May 22, 2014 75 comments

How to Use Your Voice on Your Blog

by Regina

How to Use Your Voice on Your Blog in a Natural Way

It’s Virtual Happy Hour (#VirtualHH) time y’all.

Virtual Happy Hour with Maru and Regina-May. . . and today I want to talk about how to use your voice on your blog. How to come across as you. How to be loved and adored by the people who are meant to love and adore you.

So, there’s a worksheet/exercise, a video (in which I briefly sing + dance), and of course, a mango margarita recipe (or whatever you’re drinking) so that you can enjoy a virtual happy hour. I’ll be on Twitter answering questions or receiving ridicule for this video, either one, from 3 – 9 p.m. CST today (Thursday, May 22), but feel free to watch & do the exercise at any time on any day.

Oh, and this post is part of a project that Maru and I started to join bloggers together once a month to make videos that explore their take on a general topic (this month was blogging basics). At the bottom of this post is where I’ll try to keep a list of other participating bloggers for the month. Read more about our #VirtualHH “movement” here.



. . . and some of you were wondering where my British accent is . . . I promise to use it next time. Don’t forget to download the worksheet/exercise (two pages), and feel free to check out some notes (below) from the video.
Use Your Voice Worksheet and ExerciseIn this video I discuss three tips + action items for using your voice on your blog:

1. Recognize the importance of your voice.
2. Practice using your voice (through text) more often.
3. Say it again, Sam. << It'll make sense when you watch the video, or perhaps if you're obsessed with classic movies like I am. I'll give you a few tips on how to do each of those, but the exercise (PDF) is a great resource too. In this video, I also draw comparisons between the four types of bloggers and four types of “concert goers,” which is of course accompanied by some of my epic dance moves.


Other bloggers participating in #VirtualHH this month:

Did I miss your name? Let me know in the comments.


Photos of me: taken from my video, shot by James Smith
Photo of mango margarita: © el.rudakova – Fotolia.com

75 responses to “How to Use Your Voice on Your Blog”

  1. Brooke says:

    LOVE this Regina! Your video is so fun and your tips are spot on. I love the idea of practicing your voice through text, especially writing more letters. I am going to do that!

    • regina says:

      Thanks Brooke. I’m going to try more letters as well. I really enjoyed your video today; so happy to do Virtual Happy Hour with you.

      Glad you stopped by. I appreciate your time watching + commenting!

  2. Miranda says:

    I absolutely LOVE your four types of bloggers/concert goers. SO. TRUE. Depending on the band, I am totally type #3, sometimes #2. Hopefully I’m a #3 when it comes to blogging! <3

    • regina says:

      Miranda, thank you much for watching. You’re right, depending on the band I can be a #2 as well, I’ve even felt like a #1 before, but I had no idea what I was getting into with that concert.

      To be sure you’re a #3 when it comes to blogging. Your voice is so natural, I definitely feel like your talking to me. Random side note: I love your blog signature and colors/design, they make me happy.

      Congrats again on your new writing gig too. Thank you for the comment.

  3. Maru says:

    You are awesome, Regina! I loved this video so much, it’s fun and you make great points here. It is hard to find your own voice, there are so many blogs out there that it’s easy to get lost. I really like the advice you give on just thinking you are talking to someone you know, that way it will be more natural. On my way to do the exercise you created!

    • regina says:

      Aww Maru, thank you. I felt the same way about your video.

      I love the idea of pretending to just talk to one person. Ever since I started doing that, I feel much more comfortable with my tone and writing.

      Hope the exercise helps! Thanks for the comment.

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  5. Naomi says:

    Loved everything about this! The hat, the background, the music, the worksheet. You rock! Looking forward to June … and pouring a glass of vino now!

    • Naomi says:

      You know, I have to come back to say one more thing. I think your discussion about there being an audience for EVERY blogger is so important! Every voice and story matters. Hear, hear and cheers! Truly being yourself … also, so important .. we ALL have something to teach and help others with.

      Ok, that’s all (for now).

    • regina says:

      Yes! Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the hat + music. I love the content the worksheet provides you with once you complete it, so I hope others benefit from it too.

      And thanks for your second comment. It’s such an important thing for each blogger to realize. I appreciate your support Naomi, as usual.

  6. Tope Shonekan says:

    Hi Regina,

    Loved this one. I guess being the mum who blasts her music and dances in the school car park predisposes me to be type 3, right? This post is so right for me now because I was trying to decide what “voice” to use for my blog – the serious, grown up one or the not-so-serious but focused one. So, once again, thank you for helping me find (or use) myself.

    • regina says:

      Oh yeah, you’re a type 3 all the way, ha. We might need to make a new type for you.

      It’s so great that you’re taking the time to think about your “voice” as you build up your blog, that will help you be consistent and will help your readers get to know you. I hope the worksheet and quick thoughts help with your decision.

