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.
Here are 7 timeless tips that, if applied, will help you become a better blogger.
You spend an insane amount of time hunched over your keyboard, punching those keys. You write your heart out, search for the perfect image that will compliment your article, rummage through your brain for a genius opening line, for an ending that will surely inspire and motivate your readers.
Now, it’s time to hit the Publish button.
Your baby is ready to be shared with the world.
Or is it?
Well, here’s how you can know for sure if your article is ready to be published on the web.
Two and a half years ago I was just about ready to quit blogging.
First, because I thought there was nothing new to learn. I knew it all, I had reached the top of the mountain, and there was nowhere else to go from there.
Second, because I didn’t get much pleasure out of writing articles anymore. It was not challenging me anymore.
It was a rough time for me, considering that my income was a direct result of my ability to consistently produce new content.
I believe that creativity is directly tied to our ability to interpret work as play, and in order to do so, we must constantly work towards becoming better at our craft.
Since I thought I knew it all, there was no incentive to find ways of improving myself as a blogger.
Accidentally, I shared a couple of blogging tips with my readers. Until then, I had only ever wrote one article about blogging, way back in 2012, an while it was my most popular article ever, I had never thought of it as a topic worth writing about.
Talk about missed opportunities, right?
When I realized that my blogging tips were quite popular with my audience, I decided to launch The Art of Blogging.
It was supposed to be a side-hustle, nothing too wild, just so I could supplement my blogging income.
And the more I researched the topic, the more I understood that, in fact, I knew nothing.
“It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.” — Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins
The average age of a Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature is 63.
The youngest writer to ever be awarded this prestigious award was Rudyard Kipling, at the age of 41.
There’s an often overlooked rule of the written word: you can learn how to write a good story only by writing an awful lot of bad stories.
If there’s no thing I’m quite the expert on, that’s alienating a large, engaged audience.
I started my first blog back in April 2012. By November the same year I had over twenty-thousand readers. I was earning about $100 every single day, and my articles were read by close to a thousand people within the first 3–4 hours of posting new content.
Somehow, in my quest to increase my numbers, both in terms of readers and income, I lost friends and alienated a lot of people.
Just take a look at this statistic:
Here’s how you can do it as well in a couple easy to follow steps.