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Oh hi there, have we met before?

In case we haven't met, here's the short version of who I am: I'm a country-living, ice tea drinking, good book reading, farming, ranching, Jesus-loving, curly-headed wife of a seminary professor.   He's a teacher, I'm a writer. He's a thinker, I'm a graphic designer. You can get to know me a little better here.

You want to know something? I'm a really funny person. Strike that. I think I'm a really funny person. In my face-to-face relationships I often make people laugh. I've been told that I have a great sense of humor, and I've been known to be quite sarcastic.

But that rarely shows up on my blog.

Not that I haven't tried. I've tried to add some humor to my posts. Like when I wrote about breaking my glasses because I left them on the floor.

But in general, my blog is not all that humorous. As much as I'd love to make you laugh out loud, most of the time, I probably don't.
After a year and a half of blogging full-time, I've finally found my voice.

My blogging voice has definitely evolved over the past year and a half. When I look back at some of my first posts, I almost don't recognize them as my own writing.

Now I write to share my story (even the ones I don't want to tell). I write to encourage and help and inspire.

I'm often asked to share my tips on how to find your blogging voice. I thought I'd share those with you today. Although, you must know - they certainly aren't unique to me!

1. Write Often
Write as often as you can. Write on your blog. Write in a journal. Write old-fashioned letters. Expand your imagination and write short stories. Go back to your college days and find something you actually want to research and write a research paper. Experiment with your writing, and experiment a lot.

2. Follow your passion
It's often easiest to write about the things about which we are most passionate. Choose one thing about which you are passionate, and put together a short series. Share your story. Share your testimony. Write from the heart.

3. Read your own writing
Spend time each week going through your posts and picking out the ones you really love. Then sit down with a pen and paper and write down exactly what you like about that post. Over time you'll start to notice trends and similarities. Try using them as a foundation for a few posts and see where you end up. Figuring out what you like about your writing will help you find your voice.

And if you come across a post you don't like? Analyze it and figure out what you don't like about it. Take that knowledge and use it as a tool to help refine your writing style in the future.

4. Listen to yourself when you speak
The way you speak definitely impacts the way you write. Pay attention to words or phrases that you use frequently in your speech, and don't be afraid to incorporate them into your writing. Writing in a way that reflects the way you speak will add authenticity and uniqueness to your content.

5. Don't be afraid to be you
I know it's tempting to try and sound like someone else. To write like some of the big time bloggers. Don't give in to the temptation! You are the only one who can write your story...don't let it sound like someone else is writing it, okay?

I hope this is helpful to you! You can find more blogging tips + design tricks in my Tutes on Tuesday series

Thank you, Amy for your bloggy hospitality today!

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