How to Write Awesome Blog Posts Even if You’ve Always Hated to Write

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If you're a blogger, you probably wish you were a better writer. Read on for 5 tricks that will help you improve your writing skills. #blogger #writing #bloggingI think one thing that people don’t always think about when they decide to start a blog is that they’re going to be doing a lot of writing.

A lot of writing. 

And that can be tricky for people who never thought of themselves as writers before.

Honestly, I always hated writing. I have terrible, chicken scratch handwriting and did terrible with written assignments in school. But the thing is, I had things I wanted to say, it was just the physical aspect of writing that made me dislike it so much.

Because I disliked it, I didn’t practice very much at it, so any talent I might have had lay dormant for a long time.

But then, along came word processors and computers and the internet! Before long, I could get a thought out and written down almost as fast as I could think it. No more tiresome, tedious writing things out by hand in handwriting I couldn’t even read myself!

Before long, I started to love having a platform to share my stories with people.  And I started to love writing.  In fact, rarely a day goes by that I don’t write 2000 words or more.

So, what do you do if you’re one of those people like me who never really learned to write? Maybe English and communications were your least favorite classes, and you despise having to think about verbs and adjectives and whether or not you can end a sentence with a preposition, or just how bad is it to split an infinitive??

It’s your time to rejoice, then – because most of that stuff really doesn’t matter much when it comes to writing blog posts. Writing for your readers isn’t that hard to do; if you can talk about something with a little bit of intelligence, then you can write a blog post about it.

I’ve got 5 things I do that have helped make writing easier for me. I’ve been blogging over a decade, so I’m better at it now than I was when I first started – and these are the things I’ve picked up that have helped me be able to write so much, so easily, on such a consistent basis.

 

1) Create a Space

You need to have a writing space that’s all yours. A place that’s quiet, comfortable, and without distractions, so you can focus on the task at hand.  Hunched over your laptop in your bed or sitting on the couch in front of the TV aren’t really viable options. I hear you arguing with me right now, saying that’s how you’ve been doing it. Well, if you were happy with how you’ve been doing it, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article.  Listen to me on this one – it really makes a difference.

See, the thing is that you probably have a limited amount of time to spend on writing. If you’ve only got a 30 minute window, then it needs to be spent somewhere comfortable and uninterrupted by kids, TV, and social media. I know that seems way easier said than done when you have little kids in the house, but try to work out a schedule where you can write while they nap, or in the evening after they go to bed. Forget about multitasking. Your writing will be so much better if you cut out the distractions.

 

2) Brainstorm Ideas in Advance

Writing for your blog gets way easier if you figure out what you want to write about before you sit down to write. Take a day each month to brainstorm topics; you can do keyword research, or mind mapping, or whatever style helps you best come up with ideas. Keep a running list of the ideas you come up with, and then put them into your calendar.

When you find several similar ideas, you can actually work them into a series, or even skip putting them on your blog and turn them into a short report. Best of all, when you sit down to write, you’ll already know what you’re going to write about, so you won’t be wasting half of your available writing time trying to find a topic.

 

3) Write How You Talk

I’ve talked about this before, but it’s really so important! Don’t try to be what you aren’t, don’t try to copy some other blogger’s style. Just write like you talk! I usually say a sentence out loud, and then write exactly what I said. You don’t need to have perfect grammar – in fact, perfect grammar can start sounding a little stodgy and old fashioned when it comes to blogging. You want people to be able to get your personality and feel like they actually know you through the words that you’re writing.

I love it when I see a video from a blogger I’ve been reading a while and realize they sound EXACTLY like I thought they would.

In fact, if you have voice to text software (I’m pretty sure most computers do these days), you might want to try just saying your blog post. Pretend you’re talking to a friend, and tell them what you want to say.

 

4) Be Different

Let me repeat what I said just a second ago – Don’t try to be someone else. Don’t copy another blogger. It’s awesome to read other bloggers and find things that you like about them and use it as inspiration– but don’t just copy someone else. That person is already doing a great job of being who they are, so if you try to be them, you’re going to come off looking like a poor imitation.

There are so many bloggers out there blogging about every single topic, every single niche – the only thing you can really do that’s going to stand out from the crowd is be yourself.

If you’re a religious person, don’t be afraid to show that in your posts. On the other hand, if you swear like a sailor, go on and cuss! Don’t hide who you are – own it!

Why?

Because in the words of Ricky Nelson, “You can’t please everyone, so ya gotta please yourself.”  And when you do that, you will be so freaking authentic, that the people who do dig what you’re doing are going to LOVE you.  It’s only by being yourself that you can get real, true fans.

 

5) Write a Lot.  I mean, A LOT. 

