How to Write a Great Blog Post • Confession of a Bad Writer

How to Write a Great Blog Post • Confession of a Bad Writer

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Great blogs don’t happen without great content.

Great content doesn’t happen without trial and error.

Writing a great blog post is not about “either you have it or you don’t”; rather “if you don’t have it, here’s where and how to get it”; and that’s where this post comes in.

Let me show you how I went from a clueless writer to consistently writing blog posts that bring in thousands of visitors to Traffic Generation Cafe every day – with a step-by-step guide on how YOU can write great blog posts too.

This is one of the questions I get all the time: how do I manage to write so much for Traffic Generation Cafe, plus guest posts for a number of other blogs?

It actually makes me chuckle to hear my name used in the same sentence as “write so much“, “great content“, etc.

Let’s start with a confession: I am a terrible writer and I always strongly disliked and never had any talent for writing.

It’s true.

I ALMOST graduated Summa Cum Laude from high school, but for the fact that I got a “B” for my final exam in creative writing – only because my teacher felt too sorry for me to give me a C.

I almost flunked college the first year, because all we seemed to be doing was writing essays and I hated it.

So how does someone like me become a blogger? I still wonder myself.

However, it is what it is: I decided to start a blog back in June of 2010 because I firmly believed I needed it to succeed in an online business.

All I needed to do was to figure out how to bypass my distaste for writing. And here’s how I did it.

Side note: there’s an audio embed of this post at the end; feel free to listen to it rather than read it.

How to Write a Blog Post Before You Write a Blog Post

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No one can truly teach you how to become a good writer.

The good news is that writing a great blog post is not about “either you have it or you don’t”; rather “if you don’t have it, here’s where and how to get it”.

1. Find your style

My first blog posts at Traffic Generation Café were so bad that I quietly deleted them a while ago in fear that someone would actually resurrect them from the archives.

Then I realized that the kind of posts I enjoyed reading the most was bullet-type posts with very good organization and very to the point content without any fluff.

Since that’s what I liked to read, that’s how I decided to write. And it worked – both for me and my readers.

Good example: my Promote Your Blog: 10 Steps to Ultimate Blog Promotion post.

2. You are not writing a novel

Unless you are blogging about writing novels, of course.

With that in mind, don’t stress out about making your post “sound good” by using lots of big words, descriptions, adjectives, etc. You’ll just waste too much time fluffing up something that most people will skim through anyway.

3. Personality is the key

If you don’t have one, I can’t help you there. However, I CAN help you with this: if you think you have no blogging personality, your idea of it might be all wrong.

You don’t have to tell jokes, great stories, curse, write with “I don’t give a …” attitude, etc to be memorable.

You don’t have to be sweet and cuddly and agree with everybody either.

Find strengths within yourself and focus on what you’ve got.

For instance, I realized that I prefer to write how I speak without bothering to sugar-coat anything. It took such a tremendous pressure of my shoulders to stop pretending to be what I wasn’t!

And you know what, it works. Turned out my readers liked me for who I was.

I think you should give it a shot as well.

4. Where to find ideas for your blog posts

The only solid advice I’ve got for you here is to read a lot.

Read other related blogs, comments on posts, forums, ebooks – you name it.

That’s how the best ideas come to my mind. THAT’s how I literally have 20-30 post ideas at a time just waiting for me to whip up a post with.

As your blog readership grows and comments start coming in, you’ll start getting even more ideas for posts. Someone might ask a question. Someone might say “I wonder…” or “what if”.

If you aren’t getting enough comments to get you inspired yet, here’s a tip on how to use comments on popular blogs (it’s #6).

Additional resources:

10 Guaranteed Ways to Never Run Out of Blog Post Ideas - Crystal moneysavingmom.com (a series of 10 short posts)

5 Unique Ways to Find Blog Post Ideas For Even the Most Painfully Boring Industries – Joe Davies at Moz.com

Or you can find unlimited (well, at least 202 of them) post ideas in my:

202 Bite-Sized Tips To Insanely Increase Your Blog Traffic

How to Keep Track of Your Blog Post Ideas

When reading anything online, I always have my WordPress dashboard open with “Add New Post” tab in front of me.

Every time I think “this would make a great post“, I create a draft with a title (even a rough version will do) and a brief description of the idea. I might also copy and paste an excerpt from the post that inspired me and the link I can use to link back to the original article.

