In my two and a half years of blogging, I’ve learnt so much about so many things: I’ve learnt how to use social media and Wordpress, how to design a blog, how to take and edit photos, and I now know what the acronyms TBR, ARC and DNF mean (vital life skills right there!). But more than anything blogging has allowed me to really hone my writing skills, which is pretty awesome seen as I want to be a writer!
In fact I’d recommend blogging as a hobby to anyone who wants to up their writing game, and I thought I’d do a quick post explaining why:
- It forces you to write regularly.
The most common writing advice given to newbie writers is to ‘write regularly’, and blogging forces you to do just that. If you aren’t posting regularly and constantly creating new content, then your blog probably won’t grow, so it’s a great motivator, especially for super procrastinators like me!
- It gets you used to thinking up ideas.
Part of being a writer is having to constantly come up with ideas, and that’s something that blogging also forces you to do. Every week you have to come up with new and interesting things to write about, which is a skill in itself.
Blogging has also inspired me to develop a much better system of recording my ideas, as before I would just jot them on the nearest scrap of paper and then inevitably lose them. However, because regular blogging means you need to come up with so many ideas, I decided it would be easiest to keep them nicely organised, all in one place: enter Evernote! These days I have the Evernote app complete with various folders for all my blog post ideas, story ideas and to do lists, and it’s really helped me stay organised and get more writing done!
- It teaches you how to work through writer’s block.
Every writer goes through those tough periods where it seems like the river of ideas has run well and truly dry, and the words just won’t come. Bloggers go through the exact same thing, but when you know you’ll have to suck it up and write a post sooner or later, or leave your blog abandoned it can really help you to push through it! There’s nothing like having a waiting audience looking out for that next post to get you writing!
- It helps you find your voice.
Unlike with fiction, blog posts are written from your own perspective, and so blogging can do wonders for helping you find your writing voice. I know when I started blogging, my posts often felt stilted and awkward, but gradually as I’ve found my preferred style of writing and grown comfortable with it, I feel my writing has improved loads!
- It can help you find your niche.
Blogging can also help you discover what sort of things you really want to write about. Often people will start a blog and decide they want to write specifically about books, or about beauty, but then gradually find themself drifting off in another direction as something else catches their interest that they are more passionate about, or simply enjoy writing about more.
- You can get feedback on your writing.
One of the best things about blogging is the social aspect, and it’s great for writers, as they can get feedback on their writing almost immediately through the comments.
So do you feel like blogging has helped you improve your writing? If so, then how?