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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  1. Pat Englund
    June 8, 2020 / 8:06 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    I just now came across this post. I’m sorry I didn’t know about the loss of your brother in law. I know that was a difficult time.
    I do enjoy vlogs if they’re not overly long and dragged out. I’m a visual person so seeing something demonstrated as well as hearing it is very interesting and easy to retain; however a blog is something that is more direct, to the point and easy to read. I enjoy your format with a bit of occasional video. Thanks for keeping things interesting and real.

  2. October 19, 2019 / 8:45 am

    Jennifer…Yours is the only blog I’ve ever signed up for, and I must say I’ve enjoyed it. It’s only my opinion, but the short blog you do with ‘honest’ pictures, is the best way to get your ideas across. I can re-read and look at things that interest me or look at your ideas and sometimes embrace them. I would not watch a vlog over and over.

  3. Noreen
    July 8, 2019 / 4:59 am

    Jennifer, Furst let me say that I am so sorry for your families loss of your brother-in-law. I would also like to comment on the ”vlogging” topic. I Do watch 3 to 5 different vloggers and I enjoy them. However, to be honest sometimes it can be just too long. I do enjoy your blog as it is short and you give us readers some good information. I suggest if you decide to do vlogging keep it short. For your info I watch Little Poet, JLJ Back to Classics.com, Melissa55, two minute tips, Tammy’s Ageless Beauty, , Rxstrmom (over 70). These are just a few I have watched or watch regularly. However, I do very much enjoy a couple of bloggers called Ann on Sutton Place and also Stone Gable. I do enjoy your blog. Hope this helps you some.

    • July 8, 2019 / 6:54 am

      Thank you Noreen! I may try some short ones and see how people like them.

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