I conducted a blogging bootcamp yesterday with a local organization that provides resources for people with disabilities.
Towards to the of the Q&A session we briefly discussed narrative voice.
For those of you who don’t know what narrative voice is, here are the wikipedia definitions:
- 1st Person – I use this if I want to convey something more personal by using the words “I” (first-person singular) – or “We” (first-person plural) if I’m talking about a personal experience I shared with a friend.
- 2nd Person – You’ll find second-person writing that addresses you, the reader. The word “you” (second-person pronoun). If you search my blog, you’ll see this a lot in the “How To” posts.
- 3rd Person – Some bloggers use this to convey the thoughts of people that are neither the them or you. For example, “Grant Griffiths enjoyed coaching basketball, although he found the players less prepared than usual.”
Their goal is to provide useful information for the readers, so I recommended 2nd person. This way, the reader feels that the author is speaking directly to them.
I was curious about what other bloggers recommend so, I asked.
Here are some of the responses:
Cate made me laugh because I realize that I jump back and forth between 1st and 2nd person. Like I did in the post.