There are days that we bloggers/writers don’t want to blog, but we do so nonetheless because we are constantly reminded that to get better at writing — we have to write every day.
But if you force yourself to blog just for the sake of writing every day, there is a possibility that you may associate blogging with discomfort, like I mentioned in previous post.
Be reminded, though, that you can still practice writing even if you don’t write a blog post. Here are 3 ways:
- Write private blog posts that no one else will see.
There are times when we want to write about a topic, but were having second-thoughts on writing it on our blog. Maybe it’s too personal; maybe you think people might find it offensive; or maybe you think your readers may view it as irrelevant.
You can still write that post though, that is, by setting your post’s visibility to private. It’s like turning that blog post into a diary entry that only you should see — and later on read.
In WordPress: you just select Private in your post’s Visibility settings.
- Comment on other blogs/articles.
This serves more than one purpose: (A) You practice your writing, (B) You network with other bloggers, and (C) You let other people know that your blog exists.
To elaborate on (C), comment forms on most blogs have a ‘Website’ field where you can enter the address of your own blog. If your comment gets approved, you get a free backlink to your blog.
A little note on commenting: it would be wise to read the post you’re commenting on. In that way, the comments that you write will be relevant to the post itself.
The note I gave above may be common sense, but some bloggers just make generic comments on other blogs only to get backlinks. Example of generic comments are: “Nice post! I like your blog.” and “Great article!”
Though, there is nothing wrong with giving positive compliments to other people, remember that people will read your comments and depending on what you write, they may, or may not want to visit your blog.
- Start a forum topic or reply to one.
If you like exchanging ideas with other people, then this one is gold. Not only will you practice your writing in the process, you can also learn a lot from other people as well.
One thing to be aware of is that each forum has its own distinctive culture. Aside from the genre where it belongs (e.g., sports, health, technology, etc.), you’ll notice that some forums are better moderated than others, in which case they ban trolls and remove offensive or irrelevant posts.
If like me you want exchanges to stay positive, it would be wise to get a glimpse of the culture of a forum first, so you can decide whether it’s worth participating in that forum or not.
The above list is not exhaustive for there are more ways to practice writing on the internet aside from private blog posting, commenting, and forum posting (e.g., posting on facebook, tweeting, etc.). I’m sure you can think of other ways. The point is practicing your writing does not always mean writing a blog post. It’s time to get creative.