10 Secrets to Writing Success

Was kickstarting your blogging skills a major goal for the new year? Then you’re in excellent company, friends!

Here are ten of our favorite ways to keep your blog (and you!) zipping through 2014 when it comes to finding writing success.

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10 Secrets to Writing Success All Bloggers Should Know

We don’t keep secrets in this community! In fact we love to share all of the information we know in hopes that it helps you become even more successful.

Keep On Keeping On

Finding (and holding onto!) your motivation is one of the toughest things about being a content creator. Having trouble with yours? You are not alone. Start small, take it easy on yourself and- my absolute favorite- call for backup when needed! (Or, if you’re like me- hourly. God bless texting and friends who reply immediately.)

Feeling inspired? For more motivational mojo, click here.

Make A List (Check It Twice)

The mother of all Get Out There & Get Writin’ blog tips is definitely to make a top ten list! (Or eight or fourteen or…) Here’s why they work:

  1. Putting stuff in lists just feels good. (Neatniks unite!)
  2. Once you get rolling, the inspiration kicks in and you may have to add onto your list!
  3. We love stuff we can read in one sitting.

(See what I did there?)

Ready for more? Check out this great post about list-making here.

Content Is King (And Grammar Is Queen)

It really can’t be said (or written) enough: your content is the most important thing on your site. So you’re an ace photographer or an SEO whiz? Terrific! But if what you’ve got to say is riddled with typos or is poorly thought out, your readers won’t be coming back for more!

To spiff up your writing and posting fundamentals, click here!

Writing Prompts, Promptly

For those times you’re really, stupendously stuck, writing prompts can be a godsend. Think of it like (fun) homework for your blog and a surefire way to kick your writer’s block to the curb. You’ll be amazed where some of these questions can lead, as well! (Perhaps a blog series or two?)

Get some fabulous writing prompts right over here.

An (Easy) Year Of Posts

Speaking of neatniks, doesn’t an organized blogging calendar set your heart aflutter? (Me, too.) How about a calendar laying out all (or most) of your topics for the year? It’s not as daunting as it sounds- in fact it can be downright freeing! (Leave those last-minute panics for other things…like wondering if you signed a permission slip. Or are wearing a bra.)

Try some of the awesome blog calendar tips listed here.

Lay It All Out, Baby

Make sure your audience knows what they’re in for (and returning for)! Honing your writer’s voice and streamlining your topics can be as easy as creating a blogging tree. Curious as to what that means? (Of course you are. I was, too!)

Check out how to create your very own blogging tree here.

Elevate Yourself (And Your Page Ranks!)

Once you’ve figured out what you want to be saying, learn how to say it more effectively! Is one of your bloggy New Year’s goals to master page ranks and effective keywords? (If you’re me, the answer is: Yes. Since 2008.) Turns out, there are some really cinchy ways to stay visible and relevant.

To jumpstart your effectiveness, click here.

Go Green (Recycle Your Content!)

Have a backlog of incredible content- which, perhaps, your newest readers might not know about? Repurpose, sister! Take the best of your bloggy best and spiff it up with the SEO and formatting skills you’ve acquired since you wrote that gem in the first place!

For really helpful repurposing tips, give this post a look.

Take Your Show On The Road

Want to get your name out there? Guest posting on other sites is great for writers, excellent for content-seekers, and indispensable for those looking to establish themselves as authorities! Plus, there’s that ol’ “community” thing we love to bandy about so much.

Take a look at these easy tips for guest posting here!

Make A Series

Ever thought about starting your own blog series? It’s easier than you may think- and will go a ways in establishing you as someone worth reading (and reading and re-reading)! Besides, who doesn’t love the idea of a jam-packed editorial calendar? (Music to a blogger’s ears. Or maybe warm n’ fuzzy slippers to a blogger’s feet.)

To learn how to implement your own blog series, click here!

Ready to take your maven-like skills and get to blogging and achieving writing success? Of course you are. And share the love with your fellow SITStahs- after all, the best thing we create around here is community. 

Don’t forget to comment below with your best writing tips! What are your success to writing success?

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About Keely

Keely, a playwright and blogger in Chicago, resides with her husband and three young kiddos in a home held together primarily with duct tape. Follow her constant reality slaps at Lollygag Blog, Facebook, @LollygagBlog on Twitter and Pinterest, or at the tamale stand on the corner.

