Giving Your Blog Spice & Everything Nice

by Angela on December 16, 2010 · 4 comments

Post after post, bloggers are writing about new restaurants they’ve tried, Christmas cookies they’ve baked, or half-marathons they’ve been training for. I must say, I’m on a bit of a sugar and running overload.

‘Tis the season to be creative — so that means you should spice things up and get some style in your writing. We’ve talked about finding your voice on Hollaback health before, so I’m sure by now you have distinguished yourself as the funny, sincere, informative, or sarcastic blogger. Now it’s time to start getting creative with your writing. Yes, it’s time to go back and visit the styles of writing past, “A Christmas Carol” style!

C’mon, Ebenezer Scrooge — put your pen and paper down and shut your laptop! You need to see that your writing doesn’t have to be less exciting than a lump of coal. Now follow me…

Our first stop is your writing past. Do you recognize your third grade classroom? Miss Jennifer is teaching the class about figurative language. Yes, you have an assignment in your hands. You are supposed to distinguish between the similes and metaphors.

Simile or Metaphor? The recipe was as good as gold!
Simile or Metaphor? The pumpkin margaritas flowed like water.
Simile or Metaphor? My hopes crumbled like a chocolate chip cookie.
Simile or Metaphor? I’m a hungry hippo.

Do you remember? Is it all coming back to you?

Similes are a common figure of speech. They compare two things usually considered different and are introduced by like or as. Metaphors compare one thing to another without using like or as.

Don’t forget your past. Remember to work in some similes and metaphors now and then. It will perk up that stale post about your latest run or recipe.

So now you’ve seen your past when you were a budding little writer, ready to release your creative prowess. What happened to that energy and zest for writing? You’ve lost it somewhere along the way.

Now it’s time to visit your writing present.

You are blogging machine. You are an enthusiastic, picture snapping, food loving, healthy living blogger who churns out post after post. Some posts are brilliant and others….well, let’s look at your post today. It’s Monday so that means it is time for “Meatless Monday.” You get points for using alliteration, but you get zero points for creativity.

Alliteration should be fun. Remember your past, when you learned that Sally sells seashells by the seashore?  You can do better than just “Meatless Monday.” Lets conjure up some more creative alliterations. You know, you can use alliterations in more than just your post titles too! Have you forgotten that?

So, what happens in the future?

You have a choice: you can either stick with your same old tired writing style or you can breathe some life in to your posts and be a better writer.

If you choose to keep with the status quo, then your blog readers are bound to get bored and stop checking in with you. Your numbers will drop, no one will tweet about your posts, and the comments will be sweet n’ low. I know…scary.

If you choose to change your ways by peppering in punchy alliterations, saucy similes, and magnificent metaphors, then your readers are going to keep coming back for more. Your numbers will grow, other bloggers will link back to your amazing posts, you’ll be the toast of Twitter…in short, blog life will be fabulous!

Once you start upping your writing style techniques, you won’t stop with these three style examples. You’ll start writing about food using onomatopoeia (sizzle, pop, kerplunk, fizz, crunch) and give us hyperboles about the wildest run/bike ride/hike of your life. You may even get super crazy and write a simile with some onomatopoeia.

I know this has been a lot to take in, but hopefully after seeing the ghosts of your writing past, present, and possible futures, you know what you need to do.

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Paige @ The Gravy Boat December 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Thank you for this post! I’m newly blogging and really struggling to find my voice and feel like what I’m providing is unique. It’s an adventure!
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Lori December 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Heh. This was adorable. I think all writers should have some sort of obsession with linguistics/creativity. More people should use onomatopoeia, and not just because it’s fun to say. It isn’t just for old Batman episodes anymore! KABLAM!

My alliteration? “Pleasantly Pregnant.”

Rachel Wilkerson December 17, 2010 at 12:10 am

I really want to start using onomatopoeia now!
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Joanna Burgraf December 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I remember learning “avoid alliteration always” in school but maybe that was just a mnemonic device to get us to remember. I tend to be too literal.

I don’t consider myself a writer. Since I do write a blog, this is helpful and could make it much more fun.
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