There’s a fatal flaw in the mindset of most bloggers. Far too few seem to realize that at the heart of blogging is your ability to write. The more that you develop that skill then the more that you’ll be able to draw in your audiences and the more that you’ll be able to move them with your prose.
I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but it’s well worth repeating:
I have people ask me all the time, “How can I grow traffic to my website and gain more subscribers? And don’t tell me that content is king because my content is already awesome.”
Then I look at their site and I think to myself, “Really!? Was this a joke? This stuff is awesome?”
If you ever come to the place where you feel like you’ve really arrived, like you’re really great at something, then it’s time to shift your eyes to someone who’s better. I guarantee you’ll be able to find someone, and when you do, you’ll be able to learn from them.
In other words, regardless of how good you feel that you are, it’s always important to recapture that attitude of an aspiring young writer, to maintain that thirst to aggressively hone your skills with the pen.
2 Rules to Becoming a More Effective Writer
Here’s two simple rules that will guide you as you continue developing your ability to write.
- Write every day. There’s something about the mindset and the habits that you develop writing every day that really move you to another level of ability. But don’t stop at writing every day. Just as Michelle Nickolaisen wrote recently at the Problogger blog, writing every day isn’t enough.
- Learn every day. You should be writing every day, but I’m also finding that it’s incredibly helpful to be consuming material from which you can learn.
I enjoy stopping by Barnes and Noble, getting a Venti White Chocolate Mocha and reading a book for a while. Of course, I enjoy the book for the subject matter, but I’m constantly analyzing the book and comparing it against my own writing.
What can I learn from the way it’s written? How can I describe things the way that they do? How can I elicit emotion the way this author does?
So let me stick it to you like this: Are you actively working to become more effective writer or are you stagnating at your current ability level?