I started blogging in April of 2011. At the time, I had a hard time writing anything! I would stare at the blinking cursor, type a word or two and erase it. I thought that I had nothing to say. Four years of blogging taught me that the truth is quite the opposite.
As many of you know, writing is a requirement in school. When I was in school, I felt that there was no assignment more laborious than writing an essay. I couldn’t write an essay, even for a shot at a scholarship. I passed up free money just because I believed writing 250 words took too much effort. Perhaps this was because – I didn’t believe in my writing ability. Blogging helped me realize that writing is simply transforming your thoughts into paragraphs.
In the beginning, my posts were riddled with typos and grammatical errors. Proofreading can feel like a chore. Especially, when your initial writing style is wordy. Through this I learned that it’s not what you add, but what you can take away that makes your writing great.
Since my posts weren’t for a grade – I learned to look past my errors. I realized that practice makes perfect and I couldn’t perfect my writing without practicing it. Free writing is one way to get past writers-block. Choosing colorful themes made me want to proofread what I had written for the mere pleasure of seeing my words in crisp typography.
I discovered my love for typography while blogging. For example I learned that I prefer graphite san-serif fonts on off-white pages. I also learned that I had an aesthetic preference for how long a post should be.
I digressed. Blogging makes you a better writer. It builds your writing endurance, it helps you power through writers-block and it may inspire you to proofread. Blogging isn’t for a grade, your peers will see it and maybe that’s some motivation to take pride in what you write.