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New Year’s Resolution: To Find My Voice as a Blogger

Possibly inspired by the movie The King’s Speech, I found my new year’s resolution: I will dedicate 2017 to finding my voice as a blogger and writer.

Being a development professional in “real life”, I immediately picture this logframe (short for Logical Framework, a widely used tool to manage development projects, and measure progress and results):

Overall goal: Find my voice as a blogger and writer

Outcome 1: A small piece of writing produced every day (or at least very regularly)

Outcome 2: Different styles and formats experimented with

2016 has been a good year blogging-wise. During a 3 month sabbatical over summer I finally decided to act on my desire to write. I took the time to set up a website and published my first posts. Following various bloggers’ advice on what works best, what a blog should look like and how it should be structured, I have experimented with different topics and formats. I’ve done some typical “how to” pieces” (e.g. Intercultural Communication 101 – How to prepare for your trip abroad), I’ve written posts inspired by real life events (e.g. Thanksgiving Thoughts – Celebrating Extraordinary Encounters), I’ve written book reviews (because when I don’t write, I read, and one of my favorites this year was Americanah), and I also shared some more personal reflections (e.g. about that funny thing called home).

While it has been a great journey so far (taking baby steps, really), I am well aware that I haven’t arrived yet at where I want to be as a blogger and writer. That’s why it is time to look back to the roots, to why I have started this blog in the first place. It might sound cheesy, overly ambitious, perhaps even a bit naïve, but – apart from my love for writing – my underlying ambition for this blog was to inspire people to see the good in each other. To act with kindness and respect for other human beings, regardless of their cultural, social or other differences. I deeply resent all forms of racism and discrimination, and what is happening across Europe and many other countries in “the West” these days is deeply scary and disconcerting to me.

But enough with the rambling. Here is what you can expect from this blog in 2017 in the quest to find my own, authentic voice as a blogger: more opinion pieces on contemporary issues I care about, more experimenting with free flow formats, more creativity, more inspirational stories from people I meet through life and work doing good, more personal reflections, and many more book reviews.

To fellow bloggers: What have you done to find your personal style, your voice?

Let’s see what 2017 holds in store for us, I can’t wait.

7 Comments

  1. Happy new year, Marisa!
    I hear you… if “finding my voice” equals “finding my niche” then I am with you 🙂
    But you know what? Why is it so important to have a label, fit into a box?
    We should just write from our hearts, and if we do this in an authentic way, we win!

  2. Coucou,
    Hâte de lire les “opinion pieces on comtemporary issues” + “inspirational stories from people” you meet.
    Et hâte de suivre le process qui t’amenera, j’en suis sûr, à trouver “your own voice as a blogger”

  3. Good luck with your quest. I think it’s great to experiment with different styles and formats – reviews, travel pieces, poetry, maybe some recipes. It’s so freeing to just do what the heck you want in your own space. Enjoy!

  4. This is a really good aspiration and one of the main benefits of blogging, I have found. My blog is soon coming up to its four-year anniversary and I’m pretty sure my nonfiction book would not have come about without it. I started the blog to accompany me on my writing journey but it ended up shaping that journey. Wishing you the best of luck! (I also loved Americanah!)

    • marisainbetween

      January 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement, I think it is great to be able to keep up with a blog for 4 years and more, developing it as you go. Also congrats on writing a book!

  5. Hi Marisa, I´m keeping my fingers crossed for you to achieve all you want in 2017! And what have I done? I´ve moved to Switzerland. No, I´m kind of joking, but living here has enabled me to find my niche and my goals for my blog.

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