling content with my slow pace, right now. I'm still trying to find the right balance of reality and positivity.

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  4. Mine actually started so family members in IL, OH and NY could see the kids etc -- then the deeper I got into designing, the more it became for that -- but at least the family can still see the kids that way! LOL! :)

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  5. My publisher told me to get my butt online, so I did. After months of struggling, I found my groove when I started blogging about what I enjoy, including movies, music, geek stuff, and books.
    And I never expected to find such an awesome community.

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  6. My blogging voice has evolved over the last 3-4 years. This makes sense to me, as I'm not the same person I was 3 or 4 years ago. I continue to evolve right along with my voice. As for what got me started, moving 2700 miles away from my parents got me started. I started my blog as a way for them to keep up on my life, I just found that I LOVE having a creative outlet. And I've been keeping it up ever since :)

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  7. i don't know what's my blogging voice-or what to call it. i began a blog because i want to keep writing. it was in my sophomore year in college, and i realised that i don't write enough. but i think someone's interest, belief, expertise, hobby and such things are the things that shape their 'blogging voice' as well as their personality. now that i think about it, talking about 'blogging voice' can worth a thesis i guess. ha!

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  8. Your blogging voice I guess is fresh and open. It sounds like Adam Young, of Owl City (I have a strange habit of corresponding bloggers with the different kinds of music they'd produce, if they were into music)
    In general, you reflect optimism, with inquisitiveness. :)

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  9. I'm not sure if I have found my blogging voice yet but like everyone else, I too have evolved from the first day of blogging. I started my blog as a challenge to try something different and I feel so happy because it helped me unravel a new love.

    I like what you said about writing that it is as unique to the person as their fingerprint is. This is absolutely true!

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  10. Hello Keith,
    Hopefully our blogging voices are so in tune with each other's that our readers cannot see the join!

    As we write from our immediate experiences and always pay attention to the fact that we blog for ourselves, our blogging voice just comes through naturally, we hope. Of course, we are truly delighted that people read what we write and we enjoy the dialogue with our commentators but the blogging voice is never tempered or tampered with....we dot believe that we could even if we tried!

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  11. I began blogging as an outlet for all the things I was struggling with, like mental illness, identity, regrets, etc. Along the way, I have met others who battle the same or similar struggles, so it has helped me a lot to come out of my shell and to encourage (and be encouraged by) others.

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  12. I began blogging because I wanted to share my love of the countryside and my garden and I guess that is what I have stuck with including a few snippets of everyday life along the way. Each person has a different blogging voice - I just want to be true to myself and hope others enjoy what I have to say.

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  13. hey keith,

    its interesting because i did not want to blog...a friend made me do it....ha...the first 9 months i had no idea what i was doing....i started writing stories after that and then poetry eventually after a commentor dared me to try it...my voice has evolved over the years...the heart behind it stays the same....

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  14. It is an outlet for me, a creative one. I needed something daily and beyond emails from family, etc.

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  15. You forgot to mention
    Welsh chicken based, dog orientated scone eating country blogs

    Mine was a diary
    Plain and simple

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  16. Interesting, but hard, question today, Keith. I had belonged to an online writing group. We shared our poetry / critiqued it in emails. I somehow (don't remember how) discovered the blogosphere & decided to write my poetry in blogs instead...and, well, that was several years ago now. My poetry writing expanded, and now I enjoy communicating with people in the blogosphere (including you, Keith) from around the world. What a wonderful world the blogosphere opened!

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  17. I started blogging because I needed an outlet. Most of the people around me in "real" life don't share my interests in art and writing and creativity. I began my blog as a way to share my passions with others.

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  18. I started reading blogs a few years ago and at some point I realized that I want to write one myself and not just read and comment. :) I write about everything that comes into my mind and things that are important to me like animals, veganism, books....

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  19. I started blogging with the intent of only doing it for a month, just long enough to learn how to teach it in class. That was almost three years ago, so it's been a long month!

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  20. I always liked to write, but my spelling is so horrible that I just couldn't do it. Then I discovered spell check and it made writing possible, so I wrote a couple of crappy books and started to blog to promote them. The books don't sell, but I got hooked on the blogging thing.

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  21. My blogging roots came from trauma. I didn't want to feel alone in my world and needed to be a positive voice for what happened in my marriage. It took some time, and two blogs to get it right, but here I am, three years later, still remaining positive =)

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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  22. I started blogging because I read some other writers blogs - famous ones - and wondered if I could do it too. I could, as it happened! I've also met some really good friends, in fact I met a WWE wrestler and got a hug from a heavy metal guitarist via one new friend. I'm constantly trying to write better because I have these awesome people to live up to.

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  23. I began blogging when I published my memoir in 2009. I suppose it was an extension of the kinds of things that appear in my memoir--basically writing about my spiritual and emotional lessons.

