Blogging is one of the best ways of improving one’s writing skills. It is therefore advisable for every freelance writer to have their own personal blog. The following are some of the ways blogging can enhance your writing skills.
1. You will start writing more often
If you have your own blog, you are likely to develop the habit writing frequently. The great thing about blog posts is that they are usually short and can get published immediately they’ve been written. It is therefore easier to write regularly on your own blog than submitting your posts to other blogs which might not even bother publishing them.
2. Readers will motivate you
Every writer experiences days when they are just not in the mood to write. This is very normal. However, you can derive motivation from the fact that there are some people out there who are actually reading and appreciating your posts. So on those days when you don’t feel very inspired, remember that there is an audience which is waiting to read what you have written.
3. You can gauge your progress through the feedback received
Feedback is not necessary when you are writing for yourself. Since blogging is about writing for others, you benefit by receiving instant feedback from your readers. Once people read your post, they are likely to begin adding their comments, linking to the post from their own blogs or sending you emails. If you get positive responses, you will know that the post was well-written and interesting. However, if you don’t get any feedback at all, your post was probably boring or poorly written.
4. You can try out new writing styles
Once in a while, you may want to experiment with new forms of writing e.g. bullet point lists, short sentences or rhymes. Writing a whole book, article or story in an unfamiliar style would be taking a big risk. There are chances that it might not work. It is easier to experiment using a blog post which will be published at no cost. If you don’t succeed, not much will have been lost. Blogging therefore makes it easier for you to try out new things.
5. Your writing skills will improve
Consistent practice is the best way of improving your skills in anything. As you write regularly for your own blog, your writing skills will definitely improve. Through the feedback you receive, you will learn how to select the most appropriate words and effectively craft sentences.