1. Speak like you do in real life, online.
Communicate to your virtual audience in the same way as you would talk to the one person in the world who you feel most comfortable with. Why? Because that’s who you really are. That’s the way you talk, those are the things you say. So just type in the same way you would talk to this person in real life and that is your “voice” online.
2. Find a comfortable way of writing to communicate your thoughts online.
What things interest you? What things make you smile? What do you really think/value/believe in/feel? What do you find amusing or not so amusing? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and the countless other realms are only conduits for you to reflect your inner spirit in a cyber realm. There’s no one else like you! Embrace that. You surely want the expression of you across all your platforms to be accurate, don’t you? That way there’s no mixed signals with the people you care about. On top of writing about your interests, you need to write so people won’t get bored.
How to write with ease and make your posts effective:
- Use simple language
- Use short sentences
- Use bullet points
- Use metaphors
- Write many drafts of your article/status updates/posts before publishing them
- Use photos
- Practice using your “voice” in everyday stuff. Really look at how you write text messages, respond to comments on public platforms and in e-mails. Get to know how you express yourself and keep it congruent with your online platforms
- Respond kindly to all comments/e-mails/tweets and virtual interactions
- Do regular audits of your old blog posts, status updates and posts.
- Encourage your audience to approach you!
3. Constantly look for inspiration.
I love Pinterest, music, other blogs and everyday things that are happening to me! I use these as catalysts for articles and updates/posts because they mean something to me and chances are they will be relevant to my audience, too.
4. Keep up to date with your goals.
This involves “thinking on purpose sessions” as Joyce Meyer instructs. And wine. These are fun brainstorming sessions I would suggest having with yourself at least once a week to brainstorm new topics/angles for what your audience would like to read.
5. Get up-to-speed with your field of ‘expertise’.
If your blog is topical (deals with a specific field), get up to speed on current happenings and events so you can offer something valuable and relevant to your desired audience.
6. Be Passionate about what you are writing about.
Because it all begins there.
7. Hone your intention.
Is it to help, enlighten, entertain, inform, discuss?
8. When using your voice online, run the “Digital Presence” Four-Way Test
(my personal adaptation of the Rotary Four-Way Test)
+ Is it the Truth? Do you believe in what you are saying… really? Are you saying it with comfort and ease; expressing your honest personal and creative views?
+ Is it Fair to all concerned? Think about whether your audience will feel repelled or energized. Think what makes you feel repelled from other people when they post stuff. Then don’t post that kind of stuff. The aim is always to make sure your audience feels better after having read your stuff than they did before they read it (life lesson in general)
+ Will it build Goodwill & Better Friendships? Will people reading your material feel like they can comment and interact with you? Would they want to have a coffee with you in real life?
+ Will it be Beneficial to all Concerned? Is what you are saying helpful to your audience?
9. Things you want to aim for with your blogging/social presence in general:
Your readers respect that you have a fair share of experience in life/your field and can truly give them good insight and guidance to help them.This is especially true if you’re running your blog as a business (for profit)
Your readers feel you are being transparent and open with them. You are being the ‘you’ who you are in real life
Your readers will honour you if you honour them. They will interact with you if you take the time to respond to them and visit their portals.
Your readers are human beings and need to feel visually engaged in what you are writing about. Make sure to include photos and infograms (don’t know what an infogram is? I didn’t either. But now I love them. I have a collection of them on Pinterest here.) Include a couple personal pictures also so your readers feel connected with you. Keep it exciting!
Don’t start something you can’t finish. Keep the creative energy flowing. Keep the content high quality and truly ‘you’. Continue sharing and embracing the beauty of others who you have learnt from. Link back!!
Photo: Death to the Stock Photo