Recap: Google+ Hangout on Writing Voice
On Oct. 24, my PR Newswire media relations colleague Amanda Hicken and I hung out with ProfNet on Google+. We discussed writing voice, based largely around a two-part series Amanda and I wrote for this space.
In case you missed them, here are the posts: Writing for Audience: Honor Your True Voice and Learn From Bloggers and Balancing Blogging with Journalism Best Practices.
I discussed, from a journalist's standpoint, how writing voice is altered when you switch to a more personal landscape like blogging.
Amanda's a longtime blogger for her own site, Clue Into Cleveland. She has a unique perspective on the balance of blog writing and journalism. (Incidentally, she recently wrote a great post about Blogger Relations Tips from a Blogger on Beyond PR, where she talks about how PR and communications folks should pitch bloggers with stories.)
Our Google+ Hangout on Air was recorded and can be viewed here.
Some of the highlights from Twitter (#profnethangout) include:
- Transparency (in blogging) is crucial. Your audience will keep coming back as long as they know they can trust you.
- The more you write, the more you figure out what you're comfortable writing about.
- It's ok to inject a little bit of your personality and your voice into your (journalism) stories.