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.
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