Today, I spent a couple hours setting up a new website. I decided to move my professional articles over to a dedicated site and use this as a personal and lifestyle blog. I did this for a few reasons, and I thought it might make for an interesting article. Maybe. I guess we’ll see!
I’m writing this in my personal voice, which varies ever so slightly from my professional voice. My personal voice is very relaxed. I type like I speak, which drives some people crazy. I capitalize to stress words, I use too much punctuation, and I regret nothing! My personal voice is very sarcastic, pretty relaxed, and a little run-on-sentencey.
My professional voice is still very me; I simply clean it up a bit. I use (mostly) correct punctuation and grammar, and I keep the sarcasm at a minimum. It’s very important to me to remain true to myself in my professional voice. I want people who know me to be able to read an article and know it was written by me.
If you’re familiar at all with the blogging world, EVERYBODY AND THEIR BROTHER talks about their niche. There are so many niches: beauty, health, productivity, finance, etc. Professionally, my niche is empowerment and/or self-improvement. But this is only part of me, and I found that I have a passion to write on other topics.
Properly identifying your niche is important, right? Why else would all the people in the blogging niche stress it so strongly? It’s super important because not everyone who reads empowerment articles wants to read about your new Better Than Sex mascara. I mean, I would, and if you have a blog that combines these topics, I.Am.In. Send me the link. But most people prefer their hobbies cleanly grouped together.
As I mentioned above, I have a passion to write on other topics. Personally, I identify as a lifestyle blogger. CRAZY, RIGHT? Considering that as of today, this is my first post (on this blog) in my personal voice, I’d say so.
All people are complex and have hobbies and passions. I’m a 50/50 split between my professional niche and my personal niche. For me, keeping my niches separate just makes sense. For now, anyway. I’m famous for changing my mind.
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY, MAGGIE?
If you’re looking for future self-improvement articles from me, you’ll find them here. My previously posted articles will remain on Extraordinarily Nice, but going forward, no more will be added here.
Gosh. That was a lot of typing for such a simple message, right? Personal voice Maggie talks a lot.