Comments

  1. Great tips. I’m new to the blogging world and your advice has been very valuable. Thank you.

  2. A lot of great tips here, thanks!

  3. My brother is a blogger and i also started it and he told me today to read this article . i found it to be very usefull to me and i think it is very good for other also .
    so Please read it atleast once .
    GREAT POST.

  4. Great and useful tips. Thank you for sharing!
    The most difficult part of blogging to me (apart from the white page problem) is to stick to one subject. Even if my blog is professional and my services are Social Media Marketing oriented I also want to talk about the things that inspire me, some DIY, fashion, etc… which is where I find the most stimulating for writing good content. But I always read that one blog = one subject in order to get more followers…

  5. These are awesome tips! I am having major creative block lately. Or sometimes I feel like there’s so much to do/write that I don’t get any of it done because I don’t know where to begin. :)

  6. Very helpful! Thank you.

  7. bookmarked!!, I like your website!|

  8. New Blogger, my site is in the making… Friend shared this site with me. Sassy Irish Lassie. This is so inspiring, thank you… So excited to put these into practice. Hopefully someone will read my blog, and get me and smile…. Have a wonderful day! Ray

  9. Great tips! You can never get enough reminders of how to do it right.

  10. Great advice!

  11. Great tips!

  12. These are great tips! Thank you so much! :)

  13. Great tips, thank you!
    Sail Away Girl

  14. LOVE ALL OF THESE! I’m a newbie blogger, so these tips are so relevant and right on target. I’ve really enjoyed the whole SITS site for so many resources. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jennifer

  15. All great tips. I love to write things down…it helps me keep on top of things. Blog post ideas can come from anywhere so having a pen and paper nearby at all times is absolutely necessary for me.

  16. Awesome tips here! Really need to start recycling old content and hitting up blog friends to see if they’d like to swap sites for a day. Thanks!

  17. A lot of great tips here, thanks!

  18. I find that I am a better editor than I am a writer. Writing and then editing a few hours to days later is a good plan for me as I tend to ramble and when I edit I can pare down to the important stuff. Also when you let it sit for a while you read your writing like others would and can see where you aren’t making sense or sounding silly.

    Editing helps catch typos and grammar errors too. So does reading aloud.

  19. thanks for this encouragement. Keeping up with and actually filling in my editorial calender has been a challenge for me, but this is giving me new motivation to work harder on it and actually get ahead, so I’m not scrambling to write my posts at the last minute.

  20. Oldie, newbie blogger, I want to thank you all for the great information you share with anyone willing to READ!

    I’m getting my feet wet and reading and learning more from this wonderful community than years of cruising the internet looking for answers!

    I am an over the 50 hump gal and am so inspired by all you young SITStahs!

  21. Awesome tips, Keely!

  22. Wonderful set of tips! Thanks so much for sharing! :-)

  23. great tips! can see myself using a lot of these in the future.

  24. A word about consistency. Posting only 2-3 times per week helps with blog longevity to keep from burnout. I only post on Mondays & Thursdays. My readers know & I don’t have to stress. I’ve been blogging consistently since 2009.

  25. I am using an editorial calendar this year & I am finding it really fuels my creativity! My goal was 1 post a month, but am finding I am posting weekly due to the calendar!

  26. Thanks for the tips! I love lists and I’m thinking about doing my own series! Definitely saving this post!

  27. Wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing. I also feel very strongly about writing about and towards your passions — amen to that! :)

  28. This is fabulous! Going to save this and put these tips to use

  29. Jen’s Best Writing Tip: Write about your passions. I will be the first person to click away from your page when I smell a half-hearted marketing post. I understand bloggers want to make money, but when I head to your page and I can’t find a single post about your real, genuine, non-sponsored experiences or talents, I will never come back.

    Nobody wants to be bombarded with 10 posts about a Disney vacation promo. There shouldn’t be a search for real content – blogging should be from the soul. If you need to post a sponsored post be sure to do it about something you’re really into – and talk to me like a person, not a dollar sign!

  30. Fabulous tips! And at a perfect time as I’m seriously in a rut…

  31. Love these. :). Pinning for future reference. When I get time on my computer I really want to check out those links. :). I’ve been in a rut with blogging. Having had the flu two weeks (our whole family of 5), and a baby who has not slept great the past few days has caused me to slow down. I really want to get back in the game. But feel the drive is low. Maybe reading all the tips in each link with spark some inspiration. :)

  32. Super duper awesome tips, Keely!!

  33. These are fabulous tips (including the links to the full articles)! Many thanks from a newbie blogger!

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