Yes, You’re a Writer
Admit it! You’re a writer! You scribble notes of topic ideas and amazing opening sentences on the back of old greasy napkins or anything you can find so you won’t forget it. You have at least three different rough drafts ideas sitting right now in your WordPress draft folder; and when you finally do make it to typing up a blog post, you proof it a thousand times before you finally hit PUBLISH. It’s only then that you realize you used “their” instead of “there” and you question the validity of your entire existence. Honey, you’re a writer and as a writer there are a few tips that can help keep your journey enjoyable.
Value What You Put Out into the Internet-verse
Where has Let’s Build been? Well, besides feverishly working and spending time with family I’ve had trouble deciding on what was worthy enough to post. I currently have at least six really great drafts in my draft box and that’s after I cleared it of junk posts. Why? Because I genuinely care about the information I decide to write about and subsequently post. When you’re a writer the most wonderful, powerful tool you yield are your words. And the internet is forever. So while someone across the country may read your typo of “their” meant to be “there” and think hmmm…they also won’t forget how your post topic, tone and language made them feel. As bloggers we often forget we are writers, it is a slippery slope to use the term in a board sense but if we don’t acknowledge our great power how can we ever understand our great responsibility to our audience and our niche?
Tip #284 REALIZE THE POWER IN YOUR BLOG
How to Get Your Groove Back
With the schedule change came the routine being blown up in my face. That included reading blogs daily or even just reading in general recreation. Conversations, routines and experiences changed and effected the groove I had gotten used to writing in. In order to nurture the greedy writer in me I’ve started feeding her a daily dose of blog reads, current events, and stimulating conversations that she’s use to. I had begun to feel emotionally sluggish again and I didn’t understand why. What had changed in a negative way? I have a great job, I’m able to spend time with family and go out with friends…what changed? I wasn’t writing, I wasn’t taking the time to put my thoughts, emotions, advice out into the universe. I was starving my inner self.
Tip #362 FEED THE WRITER INSIDE YOU.
Admire Your Work
Stop right now and go scroll through your blog website then come back…
NO SERIOUSLY, COME BACK!
Oh Great! You actually came back.
Did you see all the creativity that came from your brain? Granted we may have help with the layout or color scheme but if it were not for YOUR ideas and words that blog space would not be. Those followers of yours connected with YOUR words. Tell me something more amazing than that. While there may be days or months that we find it hard to carve out the time or mental space to write, it is important that we do. For whatever reasons you started make sure you’re staying true to a very important part of who are, a Writer. Now go write some awesome shit!
Tip #3,276,483 APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU’VE DONE
Okay Builders, What are some tips you’ve uncovered on your journey as a writer? Comment below and Let’s talk!
This is such a great & encouraging post! Thank you! I needed it today.
I know for me that the comparison game can be strong. Sometimes, it’s easy to feel like I’m not a good writer if someone has a lot more followers than me. Because lots of people want to read good writing, right? I’ve found the cure for that is to do what you said and read over some of the things I’ve written so I can assure myself that I actually am a good writer.
Another thing I’d add to that is the importance of recognizing that writing on the internet is a SOCIAL activity. I think a lot of us writer types are introverted and feel really good about publishing a great piece. But there is so much more to blogging than writing and publishing, and I’m so guilty of neglecting those other things. One thing I’ve noticed about great, successful writers/bloggers is that they engage with others. They probably spend a lot of time commenting (genuinely) on other people’s content, finding new blogs to read, staying active on social media, and making sure they’re using search engine optimization best practices. As someone who’s primarily interested in writing, I really struggle with these things because it seems that most of the time spent on becoming successful online has to do with things like community-building, networking, and marketing, not writing. I really think writing online involves being multi-skilled and I think it’s something we should consider too.
Yes yes YES; that is so true! One of the biggest parts of successfully writing a blog is being able to connect with readers and others on the same path as we’re on but the first step is the realization that you are in fact a writer who may still be learning the tricks of the trade 😊 thanks so much for your insight
Thanks for this! It was a quick motivational posts. I currently have about 22 posts in my draft folder, but as you said we often have to look at quality and determine if this is what we actually want to post about. That’s where I have problems now and again, I question myself and ask if people really care about this, or how many times has someone else wore about this. Always gotta catch myself quick and remember that we all have different voices and you should do what’s important for you.
*wrote .. apologies for my grammar mistakes x_x
Lol don’t feel bad! We all ask ourselves the same questions and while being a good writer does take some work, I believe that it’s important to have a passion behind what you’re writing for. As long as you have a vision then the rest is a piece of cake to work on. I also can’t tell you how many times I’ve commented or posted with grammatical errors. It happens, one great thing our readers will know about us from things like that is that we’re regular human they can relate to. Keep writing builder, because I look forward to reading 💛