Random Observation/Comment #500: I’m a half-kilo blogger. That’s a lot of time writing…
Milestones – What a feeling you get when you reach them. Pride. Elation. Serenity. Fulfillment. Thrill. High-five-ness. Hunger (well, I’m always hungry).
It’s been 6 years since starting this blog and each entry I published was a milestone in itself. At least I’ve felt the same emotions with each entry. I thought I’d run out of ideas to share, advice to give, or places to go, but inspiration was found with each person I met, book I read, and place I visited.
How did I do it? Here are some tips and lessons learned.
- Figure out your writing system. Tools, routines, environments, and triggers. I like writing on Google keep with my smartphone during my commute and directly in WordPress on the chromebook at home.
- Write about something you love
- Write what you know, and if you don’t know, do the research first
- Create a writing format/structure. I use the random Observation/Comment, ~See Lemons <action> closing, and lots of lists.
- Create a writing style. I reflect in lists and use an informal advice giving column.
- Know your audience. I write for my parents mostly. It’s an easy audience to please.
- Build/Host on a reliable site. If you get the design right the first time, you won’t have to worry about it.
- Pay attention to inspiration. It’s everywhere.
- Read everything. You will draw lines of common truths between concepts and categories
- Use photos related to your blog topic
- Write with proper spacing and smaller paragraphs so it’s easy to read
- Give yourself project blogposts that are connected and similarly themed (like 30 day challenges)
- Connect with your readers and ask for feedback
- Don’t write for money. If I did, I’d be too worried about bills.
- If you do write for money, be comfortable with edits and harsh criticism
- Don’t write for fame. It will probably not happen.
- If you’re blogging, don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Your first post doesn’t need to be magnificent and gain you 10,000 views. The truth is, you’ll get 10 and 2 of them are related to you.
- If you really care then you will make time
- Don’t worry too much about flowery poetry language. Simple words do wonders.
- Just keep it simple and get to the point.
- Put yourself in the reader’s shoes (or eyes).
- Work without distractions (don’t have 5 other tabs open or other apps running)
- Write your story to relive it
- Don’t get caught up on a sentence and how it’s structured or worded. In today’s skimming world, you’ll be forgiven as long as they know what you’re talking about.
- Write a title/headline first and then rewrite it when you’re done
- Don’t worry about format or publishing until later. In fact, just write in notepad
- Write a stream of consciousness and outline it. Then stream of consciousness off the outline.
- For editing, read your own writing out loud as if to someone you admire
- Read a WordPress “preview” of your article with a fresh mind (next day or after doing anything else but writing) before you publish
- Be willing to put in the hard work. The process of writing will develop other skills that help your professional world.
Bonus: “Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.”
Thank you to those who kept reading and here’s to 500 more.
~See Lemons Keep Blogging