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to keep track of your ideas (Evernote, Instapaper.com, etc); however, I found that creating actual post drafts is the most sure way not to loose track of them.

How I Write Blog Posts – Step by Step

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As I said, I am not a strong writer. It still takes me several hours to write a post and then another hour or so to style it, choose an image, etc – and that’s providing I had an idea for a post already.

Now let me tell you one thing that held truth for me: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

Your brain is a muscle; it needs a good workout, just like any other part of your body. Work it out every day and it will start paying dividends soon after.

Now let’s get down to my dirty little secrets on how to write a great blog post efficiently:

1. Check your drafts

This one should be already taken care of – you should have plenty of potential ideas at any given time.

Pick a draft you’ll make into a post. Don’t knock yourself out trying to pick the “right” topic for an hour or so; remember, you already picked the topic by making it into a draft to begin with.

So START writing already!

Time hack: I use Drafts Dropdown plugin to help me access my drafts quickly and easily from anywhere at Traffic Generation Café.

Just click on “Drafts” from the admin menu and you are there.

drafts plugin

2.  Make an outline

First, type up the main points you want to make in your post. This will give you a push you need in case you run into a writer’s block in the middle of the post.

I usually create my posts directly in WordPress. Many don’t recommend it, but the heck with their recommendations – it saves time and you won’t have any weird formatting problems when copying and pasting it later.

WP is designed to save your draft every so often, especially if you upgraded to WordPress 3.6 like you were supposed to; if you are paranoid you might loose your work, save it more often.

And the best thing about starting with an outline first?

You can turn it into a Slideshare presentation, which you can turn into a video, which you can turn into an audio… i.e. leverage that outline by creating different content formats that will link back to your original post.

You can learn more about how I use this strategy to multiply my online presence here:

Content Marketing Leverage System: How to Multiply Your Reach

3. Style as you go

That’s a great time-saver for me. If I leave it for later, I’ll feel like I am writing the post all over again and it seems to take forever. So I learned some simple keyboard strokes to make bold, italic, and underlined fonts as I go.

Additional reading on post formatting:

A Comprehensive Guide to Formatting Your WordPress Posts and Pages – Pamela Wilson at Copyblogger.com

Advanced styling tip (and a huge time hack):

If you are good with coding, you can add additional styles straight to your WP post editor.

how to style blog post in post editor

All the post styles you see at Traffic Generation Café (shadow boxes, alerts, drop cap letter, etc) are located in my “Styles” box and are ready to be applied as I write a blog post.

They were coded for me by Ian Belanger – if you can’t code yourself, but would like to make the most of your time to work on your business, I’d highly recommend you give him a shout and he can do it for you too.

I can also easily add additional social media sharing buttons anywhere within a post straight from my post editor menu, like this (and please don’t be shy to use them – all thumbs up to this post are MUCH appreciated):

4. Add links as you go

Interlinking within your blog posts is very important

Time Hack:

To make your job of interlinking posts easier, I suggest to create a spreadsheet of your posts that you can easily look up when writing a new one.

I created mine in Google Drive and it has columns for:

  • Title
  • URL
  • Main keyword (just to remember what exactly the post was about)
  • Ranking (this is optional: you can track whether that particular post is currently ranked for your main keywords).

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I share my blog post list with my email subscribers to use as a template as well as when they are looking for relevant posts to link out to from their blogs, but I will also share it for the sake of this post.

You can access my Traffic Generation Café Blog Post List on Google Drive here and use it as a template for your own blog post list. Just remember to update it as you publish more and more posts.

Once you put together your blog post list, all you need to do is copy and paste.

5. Add opening paragraph and conclusion

This is one of the toughest parts for me, since that’s where my copywriting skills are required the most: to coax encourage my readers to actually read the post and to get them to take action at the end.

Great stories do create certain level of built-in virality, true.

However, if you are not a story-teller, don’t sweat it; a sentence or two at the beginning and the end will do.

6. Find and add an image

I get a lot of question on where I look for images, so naturally, I wrote a post about it:

Free Blog Post Images: Where to Find Them, How to Use Them

I edit found images with SnagIt – resize it, add shadow, add text; pretty straightforward.

7. Add finishing touches and check HTML

By “finishing touches” I mean add your signature at the end, headings (the more you break up your content with H2, H3, H4 headings, the better – makes it easier to read your posts), preview your post to make sure it’ll look good when published, etc.

