Friday, May 18, 2012

How Blogging Has Made Me a Better Writer

     The winner of the book giveaway I held this past week is Michelle Welsh. She will receive a copy of Changing Zip Codes by Carol Stratton. Congrats.           

     I have been blogging for almost a year. I realized that some things I do as a blogger help me be a better writer. I have listed them below.  

1.     I write, rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite.

 Blogging has given me the opportunity to write. Just having a blog I have to write and hopefully have improved my writing.

2.     I set deadlines and stick with them.

I kept putting off starting a blog, saying I would begin before I went to a particular conference or before the end of the year, etc. But, I also told myself that when I started blogging, I would blog. I wouldn’t be sporadic, but consistent. So, far, I have been able to meet those deadlines. As a writer I always need to deal with deadlines.

3.     I write whether I’m inspired or not.
My prime time to write is in the morning. Unfortunately, I have a part-time “day” job and I work in the mornings. So, I have learned to write in the afternoon (my worst time) and even evenings. Sometimes I would rather do ten other things, but I go to the computer and start writing something to blog or write.
4.     I have become acquainted with the technology of social marketing
Everyone, including the writer, needs to be familiar with technology. I dreaded the thought of having to deal with it and I still do for the most part. But, I have learned how to maneuver around social networking, and it amazes me that I am capable of making it work. This adds to my confidence and I find I am not so hesitant to try something new.
5.     I juggle multiple projects.

I post a blog every week. When I plan to interview someone or give away a book there is the advance work to do. There are also the blogs I read to see what other bloggers are doing, and the blogs about blogging that I read. When I have various writing projects at once, this juggling practice helps.

Has blogging helped your writing?


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