3 writing lessons learned from a year of blogging.

writing lessons

This week marks the one year anniversary of my first post here on The Management Maven.  While this hardly makes me a blogging expert, I have gained some insight into what works and what doesn’t work for me.  Have a read and then let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear what you’ve learned about your own writing practice.

Write as much as possible, ideally every day.

I don’t mean post every day – I haven’t even come CLOSE to that.  But just the act of writing everyday – journaling, free-writing, whatever – gets you into a rhythm and the words start to flow more easily.  Posts, when you’re ready to write them, come together much faster.  Just like physical exercise, I’ve found that the longer I go without writing, the harder it becomes to start again.

Write about what you feel like writing about.

Many bloggers plan out their topics with a posting calendar.  This hasn’t worked for me. (which is a little surprising, since I’m such a planner by nature.)  My best posts seem to rise out of whatever I happen to be doing and thinking about that day.  Not that I don’t consider the overall arc of my blog – it’s just that exploring a topic when it’s fresh and interesting to me seems to make my writing better and more engaging.

Keep it simple.

When I’m struggling with a post that just won’t seem to come together, it’s usually because I’ve gotten too attached to a particular idea that just doesn’t fit.  I need to step back, consider what fundamental point I’m trying to make and cut anything that doesn’t develop it.  “Kill your darlings”, as they say, and things will start to gel.


Other posts related to writing:

Don’t let your busy writing get “puffy”.
Post. Promote. Move on.
Work on your writing skills.


 

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11 thoughts on “3 writing lessons learned from a year of blogging.

  1. hrpotential

    Totally agree with all your points Bernadine! However, I don’t get chance to write that often. Instead I find that thinking over my ideas means I’m ready to write when I get chance!

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    1. Bernadine Post author

      I know what you mean, Helen. I love those times when I have a post written in my head and can just sit down at the keyboard and say, GO!

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  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    This is a fabulous entry, Bernadine. As someone who only began blogging recently, your ideas and experience resonate. Numbers two and three are the most helpful. Thank you for sharing a bit of Management Maven Wisdom with me. 🙂 Best – Shanna

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  4. taso100

    I totally resonate with you, but boy, do I have knowing-doing gap to cross! Like you, I plan for a lot of things, but love spontaneous activities, writing included. And when those rare moments seize me, I write freely. Would greatly appreciate more stories from you about the writing process.

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    1. Bernadine Post author

      Thanks for reading and commenting! The knowing-doing gap is an issue for me in so many areas. 😉 And I understand what you mean about writing when the moment seizes you. I think having a place to capture and use the results of those moments (like a blog) is key to making them meaningful.

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