I started my first blog in 2006 to overcome my fear of being read. I was used to writing web copy anonymously (I’ve been a professional web copywriter for 13 years) and was scared of putting my name to my writing and claiming it as my own. It seems ridiculous now but back then the fear was very real. So real I only wrote one blog post in 2006, and when I finally picked up blogging again in 2009 that fear was still there.Today I’m not scared of putting my name to my writing and I’ve become a confident writer. Or as confident as any writer will ever be.Here’s what I’ve been doing to improve my blog writing skills since I started blogging. My writing might not be brilliant yet but it’s getting better and I enjoy the writing process more too. You can’t get better than that.
Blog Writing Tips for Writers
Successful bloggers and brilliant writers weren’t born that way. They got good by writing regularly and we need to as well. If you really want to improve your writing you’ll have to put in the time too. Write for at least an hour a day five days a week. If you want to be a writer hopefully you enjoy writing anyway so make writing practice a highlight of your day.
You won’t know what your readers like best until you try a few different topics and writing styles. Some blog posts will be popular and those you can expand on in other posts or use to create a series with more depth on that topic.
3. Have Fun
Write about things that please and interest you in a tone that flows naturally. I recommend practising your writing but I’m not saying you need to publish it all. But do write about those secret things, the things you aren’t ready to share with the world. Do write about the funny things that happened to you today even if you don’t think anyone else will be amused. Put your inner critic in time out. Just write and enjoy the process.
4. Forget Strategy
Have you heard of writer’s block? But builders don’t get blocked and unable to lay another brick. Teachers don’t run out of things to teach. I can’t think of any other job where people make excuses for not doing their work. If you’re having trouble writing forget everything else I told you and just write what comes into your head. You can worry later about if you can make a blog post out of it, if anyone would want to read it or what your colleagues will think when they find out about your quirks and quibbles. Just write.
5. Be Fearless
Actors get stage fright and I writer’s block is caused by fear. Writing is scary. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with other people is a worry. Especially when you don’t know who’ll be reading. Putting your neck on the line by teaching other people what you know is scary.But don’t be scared into submission. Just write anything, every day and see what comes of it. Then reddit essay writing service create compelling blog writing with hypnotic headlines, edit your blog post, format it, be brave and publish it to see what other people think. You’ll write killer blog content and stuff that never gets published but your writing will improve.
6. Share Your Voice
If you enjoy your freedom of speech use it. Stop censoring yourself by listening to that little voice in your heads which tells you your work and ideas aren’t good enough. They are. Please share your unique voice through your blog because your story needs to be told. Other people want to hear it.
7. Reject Rejections
I’ve experienced having my writing rejected and learned how to bounce back from rejection. That’s probably one of the greatest skill you’ll need to succeed in writing or life.Rejection’s a natural part of the process of becoming a successful writer and these days I’m happy to send my writing anywhere as a guest post. If someone rejects it I send it to someone else who might appreciate it more.
Start Your Blog Writing Practice Now
From time to time we all think our writing is bad. Now get over it and get writing.Write about anything. Write about what you see, hear or touch. Write about how you live, work or play. Write about the people you see around you. Just write.Annabel Candy is a copy writer with an MA in Design for Interactive Media. She’s been running her own web design and internet marketing company since 1998 and specialises in setting up effective websites and blogs for small businesses.Annabel is the author of Successful Blogging in 12 Simple Steps. Her writing has been featured in print and on some