      Thank you for your comment.

  7. Deidre says:

    Fantastical! Such a great video & the content is so legit. You gave me a few things to think about [as always]… Thank you, Regina!!

  8. Maria says:

    Love the energy and vibe of the video and the message you’re sending. Kudos!

    • regina says:

      Maria, you’re the Queen of Good Energy and Vibes so that’s a high compliment. Thank you. Thanks for taking the time to comment as well.

  9. Sadie says:

    LOVE how you used the music analogy to talk about your blogging voice! Must be a little bit of Austin rubbing off on ya. 🙂 I am loving this virtual happy hour idea and sorry I didn’t get to participate this month but look forward to learning more and being a part of future events. Cheers y’all!

    • regina says:

      Sadie, thank you, and yes, Austin is just finally getting through to me I guess. Glad you like the concept and I hope you will participate in the future as well. I’ll try to send you some more details if you don’t mind. Thanks for taking some time out to watch, I know I broke the 5-minute “Internet video rule.” Ha. I appreciate your comment, as always!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Great rave dancing! Interesting. I do this for my Vlog, but never really thought of it in my writing. See you next month.

    • regina says:

      Jennifer, nice, and I’m the opposite . . . I need to start thinking of it in terms of vlogging now. Thanks for stopping by and I can’t wait for next month as well. Any ideas for the topic?

  11. Marie says:

    This blog is very helpful and awesome! Thanks!

  12. Ashley Beaudin says:

    THIS IS GOLD.

  13. Kimber says:

    Love these tips!

    • regina says:

      Thank you ma’am. Love how colorful and bold your site is. I’m checking it out now. Thanks for taking the time to read/watch and comment.

  14. Bridget says:

    Stumbled on your blog through honestly, b and am super impressed. Great advice from this one, can’t wait to read through many more. I’ll be back soon!

    • regina says:

      Umm, hello grilled peaches and mascarpone. Your blog is full of wonderful, Bridget. That particular treat looks so tempting. And such a good combination of flavors. Wow. Moving on . . .

      Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate the comment + compliment.

  15. Laci says:

    I just discovered your blog, and I’ve ignored my work for the last hour going through it, LOVE IT!

    http://www.lacijordan.com
    http://www.solacilike.com

    • regina says:

      Laci, wow, your online presence is so attractive and fun! Thank you for taking some time to stop by and thanks for the great comment. I apologize for taking so long to reply. Super ridiculous of me. Good luck with your blog + business.

      • Laci says:

        Aw! Thank you! I’m currently rebranding and I’ve been struggling a little bit with making sure I’m staying true to my voice so your words are great ones to start with, thanks!!

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  17. Adrienne says:

    I love this!!

    I remember reading something once about basically dumbing down your language on your blog, because people don’t like blah, blah, blah. I don’t remember. Anyhow, I tried it and it was just so obviously not me, and kinda boring. I also love facts and if my blog is nerdy then that’s kinda fitting.

    Point being, these are great tips and everyone should totally be themselves on their blog (and at concerts, especially at connects).

    • regina says:

      Haha Adrienne, exactly–be yourself at concerts. One of the most important principles in life.

      Thank you for stopping by and I’m sorry it took me so long to reply to your wonderful comment. Your blog is extra beautiful. I love those big, wonderful images. I like the fact that you have embraced your nerdy. That’s what I’m learning to do more and more each day and writing is a comfortable process because of it.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  20. Jennifer says:

    Wow! I just found your blog and am really happy I did. I’ve been contemplating my “voice” for quite a while so this is just the help I need. I hope I’m a “Warm it up McGee” but fear I may be a “Who Again”! These are great tips. I’ll be diving deeper into your site. Thanks so much!

    • regina says:

      Jennifer, thank you so much for commenting (and so sweetly too). I appreciate it. I can’t wait to look more into your site but I got distracted by your Instagram account–your life looks 1.3 million times more interesting than mine does. I love your Mitzi Gaynor-esque #TBT pic.

      Thank you for stopping by the blog.

  21. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the compliment on my IG. I’m more concerned about the lack of focus and direction of my blog. Can we talk?
    Thanks so much.

    • regina says:

      Oooops. I’m so sorry to just see this Jennifer. I know we’ve emailed since then, but didn’t feel right not replying. How is the new direction going, by the way? (Totally understandable if you just reply by email.)

      Thank you for your comment.

  22. Arina says:

    Just discover you today and am so happy to be able to do so! I am dreaming of becoming a full time blogger since I enjoy it so much. Well, I am a newbie and still got stuffs to learn thou.. However your posts (yes, I’ve read some in a day) are gorgeously helpful! Thank you so much and will read of your helpful and informational posts for sure.

    love,
    Arina
    arinapradh.blogspot.com

    • regina says:

      Arina, thank you so much for saying that. That’s very sweet of you.

