The Declarative Voice and Blogging

A friend and I recent­ly had a con­ver­sa­tion about blog­ging. We talked about how when you’re blog­ging and you have some­thing you want to say, you have to write in the declar­a­tive or else the text comes off wishy-washy. He knew it was right, but it was his biggest hur­dle to get over.

I agree that it’s strange to sound so author­i­ta­tive… I mean, I hard­ly ever speak like this in vocal con­ver­sa­tion, unless what I’m say­ing is irrefutable, like “My daugh­ter is awe­some.” or “Fire is hot.”

At first, it did feel weird to write these arti­cles where I’m stat­ing my opin­ion as if it’s empir­i­cal truth. I don’t say that it’s absolute truth, but I also don’t start every sen­tence with “In my opin­ion”. That phrase is one of many that acti­vates a hid­den voice in a read­er’s head that says, “Stop read­ing this.”

Writ­ing for a blog is just like writ­ing an edi­to­r­i­al for a news­pa­per.

Like edi­to­ri­als, it comes down to lean­ing on the read­er to under­stand that the blog’s author is just anoth­er per­son who feels com­pelled to write. Express your opin­ions, trust your readers–they can han­dle it.

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  1. I agree, with all of it.
    I myself have had a num­ber of false blog­ging starts. I would come off as apolo­getic for my opin­ions, unwill­ing to offend any­one.

    Final­ly though, I don’t know what clicked but when I start­ed Secret Agent Cat I just decid­ed I was going to write what I want­ed, how I want­ed, and to the nine hells with the nay-say­ers. I’m not hold­ing a gun to their heads and mak­ing them read what I write. If they don’t like it, they don’t have to read it.

    And then… mir­a­cle of mir­a­cles, I’m get­ting com­ments and watch­ers, peo­ple are telling me they LOVE what I write. I’m not writ­ing any­thing par­ti­c­urlar­ly ground­break­ing or infor­ma­tive, I’m just say­ing what I like with­out fear or apol­o­gy, and it WORKS.

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