Everything I learned about blogging started in the 8th grade.
Okay, there was no such thing as blogging when I was in 8th grade. It was journaling and we did it by force, with no reward.
Each day at the beginning of class we had to write for 15 minutes. It was bad enough we had to be quiet, but write too? This was quite challenging for antsy 8th graders.
I’d start out by staring at the blank sheet of paper on my desk, then all of a sudden words would come and I’d just write. Anything to make the time pass and not get called out by the teacher. Amazingly the more I wrote, the more I had to write. My hand would just go and go.
Looking back on this experience made me realize, hey my English teacher was on to something. And not only that, there was a reward after all.
Here are 5 blogging tips that started with my 8th grade English class:
Set time aside each day to just write. It can be 15 mins or whatever works for you. This exercises your writing skills. Say you wanted to get into your “skinny jeans”, what would you have to do? You’d have to exercise and eat healthy everyday. (I’m not sure if this applies to the men, but ladies have fat clothes and skinny clothes…You didn’t know?)
Write as if no one will read it. Do not be concerned about spelling, grammar, or SEO. The act of writing helps stir-up the creativity within. You can tackle that later.
Read what you wrote as if someone else wrote it. We’re so much more critical on ourselves than when we critique others.
If you’re not good at editing and proofing give it to someone else to do. Or tell your readers. One of my favorite bloggers is Michael Dunlop from www.incomediary.com and creator of PopUp Domination. He tells his readers that he’s dyslexic and there may be some grammatical issues in his blog posts. Apparently people go around editing and proofing blogs as they read them and email their findings to the author. Nonetheless, this does not stop him from blogging.
Unlike the 8th grade class assignment where our writings were just for us, put it out there. Hit publish. And each day remind yourself: your life is not your own. You’re being used by someone much greater than yourself. Be willing to be used.
It’s your turn: Share what lessons from childhood help you today in business or life?