If you’re really serious about improving your blogging skills, try what I just did: publish a post every day for one month. Monday through Friday is fine.
Here are few improvements you’ll be sure to make:
Your writing will get better
Much better, in fact. Having the discipline to write and publish everyday is just like exercise: you eventually get into shape. You start sounding more relaxed and the act of writing doesn’t hurt so much.
The first week is especially tough, I will admit. It’s painful to force yourself to do something that can feel so uncomfortable and strained. Getting past the second week is pretty rough, too.
But once you get to the third and fourth week you’ll start to hit a stride. After that, blogging every day doesn’t feel like such a task. It’s actually quite enjoyable
Perfection is no longer a constraint
Part of the reason I was such an infrequent blogger (one post per week, sometimes less) is because I really dragged and took my time to “handcraft” each post to what I felt was a state of perfection.
We have to remember that blogging is not like book publishing where a team of editors refine our work until it’s ‘perfect’ (*ahem* there is no such thing as perfect). That’s the old way of doing things!
Blogging is meant to be more rapid-paced and fluid. When you commit to doing it every day, it becomes “publish or perish.”
So no matter what kind of day you’re having you know a new post has to be live before you go to bed. That kind of pressure forces you to ship your work by making snap, creative decisions.
You’ll start to find your voice
This is by far the biggest benefit to daily blogging.
Like any novice, beginning bloggers tend to copy the styles of the more established bloggers because they haven’t yet discovered their voice.
But when you write every day, you get more comfortable with yourself and your words until it starts to feel like…you. Your blog becomes you.
Pretty soon your writing feels more natural, like speaking. Your personality starts to emerge, and people start to get comfortable around you.
That personal connection is vital for making friends and attracting passionate readers.
If I can do it, so can you
Rapid fire blogging is a lot like boot camp: you learn what you’re made of.
Today marks the the last successive day of my month of daily blogging (Monday through Friday). I just proved to myself that I am indeed capable of writing and publishing on a daily basis.
I’m also happy to report that it feels great!!
Despite that fact that the world doesn’t make it easy for you to write, why not drop the excuses and just give it a try?
Photo by kevindooley.