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We, bloggers, continuously strive to become better bloggers. Some people don’t start off blogging just because they think they’re bad at this or they can’t be successful or they don’t know enough.
Well, I’m here to tell you some useful tips to become a better blogger. Trust me, I’ve been there; when I was starting out, I had no idea where to begin from. And, I had issues with grammar, sentence structuring, and vocabulary. I still don’t think I’m a good writer, but when I look at my old content, I realize how far I’ve come.
So I’m glad to share some useful blogging techniques that will make you a better blogger. The interesting part is that blogging isn’t just about the right topics or good grammar. Instead, there are some fundamental elements that blogosphere needs to address because most bloggers aren’t discussing those points.
Either we’re after the keywords or Google AdSense revenues, which is why I sat down to talk about blogging techniques that will help you become a better blogger.
Here are 10 tips to get off on the right foot:
1. Write When You Want to Write
My number one advice to becoming a better blogger is that don’t be too hard on yourself. If you start writing your blog posts when you want to write, you’ll notice a huge difference in the quality of your content. Plus, you’ll be more productive this way.
Most bloggers write blogs because it makes them happy. So happiness has a vital role in blogging, but when we come up with different motives, then things get changed. You may want your article to be ranked on the first page of Google or you might want more social media shares or you may want more affiliate sales. Whenever there are certain goals attached to blogging, the focus doesn’t remain crystal clear.
There is no harm in making the most of your blogging work but when you start to push too hard, it starts to affect the quality of your content. I also know that there are deadlines that we need to meet, but you may not want to disappoint your readers with the crappy content. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, then change your timing, location, or food, and see the difference it makes in your routine.
2. Start off With Favorite Topic
One of the best ways to becoming a productive blogger is starting off with writing on your favorite topics. I’ve faced this issue a while ago that I wasn’t feeling excited to get started, then I realized that if I start off my day with writing something I enjoy, maybe it’d help me get through this.
It worked like a charm. I felt so good, excited, and passionate about blogging that I got more done than normal days. I learned that happiness matters in blogging productivity. Now, I always try to write something I enjoy writing, and then I switch to other writing jobs.
Ditch your publishing schedule once in a while and see what happens. You might end up adopting this habit because it makes you more efficient and consistent with your blogging. I always prefer the blog post topics that I’m interested in and it helps fight procrastination.
3. Workstation Environment
You might be thinking I’m joking or something, but I’m not. Workstation environment means your surroundings. I’ve learned the hard way that if you want to focus on your writing, consider choosing your workstation wisely. You can’t sit down to write if your siblings are playing PS4 next to you or your kids are jumping on you.
Therefore, the workstation environment consists of everything that you can feel and see. Make sure there are no disturbance, noise, or distractions near your desk so that you could focus on writing. Above all, if your room or home office is messy, it may creep you out. So consider cleaning up your workstation before sitting down to work.
I feel more productive when I’m properly dressed up; I can’t write content in Pajamas.
4. Comfortable Seating
This may seem weird to you but if your seating isn’t comfortable you can write your blog. I pay attention to my postures and comfort when I sit down to write a blog. I don’t hesitate to grab a cushion when I work from home or I make sure that my seat is perfect.
Of course, you can’t do much about your seating at work so I always make sure that I buy a comfortable chair for work. On the other hand, I experiment a lot at home just to see what’s the most comfortable seating available at my disposal.
So don’t ignore the impact of comfortable seating when you’re working on your blogs.
5. Avoid Writing During Fatigue
If you just came home from a long drive or an event, don’t pick up your laptop to write a blog post. Instead, do rest and sit down to work the next day. The purpose is that you shouldn’t write a blog post during fatigue. It’ll never help you write good content.
When you’re physically and mentally tired, you can’t come up with great ideas to share with the audience. It’ll be better off if you take some time off blogging. You can get back to work once you start to feel fresh and relaxed. See, blogging is all about sharing thoughts, ideas, and solution with the audience. Therefore, a tired body and an exhausted brain can’t come up with great content.
6. Don’t Ignore Physical Fitness
A fit body has a sound mind. There is no doubt about it. If you aren’t feeling well, I can guarantee you that you can’t write or manage your blog. So physical fitness is essentially important to become a better blogger. Darren Rowse once talked about fitness and its impact on his blogging career in a podcast episode.
If you’re neglecting your exercise, medication, or healthcare, then stop procrastination and do the right thing. Join a gym, pay a visit to your doctor, or do whatever you should do to be 100% fit. The whole point is that take care of yourself so that you could enjoy blogging.
7. Create a Writing Schedule
Goals are good, but schedules are better. The reason is that creating a schedule could lead to building a habit, which is the best. I’d highly recommend creating a writing schedule. For example, if you’re like me who happens to be a freelance writer and blogger, then you’d have to create a schedule for both freelance work and personal projects.
I’m not a strict person when it comes to schedules, but I value the importance of them. What I do is that I make small schedules, mostly daily. I map out the things for the whole day and often start off with writing my blog. I also shoot or edit my videos. Then comes the clients’ projects that I’m working on. Later on, the last thing I often do is giving some time to my eBook writing.
The most important part of my schedule is that I get to write for my blogs at the beginning, which makes my day better.
8. Do Other Stuff Too
Don’t be so hard on yourself and take some time out for doing other stuff. It’s necessary to take breaks and do new things. I’ve found this extremely effective for my productivity. I don’t know much about baking, but once a month, I try baking cupcakes or something. Although 80% of the times, I screw up. I feel so refreshed and happy when I do something different.
What it does is that it takes away all your stress and pressure that you carry on your shoulders all day. If you want to be a better blogger, besides learning blogging monetization techniques and writing hacks, pay close attention to your happiness too.
9. Read Others Content
Blogging isn’t just about writing and publishing your content. Instead, it has many angles that one has to look at. Reading others’ content is one of those things that a blogger must not ignore. Not only does it help you learn new things, but you also get to build relationships with other bloggers.
Moreover, you can look at others’ blogs and observe the patterns to take inspiration. Most bloggers try to share valuable things in their content so it becomes vital to focus in on the content to build connections with them.
10. Become a Book Reader
What can I say about book reading? I never thought that I’d become a book reader, but it happened three years ago. I randomly stopped by at a local bookstore and while leaving the bookstore, I came across a book named “Give and Take” and it changed everything. I bought that book the very next day, and it opened a whole new world for me.
I always say don’t hesitate to try out new things. If it wasn’t for trying out new things, I would’ve missed so many valuable lessons that I learned from reading books after that.
So being a blogger, I learn so many things from the books and I often share quotes from the books in my blog content.
It’s not possible to become a better blogger without putting in the work. So I believe if you want to become a better blogger, then be ready to go through the process of improving your blogging skills.
These techniques aren’t specifically about choosing the niche and selecting the blog topics. I wanted to discuss things that most bloggers ignore. More importantly, these blogging techniques have helped me become a better blogger so I don’t have any doubt about these tips.
I’ve seen many blogging tips blog posts that revolve around the blog’s niche, blog post topics, and the keywords. Sure, all these things are key to becoming a successful blogger, but it doesn’t mean we should ignore mental health, fun, and amusement of the work.
If you start to pay attention to these tips, I promise you that you’d enjoy your blogging just like I do.
What else would you think a blogger should do to become a better blogger?