It’s been a few years since we talked about how to become a better writer, so we’re revisiting it today with the updated version: how to be a better blogger.
Whether you’ve been blogging for a while or are just starting out, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to writing for the web. (After all, it’s very different than other types of writing.)
Here are four (updated) ways to be a better blogger.
1. Brainstorm in the car
Have you ever heard how people brainstorm the best ideas in the shower? The same goes for any other activity where you’re (essentially) on autopilot (driving, cooking, cleaning, and so on).
Use these opportunities to your advantage by brainstorming new ideas, rather than listening to the radio or your last favorite book on tape.
The car is one of my favorite spots to brainstorm new ideas because I can easily record a memo on my phone with a post idea – or even the entire post! (I’ll later transcribe the verbal post into written form once I’m at my computer.)
2. Look at your competition
While I’d never recommend copying the competition, you can certainly draw some great inspiration from them. (That’s why reading regularly is so important!)
Get inspired by similar posts in your field and expand upon the idea of another blogger, take a different stance, or even get inspired for a new format.
3. Block out times to write
One of the biggest excuses we hear for not blogging from clients is that there isn’t enough time to do it. (And hey, I get it, I’m trying to run business too!)
Ready to move past your excuse now? Great.
If you want to commit (really commit this time) to your blog, simply block out the time on your calendar to do it. You’re not going to miss a meeting that’s on your calendar, so don’t skip your writing time either. Once you have the time blocked out, you’ll be shocked at how much writing you can get done in a short amount of time.
4. Find your creative zone
There’s nothing that promotes writer’s block more than being in a space that doesn’t promote creativity.
If you’re not feeling the writing bug, try moving to a space where you feel more creative. Some of my go to’s include: outside on my patio, a coffee house (full of other creatives), or even a cozier seat like my couch.
Sometimes a shift in your location will create a shift in your mind, too.
Want to learn about more ways you can read to become a better writer? Check out my post here!
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