5 Tips To Become A Better Blogger

by Janice

woman-bloggingHave you ever gone back and read your older posts and cringed? You have grown as a writer and a blogger and you can see how those posts could have been better.

But how can we make sure that we are continuing to grow and become the best bloggers we can be? How can we not get stuck in writing ruts?

Here are five tips I use to keep moving forward as a mom blogger and writer:

1. Read More

It is so easy to stop reading other writers and bloggers when we get too busy with our own work.

Mom bloggers are busy people. We are wearing so many hats, taking time out to read sometimes seems impossible.

But there is nothing more important to keeping your inspiration and your connection to the community thriving than reading and participating in the blogosphere. As I wrote on Babble’s Social Media and Technology Blog, MomCrunch, in a post called, “Why You Can’t Stop Reading Blogs,” time spent reading blogs is not wasted, it is invested.

2. Write More

Writing daily keeps a writer’s mind “in shape.” It is amazing how quickly we can fall out of our writing groove when we stop exercising our “writing muscles.”

The best thing about writing more is we don’t run out of ideas, we generate more ideas. Like an athlete training, the more we write, the better we get.

3. Inspire More

There is no question that inspirational posts perform well and resonate with readers — they receive Facebook likes and shares, get stumbled and tweeted — but whether your post is personal or business-related, you can “inspire” your readers.

Pay attention to the posts you see being shared — what turned those posts from ordinary to inspiring? As you write and edit your post, ask yourself how you can inspire your reader. Not every post will have the same inspirational power, but by considering what our reader’s reaction will be to our words, we can help each post have more of an impact.

4. Give More

The key to our success at 5 Minutes for Mom, and the reason we love every day in the blogging community, is our commitment to helping others succeed. The inspiration behind 5 Minutes for Mom was to promote the online mom community and help other women find success online. But that altruistic goal has ended up helping us grow.

As I was writing this post, I phoned my good friend Nadia Carriere of Child Mode for some feedback. When I hung up the phone, I said to my son who was watching TV next to me, “I love my friends!” My friendship with Nadia is a perfect example of how helping one another freely, not keeping score but truly wanting to help the other, can enhance our lives.

I have so many incredible friends in the mom blog community, friends who give to each other because giving makes us better people, let alone better bloggers.

5. Rest More

I am a napper. Cursed with a wicked sleep disorder, I do not fall asleep easily. I also prefer to work late into the night when there are no distractions, so I rely on naps to keep from dropping dead.

But, the truth is, napping is sometimes the most productive thing I can do as a writer. First, when my mind is weary and weak, a nap can refresh me and give me a “new day.” But second, and even more importantly, I usually get my best ideas when I lie down and try to quiet my mind to fall asleep.

Remember that sleep disorder? Well, falling asleep takes a long time day or night, so I have time to rest and let my mind wander creatively down paths I was too busy to pursue when I was working.

The Ultimate Blog Party, Tackle it Tuesday, even this blog post, were developed as I lay in my bed trying to fall asleep. Yes, I can get too excited by an idea to actually have the nap — I often end up back at my desk furiously plotting out my idea instead of sleeping. (Hint: Keep a notepad by your bed.)

If you are feeling too exhausted to think, take a break. Go for a walk, have a nap, put on some music and dance with your kids, or take some time to quiet your mind in prayer or meditation. You will be amazed how valuable that break really is.

Blogging is Work

Writing is hard work. Sometimes the words slip effortlessly into our minds, easily forming into inspired pieces. But more often, we have to “put our backs into it.” However, the more we commit to our jobs as writers and bloggers, the more we will benefit and grow.

 
How do you keep yourself motivated and growing as a writer and blogger? Are you surprised by how far you have come from your earlier days blogging?

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Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 TyKes Mom December 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

I definitely find that reading more is the area I struggle with the most. Before I started blogging, I read so much, but then blogging filled that time and it can be hard to find the time to read! When ever I do get around to catching up on blogs, books and magazines, I find it really gets my mind running and the creative juices flowing.

Also, stepping away from the computer and the blogging stats and just living life helps me quite a bit. Just spending an afternoon cleaning, cooking or with my family has blog post ideas just popping into my head!

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2 K5 Learning December 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I find the hardest thing is to ensure I post about fresh content every day. Guest bloggers can certainly alleviate that pressure. Sometimes I also come across news and opinions that I would love to comment on but that has nothing to do with our blog that focuses more on learning.

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3 Wendy Irene December 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Meditation really helps my writing! Sometimes I even fall asleep and it becomes a quick nap :)

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4 Carrie with Children December 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

Sometimes the only thing that works for me is to step away from the computer for awhile. A nice walk, a trip to the store…playing outside with my girls always helps get the creative juices flowing again!

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5 Sophia December 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Writing more is my struggle. I know I can write everyday if I really put my mind and focus towards it. This is something I know I have to work on in the New Year. My creative thoughts comes when I’m taking a shower, but I don’t think taking a shower more than once a day is productive for my business. lol

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6 Desiree December 24, 2011 at 8:12 am

Nice post, Janice. Yes, the old days make me giggle a little. I used to document so much that seems silly now, but writing it all out is my form of therapy. :) I will say, these days, I am writing far less because I work a full time job outside the house and the rest of the time I spend with trying to keep my kids in check. I wish I had more time to write – more time to hone the craft.

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7 Colleen Pierre December 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

This was really good for me to read. I go back all the time and re-read old posts and cringe! That is very counterproductive. Move ahead, read other blogs, be inspired and have patience with yourself. Thanks for the great post!

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8 ColleenwithMurals&More December 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Found your post via ShePosts. Great tips. I’m looking back over 2011 posts and it’s been . . . . let’s call it ‘interesting’. Like nearly everyone else, I’m trying to revamp my blog for 2012 – including my writing!

Thanks for your tips. And have a Happy New Year!

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9 Trina January 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Great post! I find it easy to blog at my site about games, but when it comes to my personal site, it’s been more difficult to find things to write. Not knowing if people will care if I get personal. This list helps to make sure when I do write that it’s quality.
Thank you!

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10 Deirdre January 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Janice,
Thank you for all this advice. The notepad by the bed is genius, especially when you’re just starting out and all these ideas are bouncing around in your head! I just started a blog and have so much to learn, I’ve been reading about blogging to get a sense of what has worked for other women! Thank you for spelling some of it out for me!
Best!

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11 Erin April 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I feel so much better after a nap as well! Glad to know I’m not the only one :)

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