The reason I like to check the HTML version of the post is to make sure my formatting is correct and to add any NoFollow tags as needed.

A word on using Nofollow tags: there’s been a lot of frantic talks about nofollowing every link from your blog or even stopping linking out altogether. Nonsense. Read more about it in State of SEO and Link Building: Continuous Coverage of the Recent Google Updates.

Just about the only links I strongly recommend you nofollow are affiliate links or paid links (if you are writing a sponsored review, for instance).

To properly add my affiliate links to any post, including automatically nofollowing them, I suggest you use Thirsty Affiliates (it’s now available as a free plugin).

8.  Add a great title

Most copywriters recommend you START with a post title.

I think it’s a great suggestion; it just never worked for me.

Because of the way I write, I never know where my brain will take me from the mere idea for the post to the finished product. That’s why coming up with a great title from the get-go is not an option for me.

YOU, however, are a different story. You have to figure out what works best for your creativity flow.

How to write great titles

Writing great blog post titles doesn’t come naturally to me, but then again, we’ve already established that writing anything at all doesn’t come easy to me. lol

There are basically two title formulas to think about:

  1. make it fun and obscure
  2. OR go for the benefits and tell your readers exactly what they’ll get out of it up front.

The latter one works better for me.

Let’s take these headlines (borrowed from Michael Gray’s Blog Less and Update More) for example:

  • How to Make Your Analytics Reports More Beautiful than a Double Rainbow … and Know What it Means!
  • Why You Don’t Need to Be A Grumpy Cat When Working on Your Link Building
  • How to Make Your Infographics Stand Out Like Honey-Boo-Boo in A Bikini
  • What Dance Moms Can Teach You About Dealing with Crazy Clients

Are they “magnetic”? In my opinion, they are somewhat silly and would never make me want to click on them – I simply don’t see the benefit I’ll get if I do.

On the other hand,

  • Creating Professional Analytics Reports With Clear Actionable Information
  • Link Building Strategies That Won’t Make you Crazy
  • How to Make Sure your Infographics Go Viral
  • Strategies For Dealing with Difficult Clients

…definitely hit the chord with me – they are practical, tell me what I’ll learn upfront, which absolutely makes me want to click on them.

What I am trying to say is this: there needs to be a good balance between “magnetic” and common-sense.

I also noticed that the posts with “practical” titles get more clicks and more comments in general.

You’ll find more great resources on writing better headlines in 3 Practical Steps to Make Your Content Go Viral.

9. Proofread

The way I like to do it is by opening a preview of the post in a new window, while still keeping the draft in front of me.

That way, as I read through the preview, I can see all the styling mistakes as well as check spelling, typos, etc. I go back and forth between the two windows until I am happy with the end result.

10. Check your SEO

This is the last thing I do: make sure you cross your T’s and dot your I’s for all your on-page SEO elements, pick your categories, get the post ready for social sharing and Schema markups, etc.

Do what you need to to take advantage of any possible search engine traffic you can, in other words.

Listen to “How to Write a Great Blog Post”

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The main thing I would love for you to take away from this post is this:

There’s NO such thing as a terrible writer!

Writing great blog posts is a matter of practice, listening to feedback from your readers, and adjusting your writing style accordingly.

 

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PS   If you’d like for me to visit your blog and give you a very quick critique of your content, feel free to ask me in the comments. Just be prepared for some tough love.

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  1. Hi Ana,

    Good post. As always. What is very nice and funny is that call to action: “Show me you are alive!” It makes me laugh each time I read it.

    You dislike writing but, in your first year of college, you had to write a lot of essays. This makes me think it was a kind of literary or linguistic college. I am not so keen on essays either. I wrote quite a few in college but never like it. Probably I don’t like to be limited or constrained by rules, not even the rules of creating an essay and not even by my rules.

    I like to write but I don’t plan my posts in details. I just make a short outline because I know .. at some point I will change the direction and the outline will be no longer important.
    However, I understand the need to be organized and I always try to improve it. Rarely works and I always make another outline and plan things again just to see them changed after a few minutes.

    Bullet post type? I use them often because they really work but, honestly, I hate bullet points. I like my mind to roam freely inside the post or article or whatever it is.

