10 Tips to Strengthen Your Writing Muscle and Compose Amazing Blog Posts
I love to write. If I could make a living by writing, I'd quit my day job in a heartbeat. For now, I'm happy to have my little piece of the internet and that I have people who read what I write. Readers tell me that they enjoy my posts, and I wanted to share some of the tips that I use to make my blog posts shine. Keep in mind that I'm no expert. Just my two cents.
1. Writing a blog can be challenging. My posts don't always come easily. Have you ever heard the quote: "Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised every day" by Jane Green? Exercise? Don't groan. Would you run a marathon without training for it? Writing is a skill. Just like anything you want to become better at, you have to practice.
2. To keep yourself on track, my advice to bloggers is to set a schedule for posting. Not only will your readers know when to expect your posts, posting on a schedule will keep you accountable. Just like training for a marathon. There's that metaphor again... 3. Stay true to your voice. My favorite bloggers let their personality shine, even when they are writing product reviews, sponsored posts, and running recaps. We as readers should get a sense of who you are through your words. There's nothing worse than reading what sounds like an advertisement for a product or regurgitation of running stats. Make it fun! Be brave, be independent, and be you.
4. When it comes to blogging, my motto is substance over style. I read a lot of blogs and there are so many beautifully designed pages out there. Beautiful photos, the scroll is so smooth...but on so many of those blogs, when I finish the post, I don't remember a thing that I've read. I read a statistic that the average blog reader spends 10-15 seconds on a page. Your milkshake might bring all the boys to the yard, but if you want them to stick around or even return to the yard, you need to make it memorable.
5. On the other hand, don't play the comparison game. While it's important to read other blogs for wisdom and encouragement, it can also be self-defeating. Read and learn from your favorite writers, and then find the confidence do your thing.
6. When you sit down to pen a post, think about what it is that you wish to accomplish with that post. Do you want to inspire? Captivate? Do you have a dilemma that you need to sort out? Some shenanigans you want to share? Or are you stuck and cannot come up with a topic? Writers' block is pretty common for most bloggers. Blog prompts are a great way to kickstart a post. There are plenty of sources on the web with blog prompts. One of my favorites is a monthly Wednesday Word, hosted by DebRuns. Debbie used to host WW weekly and I was a consistent linker. I enjoyed the motivation to try and fit the prompts into the framework of my blog, sometimes with really interesting results.
7. Write quality posts. There's nothing worse than misspelled words or bad grammar--it really messes with your credibility. Proofread your posts before you publish them. Use spell check or even better, use Grammarly. Grammarly is a free proofreading--spelling and grammar-- and plagiarism checker that you can install on your laptop. There's a Chrome plug-in you can install which automatically checks everything your write--even your Facebook comments! It's not perfect--sometimes it tells me to correct things that aren't wrong-- but it's a heck of a lot better than anything out there.
8. Make sure that your posts are organized and focused. If you are struggling with a topic, composing a list of items, like I did with this post, is a helpful method to get your message across.
9. Not only your writing, but your graphics and pictures should be captivating. With all the free photo editing apps out there, there's really no excuse for poorly edited photos. Your food photos should be appetizing and radiant. For inspiration, check out some food blogs where the authors are passionate about their craft.
10. When you sit down to write, if nothing else, remember the KISS rule. Keep your perspective. Celebrate who you are. Be empowered. How do you approach writing? Do you love to write? Hate it? What are some of your favorite blogs? Any suggestions I missed here? In case you were wondering about all the highlighted words, they are some of the word prompts Debbie has given us over the last 2 years! She challenged bloggers to incorporate as many of them into a post as possible. While I couldn't get them all, I'm pretty competitive and I think I was victorious and triumphant! If I was really ambitious, I'd link up my WW posts but...nah....