Over time, I’ve learned that there’s a time and a place for everything. Especially with writing. Time and time again I’m reminded (as we all are) to write as I speak, to write what I want future bosses to read, and to write only how I want them to hear my voice. I write hundreds of professional emails every week, but there’s a line between friendly and professional that I had never dared to cross before. Toeing that line, in my mind, only lead to confusion and potential humiliation. Who wants to screw up and accidentally talk to a potential employer in too casual of a tone? Certainly not me.
This awareness of my voice and tone, specifically in emails, unintentionally filtered into all of my writing. Blog posts, essays, texts… They all looked like I was emailing a coworker. The problem with thinking about being professional first and foremost is that I lost my voice entirely. No, not my actual voice, this isn’t a Tay Swift-concert-last-night type of deal. No, I mean that I lost my charisma and charm and sarcasm and joking nature in writing, and I’m looking to get that back.
Yes, there is a time and place for everything, but as long as I’m not inappropriate, inconsiderate or cruel, I want to express my thoughts in my voice on my blog. Capisce? Capisce.