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  24. I had been writing poetry all my life but never really doing anything with it. Then a friend suggested I start blogging...and the rest is history.
    What I enjoy most of all about being a part of the blogging scene is having made so many wonderful friends, and read so many amazing blogs. I feel so privileged! :)

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  25. I started blogging in 1999 because someone dared me to create a blog.

    How I found my voice? Through years of writing a journal and letters to loved ones. I don't know, really. It's one of those organic processes that can't be defined with an "aha" moment. It just sort of happened.

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  26. I believe following blogs of others inspired me to try blogging myself. There are often times that I would like to express more of my "philosophies," but hopefully that comes through with the topics I cover. Then - there are days when I don't see how what I am blogging about makes much difference to anyone.:-)

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  27. I started blogging five years ago so that I could add "blogging" to my writing resume. I had no idea what a wonderful community I'd stumbled upon! I've met so many great people (like you), and it's been one of the best experiences.

    As for my voice, I didn't think much about it, naive newbie that I was, I just wrote. Now people who know me (in person) say my blog sounds just like the real me. So I guess that's a good thing. :)

    I saw some advice on voice years ago that said that we shouldn't worry about our voice, we should just write because the voice will refine and develop as we go. Just like anything else, if we focus too much on one thing, it can hinder or make things lopsided.

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  28. A friend of mine at school told me that I would be a very good kids show host talking about the environment. So I figured the way to get my voice out there, that was free, was creating a blog and sharing my ideas and perspective.

    I found my voice though after a lot of tweaking. I have a bad habit of seeing something I like and imitating it. So for a while there I was trying to be like other blogs and lost my way of what my original goal was. After some careful soul searching and a downward spiral from not knowing what I was going to do with my life, I found that I speak best through photos and a slight jibber jabber.

    Have an inspirational day!!

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  29. It is funny, I don't know why it sounds so bad, it is the way that I talk!!!! And, it was there, simply.

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  30. Not sure I've found mine again, when I started I interested in family history and the history of places I'd lived. Then it changed and now it seems to be changing again, as am I.

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  31. when we retired 10 years ago and moved here from northern Illinois, hubby was going through major health issues at the time, I was needing time off finally from working and worrying about him--and then when we made it here-our house was (and still is) a fixer upper, hubby was still ill and I didn't know anyone.
    so at my Mom's suggestion I learned how to quilt-and I did that by finding a yahoo group for beginners-from that I learned about blogs-I had no clue-but I took to it right away-I could journal, share photos, learn new things-a wonderful experience for me-I still treasure it and still use it as a source to grow and learn new things, visiting with friends from all over the states and the world. being so rural it is a perfect "fit" for me.

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  32. I've been blogging for nearly 5 years. Started as our farm business took off and needed a place to sort it all out. I've been amazed at the large number of city folk and international followers who have been truly interested in how I learned to castrate piglets, among other things. Blogging set my inner writer loose and I've now completed my first novel , have started on my second, and enrolled back in college full time for a degree in creative writing. All due to blogging!

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  33. I started blogging to create a home for my published work and to connect with other writers and readers. One of the many things I love about it is that I get to write "nonfiction" - blog posts are like brief personal essays, in a way. :)

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  34. I'd say it really took me a while to find my blogging voice, much like my writing voice. It's something that you have to take a while to do. Just keep writing and you'll get there. I started blogging mostly as something to do with my time. I had way too much, and thought I'd put it to good use.

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  35. I began blogging June 20, 2011 ... this made me want to go back and read my first post ... and this pretty much explains why I blog .. 'morning, Keith ;)

    "I'm going to try this blogging thing and see if it helps form my thoughts ... My thoughts are a random thing and I need a place to see them.

    Seeing thoughts on a Monday evening. hah"

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  36. I never purposefully tried to find a so-called "blogging voice". I simply write what's on my mind and in my heart and let it take flight. I write exactly as I think, for better or worse.....For some strange reason, I never seem to run out of subjects to write about. The most important thing about blogging is to be yourself.

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  37. I started blogging to feel like I was expressing my own thoughts, not just reacting to everything. Admittedly, I have trouble remembering this and continuing to put those thoughts out there.

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  38. I don't have a voice per say, I just blog about whatever. I also don't have an organized system. I see some bloggers who schedule their posts to run every single day at the same time, and I love that!! though I know myself well enough to know I'd never be able to stick to such a thing. :)

    I started because I liked to enter giveaways and thought it would be fun to offer a site doing the same. Now I don't have time to enter giveaways because I blog, haha. I like blogging better though, it's fun to read what others have to say. :)

    I hope you post one day why you started!

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  39. Back in 2005 I saw an article in a tech column about blogging and I always try out anything new - it was just a different way to keep a journal. I have moved my blog, changed it's name, many times and I delete past posts on a regular basis. I write they way I tawk and I find less to tawk about all the time...at least on my 'public' blog.

