4 Ways Blogging Has Made Me a Better Writer

bloggingBlogging consistently over the last year has been a challenge, but it’s one that I’m glad I took on. Most writers know that blogging is something that they should do and it’s easy to treat it like another task to check off of your to-do list. But what if I told you that instead of viewing blogging as another writing requirement, you should view it as one more way to hone your overall writing skills? If you’re a writer who doesn’t blog, you’re missing out on some great advantages. If you’re a new aspiring writer, I strongly encourage you to keep reading.

Here are 4 benefits I gained from becoming a blogger.

  • I got used to working under deadlines. Sure they’re self-imposed deadlines and there’s plenty of flexibility but they forced me to transition from writing on a particular topic when the mood struck, to writing because I had a commitment to keep. Staying true to posting at least once a week wasn’t easy, but it brought home the lesson that writing is craft I have to choose to do, even when I don’t particularly feel like it. In other words I went from casually flirting with the idea of being a writer to being fully married to it. I gotta say that some days I absolutely love it and can’t imagine my life without it. Other days I question what in the world could I have been thinking when I decided to go ahead with this writing thing in the first place. See, it’s just like a real marriage!
  • It changed the way I view the world. Ok, maybe I’m being a little melodramatic. But seriously, once I started blogging I began to measure many of my life occurrences and thoughts by asking myself, “Is this blog worthy?” or “How can I incorporate this absolutely brilliant philosophical revelation into a relevant post?” In other words I began to think like a writer. I viewed my everyday life and thoughts through a filter geared towards sharing them with an audience through writing. I really got into the whole life is art and art is life thing.This way of looking at things translated into my novel writing as well.
  • It increased my confidence as a writer. For years I was the kind of person who only showed my poems, short stories and other works in progress to close family members and friends. Like most artists, I’m sensitive about my creations. Blogging helped me get over the excessive fear that my writing wasn’t good enough. Putting myself out there by sharing my writing on the internet shoved my fears to the backseat. I’ve mostly had great feedback, and for that I’m grateful. But even if someone came along and made it their business to tell me that they think my writing sucks, I wouldn’t be phased. I’m far from perfect, but I’m confident in my God-given talent.
  • I’ve ‘met’ a lot of amazing authors. The blogging community is awesome. I’ve had the pleasure of networking with talented and gracious writers simply because I blog. Iron sharpens iron and participating in the blogging community gives me the opportunity to interact with other people walking the same path as me. Being new to the literary scene, I have a lot to learn and what better way to do that than to study those who are already mastering the lesson?

I could keep going with all the many ways blogging has made me a better writer including improving my organization, planning and time management skills. The bottom line is that you won’t know for yourself until you take the plunge and put yourself out there! So what are you waiting for?

Ever thought about starting a blog? What’s holding you back? Have a blog already? How do you keep yourself motivated to continue?

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24 thoughts on “4 Ways Blogging Has Made Me a Better Writer

  1. “Iron sharpens iron” is a great metaphor. Looking forward to a new year of sharpening our skills together! 🙂


  2. Hi Faith! What a great post! I also love the “iron sharpens iron” metaphor. I have been blogging since 2012 and it’s been a roller coaster ride. I have yet to find my complete stride but I think I have a very good idea of what my blog should be now. It takes time to refine how you want to express yourself.

    And yes, blogging on a regular schedule does encourage writerly thoughts and a laser-like focus for other writing projects.

    Enjoyed your post thoroughly and look forward to a bright prosperous 2015 filled with words with you and other bloggers.


    • Thanks Rochelle! I’m still in the refining process too, but I’m starting to find my voice with this blogging thing. Wishing you and yours a bright prosperous New Year as well. 🙂


  3. Thanks for sharing how blogging has benefited you. I always enjoy and appreciate what you say. I agree w/ you about the deadlines, which, I find is integral for me to completing most writing jobs- otherwise, I could scribble away forever, or, not scribble at all, because I don’t have that container of timing to hold me. Hope you are enjoying the new year!


    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles with letting go of a project. If it wasn’t for my self imposed deadlines, I would never declare anything finished. It’s something I really struggle with, but I’m finding that it’s getting easier as I go along. I hope your new year is fabulous!

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    • Ha! Some of my favorite blogs are full of scandalous shenanigans, Barb …if I was brave enough to post HALF the crazy things I think this blog would have en entirely different vibe. The world ain’t ready for that, and neither am I!

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  4. Faith, blogging has really been a blessing for me for all the reasons you posted. Writing can be (and is) such a solitary activity. Blogging has given me the gift of connecting. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this already but the cover of your upcoming book is awesome! 🙂


    • Nobody ever told me how much time dedicated writers have to spend alone! Or maybe they did and I wasn’t listening….I was probably daydreaming, lol. But anyway, it’s so true that it’s nice to connect with like minded people who understand this crazy, yet rewarding, drive to write.

      Thanks for the compliment on my book cover! I absolutely love it, but of course I’m completely and apologetically biased. 😉

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  5. Great post, Faith! Blogging has helped me get over so many writing insecurities. And I’ve met so many great writers (like yourself) who have been so supportive. We really can’t do this writing thing alone and blogging is a great way to build a supportive community of author friends.


    • Aww, I’m blushing Quanie! I LOVE your blog and look forward to reading it every week. Isn’t it amazing what happens when we take a chance and put ourselves out there? A lot of my writing insecurities have been alleviated by blogging and connecting with other writers too. I’m just glad to know I’m not out ‘chea in these streets by myself, lol!


  6. Blogging is work. Don’t ever fool yourself it isn’t, right? But it is also a great way to dip your foot into the writing pool, meet like-minded friends, and maybe experience the views of folks entirely different in thought than you. I like that.

    Like you, I’ve learned to keep up with deadlines as a result of blogging. Through blogging, especially working within the constraints of flash fiction, I’ve learned to be less wordy in my writing. A good thing! 😀

    Faith, love your blog! You are so supportive of other bloggers. You have a big heart. Good luck in 2015.


    • You ain’t lying about blogging being work, even if it is enjoyable, it still takes a lot of effort.
      Being less wordy, or ‘writing tight’ is also something I struggle with. It must be because we love words so much, it’s easy to get carried away, lol.
      Thanks so much for your kind words Kate, and I’m wishing you the best of luck in 2015 as well!


  7. The 4 points you shared resonates with me, especially the point about being a disciplined writer. When I’m don’t feel like writing, my commitment to my readers is a very strong motivator.


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