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 single 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 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 a 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 mind-map.

41. Ask someone else to edit and proofread your content.

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!

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116 thoughts on “50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

  1. Than you for this rather comprehensive list, Jordan. I am not sure what I would add to it! The one that resonated most with me was #47, “Approach blogging with gratitude, not just with a ‘must do this’ attitude.” I am grateful for my blogging friends, the connections I have made via WordPress, and the inspirations I gain from other bloggers like you & Cristian. Thank you!

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    1. First of all, it should say THANK you (not “Than you”)!! Secondly, it should say “…bloggers like you, Jordan, and Cristian.” I should have recognized your contribution by name. Sorry about that! But, the original comment stands: I am not sure what I would add. This is quite comprehensive!

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  2. I like your tips, and it’s a stretch to add one, but I like to choose a blog topic that drives me forward! If I’m passionate about what I’m learning and writing, I can hardly tear myself away from the computer. I trust that with time and lots of work I’ll get better and engage more readers!

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    1. It depends on your niche/topic.

      But the thing is that every kind of feedback is more than welcome. From your readers, from other bloggers in your niche. It does not matter. A like is a feedback, a comment is feedback, someone who hates your content and tells you that is feedback. No feedback is also feedback.

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  3. Great post. I don’t think I can ever get tired of blog posts that are centered around how to become a better blogger. Great tips are always provided and I’m filled with more drive to continue on this blogging journey.

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  4. Yes, I think it helps me especially to “approach blogging with gratitude, not just with a ‘must do this’ attitude.” I am grateful for this community of blogging friends – and the ability to reach out to this wide, wonderful world of people daily. I appreciate each person who takes the time to read and respond. #52 To inspire others, share what inspires you. (Thank you, Jordan, you do that so well!)

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  5. Great advices but i always wonder about the quantity of blogging as a way to become as you mentioned “the blogger”. Peronally, i have an issue with quantity because it lacks quality with time, because writing is a process of maturation and assimilation of new ideas and ways of writing. My question: how can you garantee that you will not repeat yourself with the everyday task you mentioned?

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    1. All great bloggers repeat themselves a bit. They have recurring themes, they are all about certain ideas and topics. And as their understanding of those topics grows, so does their audience. One rule of thumb is that if you say something once, no one’s paying much attention. Really. Folks have to read about something a few times before they understand it.

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