      I love that dream (full-time blogging)! Even though you might be new, your blog looks really clean, pretty, and inviting, so you’ve gotten off to a great start.

      Thanks again for reading and for your comment.

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  24. Jannie says:

    OK, this has got to be the most inspiring post ever! I feel like I’ve been a warm-it-up-McGee for years. Know why? Because every other article about “using your voice” tells you to just talk with someone you’re comfortable with.

    I watched your video and realized that when I imagined my virtual audience, I text-talked like I was talking to my mom….

    …yeah, she is graciously supportive and I love her and all, but she’s not going to be dancing with me at the concert (as if I could get her to go with me)! That’s when I realized that I needed to imagine I was hanging out with the girls on the weekend. That’s where the “fun” me comes out – the one that just cares about being me. *DING* Using the RIGHT voice!

    I’m going to go write something fancy-shmancy now (and maybe someday I’ll go back and rewrite the last 80 “warm-up” pages of my site until they dance). Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. Nikki says:

    Awesome and most inspiring post ever! I have been poking around on trying to find blog info/help etc. Thank goodness I stumbled upon you. This has been the best advice ever and exactly what I am struggling with. So I dream of being a full time blogger, in fact I think I’m obsessed about it. It’s all I think of or do in m y spare time, LOL!! But yes, I’ve been trying to figure out my “voice” for quite a while so this truly helpful. I may be a “Warm it up McGee” but sometimes I’m a “Who Again” I think! I think part of my struggle with my voice is that my topic can be one that people like to argue or throw stones at but I really want to share my story, my transition and help people vegan or not to a healthier lifestyle. I love your concert analogies, that really helped. Oh and the worksheets definitely helped more than anything else I have tried. Rolling up my sleeves right now and getting to work on this. Thank you so so so much!!

  27. Patricia says:

    The analogies were super helpful. I’m super excited to try this out. I’ve been trying to write using my own voice and I’m not meeting the mark. I’m sure this will give me an extra push.

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  29. Ashley says:

    Well, I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with a blog, but its happened! I love your blog Regina. <3

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  31. Danielle says:

    This was such a good post! I’ve been writing for other people for the past six years so it’s been a struggle while getting my own blog started. These are definitely good tips. I know the main thing I need to do is write as much as possible and edit less (sounds counter-intuitive but it’s a major area where I lose my voice).

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  34. feuza says:

    Fabulous and im obsessed with your content lately. Thank u so much.

  35. Hey Regina,

    One of the best videos I have ever seen about blogging. I wanted and tried to tune my words to not to be seeming like a fake here in the comments, but seriously it just takes!

    Congrats.

    It points out very important things about blogging like being natural, related and confident and you make it very exciting way.

    I will show it to my audience soon on my blog 😉

    Greetings,

    Mehmet.

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  37. Emily Exon says:

    Hi Regina,
    I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog-site through an Instagram post from Reflectionsweddings! Your content and information is not only inspiring but fun, interactive and OH SO HELPFUL!
    Love’n whatcha do!
    Emily

  38. Jodi says:

    I just came across your blog yesterday, and now I am binge-reading. I love your video and plan to share the worksheet with some beginning bloggers I know here in the Tampa area. P.S. Love the Casablanca reference, as well as the short sample of Me and Mrs. Jones. Awesome stuff!

  39. Anna says:

    Hey Regina! I really like it + super useful. Thanks a lot! Anna

  40. Katy says:

    Loved the exercise and the video is very easy to follow. What is the virtual happy hour?

  41. Victoria says:

    Love this!

    Your video is brilliant and SO helpful thank you so much 🙂

    https://victoriawhyte.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/the-cemetary-visit/

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  44. Whitney says:

    I love the slo-mo jumping around part! I lost it, but then got it together and loved the super helpful tips! Thank you!

  45. Bethany says:

    This is dope for me. There really is this “tone” I adopt when I get to writing blog posts. It was really key for me to hear that there would be people who would ONLY be able to hear the message when it was delivered in my real voice.

    Thanks for forcing me to write like myself. For real.

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  47. Harshit says:

    OMG this is so awesome. No one has ever explained to me well enough what “having a voice” and “using your own voice” means. I always thought it had to be this person that people want to see, not necessarily me. And therein came an epiphany accompanied by the Windows 95 “Ta Da” sound (remember that). Thank you so much, Regina. You’re teh best 🙂

  48. Gabrielle says:

    Awesome! Thanks again Regina for putting it all out there to help others. You have become my go to girl for business encouragement and inspiration.

  49. Carrielle says:

    Regina, I keep running into more of your content lately, and I have to say, I am loving it! This is the first time I watched one of your videos and will definitely be back for more right after I practice using my voice. I am definitely the number three concert goer in life and want to put more of that into my blog/content. Have a magical evening, and I look forward to learning more from you!

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