Writing Tip: How & Why to Start a Blog!

It's been almost a year since I started this blog!

I put my first couple posts up on April 28, 2017 and now, almost a year later, the blog is still going strong! I've even started a second blog: The Dog Blog on the Furever Home Friends website
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Now, I'm facilitating the writing group Blog-O-Rama at DePaul's Writing Center. On Tuesday evenings, we meet up and work on our blogs--whether that's through sharing blogging tips, freewriting blog posts, setting blog goals, or just talking through templates and ideas together.

So, I thought today I'd share one of my favorite new writing tips: start a blog!

Blogging has the huge benefit of being built-in regular writing practice. Sometimes, it can be hard to buckle down and work on those bigger projects. Finishing a complete revision of your novel can be daunting when you also have a million other tasks in front of you with more immediate deadlines. But writing two blog posts a week is a lot less stressful. Even when building in writing time is difficult, it's still important to keep working those muscles and continue to practice the skill of putting words together.

Blogging can be a great way to do that! It's relatively low stress, since your posts don't have to be perfect. While I'll do multiple full manuscript revisions for a Furever Home Friends book or a YA novel, my blog posts are just freewrites with a quick proofread to check for typos. 

That's a suggestion I'd give everyone who wants to start a blog: don't stress too much about making it perfect! Blogging can be a fun way to share lots of ideas and to build a platform for yourself. Each post doesn't have to feature your most polished piece of writing. Rather, save the revision and rewriting for a bigger project so you don't get exhausted. Use blogging as a way to just have some fun putting your ideas on paper--often, that's where some of the greatest joy of writing comes from!

I'd also suggest setting attainable goals when you're blogging. It's good to stick to a schedule. When I started this blog a year ago, I tried posting every day, every other day, and five times a week. I was able to keep that pace up for a while...until I started grad school! This past fall, I found myself going two full months without a new post, and I felt horrible! So, instead of forcing myself to post five times a week, I decided that--while I'm in grad school at least--I would decrease my posts to 2-3 times on this blog, along with 2 short weekly posts on the Dog Blog. I also blocked time into my calendar every Sunday evening to work on drafting these posts and fleshing out my ideas. Scaling back my goals, and sticking to a regular schedule, has really helped me keep up on both blogs and keep the stress down.

What are some of your favorite blogging tips? Are you interested in starting a blog? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Monday!



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