    Drafts in WordPress? For the moment, no. Whenever I get a new idea I just write it in a spreadsheet so as not to lose it. Problems with the format? I didn’t experience any problems. I write all my post in Word than paste it in a Notepad file and then in WordPress. All the format is done in WordPress. I think I don’t like to write directly in WordPress because it somehow restricts my vision. It takes longer but I prefer this way.

    I always liked your idea of writing a piece of content and then create different types of materials: slideshares, videos, podcasts etc. Good tip with the outline. I’ll think about it.

    Create your blog posts list? Well, I don’t know. Maybe I should but I always keep a record with all the posts I comment and I have a list for Commentluv enabled blogs, another list for no Commentluv enabled blogs, a list for dofollow blogs and another one for nofollow blogs. Another list with my posts ? It would be my fifth.

    The most interesting part for me was that Style box you have. You said “additional styles in your WordPress editor”. This is something interesting because it is about coding and not adding another plugin to the list. I always try to find new ideas about how to replace a plugin with a few lines of code and I am not afraid to configure everything again when I upgrade my theme.

    Visit my blog? Oh, no! Please, no. I wanted this at some point in time. Not anymore. I am sure you will give me a very, very tough love. Probably too tough.

    Thanks for sharing your content creating strategies. It always give me some new and interesting ideas.

    Have a wonderful day

  2. Hey Ana,

    I’ve loved your writing style from day 1 – if anything, you’ve honed an honest and straight-forward writing style that was already good.

    You’re absolutely right about one thing though – blog writing is not the same thing as book writing (though the lines may be getting blurred a little as publishing becomes easier for both and more digital too).

    Another great & comprehensive post – and well written!

    take care & best wishes,
    Alan

  3. Great post!

    I tend to follow a specific method when I am posting a new article on my blog. I start out with an eye catching title that tells the reader what they can expect in a short sentence. Then the first paragraph sums up the article in general as many readers just quickly scan through most blog posts. I then follow the introduction paragraph with 3 or more header paragraphs giving the details of the post in case the reader wants to know more. Keep in mind that you should put the answer towards the beginning and then explain it in the rest of the paragraph. I try to be personal as well as if I am talking to a reader one and one.

  4. Abdul Wajid CK

    I was a frequent commenter on trafficgenerationcafe in the past Ana, precisely saying during those 2011 days. You blog improved abruptley since.
    You gave alot of confidence to get back into blogging. I was rather shocked to see blogging communities die, maybe because i wasn’t sure about how to generate traffic to my blog.
    I have wrote a facebook message to you from my personal profile Ana, Hope you would guide me further. Looking forward to engage more in this blog. Best of luck

    • Ana Hoffman

      Welcome back, Abdul.

      I don’t check my personal FB profile too often; my FB page is much better.

  5. Hi Ana,

    I’m also one of those sporadic writers. I get an idea and start writing as it comes to my head. Then I edit it and outline it and the last thing I do is add a header. I know it’s recommended to start from a header but it’s also never worked for me, as I don’t quite know how it will end once I start writing.

    I think the best way to get good at writing is to just keep doing it. After all, giving up doesn’t ever get you anywhere.

    Thanks for a great post!

    Laura

    • Ana Hoffman

      You are very right, Laura – one size never fits all when it comes down to writing. It’s the end product is what matters.

      Thanks for coming by.

  6. Tony Matos

    Hi Ana,

    I very happy that I found your site I enjoy your ideas very much I haven’t see yet no one that comes to you regarding this area , is a must for anyone that want’s to further their knowledge in blog posting.

    Ana I know that I need to come again and read this again, so Ana thanks again for sharing your throughts.

    Ana have a nice weekend.

    Tony

  7. Jackson Nwachukwu

    Hi Ana,
    Writing a great blog content means a lot, it means writing what people will read and would like to share it with friends.

    What you’ve written here is what I would like to call an “Epic content.” Seriously, you kept me reading and nodding my head, and I had to read to the end. I’ve found more inspiration for my writing.

    Just to round it up, the post which has consistently been sending me traffic juice was a blog content I wrote to solve a problem which I spotted on an industry blog. This boils down writing a great blog post.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece. Cheers!

    • Ana Hoffman

      Thanks for the thumbs up, Jackson – always needed and much appreciated.

      And you are absolutely right: solving your readers’ problems always equals to the best posts we’ve ever written.

  8. Love this…. great article… completely agree, and also the comments seem to resonate with what other people are experiencing.