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  40. i began my blog almost 4 yrs ago as a way to share the beauty i see around me, here. i used to share a bit more about myself, but i got away from that and prefer to concentrate on the birds, critters, pets and scenes from my little piece of texas. and i'm grateful that folks react to and appreciate what i share.

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  41. I started blogging to express what matters to me. Sometimes I whisper and sometimes I shout. For me, blogging and reading others' blogs is all about sharing. Connection.

    Why did you start blogging Keith?

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  42. The cat lead to my voice at my mat, before that it sucked, we don't even want to go there lol

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  43. I started blogging so my friends and family could read about my days. I got tired of emailing the same things to different people and thought that having a blog would be ideal. I had no idea of the blogging world at that time. Funny thing happened - my friends and family only read my blog occasionally and most not at all but I've made many blogging friends.

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  44. I don't write for the most part and I started blogging because I wanted to learn how. I didn't want to do anything complicated so I've ended up doing silly stuff. I spend too many years doing serious stuff and after I retired I just didn't want difficult.

    Then I found a friend (Empress Bee) and then there were more and to this day all of us are very close. We all went on a cruise together a few years ago.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  45. Keith, thanks so much for asking this question. I loved reading the answers of people whose blogs I follow! My answer is just one word: love. I know it's not exactly what you asked but that's what I got. :)

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  46. Hi Keith,
    I was first inspired by a blog called Daisy Cottage. Kim since then changed her blog to Imagery by Kimberly. She is a special soul who loves photography. I love to take pictures as well, and I just wanted a place to lift spirits, make others smile with pictures and words. You're right, every person writes differently - I have a friend who writes like poetry. But for me, I think you can get your point across with just a few words. I love your blog because you connect with people, and the pictures you show with your story are sooo cool. The words you write are easy on the ears, and you lift spirits as well.

    ~Sheri

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  47. I've been told that when people read what I've written, they can hear me speaking (which sounds a tad creepy). So, I guess I DO have my own style. Which usually includes ample fart jokes.

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  48. I just wanted to keep a modern day baby book so to speak. A place to record my thoughts. It's kind of that, but more sometimes. I like that I can go back and look at the boys from different points in their lives. They do go through stages for sure.

    I started the music thing on Saturdays. I did that to discover and learn something new each week. Sometimes the response is good, and other times people are like what?! My goal for that isn't to listen to things I know, but things from different cultures, different music instruments than what I'm used to. Some of my readers are more open minded than others. Some get into my different music tastes of the week, while others think I'm weird for it.

    Reviews and Giveaways are fun, but not the reason for my blogging.

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  49. I don't think I ever found my "blogging" voice. It's just my voice-voice. The narrator in my head.

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  50. I was lonely and I needed some one to talk to, so I ended up writing!

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  51. I started my blog because of friend of mine had one and we were both in a relapse of our eating disorders. She said that it provided community and support. I really liked that idea because not many people in my world understood it and I just was looking for people that did. I met a lot of really cool people and yet I was also saddened because Many of the girls talk about getting better or talk about how awful it is but there was never a change that took place. I didn't want to be stuck there so I made it a recovery focused blog and then I started recounting things in narrative form or writing poems here and there and it just became an I don't know what kinda blog. :)

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  52. Hi Keith!
    Thanks so much for visiting...I love that purple robe painting as well...has always been one of my favorites.
    As for blogging....it began as a way to direct some creative energy after a very tramautic loss....
    My dear friend, Anita Rivera from castlescrownscottages.blogspot, (I highly recommend her beautifully poetic blog, I think you would love it)
    showed me her work, and shared all the wonderful connections she had made...that left me very intrigued...so I just plunged in. I don't have a theme...just whatever feels right at the moment. The blog world has become a magical portal...like-minded souls, creative inspiration, education on various subjects, friendships formed with people all over the world...what a blessing. What began as a form of self-expression has evolved into a richness and joy beyond my wildest expectations.
    So thank you for being a part of that! :)
    A lovely weekend to you,
    - Irina

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  53. honestly i thought hey i might become famous---now mind you i am not interested in doing the work it might take for that to happen--but i was naive about the people that would just happen to read my thoughts---

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  54. I started blogging 4 years ago to deal with long winter season in Canada. Then it spiralled to poetry and I have been hooked ever since ~ I didn't think I can meet so many wonderful people in the blogging community ~ This has been a pleasant experience, so far ~

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  55. great post -- i try to sound as similar to my regular voice, but keeping in mind that others need to understand my thoughts too!

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  56. I started blogging in 2012 after reading a couple of books about being introverted which suggested blogging as an effective way for introverts to share their ideas/creativity. I'm introverted and shy...which is not always the same thing, but it has been a great way for me to be able to connect with others, mainly through poetry, but not exclusively....and have fun doing it!

