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How do I become a good blogger?

Asked by archaeopteryx (870 points ) January 22nd, 2009

I mean, sometimes I sit in front of my blog trying to write an article about some certain topic, but somehow, words just won’t come out. I try my best to write something but I can’t find an appropriate way to express it!

Somehow it works with me, though, and I manage to craft an interesting article, but sometimes, if not most of the times I end up either writing a weak and boring article or giving up and not writing anything at all.

So how do I improve my writing skills?

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natepilling's avatar

Take a look at blogs that you subscribe to or enjoy. What makes them great? Think about what makes those blogs so great. Many times it is the passion that is behind a certain blog or issue that makes them so great. Take a look at your writing and ask yourself if you’re really passionate about the topic you’re writing about. If not, maybe it’s time to reevaluate your blog topic and come up with something that you are genuinely excited about. If you’re truly passionate about what you’re writing about, you’ll never have a problem writing that next post.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

I’ve wondered this myself because I’ve read blogs that hustle and flow and are engaging. Then when I try to do the same I end up writing something mundane and generic.

One trick I do to get myself in gear is to look up some new and peculiar word and attempt to work it into my topic. It makes for some interesting attempts anyway. You can do something like subscribe to dictionary.com’s word of the day to make things easier.

At the very least you expand your vocabulary which is a way to avoid wallowing in the usual rancor brought about by good old fashioned writer’s block.

AlfredaPrufrock's avatar

@natepilling‘s on the right track. Before you start writing, you should have a purpose for writing the blog, or topic, and an intended audience. Otherwise, unless you’re like Jack79 and have a really interesting and unusual life, chances are you will put yourself to sleep along with everyone who reads your blog. It’s okay to have a fairly narrow scope, if you’re willing to put in the time to research your subject, and add new content.

A really good site to learn about blogging is www.chrisbrogan.com. For example, an article this week pointed out he always uses photos of people’s faces with his articles, and he explained why.

www.building-cincinnati.com is all about various real estate and development projects going on in Cincinnati OH. It’s not a business site, but the author is interested in historic preservation and city development.

www.happiness-project.com is about how to make yourself happier.

www.bakerella.com is all about baking.

Vincentt's avatar

What I often do (and what works very well for me) is to start by summing up everything you want to discuss in your blog post and then ordering it in a structured way. Then you can start writing about every item on your list in order and end up with a very readable and well-structured blog posts that’s also clearly layout out in neat, byte-sized paragraphs that are easy to scan.

Snoopy's avatar

You might want to look at examples of other good blogs….

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