    I find writing in a conversational style seems to be quite effective, and people like that.

  9. James

    I completely agree with the introduction of your post, greta blogs just don’t happen, you have to make them happen. And yes I was surprised to know that you couldn’t write at a younger age. As of for me, I have always been good with writing, the only difference being that I took to writing as a profession lately.

  10. Pst Bless

    The issue of writing a super blog post or title has been a long time challenge to most of us, at times we get confused over what the so called pros are saying. however, if a blog must excel, then good content headed by a captivating title will do the miracle. Thanks for this topic.

  11. Ana — all great tips. I know everybody advises it, but I find it difficult to outline a post. I need to start writing and then along the way the outline falls into place. This has been a big, dark secret and this is the first place I’ve revealed it! I, too, write a lot of posts right in the dashboard. I’ll get an idea and, boom, right to the dashboard. I don’t see why there is a downside. I do have a list of post ideas but I don’t have a schedule of posts. That’s because I like to write opportunistic posts — jumping on the news, for example, with a my take on a breaking story. Or learning something new (as from you) and writing about it. As you said, we’ve all got to find our own voice. We can’t compare ourselves to other writers and beat ourselves up because EVERYBODY has better content. No they don’t.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Sounds like you and I are a lot alike when writing our posts, Jeannette: somewhat sporadic, but makes sense to us. lol

  12. Hello Ana, I’m very glad I came into this page. Although I don’t think I’m a terrible writer I feel that my writing skills is not enough. I always check the stuff I have written from time to time. If I can, I even ask others to review my stuff just to check the errors in my output. I’m always feeling hesitation and doubts. What I do is open my mind to possible criticisms and equip myself with constant research of the topic that I’m going to write which greatly contributes to the heart of the article I’m writing. I am truly inspired by this post.Thanks for helping out.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Asking others for feedback is one of the best things we can do to improve, Fervil, even though we are not always prepared to hear it. lol

  13. Hey Anna, this is my first visit on this blog; I’ve read some of your posts that sound very interesting. I’ve my blog and worrying about; how the write good post. This post have very informative guide regarding good post. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ana Hoffman

      You are very welcome.

      And please do remember to use your name next time you comment at TGC; much appreciated.

  14. I write for a living. It’s pretty much my only real talent. These are great tips even for an experienced writer who loves spilling words from their head to a screen. One tip that helps me is to break free of linear thinking. I have a very hard time with intros. In a 500 word article, I used to spend half an hour on the intro and 20 minutes on the rest of the content! Once I stopped thinking that I had to write from the intro to the conclusion in order, though, I became way more productive. When I’m stuck, I write the body first, then the intro last.

    I also agree with Harleena: the only thing that makes a writer good is practice. We also have to be willing to change and adapt. My first blog posts were well written in a structural sense but completely devoid of personality. I was used to churning out content for sites that liked to keep it dry. Once I started using my own voice, it became so much more enjoyable.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Definitely love your personality, Nikki; it makes your blog stand out from the rest.

      That’s a great tip – writing an intro at the end or… whenever it comes to you really. That’s what I do, otherwise I am in the same boat as you are – taking way too long to come up with something that makes sense for a post I haven’t written yet.

  15. Ana! GREAT post, for a terrible writer ;-)

    Actually, I got a D in a class I loved to hate… I think I am a writer today because I did SOOO poorly in the “College Composition” class I took in High School. Dang teacher made us write every single day. I think I made up my mind to just do it better. Dunno if I’m a great writer even now but I can surely identify with your distaste for writing. Bleah.

    So, I do this too…. every time I get an idea for a blog post, I START one. If you looked “under the hood” of my WordPress you would see about a dozen drafts at any one time. One terrible writer to another… it’s good to see a common habit.

    THANKS for sharing your post list (Google Doc)… Needed to do a better job at interlinking and this was the perfect solution. Thanks for letting us have a peek.

    Oh, and the idea of leveraging the content to SlideShare is nothing short of inspired. Cool.

    I have one idea to share that’s helped me write when I’m stuck: I will actually talk the post instead of writing it. With a general outline, I’ll pretend I’m giving a keynote lecture… or talking with a friend… or being interviewed for a newspaper… anything to get me out of my own head and start talking.

    These talks can be recorded and even transcribed on Fiverr for cheap.

    Recorded or not, verbalizing thoughts audibly helps me to organize ‘em better.