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  57. I think this is what I like the most about blogging! Learning about different people through their own unique blogging voices. I try to write my blog in a way that I would talk to a friend or family member. Being authentic is the most important thing! I try to blog about topics I am passionate about because I feel like that genuine excitement comes across well.

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  58. My blog is simply an online journal. I write in it when something great happens in our family or I have a strong desire to express how I'm feeling. My edited highlights from my stream of consciousness!

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  59. Teaching writing to my elementary students was my delight, since I loved to write. Always had, since I could write letters. My daughter (who has a blog, writes well, and may get some books published) forced me into setting up a blog site. It has been/still is a joy.

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  60. I began blogging in 2005 when my husband was first diagnosed with lymphoma. I needed something to take my mind of my worrying.

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  61. I started blogging in 2011 right after my Mother died. I felt a strong urge to pass along the experiences of being a wife and mother and making a home, as my Mother and her Mother before her devoted their lives to this and I followed in their footsteps. They were wonderful story tellers, as was my Father, and I have always loved to write from that perspective - honoring the simple things in life that make a happy home. I have met so many wonderful bloggers (such as you, Keith) from all over the world, sharing their daily life and struggles. It's a great community. xo Karen

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  62. I think a blogger's voice comes from writing about what's important to them, in the way they mean it. Even if it comes across as angry.

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  63. I began blogging as a way of recording and sharing my recipes with my daughter and keeping a few friends and family members updated on my health issues; colour me (still) shocked at the way it grew.
    My blogging voice? Hmmm, hadn't thought about that but I suspect it's one part smart alec, one part silliness, and one part............it's a mystery? LOL

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  64. I agree with you Keith, reading a variety of blogs is what keeps it interesting. My blog started off as a way of engaging people with my design business. Now i am no longer in business, i sometimes wonder what the point of it is. I do admire people who are consistent and clear in their blog message. I am still working on that. You have got it just right!

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  65. I started blogging to find other people to befriend. Reciprocation seemed logical as can be at the time. Soon came the rise of social media...the decline in anything truly social and certainly reciprocal. Now it's more narcissism on-line and reciprocation of course is often the casualty. It's funny how so often an invention with great potential ends up being the last thing you'd expect when it was first invented. Sorry, that's dark ;)

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  66. I started out - thinking it would be a type of journal to my grandson. :)

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  67. My blogging voice is somewhat random with a little chaotic thrown in. The voice is partly me and partly what readers respond to. I do agree that we all have our own voice and it's one of the things that makes blogging interesting. I particularly like the ones who write as they speak.

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  68. About 8 years ago 4 of my friends and I decided to start blogs for the heck of it and write about something everyday. Having been dealing with depression for nearly 20 years, I named mine Dark Thoughts, and started writing about my everyday journey dealing with depression, family and stress. Then one by one all the friends I started out blogging with, stopped writing anything in their blogs and one of my friends passed away but I kept blogging along. I never thought I would have over 100 followers or that anyone would care what I had to say but I find it a lot of fun coming up with something entertaining to blog about each day.

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  69. I've noticed this too! Everyone has their own unique way of blogging, it's very cool. I found mine by just writing passionately about everything - everything on my blog is a reflection of me, I couldn't write about something I didn't love or feel. I started blogging as a hobby and I haven't quit yet :D

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  70. I originally had stories to tell, loved to write but was too lazy to tackle writing a book. I really thought only my family would read but was surprised to find they (except for one sister) did NOT read my posts but strangers somehow found me. They did read and comment which was delightful. Then I became attached to my followers and interested in their lives and their thoughts. Where I am is not where I intended to be but I am delighted with the destination.

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  71. Well Keith... a year after my husband sexually assaulted me, I started writing... I did it to give myself a voice. I didn't want that night to define who I was... I wanted to rise above it and I did... a lot through blogging. I follow your blog because you make me think when you blog... I like that... have a good weekend ahead :)

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  72. I was confined in a efficiency apartment with a very ill husband and my daughter who lived next door was also very ill...blogging was my place to travel the world and meet and make new friends. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. Now look...I have you as a friend :)

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  73. I started blogging two years ago this month. I began blogging as a source of encouragement to others as well as a way of expressing myself and sharing my experiences and photos...and to get to know others as well. I love it and have continued ever since. I find it the therapeutic and relaxing.

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  74. I began to blog because I wanted to have a writing blog to track my journey as a writer, but I also love lifestyle blogs. I had such a hard time balancing the two in one place, which is why I finally separated them last year.

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  75. Sorry I haven't been here for some time my friend - real life got in the way.

    What got me blogging - the joy of puzzles - then blog took a different direction.

    Anna :o]

    PS You did the right thing in quitting Facebook!

    Anna :o]

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  76. Life on a working cattle ranch. The good, the bad and the ugly. Its my everyday life and I love it and want to share it with the world. Putting it in words is another thing.

