50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

Do you want to become a better blogger? Silly question, eh.

In that case, I’ve got some great news. The best way to become a better blogger is to blog. And to keep blogging.

If this blogging thing is difficult and frustrating, then you must force yourself to do it, and do it, and do it, until you get better at it.

As bloggers we have to produce words daily – even when we don’t feel like it. Even replying to comments or e-mails is a good way to enhance one’s creativity.

Then there are a number of thing we can do to become better at this blogging thing. Quite a few of them…

Doing these things can help you become a better blogger:

1. Blog every day.

2. Use self-imposed word limits.

3. Accept all forms of criticism and learn to grow from them.

4. Read your posts over and over again, until you can’t find any more mistakes.

5. Ask fellow bloggers for feedback.

6. Outline. And then write according to that outline.

7. Edit, and edit again. And again.

8. Be bold.

9. Be open, curious, present, and engaged.

10. Take a break from blogging once in a while.

11. Learn a new word a day.

12. Punch the damn keys.

13. Experiment. Write a poem once in a while, or a short story. Try your hand at a lengthy essay on a topic that inspires you.

14. Read grammar books.

15. Turn-off the Internet. The TV. Your smartphone…

16. Challenge yourself: write at least 500 words a day. In a crowded place, such as a cafe.

17. Take a trip. Road trips, beach trips, bus trips, plane trips.

18. Watch movies and TV shows. Could you have written the story better?

19. Read, think, read, write, ponder, write – and read some more.

20. Read your stuff aloud to anyone who can stand it – including the cat.

21. Go back and cut 10% from your word count.

22. Talk to people.

23. Listen to how people talk. Listen to what they talk about.

24. Read lots of books. Both good and bad.

25. Write down all your ideas.

26. Use simple, declarative sentences.

27. Avoid passive voice.

28. Limit your use of adjectives and adverbs.

29. When in doubt, cut it out.

30. Be inspired by other art forms – music, dance, sculpture, painting.

31. Read your old stuff and acknowledge how far you’ve come – and how far you have to go.

32. Make blogging your priority. Do not struggle to find time. Make time.

33. Punch the damn keys. Even if you don’t feel like it. Especially if you don’t feel like it.

34. Tell everyone: “I’m the blogger.” Not “a” blogger, but “the” blogger.

35. Comment on your favorite blogs.

36. Keep it simple.

37. Try new ideas or hobbies – the more variety you have in your life, the more likely you are to keep on generating good ideas.

38. Rethink what is ‘normal’.

39. Work on brilliant headlines.

40. Take time to muse and mindmap.

41. Ask someone else to edit and proofread.

42. Break out of your comfort zone. Daily.

43. Write at the scene. If you want to write about a beach, get a picnic rug and go write by the sea.

44. Exercise. Run. Lift some weights. The endorphin rush, the serotonin, all of that will help boost your focus.

45. Think of yourself as a storyteller.

46. Think of stories as the what keeps our universe in place. The fundamental force of human society.

47. Approach blogging with gratitude, not just with a ‘must do this’ attitude.

48. Deconstruct and analyze the blog posts you enjoy.

49. Socialize with other creative individuals.

50. Take risks – don’t be afraid to shock. You are not who you think you are.

51. [Add your own suggestion in the comment section below!]


I hope that one or more of these suggestions has inspired you. Let me know which ones resonated with you. And please add to the list. I look forward to reading your comments!

This is a snippet of the kind of content you are to receive on a daily basis if you enroll in our Blogging Bootcamp. Aside from being able to reach me and Cristian any time you want and ask for feedback and such.

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42 thoughts on “50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

    1. The thing is that it does not matter. It’s not about how many words you use, but rather the way you use the words.

      If your editing game is on point, then your posts won’t have words and phrases that seem out of place or superfluous. Then it will be a pleasure to read, even if they’re ten thousand words long.

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  1. This. Post. Is. A M A Z I N G. It’s funny and at the same time very truthful… Thank you for sharing it! One tip worthy to add is the use of random (silly) prompts to inspire writing! Catch an object at your left, another at your right, and mix them in a story, poem, or even use it to introduce a post! It greatly helps when you’re stuck…

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  2. great post. but i thought blogging every day wasn’t such a good idea. that once a week or once a fortnight is plenty. i may be wrong of course. just repeating what i’ve read elsewhere. thanks for all the excellent tips.

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    1. It’s a tricky question. It depends mostly on how many people read and comment on your blog posts. You can post more often than once a day, as long as you get the social proof you need from folks who instantly comment on your blog posts.

      Why?

      Because it’s important to receive comments on your blog posts, as a means to measure your content’s engagement levels, but also to develop a community. If you post too often, no one comments, and it drives engagement down.

      That being said, those who have low numbers of followers are, indeed, better off with a few blog posts a week, but then they can work their way up to even posting twice a day, if they have the time and energy for such a thing.

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  3. Each of these ideas is lovely, and I wholeheartedly agree. If I was to make a suggestion for #51, it would be remember to add fare to fuel your thoughts every now and then. As food is rich in ties to culture, family, relationships, celebrations, sadness, economy, history, science, travel, literature and so much more, I find that a wonderful meal can be a great source of inspiration – whether a link to a memory of a loved one or a culinary adventure!

    I was most disappointed last year when I realized that in 2018, I only posted twice. I promised myself in December that I’d write a minimum of once per week. Pushing myself to write, “especially when I don’t feel like it,” has yielded me more views, likes and comments than I’ve had since first blogging nearly a decade ago. I am elated!

    Jordan, your tone and style of writing are casual, but compelling. I can attest to the verity of each of your suggestions and consider them to be quite the gem for both budding and seasoned bloggers. Thanks for sharing your insights and reminding others of the wealth of opportunities.

    Job Well Done!

    ~Carla Michelle

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