Blogging is like writing in short-hand. It is an abbreviated story. To be honest, my writing is not the best and I try to improve on it everyday. This is my best advice. Keep trying to improve, do it because you love the art and try to live with being mediocre. Everyone can improve their writing skills with enough effort. Here are four steps to scribble a better blog.
- READ, READ, READ…..there is no other way to improve longhand than to constantly be reading. Switch off the TV and listen to audio tapes. If you do not enjoy reading then your writing will not improve. Period! Here is a list of some writers shaping my style.
- On Writing- Steven King (Quite possibly the best book on writing)
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck- Mark Manson (Fantastic Blogger)
- Postpartum Depression For Dummies- (A horrible book that is extremely repetitive, it will teach you what NOT to do)
Aside from books, constantly be reading bloggers. My attention span is short and bloggers do the job. Some of the bloggers that show up in my inbox.
- Probloggers.com- Darren (He also has a Facebook group to join and meet other newbie bloggers including myself 🙂
- Bloglovin’- This is a very large group of bloggers that will open a person to the wonderful world of blogging.
- Scarymommy.com- I love this blog because the style is similar to mine
This is just a small list of who is influencing my style, it will change from month-to-month depending on what is being read. One thing will lead to another and that is how I get in between the sheets with books. Finding material that is inspiring is very important. One could catch me reading off my iPhone while waiting in line and bed time stories to my daughter well above her comprehension level. She is two months old and anything sounds sweet in baby talk.
- Edit That This is the hardest part of writing process. Since I am a blogger, my posts are typically not any longer than one thousands words. It seems like I reread those words a thousands times before pushing the button “publish” on WordPress. People who should be avoided as editors: spouses, friends and family. If you are looking for an editor I suggest paying someone. Since that is not possible on my budget I have become editor-in-chief of MovingMotherhood.com. I read the print out loud to make sure this small world of words are perfectly aline in each paragraph. Then I use wordcounter.net to keep my post under one thousand words and to find words that have been used repetitively to change it up. Steven King suggests a limit to three drafts and to take time away from the print. As a blogger, it usually takes me three days to write one blog. My drafting process is three (okay sometime six :). Try to write blogs in advance to give more chances to reread at a later time.
- Getting To The Station. Every good writer has a process. Handwriting must become a habit. Every great scribbler I know scribbles everyday. I scribble for an hour or more everyday. Most of what I write will never even make it on to a computer. Whatever comes to mind, whenever inspiration strikes take advantage. Sometimes it feels like fog at an airport. On those days, do research for posts.
My process starts with a great idea, scribbles, going to dictionary.com, a glass of wine, bubble charting, rewriting, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit and then publish. Somewhere in the all of that I come up with something for a feature image (not one of my finer points). For this article, I looked up the word Write, according to dictionary.com
Write: Verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; written or (Archaic) writ; writing.
- to trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument
- to express or communicate in writing; give a written account of.
- To fill in the blank spaces of (a printed form) with writing
The bubble chart is a map and one found in the feature picture. I typically find new ideas about the subject that I have not even though of before. The glass of wine is for good measure 🙂
4. Make People Feel At Home The welcome mat should be laid out and your home should be inviting to your guests. Make them comfortable in your thoughts and help them to receive the message you would like to send.
1. Who will read this?
2. Why should someone be interested?
Keeping the work audience centered helps me think about someone who is reading my work. Personally, I want people to receive a positive message. This is what I strive for in all of my work. However, do you be surprised if your message comes off different than the tone you are trying to present. This happens often in a multicultural audience.
Your writing style should reflect who you are. It should be easy on the eyes, with a lot work behind it. Think of it as a piece of Ikea furniture. Working on it might be messy; the end result should be flawless. This is how I like to write, finding what works best for you is the key. These are four steps that can be taken to scribble a better blog. Write On, bro.
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King, Stephen. On writing: a memoir of the craft. London: Hodder, 2012. Print.
Manson, Mark. The subtle art of not giving a fu*k: a counterintuitive approach to living a good life. New York: HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016. Print.