Writing With Personality for a Business Blog

Writing With Personality for a Business Blog image John Major

Be the exact opposite of this man

Writing for a company blog can be tough business (excuse that awful pun).

Treading the line between being inappropriate and being as dull as John Major’s sock drawer is not easy.

However, there are some techniques that you can adopt to make your posts interesting and ‘on brand’ at the same time. Master these skills and people won’t ever think of your blog as ‘just’ a business blog.

Using Humour

Being funny is one of the greatest assets any writer can have. It puts the reader at ease and is generally just more interesting to read (obviously it can backfire – see the above pun)

Just because you’re writing for your business doesn’t mean that you can’t inject a little humour in to your words. In fact I urge you to make it funny – I am so bored of seeing business blogs that read like the instructions for building a cardboard box. And I know I’m not the only one.

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It doesn’t have to be comedy gold (if it did, I’d have been out of a job ages ago) but little quips and one-liners, puns and plays on language can really jazz up an article and make it fun to read.

Now obviously there’s a time and a place – if you’re writing for a semi-academic, or serious business blog, throwing in mother-in-law gags may not be appropriate.

That doesn’t mean you can’t aim for a little smile though. No one will ever be annoyed that you made them laugh – they might be annoyed if they spend their valuable time reading an article that bores them to tears.

Writing With Personality for a Business Blog image confused

Discombobu…what?

Using Informal Language

Jargon and technical language are very off-putting for readers, even for those with an understanding of the subject matter, because it just makes reading harder – and no one likes things that are harder than they need to be.

Keep it simple, short and sweet as much as you can.

Any big words that are absolutely necessary can make the cut, but if you’re saying in three syllables what can be said in one –trash it.

Plain English is the best way to appeal to a broad audience – there’s no need to discombobulate them with voraciously perplexing syntax.

Minimising Self-Promotion

Now that’s not to say you shouldn’t use your blog to market your business – that’s the whole point! What I’m saying is mix it up.

Have posts from other authors on related topics or just for the hell of it, post a picture of a cat doing back flips once in a while.

Think about what you yourself would prefer to read – an informative blog with some industry news, funny pics and opinion pieces on various subjects or a company blog that posts an article each day talking about the latest company news, industry news that specifically applies to the business and always manages to fit in twenty links to itself and its products?

The answer’s kind of obvious isn’t it?

Last Thought

While sex may sell in most industries, for bloggers it’s all about personality.

Make your words stand out by letting your own weird and wonderful characteristics shine through.

Really it comes down to three simple words that you should remember every time you write a post –

DON’T BE BORING!

Discuss This Article

Comments: 3

  • Great post, Jackson – agree with everything you say.

    There’s an article on my site which goes into more depth about how to use humor in business writing generally, which your readers might find helpful as additional reading http://howtowritebetter.net/humor-do-laughs-belong-in-your-business-writing/

    Would you like to guest blog for me some time? Have a look at my site and see what you think. It’s a PR3, 1,000 to 1,500 visits per day.

    Great to see you doing so well in your career!

    Sz xx

  • Jackson says:

    Hi Suzie,

    Great to hear from you, hope you are well and thanks for the comment!

    Love the site so yes I’d really like to guest post for you at some point, what sort of topic would you be looking for?

    Currently I write mainly about social media, blogging and content and SEO-type things mainly.

    I’ll give you my work email as I have it open all day! It’s jackson@siliconbeachtraining.co.uk – drop me a message and we can sort something out!

    Thanks,
    Jackson

  • Hi Jackson,

    Great blog! Nice to see someone else out there values a sense of humour in business writing – I completely agree…

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