When I first started blogging, this was one of the biggest questions I had. Should I blog formally, like writing an essay for school, or informally, like how I would talk to a friend? There are pros and cons of both, but as you can probably tell, I chose to blog informally. Why? Well, here are some pro and cons of writing informally.
Pro – Avoid School Overload
I already have to write a lot of papers for school with correct grammar, spelling, no contractions or pronouns etc… Blogging is like my hobby – it’s supposed to be fun, not entirely stressful, like writing an essay. I would rather take it easy.
Pro – More Personal
Writing informally can sometimes seem as if you are having a conversation with the reader. It’s like how you would talk to you your friend. Writing formally is more like something you would do when you “talk” with your boss (or your parents). This is actually one of the main reasons why I prefer to write informally. Because for me, writing informally makes it easier to connect with the people reading my blog (cough, cough, YOU) and sometimes this leads to great blogger friends and great discussions below in the comment section.
Pro – My Voice
Another reason why I prefer to write more informally is that it suits my voice better. Sometimes my friends in real life describe me as sarcastic and sassy. And i think it translates a little from when I’m talking to when I type. Not that it’s easy to be sarcastic on a computer screen – there’s no way to depict it and saying it just ruins the point. The way I write is kind of like the way I talk, in fact, if I were to have one of those software things that type for you as you talk, it would probably end up the same as if I typed it.
Con – Less Professional = Less Credibility
The only con is that writing formally does make you seem more professional and thus gives you more credibility. Formal writing is like the work of a professor, while informal writing is like the work of a high schooler. If you were to write a research essay and have to cite your sources, who would you rather cite – the professor or the student?
What do you think?
Do you prefer to write informally or formally?