Content 101: Discovering Your Writing Style

By: Eden Hensley; Photos by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

It is easy to stand out in person. As we enter a room, our eyes scan for differences. Online it is a little harder to stand out. If you want to get noticed online, start by doing these four things:

  1. Begin with a reader in mind. In her interview with Monica of Smart Creative Women, Liz of Say Yes talks about how to imagine someone you are comfortable talking to and write to them.
  2. Publish original content. Melanie of You Are My Fave asked a few bloggers exactly what original content means.
  3. Be authentic. Mariah of Oh What Love! shares four ways you can represent the real you on your blog.
  4. Actively develop your voice, not someone else's. Karen of Chookooloonks provides seven tips from avoiding the comparison trap to practicing seeing to making life happen.

As you are discovering your writing style, remember to be patient with yourself. After all your sense of fashion probably did not appear overnight. 

How would you define your writing style? Narrative, descriptive, persuasive, or expository. Was your choice of writing style conscious or one you honed through hundreds of journal entries and blog posts?

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Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.