Do you think you’re NOT a Writer?
A Non Writer? Not a Blogger?
But, the problem is, you want to share your knowledge… Well, I’m here to tell you – you can!
This article is about Blogging for Non Writers
The purpose is to take you beyond: Fear of Failure or
Procrastinating to Start or
Feeling like you don’t have the Right Tools
Taking you from Writer’s Block to Writing Like a Pro
In the past, I have identified with the title Non Writer for a long time. Writing has never come naturally to me. However, the problem with identifying with this label is…. it got in the way of the fact that I also love sharing my business knowledge and experience to help professionals in business. And, one of the best methods to share your knowledge is through blogging. So frankly, I needed to ‘get over myself’. As my blogging mentor, Kyle says, you have the:
Ability to Write (that is, communicate). We all can write. Some people feel as though they are not writers, and that is fine….and in the
next breath send me a 500 word message explaining why they cannot write… So your goal is not to become a writer, but to remain a communicator and this is something you do every day
So begin by calling yourself a communicator, a blogger, an expert (in whatever your field is). Find a title that works for you and… you guessed it:
The key to achieving ANY success blogging is to get past the blank page. Regardless of your skill or experience level beginning from a blank page is near terrifying. Therefore try the following methods to avoid having to start from a blank page:
Create a blog template to use as a starting point.
Outline a structure to follow. Remember this can adapt according to your topic and purpose. For example begin with a:
- Sub heading(s) Topics and Ideas and
- Conclusion or Recommendation
Eventually, aim to create several templates however don’t let that overwhelm you, begin with one. For example, a How to Blog post, Review post, Keyword Rich post or Human Interest post etc.
Keep a Note book of Ideas
Keep a small notebook with you at all times to write down ideas as you think of them. I have ideas cross my mind while waiting for meetings or from business conversations or reading the paper or listening to the radio or waiting in traffic etc etc.
Create a Writing System
The ideas from my note book I assess once a week and transfer the ideas I want to work on over to my computer. I then:
- Save copy a template with one of my ideas as a Heading and sometimes a short summary of what I had in mind.
- Refer to these saved ideas when I sit down to write 2 to 4 times a week.
- Will flesh out a title based on keyword research (Jaaxy is the tool I use) and then add a selection of images I have permission to use to keep the reader’s interest but they also inspire me as I write.
- Write the blog post.
- Publish the blog post to your website.
- Check and complete SEO elements such as adding keyword(s), alt tags to images, links etc
- Share to your networks (social media, email list, forums you have permission to share too)
Commit to a Writing Routine
You know the saying ‘Practice makes Perfect’. Commit to a regular writing routine you can keep. That way you will be writing regularly. The key is to write, write, write and then write some more.
This routine, maybe daily, weekly or monthly whatever suits your lifestyle. For example, I write in my private journal daily, jot notes in my Ideas Notebook most days and write blog posts minimum 2 times per week and sometimes up to 4 times per week.
Find yourself a forum or community where you can receive feedback. Last year I committed to writing more once I found a community of like-minded bloggers I knew I could go to for support, education and feedback. Feedback is critical to improving your skills. However, don’t ask for feedback from your neighbour, best friend or family members (unless they are expert bloggers). Ask those that have already succeeded in what you want to achieve.
Finally, seek a mentor that can personally guide you to success.
This I am delighted to have achieved and it has increased my motivation 1000%. A mentor can:
- Motivate You
- Create Accountability for you
- Provide relevant Education
- Give Feedback
- Make Recommendations and much, much more
Blogging for Non Writers