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!

132 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. I read Michael Hyatt’s book called “platform” and it also had some good tips as well. I believe he recommends 500 words. Sometimes I keep to that while at other times I may go longer or shorter.

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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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    1. It all depends on the kind of content, its quality, length, etc. The level of reader engagement(how many folks comment). The truth of the matter is that quality content can get people so hooked that they will need it on a daily basis.

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      1. Well, it can’t hurt giving it a try. I mean, we tried something like 3 posts a day during a few months here, and it was both exhausting us and our readers(or so we deduced). And I know Cristian used to post a lot more often on his blog for a while with similar results… the results were that he was alienating readers. He can confirm that as well.

        The truth of the matter is that experimentation is a big part of growing as a blogger.

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  4. Dear Jordan, nowhere do you mention that you have to be an expert in what you are blogging about to captivate your audience and get readers through word of mouth. I am a generalist and an expert in almost nothing. I just blogged for the pleasure of it on a hundred and one different topics which I researched and wrote about.
    I started blogging in 1912 and am getting to the point where I have run out of new material to blog about unless you include recipes and crafts etc. I have over 4600 blogs and only about 200 views a day. Since I write about almost anything there is no way that I will make any money doing so even though I have also self published over 20 books on Amazon. Still hoping to write once in a while but I hate repeating myself and I am rapidly getting to that point in my blogging career where I have no more things to write about which would inspire me. I don’t think that I could even write a best seller because my writing style is so dry and to the point. Best wishes. Uldis

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  5. Thanks for the post. They’re short, simple and easy to grasp. As a newbie, these tips are helpful. Punch the damn keys, try new art forms, blog everyday and read a lot. I am learning a lot and it keeps me motivated. Thank you.

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  6. I enjoyed reading these. Which one did I find the most useful? Reading it out to the cat!! You do have to read your work out loud to see what it sounds like, and what better audience than an uncritical moggy.

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  7. These are great, Jordan. I especially like cutting the word count by 10% (or more). I often take a 600 word post and try to make it 500 words. Also–reading aloud. It’s amazing how many things I realize I can improve once I’ve read aloud.

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  8. I have 5 blogs (5 different topics) and RARELY do I EVER get a comment. Looking around at others, I see far more interactions, but darned if I can draw them on mine. Criticism, for me is NOT intimidating bc, as you said, it only helps. Any ideas?

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    1. It’s all in the emotion. Do your blog posts elicit an emotional response? Do you ask questions or urge readers to comment at the end of your posts? Do you use “you” and “because” and try to emphasize with your readers? Do you network with other bloggers in your niche? Do you comment on other blogs?

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  9. #50 – Be free with your thoughts. In any type of writing, the draft needs to be just free form, letting your thoughts flow. Then go back (as you mention – several times) and edit. You might be surprised with your own thoughts when given the opportunity to be free.
    As always – great advice. Several items in your list, I do practice, but others I need to improve upon. I agree with janostrom – I really liked “Reading to your cat”. 🙂

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