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SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
Is it okay to use 'I' when writing blog posts? I tend to gravitate towards its use when I want to give examples. Is there a hard and fast rule to personalize or not to personalize?
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Belew private msg quote post Address this user
My rules.

1st person is acceptable.
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SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
Thank you @Belew. I'd be interested to hear what the others have to say too.
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Jonnner private msg quote post Address this user
@SusanDay

I am no expert here. I am currently using 3rd person. But I can imagine occasionally using 1st person to facilitate making a specific point. I want to project consistency in my posts; so I want to use the same "person" as a most-of-the-time standard.

I see choice of 1st person vs 2nd or 3rd as one of the choices that you make when you are creating/refining your "voice".
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Belew private msg quote post Address this user
@Jonnner @SusanDay is right. It's all about voice.

If your a news site. ...and reporting. ..it'll be 3rd person.

If you are writing up case studies. .
3rd person.

Doing how to...2nd person.

Opinion. ... 1st person.

IMHO...
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KitK private msg quote post Address this user
I seems to be a bit more personal to me. It connects you and the reader more.
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SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
I agree @KitK. I know the rules about first and third person. In the good old bad days first person was a big no no but now I think readers want to feel that connection.

I used to start many of my dog training posts with, "Now, don't do what I just did..."

Got a laugh, that's for sure.
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morrnel private msg quote post Address this user
I write in all three persons depending upon what I'm trying to convey and who will read the article.

I would Google the phrase "first second third person" and find a site specializing in this topic.

Consider visiting a writers forum. Again, ask Google.

Be careful about grammar and using words appropriately. My biggest pet peeve. Whenever I respond from my phone, the predictive spelling check thinks it knows what I'm thinking.
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lunar_ranger private msg quote post Address this user
I have the same challenges when writing @SusanDay. I don't want to seem grandiose or self-involves, but I want to personalize the message too.
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Belew private msg quote post Address this user
@lunar_ranger

If you aren't you, who's going to be you.

Re; grandiose or self-involved. If you can do it, it's not bragging.

It's when you make claims that you can't back up that you come across as self-serving.

As Genie said to Aladdin, "Beeee, yourself." Somebody has to do it.
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