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  77. I started blogging because of a video game site called 1up. I used to read Electronic Gaming Monthly and dreamed of writing for them one day. That dream didn't last (and with video game journalism at its current state thank goodness) but I did stay as a member of 1up for many years.

    They had message boards, but it also had member pages and blogs. It was almost like facebook for gamers. The site went downhill a few years ago and I decided to branch away. I haven't regretted it but I am thankful for the 1up days as I learned a lot and made a few mistakes over there.

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  78. Keith,

    I started blogging after discovering Poets United. I enjoyed reading the work there and left some comments at the blogs of various writers. I think that gave me some much needed self-belief and the confidence to start my own poetry blog. Once I was posting poems on a regular basis, I quickly found a wonderful, worldwide camaraderie.
    Mary Kling from Poets United, being one of my first connections. I concur with Mary's comments here today.
    Blogging has brought me to this wonderful connection with you too Keith, and I thank you for that:)
    Great topic!!
    Eileen :)

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  79. I started out in AOL journals in about '07. It was more writing then pictures like some of the blogs are now. I seldom write about my family even though I love them dearly. Just wanted to write about cows and country roads.

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  80. Well, I used to have a website about plants, and at one point I decided to create a blog, which seemed to take on a life of its own. I thought I'd go in one direction, and ended up in another. So I stopped trying to control it. Now I just blog freely. My blog continues to evolve, and I really like that. I plan to continue blogging for as long as possible. I've met some amazing people from around the world, and I just can't imagine losing touch with them forever.

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  81. A few months ago I started to write poetry pretty consistently. I loved it because I could put feelings into words; feelings that I could not explain to anyone, or even explain to myself for that fact. I believe that I began blogging because I couldn't keep my words in my journal any longer. I had these words piling up in pages and I had to get them out. So I created a blog. Barley anyone reads it, but the satisfaction that I get in putting my words out in the world is refreshing.
    I guess I found my voice from tapping into the feelings I can't express properly outside of a pen and paper.

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  82. Ha ha ... my blog is so random. My intention wasn't for it to be so random, but that's just how it turned out. I started blogging when all of my friends left myspace for Blogger. I just decided to join them, loved it, and kept on.

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  83. I first started blogging as an experiment. In those days, I didn't take many photos. Once I started putting up my own photos, I found my voice.

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  84. I started blogging because I love writing and blog is a very good platform for that :)

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  85. I'll have completed my 6th year of blogging as of this Friday. I began blogging on leap year, February 29th. I wasn't even thinking of the date when I started. I'll be explaining everything on my post this coming Monday since that's my Blogaversary post.

    I agree with you completely about blogging voices. I think I know my blogging friends even better than my friends who don't blog.

    I actually began blogging because a friend asked me to do it when she moved to Israel. I love it that I still know what Dina is up to because of her blog. This is such a fun topic of discussion, Keith. I'll scroll up and see what everybody else says.

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  86. I've written some gardening articles for garden web sites and didn't know what people think about. Then I decided to blog on my own and now see the comments on my posts. What is my blogging voice? I think it's
    discreet, a bit of advice, often telling about anything.

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  87. That's an interesting question... Looking back at the moment I began I can say that what prompted me to begin blogging was to be able to say what I could not say directly? Though I've always had a lot to say but never found the space in real-time to say them!!! Hmm. Thank you for this prompt to think over the prompt for blogging :-)

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  88. my friends wanted to read my poetry more often, so I started a blog. I didn't take the time to make it anything more than a type-up-my-poem-and-post-it blog . . . so I guess that summarizes how I found my "blogger voice" :) lame i know.

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  89. After retirement, my editorial voice was hushed...I missed styling photographs and writing.photo captions and decorating text...a blog gave me a voice that wasn't being constantly edited by copy chiefs and art directors. :) It's the need to express, I guess...blogging is a creative outlet.

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  90. Well, I went back to my very first post, which started about 5 years ago, and found that the answer was simple.

    I had been using Facebook to just write how I felt and was either being passed over or jokingly ridiculed by my best of friends. In my very first post I said something like I didn't feel comfortable writing how I felt there and that maybe I would connect with others by using this. I think I wanted to write whatever I felt without worry. I didn't expect anyone to read my posts but I knew that occasionally some random stranger might and then my little voice would be heard.

    As for my blogging voice...well I think I'm rather cliche. I mostly write about relationships. It's really embarrassing to go back and see all that I've written but I kind of like it too. My heart is apparently bigger than I ever could have imagined. I am a woman hopeful for love. A hopeless romantic to the core!

    As I have recently reread through my old thoughts and feelings I realized something amazing. All these things I wrote I remembered but pieces were missing. Some of these pieces were actually written in my posts. These posts brought me back to that moment and had me remembering things long since lost. If I had never written those, the smaller details of these memories would be lost forever. Especially summer of 2011. Those memories still hold a special place for me and I am grateful that a part of me wanted to keep the memories.

