Re-inventing your style
I was talking with a young blogger this morning about writing styles. Â He was a little worried that he’ll soon tire out his readers, or himself, if he continued the way he writes. Â In honesty, I told him that I too needed coaching because I am in the same situation as he is. Â We just found comfort to the fact that “pobody’s nerfect”. Â And that asking for help is the first step to knowing where you are and knowing where you’d like to go.
I remember I had this conversation before with a great book writer, Francis. Â I asked how he has reached his status as a much sought after speaker and writer. Â He responded with just a word… “read”. Â He said, “Jim, you cannot possibly give what you do not have. Â You have to read, to write well”. Â
Words of wisdom I know, but to tell you honestly, that wasn’t a light bulb moment for me. Â Â But because I respected him and what he says, I followed. Â Good thing I did.
So going back to my young blogger friend. Â I told him to …
- you guessed it… “read”. Â And you know, this morning wasn’t a light bulb moment for him too, but I know time will come and it will be one. Â “Trust me, read”… I know he will. Â
- I told him to write a post to try to get his readers to comment on his writing style. Â It doesn’t hurt to ask, and readers are very very honest too.
- I told him to write a post in three different ways… present each on his blog and get his readers to comment on it. Â
- lastly, I told him to “be original”. Â Don’t try to copy how others write, try to develop a style that you’re comfortable with. Â Know your audience and know how best to communicate with them.
I admire a lot of blog writers. Â Them from CNet, Engadget, DVice and Gizmodo… to name a few. Â They write differently but I enjoy them equally with no favorites. Â Not a day passes that I do not read these blogs to devour a whole gamut of stuff. Â I just read and read these days. Â And I do find it really helpful when I begin to write my own sets of posts.