The Internet is overstuffed with information about how to be a better blogger, how to gain success while blogging, how to make your blogging easier, and so on.
Usually, these articles are rather wordy and fuzzy, and I don’t want to waste your time. That’s why I’ve prepared a concise guide on improving your blogging skills. Here’s what to do:
- Learn more
“Never stop learning” should be your life motto. Living in the 21st century means getting lost in opportunities, and you can just reach out and grab what you need. Join an online course (I can recommend sites where I personally took a few courses – Coursera, edX, The Open University courses), find necessary books in digital libraries (try using Bartleby.com, University of Oxford Text Archive or any other you can find on the web), and become a part of a blogging community.
- Get into the habit of daily writing
It doesn’t mean that you have to sit and write a few hours a day (though it would be nice). Take notes of the ideas that suddenly strike you, write out cool quotes from books you read, add new items to your content plan, make drafts of your oncoming blog articles. Always have a pen and notebook with you to put down a note or just use a mobile alternative like Evernote.
- Become a researcher
One of the greatest of blogger traits is researching. The one who gets to the heart of the matter is a trustworthy person. Firstly, you’ll find something impressive and write more profound materials for your blog. Secondly, you will build a reputation as a reliable blogger who cares about the quality of content you post.
- Strive for originality
How can you be a reputable blogger and a copycat at the same time? It’s impossible. Care about your uniqueness, foster your originality and creativity, and don’t let anybody influence your own writing style. Then check if everything is top-notch by using the Unplag plagiarism detector, which takes notice of text coincidences.
- Pay more attention to proofreading
To check and double-check must be your golden rule. However, naturally you might miss something, so to make sure your post doesn’t contain any grammar, punctuation and style mistakes, let automatic checkers like GINGER take care of your writing.
- Consider experience of other bloggers
There are many examples of young and successful bloggers around you who are happy to share their experiences with others. Seize this opportunity! These bloggers try different tools and techniques on their own and then write in their blogs what worked well for them. There are a few inspirational examples such as the following: Pat Flynn’s blog Smart Passive Income, Chris Garrett’s blog chrisg.com or Chris Brogan’s blog chrisbrogan.com.
Did you find these tips helpful? What else can you recommend? Leave your comments below and have a good time blogging!
About the Author: Nancy Lin, a freelance writer from Kansas City. She enjoys writing about blogging and tech tips. When she is not writing, she tickles the strings of her guitar and thinks about new ways of conquering the blogosphere. Connect with Nancy via Twitter and Linkedin.