    I am so glad that I can look back and re-experience those moments again. So maybe I'm a fool for love. Maybe I have more heartbreaking things to say than happy ones. That's okay, that's where I am in life. Someday, hopefully, I'll be where I always wanted to be and if I ever need it all of the moments that meant the most will be here.

    It's weird, but true.

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  91. I wanted to share the beautiful birds I was seeing..It would be nice to entice others into the birding world.. And to notice the more simple beautiful things around them.. Have a happy weekend!

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  92. In the beginning, I just wanted a place to tell my everyday story, hopefully so my grandkids could read it one day. I have lost my blogging voice. I never know what to say that someone would enjoy reading. My first blogging pal was Sandee over at Comedy Plus. Love her niche! I have made several new friends through blogging over the years, but my blog was just never what I wanted it to be. So like my weigh loss, I gave up on it. I miss it terribly, and hope to find my voice again soon.

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  93. 12 years ago my body broke down from too much stress anxiety developed into a social phobia the likes of which took my breath away, but my not being able to go out, while I had spent my life helping people it was horrible,...and somewhere somehow, I don' tknow how it happened but Idiscover blogger.com and that it was free, they saved me blogged saved me I could encourage people I could talk to them, so much talent that it blew me away and I could tell them that, finally I started mostly with poetry, than I wrote, but nevertheless photography is in my blood so I always had one next to the poetry. and I still have most of the poetry I wrote...but suddenly I didn't need to talk I only wanted to show beauty and thank others for literally save my life. I've been on forever I must have had at least 99 different blogs at one time or another, I have never not be a blogger once I started, it saved my life, truly, thanks Keith

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  94. Actually Keith my original intention was to guide people to my art web site in order to sell my paintings. From this commercial intention I then found I quite liked putting my quirky observations out into the world.

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  95. Where I live, I'm surrounded by wildlife and nature. I wanted to share my excitement and love for wild animals through pictures and stories.
    Blogging is so much fun and I feel closer to my blogger friends than people I see everyday. We all somehow find each other and to me it's very fulfilling.

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  96. I think my voice is ever-changing in most of what I write about. However the actual voice is what would come out of my mouth if I was conversing with someone. I started my blog a couple of years ago mostly because I was home with an infant and in need of adult "conversation" so I started it to chronicle the return to running and training for a race with a friend. (which we never ran). I have fun with it even though I don't have that many followers, it's a great way to connect with people! Great topic today! Just so you know, I miss your random comments of FB.

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  97. I don't think I "found" my voice. I just am who I am. ;) I have been a writer for 20 years. I started blogging to "modernize" myself. Happy weekend!

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  98. My blogging voice is just ME. Whatcha see is whatcha get. I started blogging at the advise of numerous agents, who suggested I should start one to gain a "platform" of followers who'd want to read my books. I ended up deciding that's a bunch of hooey, but I stayed because of all the wonderful bloggers I've met, and have come to genuinely care about. (Who knew?)

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  99. I was so impressed by my daughter's blog and I knew nothing about blogging, not even how to leave a comment.
    I mentioned to another blogger that I admired her for being able to write a blog and she said "JUST DO IT " and it what I did. I was hesitant and I was so computer illiterate

    I had difficulty finding a name to register because every name I was choosing had already been taken. I was nervous about my first post. I had no idea of how it worked and as soon as I was a bit comfortable, Blogger changed things and somehow I found my way around again.

    I decided to call my blog after my passions, work and what mattered to me but I had so many passions that I had to narrow it down. My love of flowers and hooking wool rugs seemed to fit. I wanted to have only one blog to simplify
    things, so I called my blog Of Petals and Wool and to my delight I started to get followers as I was following others and we have become such great friends, some I met in person. Some keep in contact by email. I have no regrets.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  100. I don't have a blogging voice, and don't want one either ... I write for myself ... if people like it ... great ... if not , then not.

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  101. My blogging voice is what comes out when I write. I accept that it is my voice, but it is exactly the same as my speaking voice. Thoughts, ideas, rantings, observations, I might just as well have them in a conversation with you.

    I was curious - that’s the reason for starting.

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  102. I started my blog because I was missing my home state and wanted to write about it. After a few fits and starts it finally evolved into photography, and now photography + birding. It was just a natural progression! More importantly, I enjoy the relationships I've discovered through blogging.

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  103. My story is very different and you won’t believe if I say I don’t know what blogging is when I started to blog! Lol
    I want a space to share on internet, so created a page and started sharing things that interested me. I agree, no blogs are similar but special in their own style.

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  104. It is fun to read all the blogging voices! I started blogging for two reasons. It's a way for readers of my books to know a little about me and connect with me, and it's a way for me to keep track of all the funny things my kids do. I'm hoping someday to give my collection of stories from my blog to my kids. They'll look back on their childhood and laugh at some of the things that have happened.

