Although writing regularly won’t guarantee freelance writing success, if you don’t write regularly it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to make a living writing. One of the advantages of having a blog is it creates an opportunity to write regularly.
Oh sure, lots and lots of people start and then abandon blogs. There’s no way of knowing, of course, but my hunch is most of those were started by people hoping for easy money or those who discovered along the way that they didn’t like writing that much after all. And if, in starting a blog you discover you don’t like writing, more power to you. There are plenty of other things to do in the world.
On the other hand, having a blog on a topic you’re passionate about can be an ideal way to write in a disciplined way.
Here’s why, I think, a blog can be an ideal way to establish the practice of writing:
- It’s public – and as soon as you’ve got an audience of even half a dozen, you won’t want to disappoint your readers.
- Writing in public as it were can be great encouragement.
- You can get feedback from your readers through comments.
- Keeping a blog you’re using as samples current is easier just because you’re using it as a way to show off your writing skills.
- There’s something very satisfying about seeing your writing up there on the web – it looks professional which I find great encouragement.
Oh sure, there’s some initial setup to learn, although Blogger is dirt simple and WordPress, my favorite blog platform, will let you import your content when you decide you want more control.
Blogs provide their own sort of discipline which can mean great writing practice for writers.
Do you find blogging a good writing practice?
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