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The Importance of Using Your Authentic Voice

My take-away from last month’s BlogHer convention was about my “voice”.  Both my audible voice and my written voice.  The authenticity of my voice. The value or perceived value of my voice.

I met so many bloggers with a honed…specific…laser focused voice,  I came away wondering…”what is my voice?” Why am I blogging and do I even want to continue?

What exactly is a “Lifestyle” blog? Has mine become a journal of sorts with the occasional rant  thrown in?  It’s certainly not evolved into what I intended it to be. For that matter, I’m not sure I had a clear direction in mind when I started this one.

The Importance Of Using Your Authentic Voice
The view from my gorgeous room at the Fairmont San Jose.

Vlogging is apparently the wave of the future for the blogging world. We are such a visual society… the natural trajectory would be audio-visual.

In fact, YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world.  So armed with this encouragement, I decided to try making a personal video.  It’s results got me wondering…

What if you perceive my voice to be deep, melodic or pleasant…when in actuality I sound like a squeaky Minnie Mouse? How would your perception of me change?  I can report that I don’t even sound like myself, to me. 

Could this be similar to the fallout when Hollywood switched to talkie’s and the “vocally impaired ” actors couldn’t compete?  I for one, hope it’s not the case for me.

Do you prefer to read blogs or are you curious about vlogging?

Do you already watch YouTube videos?  I don’t even watch network TV, so it’ll be a switch for me.

As an update to my lifestyle, journal blog…my brother-in-law passed away peacefully,  August 1. I’ve been attempting to get back on track and resume my life as I knew it. 
Thank you so much for all your kind comments and lovely emails. It was very comforting and appreciated. 






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