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  105. An interesting question, Keith.
    I blog because of a discussion I had with my Partner and my Mother over lunch one day. As for my 'voice', I write as I speak with a bit of polishing up here and there once it is finished so that it is grammatically correct (or as grammatically correct as it can be!)

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  106. I think blogging helped me develop a voice :) The more I blog, the more I realize what my voice really is, what it wants to say, what it sounds like.
    And I love being able to go back and see how far I've come. I started blogging to share pictures with family and friends after I moved far away. Taking pictures to share them became a passion. I met amazing people which I did not expect at all when I started. Now it is a place to develop my photography skills, to meet and be in touch with those amazing people of the blogging world and family and friends, and it's a place to discover my voice when I talk about things that go through my mind :)

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  107. I was hunting down a ex of my twin sister's on Friends Reunited for her and come across an old high school crush of mine while perusing the school's linked entries. He had a link to Blogger on his profile and I thought I'd give it a try as well as I loved writing anyhow. That was 8 years ago and I'm still enjoying it.

    I'm a simple and somewhat humorous Blogger, who likes creating a bit of poetry and doesn't indulge in posts too deep or too intense in between. It also covers as a diary to an extent, too!

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  108. Oh you are so right - me - I'm a voice of a few words!

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  109. I love reading blogs from all of these different "voices." Even across common threads and themes, when pen comes to paper (or fingertips to keypad), we all have something unique to say.

    I started blogging because I selfishly wanted to share my secrets without saying a single word.

    xx
    LuLu
    Breakfast After 10

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  110. The blogging community is a wonderful family. I started blogging to share some craft projects long ago with some friends that belong to an art group with me. The more involved I became with the art side of communication, the deeper my writing voice went to convey other topics that were surfacing. And that is how I began my writing blog. It truly is the place where I share my soulful expressions. And it always makes me smile:)
    Turn The Page

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  111. Interesting to think about that - have never considered it! I try and write as I speak which i think is a Kiwi thing...

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  112. My blogging voice is inspirational. I have a positive outlook on life which is reflected in my posts, poems and photos. I love being thought-provoking as well, looking at things from different perspectives. I have fun being creative! Have a good weekend, Keith! :)

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  113. Keith, dude,

    Ah yes, a blogging voice. Mine is but a gentle whisper in the background. It all started in what we called a blogging "library" where we interacted together and shared our talents that went beyond our common theme of having mental health issues. It got the attention of the BBC and I was featured. Despite my gentle whisper in the blogging background.

    Enjoy your weekend, good sir.

    Gary :)

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  114. aah Maybe you know, I begin blogging with récipes and sites of cookipes but when I was knowing this world I find lovely people (like you) and like Brian and Patt and Adam, so for this my blog is about récipes and cook but I love sharing with diverse people:)
    I begin to blog about 7 years ago and never was in my mind have a blog like now a I have Keith! I think is a misterious thing, well and believe in God so I think He goes with me in this Blogger world!

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  115. For last I love to think Im not different in blogs than Im in my real life:)

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  116. I started blogging because I noticed that there were a lot of unhappy people in the world. I just want to make this world a happy and safe place.

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  117. I started blogging because I wanted a place to share my thoughts through my particular style of "poetry" or "narrative writing". I was a place that I could let the thoughts of my mind out and a place where if people wanted to read it they could but that it wasn't be forced upon them. I almost feel as if someone needs to read my blog they will stumble across it as I did yours.

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  118. I started my blog as a way for family/friends to keep up with our globe trotting and know where we were and what we were doing. I have met many interesting people all over the world through this medium. Love it. Great question, Keith.

    Hugs...

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  119. I saw a theme emerging of what I love writing about ~gratitude for living on a small farm surrounded by nature with a twist humor . I do love to tell a story. I also love photo journaling . I guess I do have a style of blogging going on that revolves around nature and animals ~ with creative writing /story telling / photo journaling.
    I love that everyone has their own style to their blog
    . I am attracted to the lovely diversity in the blogasphere.

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  120. This is a good question. I am like you & love all manner of different types & styles of blogs. I love bloggers who write well, almost like poetry sometimes. I wish I naturally wrote like this but alas I do not. My blog is more about my photography & art.

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  121. I started by simply wanting to put a few pieces of writing out into the world - to, in a sense, self-publish before self-publishing was trendy. My voice has always been one step ahead of me in terms of sass and assertiveness. She's more the person I want to be. She's evolved and devolved over time, depending on my mood and (im)maturity.

    Be well, Keith.
    xoRobyn

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  122. To be honest I started blogging as a form to grow my etsy business, it didn't help me much...but then I found a nice way to record nice family memories.

