The written word has changed a lot over the last couple of decades.
The way we consume words has changed, the sheer quantity of content and the ease of access, and the fact that we are now all interconnected, all of these factors influence the way we write and the way we read.
But the basics have stayed the same. The principles of good writing, the principles of a healthy inner game, the basic two step framework (sit down and write).
Here are 7 timeless tips that, if applied, will help you become a better blogger.
1. Punch the Damn Keys
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
If you don’t write with passion and conviction about the topics and ideas that set your soul on fire, you are going to struggle to build enough momentum to become a successful blogger.
What are the things that you can’t stop thinking about?
That’s what the world wants to read from you. So be passionate and punch the damn keys. Write with courage and faith about the things that you wish to see come true in the world.
Words and ideas are powerful. They can change the world.
But for your words and ideas to change the world, you need to let yourself be guided by the words and ideas that matter to you.
2. Keep It Simple
“Vigorous writing is concise.”
William Strunk Jr.
In order to write in a concise manner, you must know:
- who you’re writing for
- what are the benefits that you offer your reader
- what it is that you want your readers to do
The more clarity of purpose you have, the more concise your writing becomes.
There’s no need to write for the sake of writing, or to write long posts because you read in some article that 2, 000 word blog posts perform best.
What “performs best” is being concise and clear about whatever it is you’re writing into existence.
3. Don’t Obsess About the Money
“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.”
A lot of bloggers waste a lot of their time being obsessed with stats and earnings. The most obsessed among them are the ones who only blog about stats and earnings.
While blogging enables one to set up various monetization options right from the start, the truth is that, as a beginner, it’s best to blog about something that you’d be happy to write about even if you’d never get paid.
Because in the long run, this will prove to be the thing that keeps you going. When you lose motivation, when you run out of things to blog about, when your income plummets.
Money should never be your primary motivator, because, quite frankly, money isn’t a great motivator at all, even though we all try to act as if money is the answer to all our problems.
If you end up with a blog you hate, with an indifferent audience, and you can’t figure out what to write about next, it’s probably because you sold your soul for a few bucks a long time ago, and now you don’t feel like writing your heart out to genuinely inspire others.
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