Every Day Things You Can do to Become a Better Blogger

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Are you blogging to your potential? Any blogger worth their weight cares about continuing to grow in one way or another – more traffic, better content, or even higher conversion rates for a partner business. The question is, what thing could you be doing every single day to be a better blogger?
Here’s a short list of tips that’ll make you more creative and have you producing higher-quality blog content in no time…

Start Writing Things Down

You know how writers in old Hollywood movies used to carry around tiny notebooks to take notes in? Great bloggers do this too! It’s difficult to remember every funny interaction, blog-able story, or interesting news snippet day after day, particularly if you don’t blog often. If you don’t want to keep up with a notebook consider downloading a free note taking app on your smartphone so you can compile notes easily and stealthily.

Take More Photos

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Odds are, your blog should have more photos. The more original content you can put out there, the higher-quality (and more sharable) your blog will be. Photos are one component. Forget adding clip art or paying royalty fees for stock pics – why not take more photos yourself that can be used to enhance content you’re already going to create? The great thing about blog photos is that they don’t have to be gallery-worthy. Pics you snap with your digital camera or iPhone usually work just fine as long as they’re yours.

Dive Into Your Readership Market

What does that mean? Figure out who you’re blogging towards – Is it moms? Contentious shoppers? Tech geeks? Then figure out where they hang out online and start inserting yourself into the community. Follow other bloggers and influential people on Twitter, friend them on Facebook, and of course, set Google alerts to find out what’s new in the field you’re blogging about. Knowing what’s going on day-after-day within a market will help you write pointed, relevant content rather than stale news.

Start Blogging Daily

“Daily!” you say? “That’s, like, seven times a week!” Most serious writers will tell you that they get up every day and writer for a certain amount of time regardless of whether they feel like it or even have anything to say. They just write! Blogging is the same way. The more you do it the more comfortable you become with your own voice and the easier and more intuitive it will become. Odds are, the less time you spend nitpicking every post (and the more time you spend creating new posts) the better your blog will be.

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Read Other Blogs

It may seem obvious, but too many bloggers blog in a bubble! It’s imperative you spend time each and every day reading other blogs, even if they have nothing to do with the content you deal with. You’ll get a feel for other people’s tone, how their layout affects your user experience, and also about what their commenters like or don’t like to read about. Don’t think of other blogs as competition for your blog, consider them a valuable resource for fresh ideas and inspiration.

Being a better blogger is all about consistency. It’s tempting to write a couple of posts a month and wonder where all the new traffic is…your blog should speak for itself, right? Blog communities are living, breathing things and they take nurturing like anything else. Blogging is a craft just like painting, cooking, or singing and you have to work at it to get better!

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Ryan Currie is a product manager at BizShark.com, with 5 years experience in online marketing and product development. In addition to web related businesses, he also enjoys the latest news and information on emerging technologies and open source projects.
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  1. Hi BizShark,

    Thank you for sharing your insights above. For me, the basis of becoming a better blogger is having the results from what I did. The information you’ve shared above was really useful but I want to add more.

    To become a better blogger, we also need to join various courses. It might be webinars or offline seminars. This way, you will really feel the motivation on why you should become a better blogger and be heard. The other benefit to this is that, the real engagement that you will experience during the seminar.

    Sometimes you feel like, “One day, I will talk to that stage”. 🙂

    – Felix

  2. The concept of daily blogging is what i like to prefer. It keeps our mind fresh and motivating us to do more to reach up to our aim. The post written by is good but this point of daily blogging strikes in mind. I hope we will get regular update from your side too.

  3. Ryan, the truth is, I had to work very hard at finding anything about this post to quibble with. And I wanted to – because I see so many posts that purport to tell bloggers how to blog, how to be BETTER bloggers, what they’re doing WRONG, why they should be working harder (even if they aren’t making money and have lost all sight of why they thought blogging was a grand idea in the first place)… but the truth is, I agree with most of what you’ve said here, because you haven’t geared it towards only the bloggers seeking to make money while they sleep. BUT…

    You wrote: “Most serious writers will tell you that they get up every day and writer for a certain amount of time regardless of whether they feel like it or even have anything to say. They just write!” Well, that’s true – but they don’t feel compelled to publish every bit of rubbish they write, either. WRITE every day, but maybe publish every third – AFTER spending every second day editing. 🙂 The flip side to not writing enough is being willing to post every stray, half-formed thought you manage to jot down. And part of GOOD writing is being willing to put in the effort to edit.

    I’d also add one thing to your “odds are, you need more images” – yes, and you should get in the habit of cropping them and reducing their size to keep your pages from groaning on every load like mine do. I’m bad about this, and should take your advice to heart. I totally agree with you about taking your OWN images – even if they don’t look slick and professional, they’re all YOURS and you don’t have to worry about any of the legalities of using them.

    • Hello Holly,

      Good to see you here.

      If you are finding it hard to quibble with a post then I would consider it a very good post. 😀 You never miss even small points.
      You are right, there are so many article with exactly similar topics, just like you said, “better blogger”, “SEO your blog”, “make money”. And all of those similar articles have similar points to talk on. I don’t understand why they say same things again and again. :/

  4. Blogging daily when English is not your mother tongue, is not a great idea. Unless you want to post photos of your cat or turn your blog into some sort of micro-blog.

    It is impossible to write something meaningful, well documented, with a good style and a good grammar, when you are pressed by the time and the language you use is not your own.

    Besides of that, there are other things to be taken into consideration:

    – the images you use on the articles. (Do you have them? Are they yours, or you have to spend time searching on the free stockphotos? Are they reduced and compressed in order to be optimised? Are all the image tags completed?)

    – text editing (Do you have time to spell check your text or you just hit “post”, you rush into promoting it, and then, tomorrow, you see 10 typos in it? Do you have time to use bullets, numbering, special highlights subtitles or any other graphical tricks that help readers understand better and easier your information?)

    – promotion (Do you have time for SEO and social networking? I mean real social networking!)

    – self improvement (Do you have time to keep yourself up to date in your area of interest? Do you have time to feel the pulse of the public on that specific subject of interest? Do you have time to learn in any field – taking an online course, reading an useful book – in order to use that information on your future posts, your CV, your LinkedIn profile or elsewhere whenever the occasion appears?)

    – having a life (Do you actually have time to have one? Do you have time for your family, your job or your “offline” hobbies? Do you have a high end PC with a lightspeed Internet connection that helps you post in a snap, or you have a cheap and/or old device with/or a slow connection that sucks out your energy, crushes your nerves and eats hours per day?)

    Time to think about this…

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