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  123. I started my blogs over 9 years ago when I came across Paris Daily Photo. They explained how they wanted people to share their cities and it became a big blogging group. I had my Phoenix blog for the last two years that I lived there and once I moved here I continued with my current blog. If you want to check out other Daily Photo blogs check out cdpbthemeday.blogspot.com.au .

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  124. If I can change the way people think; the way they see themselves; the way they see the world, I can change the way people live their lives. That's the only lasting thing I can create, and that's why I blog. I strongly believe that we are all connected and sometimes all we need is someone to understand to make us get through all the crap life brings us. I write in first person but it really is just for the readers. If I have helped anyone even in the slightest of ways, I consider all my work a success.

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  125. I'm not sure I found my blooging voice, if you know what I mean. The beginning was odd. Creating a blog was a task at extension courses: to entitle it, introduce yourself and write a post. "Book Lovers" sprang to mind as books are my natural environment. They say, as you name a ship...
    Yours ( I mean blooging voice) is unidentifiable too. Questioner!

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  126. I started reading my counsins' and aunt's blogs and I realized what a great way it is to have "a window" to their life in the States. And I guess it goes the other way around too: through my Finnish "blogging voice" they hear about life here in Finland.

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  127. For me, it was a twofold thing -- chronicling my craft and shop stuff, and my Christian journey. The latter was especially important to me when I realised from private email responses to my post that what I was sharing was helping someone, somewhere. If what I say can help even one person, lift them up or encourage them, I think it's totally worth it! Trust you're doing super :)

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  128. I found my blogging voice straight after I began to blog. The reason for my blog's existence came on the back of an article I had published in a British national newspaper. The feature was about dance, but then when I opened my blog I realised I had something more to say than just writing about dance. In fact dance hardly features nowadays on my blog, except for the header. I would say that my blogging voice is humourous.

    Good post.

    Greetings from London.

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  129. I started blogging over 3 years ago...I honestly can't remember why I started. I doubt I'll ever stop. It's addictive, don't ya think, Keith?

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  130. A friend recommended Blogger to me, and I didn't have the fogiest when I first started my journey. My voice is my poetry, which in an essence reflects my nature.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  131. Back in 2004 an acquaintance recommended that I pursue blogging. When MSN opened Spaces soon after that recommendation, I got my feet wet there. As for my blogging voice...well, I think it's an inner voice that I've been listening to since I was a child. I just go with the flow and let it carry me wherever it wants to go.

    I believe any creativity a person possesses usually surfaces at some time or another in a person's life. At that point they have the choice to pursue it or not. Writing has been a creative outlet that ultimately has become like a cherished friend. It's something I've always loved doing. In college I was one of those freaks who preferred an essay test over multiple choice. Imagine that! My newest endeavor is painting. I picked a paint brush in June 2012 stating that I was going to paint a picture and have been doing it ever since.

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  132. I started to blog as I needed a creative outlet to express my inner feelings and I wanted to share my thoughts with others. I am a poet so my muse leads the way in my creativity. At first I just read poetry blogs but, recently have found so many other interesting blogs and find it refreshing to read about various topics and listen to the voices of others.

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  133. I just started blogging as a way to talk about my daily life. I just talk in my normal voice.

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  134. This is a good question - if you write non-fiction, voice has to be an extension of self I think - otherwise what you write is untrue. Often, when I write s sentence for my wordy blog I have no idea where it comes from - honesty I hope.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Scottsdale, AZ (and Melbourne!)

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  135. I like to share snippets of my life. But, then I like to go in-depth when I want to share something educational. It is interesting how that goes.

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  136. I blog about a variety of topics. I don't fall into one particular niche. One day it may be a giveaway and the next will be a post about my family. I enjoy reading other's blogs and learning more about their lives and opinions on product reviews.

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  137. It is pretty awesome how everyone has their unique voice...I started writing a blog and then changed it into a poetry blog since poetry is my passion.

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  138. This has been my struggle. ;( What am I really doing. I love blogs like yours. I always come away with food for thought. I also like the Daily Positive. Both are thought provoking and fun. I love my foodie blogs too.
    Cortne

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  139. I started blogging to share my love of genealogy, nature, and photography. I add little bits of my world in every now and then. I enjoy visiting others as much as I enjoy writing my own, and am totally addicted to blogging.

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  140. I like that about people's blogs, too. Two people may write about the same subject, but because they each have their own unique voice, you don't feel as if you're reading the same material. I think that's how I'm able to follow so many travel blogs - I often see the same places talked about, but because I know I'll get a different perspective from each person, I still read them all!

    I think my blogging voice is pretty darn close to my regular voice. At least that's what I've been told from the bloggers I meet in real life. I don't think I'm talented enough to take on a new persona just for my blog!

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  141. I started blogging back in 2007 because I was remodeling a house. I wanted to share all my DIY projects! I have no idea what my voice is because I blog about so many different things. Hahaha

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