Over the course of this semester I’ve really worked on finding my blogging voice. I started off writing in a more formal tone, using descriptive vocabulary and long, complex sentences. Then I experimented with a super informal, conversational voice. Neither seemed that natural. And, now in writing this at the end of the semester, I think that sounding natural and genuine is the essence of a good blog post; I’ve started to embrace the idea that it’s all about being “in the moment,” and I think that this medium of writing is best suited to capturing what the writer is thinking now. It’s well adapted for spilling your thoughts. That’s not say that a good blog post has to be a stream-of-consciousness jumble of text or ramble. It can be organized and thoughtful. But it’s a reflection of your thoughts in your voice – you don’t have to mold it to someone else’s standards.
This paragraph might seem slightly unrelated, but it’s late and I have another thought about blogging and just writing in general on my mind. It might be just me, but do the aesthetics of a writing ever affect the content of what you are saying? Like, for example, does the fact that this blog’s font is Georgia ever cause you to write a certain way? It does for me. I think it actually helps a lot because it looks really clean and professional. Kind of like how I’ll definitely write better if I have a sharp pencil versus a dull one. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a very visual person. But the aesthetics really matter to me, and making writing look aesthetically pleasing also does a lot for the content that I end up writing.