    Anyhoo, that’s a hack that works for this old dawg’s brain. Thanks again Ana for this post! Good to know even the greats sometimes get stuck, and what they do to get UNstuck.

    Keep Stepping,

    Kurt

    • Ana Hoffman

      I did look under the hood of your blog, Kurt – definitely kindred spirits. lol

      “Talking” through a post, huh? Never tried it… I like it! And definitely love the potential for content repurposing – fewer steps to get more done – brilliant.

      • That is something that I have done as well.

        I just outline the highlights of the topic I want to talk about. Then I make a video about it.

        I haven’t gone as far as transcribing, however, I do see the value in it. Also, with more and more people using voice to search, it’s not a bad idea to transcribe videos.

        I keep a to do list of ideas for rainy days. It’s the same concept as drafts I guess.

        • Ana Hoffman

          If only we could figure out how to stretch our days to get to all those wonderful ideas we have…

          • A lot of people would suggest that this is where a Virtual Assistant comes into play.

            However, it is definitely not for everyone. Not everyone feels comfortable delegating tasks to someone they have never met.

            That’s a topic for a whole other conversation.

            All that to say, I agree.

  16. Ran across this post from twitter, amazing stuff. I’ve been aiming to get back into blogging and have been a bit rusty in putting together quality non-technical posts. This was a great help in getting me back into the swing of things. Keep up the awesome work!

    • Ana Hoffman

      Thumbs up to Twitter for sending you my way!

      Writing simply is not always that simple, isn’t it?

  17. I really liked this post, and you are by far NOT a bad writer! It’s too bad you don’t enjoy it.
    I liked the tips you gave, and I’m glad that I’m already following a lot of them.

  18. Hey Ana!
    I just connected with you over on SoundCloud and I think it’s an awesome idea to put your post in audio format. You are on your way to becoming a podcaster in no time. Let me know if you need help getting listed in iTunes.

    I like the idea of using a spreadsheet. I noticed at the bottom of your you have a ways to go with filling in the YouTube videos section. Try the YouTube Title Adder Extension (I did a YouTube video on it) that might be another time hack you can explore.

    Thanks for the post and all the inspiration.

    • Ana Hoffman

      Thanks, Ileane – audio is not my favorite medium, but I am trying. I haven’t thought of putting them up on iTunes, but I suppose I should, right?

  19. Great article, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who *hates* writing, but must for my business blog. You hit the nail on the head: best to just write in your natural speaking voice, I’m still trying to unlearn years of college writing ;)

  20. Very helpful article Ana. Reading comments and forums is a great way to find ideas for blog posts. One of my most popular posts came from a problem people were having on Google+. I had the same problem, so I resolved it and explained how I did it.

    • Ana Hoffman

      That’s perfect, Mary – if we know how to listen, we’ll never have to worry about blog post ideas that people actually want to read.

  21. Hi Ana,

    Yet another awesome post indeed :)

    Perhaps I can so well relate because writing is all that I do! You are SO right in ALL that you said, you really leave me no words to add to the post.

    Yes, there is nothing as a bad writer, nor was anyone born as a good writer. You just get better by the day and that happens ONLY with practice. I remember my first post too, and it looked like I’d written a mini thesis on my blog..lol :)

    But once you visit other blogs and learn the way things are supposed to be done, you get better. I like your idea of creating drafts as and when you across anything worthwhile, though I’ve yet to learn how to write in my WP! I prefer the old way or writing in good old word and going through those copy paste options, but your post inspires me to give it a try. I agree, having all your posts listed up as you’ve done works best, especially if you’ve lots of posts because it becomes tough to hunt for them otherwise.

    Like you, it does take me a few hours to get my post ready, or perhaps the post length runs rather long, but I wouldn’t like it any other way. I also sleep over it and check it thoroughly the next day with a fresh pair of eyes…and yes, there are always a few errors!

    Ah…I could go on and on but I’d better stop, and thank YOU for another wonderful post. :)

    Have a nice week ahead :)

    • Ana Hoffman

      Coming from someone who writes for living, this is quite a compliment, Harleena; thank you.

      I think you should definitely give WP drafts a shot; it just might be what you need to speed things up a bit.

  22. Ana, thanks for this post! It gives me a lot of inspiration as I am just starting to take blogging seriously (but I think you have seen it in among your WP pingbacks :))