Hello, my name is Dee Langdon and I am the author of BloggerNewbie dot com. I discovered blogging when I was searching for an internet business. I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and was one of the first three people in our area to get the internet. How old is that? I have always liked writing and in fact have been a paid writer since about the 6th grade. Most of my brother’s friends paid me all through school to write their papers! My first thought was to make money with blogging and although I still like that thought, this is just too much fun! I am envious of full time bloggers and aspire to be just like them when I grow up!
“Watch Your Tone Of Voice”
Do you remember that little lecture from your parents when you were a child? “Watch your tone of voice when you are speaking to me young lady!” It can be difficult to get your true tone of voice on the paper or screen when you write. Can you edit in your humor, your sarcasm or your passion?
More than one example?
I wrote a post titled – It’s All Relative – and to illustrate my point, I used money as an example but money wasn’t the entire message. Money was just an example. I had heard a quote that day about discussing money with different people who have different levels of financial status and it made me think that everything is relative – it’s ALL relative. Maybe I should have used more than one example?
Words are taken too literal sometimes. Any conversation where opinions are discussed can be debated because it’s all relative to the person or persons discussing the issue. Is it cold outside? There is no better sport than Golf, it is so much fun! Lobster is the best meal around. It’s all relative isn’t it?
Did my tone of voice determine that my whole opinion was based on money and not the true message? The message I was trying to convey – it’s all relative isn’t it?
Stress your point
I also started a discussion and voiced my opinion about the – Short Post vs Long Post – dilemma and hosted a poll for everyone to vote. I discussed both sides of the controversy and voiced that my opinion favors toward the short post in most instances. I also expressed that I like a long post when it is necessary. That is the key – necessary. I think my tone of voice must have conveyed that I really only like short posts.
So how do you speak in your tone of voice? We are all familiar with the obvious – punctuation, bold words, capital letters, quotes, italicized words, etc. Try expressing yourself by actually saying writing your tone.
This makes me mad, I am so excited, I know I’m sarcastic but this drives me crazy! I get so frustrated when …
You get the idea. What else can you do to speak your tone of voice in your writing? What have you had success with in the past?
Toodles – Blog Happy!
“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it,
I don’t feel I should be doing something else…”
– Gloria Steinem