using your voice when blogging

child photography by Beth Fletcher

by Beth Fletcher

When I first began blogging in 2006, I did so to keep my friends across the country updated on what was going on in my life. Sometimes I felt like I was writing in a journal on my bed, feeling like a 12 year old girl trying to document my summertime experiences with my best friends Laura and Tai. Other times, when I felt like I had a story to tell,  I felt like I was writing for a sexy newspaper column sitting in my underwear, writing on my laptop in my New York studio, smoking a cigarette, a la Carrie Bradshaw.

But really, I was a mom, on a laptop, on my couch, writing about my every day while my children were napping.

But always … I was me.

Aside from my friend Tracey’s blog, I had never really read another blog. I had no idea a blog world existed until someone I didn’t know commented on my blog and I felt so invaded, like someone was peering through my windows of my home. Once I realized what was out there, I was hooked. I loved being able to read about other people’s lives. Some people were just like me and some were the exact opposite. Some blogs were open and honest and others were more private and vague about their topics. Some exciting. Others mundane.

But the ones that always brought me back for more, were the ones that were genuine. The ones where I could sense that the person behind their monitor was speaking directly to me, directly from their heart. It didn’t take me long to realize that this was exactly how I wrote on my own blog. I would share on my blog the way the feelings and words formulated themselves in my heart, like I was just simply taking them from one location to the next. My laptop being their vessel.

As a photographer, we are in a unique position to add something special to both other photographers and also to anyone interested in beautiful imagery. We can inform, share our images while writing from our heart.

We have the perfect blogging trifecta; beautiful images, useful information (the more you share, the more readers you’ll appeal to), and sharing your story genuinely (let readers get to know the real person behind the camera).

People browsing the internet want to be inspired. Pinterest is living proof that we live in a world where people want to see beautiful things and be inspired to live a better, more purposeful life. It’s no different when they are reading blogs.

So, share what you know, share your photos often and freely and always, always be you. Your readers will always come back for more.

Thank you Beth!  What are some of your favorite blogs to read?  Link us up in the comments!

Beth FletcherBeth Fletcher, Indiana
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Beth Fletcher is a busy mom to four in Northwest Indiana. She has a photography business in the Chicagoland area, where she specializes in natural light photography. Beth blogs at I Should Be Folding Laundry where she’s been chronicling her life since 2006.




  • Beautiful photos! And I know just what you mean about the day you discovered "blogland". The first time someone I didn't know commented on a post, I was completely stunned. Now, I so look forward to hearing from readers and their stories and thoughts. Some of my favorite "storyteller" blogs with great voices are:
    …as well as a handful of friends' personal blogs. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • What a beautiful post! Thank you, Beth

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I just recently…really recently started a blog and doing photography. This spoke volumes to me. May God bless you. :)

  • Lacey Meyers says:

    Great post! Thank you, Beth!

  • Janet F says:

    Beth, You have such a realistic, yet poetic, voice. Thank you for sharing!

  • Jodi says:

    thanks for this beth! i am always drawn to blogs where i feel a connections with the author. thanks for the encouragement to write from our hearts.

  • Marissa says:

    Beautifully written. I have a photography blogsite ( in case your interested) & a more personal blog, Butter Bokeh Baby ( I often feel like "who cares what I have to say" when it comes to BBB or "should I stay professional" on M-N -oddly enough, I blogged on that ver thing today-. But then I think about friends who write personal blogs. I love to read them. I love to read what is going on in their lives. I have one friend who just had a baby & is what many refer to as a "granola" kind of person. I love to read about her day to day life since she lives many states away & we haven't spoke in years. Another is the mother of 3 little girls & one has special needs & I love reading hers. So wouldn't someone else maybe interested in my life? Maybe, maybe not. But I deffinately need to get better about this whole blogging thing.

  • Amy says:

    I’ve been blogging my life consistently for about a year now, and most definitely I should be doing laundry or any number of other household chores instead! But it’s my creative outlet, my writing and sharing outlet, and a place to share my photography. I love doing it and therefore I hope it continues to be a place for friends and occasionally strangers to gather, read, and share back. I belong to a little mom friendship circle who all maintain blogs and what a joy to know them and be encouraged.

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