Lots of young authors blog – but have you ever wondered if it’s really useful? It’s definitely easy to, especially early on in a blogging career when you feel like you’re just talking to white noise.
Writing on your blog can feel like a useless effort – time spent away from your writing that isn’t really going anywhere.
This blog post will talk about different ways blogging can help you grow as a writer.
Blogging makes you write consistently.
Ah, writing consistently – this was the bane of my existence back in the day, and I still struggle with it sometimes! However, when you’ve got to get a blog post up once a week – or even several times a week – you’ve got be consistent.
And once you get in the habit of writing regularly for your blog (and talking about writing on your blog in most cases), you’ll get better at writing regularly on your novel! You’ll see the value of sitting down and working on a project regularly as you grow as a writer.
It’s important to establish the habit of regular writing early on, and if blogging can help you do that, then it’s definitely worth your while!
Helps you develop your voice.
Though blogging is considerably different than writing a book, it still helps you get more confident in your voice. Also, blogging will help you develop a voice for other platforms – social media, email lists, and simply communicating with other professionals and with your readers.
I’ve learned a lot about who I am as a writer through blogging. I realized that I need to be laid-back and honest, that I need to find my own twist to every trend, and that I can’t sacrifice my views or my style for the sake of popularity.
You get instant feedback.
As your blog grows, you’ll start getting regular readers and commenters. These readers will give you feedback on your post almost instantly after it comes out.
As soon as your piece is posted, readers will begin to comment, sharing their thoughts. You can learn a lot based on their level of excitement and the speed with which they choose to read your post! You’ll know when your writing is good because you’ll get positive responses.
Lack of feedback (or negative feedback, though it doesn’t come up as much) will tip you off that your blog post simply wasn’t a topic your audience was interested in, that it wasn’t well-written, or could have used an additional “oomph” to push it over the edge into awesome!
Teaches you to self-edit.
Self-editing has never been my strong suit.
I can pick out big-picture things in a jiffy, but I dislike the grind of going through my own stories. It’s easier with my students, with my peers … but my own words? I’ve already gone over them – I don’t want to read over them again, slowly, and pick at every word I wrote!
However, it is an important and necessary skill. You have to read over your blog posts once, twice, three times before publishing them – you have to pick at word choice – and you can’t wait because you’ve a deadline for this post coming up!
So get on that self-editing and know that it’s helping you prepare to self-edit a longer project – like a future best-selling novel.
Offers you practice on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity.
You don’t want a blog post full of various mistakes! So of course you go on a witch hunt for spelling errors, double check every comma, and read over each sentence over and over again to make sure it’s clear.
(At least that’s what I hope you’re doing!)
It’s important to learn how to use the English language (or whatever language you’re writing in!) as a writer – and blogging can give you extra practice. If you’re anything like me, you can use all the practice in the English language you can get. 😉
Helps you start a platform early on.
Developing a platform is difficult, and when you’re a newbie, it’s even harder. Social media and email lists are far more intimidating than blogs, and most people are more comfortable being unprofessional on a blog than unprofessional on an email list.
Also, blogs are pretty low-commitment compared to an email list – and more parent-safe than social media – so it allows you a great way of developing a platform in the early stages of your writing career.
Teaches you to interact with other writers.
Interacting with other writers (as well as readers) is … difficult. Or at least it can’t be in you don’t have some sort of “in.” Especially since writers tend to be introverted, it can be difficult to get involved in a new community, even if it’s online.
Blogging gives you an easy way to interact with other writers, and there’s a fantastic blogging community that is a good introduction to the bookish community.
Helps you find inspiration and advice.
The blogging community is full of writers and authorings sharing their best inspiration and advice, and it’s absolutely amazing! I almost exclusively use blogs for discovering new how to’s for writing and marketing, and I have several blogs I follow exclusively for that.
Once you’re in the blogging community, it’ll be easier to find these posts as people are always recommending them and posting them and talking about them.
Though there are other great ways that blogging helps you as a writer, these are the main ones that have helped me. Comment below how blogging helped you become a better blogger!
Thanks & have a splendiferous day, writers!
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