When you suck at something and you want to get better, you practice. The more you practice, the better you get.

Writing is a skill, and the more you do it, the better you will get – I promise you. You need to do it every single day, and it’ll start to be like flipping a switch; when you sit down in your space, at your writing time, your brain’s gonna respond like one of Pavlov’s dogs; but instead of drooling for a steak, it’ll start flowing with creative juices because it knows it’s time to start with the good stuff. Writing will get easier and easier for you.

Start writing – start taking action 🙂

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35 responses on How to Write Awesome Blog Posts Even if You’ve Always Hated to Write

  1. Hi Kelly!
    Love love love this post! I’m like you, I never thought about writing as a career choice, but here I am a freelance writer writing away!
    I can relate to having your own space when you write. I have twin toddlers to take care of during the day and the only time I can write is when they are napping and when they are in bed for the night. I sit at a desk or at my kitchen table to write.
    I always love to learn about blogging and this is a great post for people who want to get into blogging but not sure if they can do it!
    Elna
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    1. Thanks, Elna! My boys are nearly grown now, so my time is much more my own than it used to be – but I sure remember how hard it was to focus on work when they were little.

  2. Absolutely valid tips. Simple sounding but not so simple to do.

    I would endorse all these and add this tie between numbers one and five. As someone who has produced many thousands of pages of writing over the years one of the differences between high and low productivity periods is setting aside dedicated time periods for writing in time blocks of at least thirty minutes or more, preferably an hour or more at a single setting. If you allow any deviation, for any purpose (I’ll just take care of this bill or that email first — NOT) you will find yourself sidetracked from doing much if any serious writing.

    James Salmons
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    1. Absolutely, James. My problem is getting distracted with social media before I even get started. But once I do start writing, I get into a zone and rarely have trouble with distractions.

    1. Thanks, Terri – That’s exactly what I try to do. 🙂

      Grammar and spelling – I used to be really paranoid about making mistakes, I thought it would make me look stupid, and that was just something I absolutely could not have 😀 I’m still a stickler for proper word usage and basics, but I figure any crazy grammar I do in my writing is kind of like having an accent when I talk. I know I’m a little overboard with the exclamation points and hyphens – Lord knows I loooove to do some run on sentences with a bunch a hyphens in them! But I think that’s because of how I talk; I’m constantly interrupting myself with a new thought.

  3. I thought I might jump back into this thread again with this thought. One thing I did over the years, and still do occasionally, to improve grammar is to take on one simple thing at a time to improve my writing and focus on it for a few days. It takes almost no time, and by focusing on one thing in isolation you can knock it off in a day or two with almost no effort.

    For example, a lot of people misuse hyphens, em dash and en dash by choosing the wrong one for the need they have. By looking up the three and comparing their proper usage it is quite easy to think about the right form for each situation very consciously for a few days. From then on their use will come naturally.

    If you do this for a while you will soon discover that you start to feel pretty confident about your writing skills and you can get back to focusing on content and style.

    1. I don’t mind writing anymore – sometimes I need a little motivation to get started, just because I’d rather do something else 😉

  4. You know what my biggest problem is… I don’t have a space like you talked about. I’m in the living room taking care of my 2 munchkins. Yesterday 1 of them got stuck with his potty training seat around his waist (hasn’t been used yet since he refuses, lol) and the baby just started crawling today and I can’t take my eyes off of him. Try writing anything with the ABC song blaring from the TV and tons of chaos. Lol… but it’s not really funny!
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    1. LOL – I’m dying, imagining the potty seat!

      I know how hard it is when you’ve got little ones – hang in there though, it will get easier! Now that my boys are teenagers and gone most of the day, I miss the noise. (well, not always… but sometimes!)

  5. Hello Madam Kelly,

    I used to be one of those guys who always one thousand and one reasons not to write my English Composition but writing was something I just hated until I met one teacher who will always tell me; ‘No one was born with pen in hand’ So we all learn how to write right here on earth.

    So the fact that Kofi ( my former classmate) can write better, what makes me different? This post of yours is indeed one great piece and I guess many will indeed be grateful for this.
    Please I believe I’m not late i wishing you a Happy New Year. That day was birthday though and it was indeed a special day for me.

  6. What a truly awesome post Kelly!

    And it makes so much sense!Your excellent post, makes me wonder,
    just how many, potentially successful online bloggers/marketers, have
    missed out completely, because they were or are, totally convinced,
    they weren’t good at conventional writing!

    Because, like you pointed out, simply by being original and being who you
    really are, you don’t have to struggle at all, to do that!

    Thanks for sharing some outstanding points and hopefully your words
    of wisdom, will help a ton of others, at least start reaching, to fulfill their
    currently, untapped full potential!
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