15 Tips for Writing & Blogging

A few of my dear readers and fellow bloggers have often asked me for advice regarding writing and how to in general go about posting things. I had written a few points in response to a comment recently, so I thought I’d share it.
Incase you have some more tips, do comment below. I am an amateur myself.  The aim is for all of us to benefit from each other’s experiences. πŸ™‚

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Happy Blogging!

1.Write write write write. Dont think about what is right or wrong.We are our own critics. Let your emotions and creativity flow. You can always edit later.

2. If you have writer’s bloc-You can use the daily prompts as an incentive if you want to be inspired to write and cannot find inspiration or food for thought.  Even the Blogging University is a great way of getting advice and a headstart.

3. In your posts-Use multiple media- You can use images, music or even videos, it makes the post stand out and look more visually attractive.

4. Catchy, inriguing titles bring more readers.

Don’t use grand, big words unless you know what they mean. The words you choose should compliment your thought process.

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5. Try to keep the flow consistent, and dont write very long pieces, unless necessary.
A craftly written long piece would engage readers, otherwise some get intimidated by the length to read and bored too.
Also, you can divide your work and post a short series.
This keeps the attention span and also creates a following of readers who will come back to read more.

6.Grammatical errors need to be worked on. If you tend to make mistakes you can type your piece on Word,
make required corrections and then Copy+Paste.
(This point is not very crucial, especially since a lot of writers don’t have English as their first language.
However as a writer I feel one should aspire to learn to use the language in the best possible way.)

Also, being a mean Grammar Nazi is not fair on fellow bloggers.

7. You can take part in challenges posted by other writers- this will bring out your creativity and help you socialise as well, perhaps make new friends.

8. Tag your posts appropriatly, so that readers can find it.
You can also categorise your posts, makes it easier for people to look through your past work.

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9. Basically be honest-Write from your heart and let your imagination loose. You will be amazed with what all you are capable of.
Don’t be sceptical of what people may think.
Also be careful.
Don’t share too many personal details (eg address,full name, Personal photographs,contact details etc).
You never know who may be reading.
It is better to be safe than sorry.

10. Read other people’s works in the genres you want to improve in.

And be liberal in complimenting something you liked.
We are all striving here, a few kind words go a long way. πŸ™‚

11. Make your writing interactive and appealing. The reader should be able to connect with and relate to what you are trying to say.
A bit of humour is also a good ingredient.

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12. You can write a short paragraph introducing your concept, or what drove you to write it.
The more personal and human the post feels the more it is relateable.

13.If you want more readers/followers Then go socialise.
Find fellow bloggers who share your interests, and genuinely be keen on making contacts.
It is fairly visible if one is merely networking for the the numbers or the experience.

14. The visual look of your blog is also a factor.
There are wonderful themes which one can choose from.
You can customise them to your needs and preferences.

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15. Have fun! The aim of blogging is to foremost enjoy the process of writing and expressing ourselves and then being able to share it with the world.

(all images courtesy Google)

Keep writing, Keep blogging! πŸ™‚

– Fictionatrix

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39 thoughts on “15 Tips for Writing & Blogging

  1. I think number 13 is extremely important. I see bloggers who seem to only have their blog to receive likes, comments, and followers, for the sole purpose of getting an ego boost. To me, blogging is about sharing your thoughts with the world and learning about others’. Yes, comments, likes, and followers are important. Without them, you wouldn’t know if your words are being heard, but they should be there as supporters, not as a means of attention.

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    1. I totally agree with you. Our generation pays undue attention to the numbers of followers/likes etc. It is important but only to a certain extent. One should aim at getting genuine critical response which can help us to grow, self inspect and improve than mere likes and compliments. Such a mindset has made the whole process of blogging more of networking, pr and advertising.

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      1. Exactly! I have my blog to receive true criticism, to help me grow as a writer. Not to receive adulation for sub-par work. The advantage and problem with blogs is that anyone can have one. Not to say that I deserve to have one or that my work is superior to anyone else’s, I just think there are both appropriate and inappropriate uses. Too many people use them as an outlet for praise rather than for the love for writing.

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      2. I agree, people apply diplomacy and go around buttering just to get some praise in return. It is a little hard to find genuine people and responses. The ulterior motive behind the praise takes away the value of said praise, it seems fake and superficial.
        The kind of comments and crafty criticism that one can get from someone who genuinely appretiates the art of writing goes a long way indeed. There isn’t much we can do about it. Pros and cons of blogging. Although few, atleast there are some people who are interested. They restore my faith. πŸ™‚

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      3. Right, I feel as if most of my comments are simply ploys to get me to visit their blog and it really does detract from the value of what they had to say.
        My favorite comments are ones that offer suggestions to my writing or add to what I had to say because I know that they are actually reading what I posted-but those kinds of commenters seem to be few and far between. haha

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      4. I feel the same way.
        People who give me insight into my work are the ones I look forward to.
        Sometimes the ploys are so shabbily played that I often feel pity more than anything else.
        I guess we need to cherish those few since they are so rare.

        A unique endangered species.
        *Cue the Ghollum Sequence
        “My Precious” πŸ˜›

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  2. Good points.

    My experience says most important point is to write well, don’t write just for the sake of putting something everyday. I normally write weekly, unless i have to put something for a contest/sponsored post….one could write twice a week too but remember to not overwhelm readers.

    Also, it is important to socialize to learn and grow, as mentioned by you.

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  3. That was some sound advice about blogging…actually I staff blogging because I wanted to share my thoughts, feelings and emotions and what better way is there except writing..thats what motivated me to blogging…thanks once again! Have a great day.
    -Soumi.

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      1. Editing can be a cruicial step. And helps maintain the overall feel and flow of the posts.I think you will find some great tips on the internet regarding the same. As long as one puts in the effort, results always show. πŸ™‚

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