I’ve received several comments lately from readers saying they really appreciate “the voice” in which I write. In fact I got one today from a new blogger on my Facebook page that says in part, “you have such a great and unique voice and that’s what I am trying to bring to my writing as well.”
Although I never gave it much thought before, it’s got me thinking now-
What does establishing your own “voice” really mean?
I tell people that the way I write is the same as if we were sitting across the table talking to each other. I’m just that kind of person- plainspoken, don’t pull any punches and a little irreverent in my humor.
But that’s me. Why would I try to be anyone else? I guess that’s the beauty of being human- no two people are alike.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but who really wants to read something that’s already been said in the exact same tone, with the exact same language? I’m not saying you can’t write about the same topic, but I want to see YOU behind the words.
And perhaps that’s the lesson here- your “voice” can be anything you want it to be, but it better be YOU above all. Or people will be turned off. And might just quit listening and/or reading.
So, back to the original question:
What does establishing your own “voice” mean?
Does it mean a consistent persona across all platforms? Does it mean being the same offline as you are online? Have you ever met someone and saw a complete disconnect from what he or she is like in real life and the online persona? Did you feel taken or cheated? This dovetails nicely with the many discussions on “authenticity” online. Please discuss.