A writer’s journey is never easy, especially when you’re in the beginning stages of developing your own style and voice. And while it may seem like your favorite bloggers have it down pat, that wasn’t always the case. They too have struggled with rushing their blog posts, dealing with negative post comments, and developing post ideas. That’s why we asked our Top 100 Mom Bloggers the one thing that has made them a better blogger. From knowing what not to write about to the value of reading other people’s blogs for inspiration — these 18 writing tips will have you hitting the keyboard in no time!
Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect 1 of 18
Practice. I don't know if I'm at that infamous 10,000 hours mark, but I must be close. That, and being asked to write about things that I didn't choose for myself — when you do that, you have to think about the construction of a piece, and find a way in, and make it work.
—KJ Dell'Antonia, Motherlode
Don’t Rush It 2 of 18
Allowing myself to slow down. As a design blogger, there's an emphasis on fast trends, timely products, and unearthing the next big designer. It's been a treat to turn off that flow, slow down, and get back to the root of blogging; for me, that's story-telling.
—Erin Loechner, Design for Minikind
Write for Your Readers 3 of 18
It's easy to gaze at my own navel as a blogger and become too focused on my own thoughts and myself. I find that the more I remind myself to focus on my readers, respond to their comments and feedback, and incorporate their thoughts into the stories on my blog, the better. Postpartum Progress is for them more than it is for me.
— Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress
Read More, Write Better 4 of 18
Without a doubt, reading other people's blogs. You see and dissect what works and why. You feel the encouragement to be more open about your life. You receive that push to try something different. You find safety in seeing that someone else is blazing that trail for you. It's the most valuable use of your time online.
— Alexandra Rosas, Good Day, Regular People
Buddy Up 5 of 18
My writing partner, Hayley. She was willing to take me under her wing and explain things, like how to navigate our site. But seriously, she makes me a better writer by pushing me to explore weedy areas I would not dare navigate alone. Her journalism background is focused and spot-on. While I can be all about "how it feels," her work reminds me to reign that in, back up my assertions, and find a damn quote or resource.
— Miriam Novogrodsky, Femamom
Know Your Medium 6 of 18
It took me a while to find my voice. Blogging is a totally unique format of writing with its own quirks and ups and downs. When I finally accepted the inherent challenges of the format, it changed the whole way I was writing for the better.
— Jamie Frayer, Grumbles and Grunts
Take a Break 7 of 18
Giving myself a 48-hour window between writing my posts and publishing them. I almost always see mistakes I missed, or think of better ways to word things. I don't always do this, but when I do, the posts are better.
— Maegan Francis, The Happiest Mom
Engage IRL 8 of 18
I force myself to step away from the computer on a daily basis and just … live. It's easy to create a virtual world where you feel like you don't need outside stimulation, but it's really mind-bending and unhealthy. I make an effort to connect with local friends for a meal or to just sit on the couch with my daughter and watch terrible television. It allows me to have perspective on the things I write about.
—Elizabeth Jayne Liu, Flourish in Progress
Don’t Sweat the Trolls 9 of 18
I try not to take what people say on the Internet too seriously. Someone, somewhere is always going to feel entitled to judge you and your life, whether or not you put it on the Internet. Once you push through that reality, and learn to be true to yourself, you're golden.
— Andrea Duclos, Oh Dear Drea
Learn from Mentors, and Become One Yourself 10 of 18
You can never have enough humility in this world. Attending conferences has made me realize how many amazing women (people) there are in this space. I'll always have someone I look up to, and at the same time, there are people who look up to me. It just reiterates to me that we are all part of the same community, and we all need to support one another.
— Fadra Nally, All Things Fadra
Be True to Your Own Voice 11 of 18
I think that remembering that I'm a storyteller gives me permission to write in a different way. Storytelling is powerful and necessary, and when I remember that, all the other stuff that comes with the job of "blogging" seems to fall away. I've never forgotten Eden Kennedy's "Writing Well Is the Best Revenge." I still think that's genius to this day.
— Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma
Find a Support Network 12 of 18
I found my "graduating class" of bloggers, and we've become great friends. We are honest and open with each other about everything from PR annoyances to how much we charge for sponsored posts. We cheer each other on and leave catty competitiveness out of it.
— Jill Krause, Baby Rabies
Know What NOT to Write 13 of 18
I've learned the importance of knowing when not to tell a story … of knowing that I don't have to tell the whole story at once. Pausing. Breathing. Editing. (Not necessarily in that order.)
— Marinka, Motherhood in NYC
Your Biggest Supporter Can Be Your Best Critic 14 of 18
Since I write so much about my family, I always run my posts by my partner out of respect. Surprise — he turned out to be a great editor, helping me focus my ideas and land my jokes.
— Amy Wruble, Carriage Before Marriage
Keep Writing, Keep Laughing 15 of 18
The practice of writing every week has made me a better blogger. It's a skill that needs to be practiced and honed. Also, the fact that my husband lets me mock him tirelessly really improves my content.
— Kelcey Kintner, The Mama Bird Diaries
Integrate Your Other Skills 16 of 18
My background in design. Before blogging, I was a graphic designer, and I'm grateful to know how to design my site and make changes on a whim. Makes life much easier than having to harass someone else.
— Jill Smokler, Scary Mommy
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen 17 of 18
Take More Chances 18 of 18
Taking risks has improved my blogging. Doing things and saying things that people normally keep hidden is refreshing. Sometimes I write something and think, "Well, you can't publish that." But I do. I always do.
— Eden Riley, EdenLand
Do you have a writing tip that’s helped you become a better blogger? Tell us in the comments!
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