Copyblogger’s Essay Contest or Blogging in Public

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A few months ago I found a site called Copyblogger.
I want to get better at blogging and the fastest way to do that is to become a better writer.
I think the next step is to understand the structural elements that make a blog ‘user friendly’.
I’ve started paying closer attention to the design elements many of you here at WordPress incorporate into your blogs.
You inspire me.

I recently saw an Essay Contest on Copyblogger and I decided to submit an entry.
I forgot to embed the code announcing that I was participating and now that the entry period has closed I can’t access the special Blog Button.
I’m bummed.
I did the next best thing and used a photo.

So, it’s out there.
My essay.
I wrote it and sent it to Copyblogger.
It makes my palms sweat just to think of a ‘professional’ reading it.

I did it to push myself out of the little comfort zone of my own mostly invisible blog.
I remember learning to play golf and wishing I could do it in private to spare myself the humiliation of whiffing the ball with others watching.
I think blogging is like golf, you have to learn to do it publicly.
No hiding until you get it all down pat.

Would you describe yourself as a blogger to someone who asks what you do?
I can’t quite get up the courage to say it.
It seems like a stretch to me, at least now.

We’re going to Africa again for about 7 weeks and my goal is to move to a self-hosted WP site before January 1st.
On our trip last year blogging was a great way to tell the stories of the ministry and the people in Ghana.
I’m hoping that once I get it set up it will give me more control over how the site looks.
There is so much I have to learn and so much room for improvement!
I’d love to hear any advice you have to offer.

How did you learn to blog, to write, and to make it all look good?
Did you find sites or books that were helpful?
What do you think makes a really great blog?

Talk to me bloggers, I’m all ears!

I called him Yoda

7 Comments on “Copyblogger’s Essay Contest or Blogging in Public

  1. My blog is more a photo essay interspersed with writing but I did follow some of WordPress recommendations awhile back. One thing I did when I did a writing a post was exactly what you did with this one. Bold print a lead sentence. Intersperse with a few photos. I try to keep my blog writing between 300-400 words. Once in awhile I go overboard, but never over 600. This week I did 500 but it was a grand topic. I do this at Christmas and Easter and just did another one. Since my blog is secular I speak of my Christian faith in generalities. But Christmas and Easter are the two times where I am a bit more bold, thus my current post.
    I also took a writing class with a very difficult instructor. They are the best! I learned a LOT from her but still break her writing rules all the time. Blog writing is a bit different and she is old-school and looking it over.
    Hope this helps!

    • I think a writing course is a great idea. I signed up for Authority through Copyblogger and I’m anticipating great benefits. As always, Sage words.

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  2. Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” There is a lot of truth to those words! Sometimes the words flow, hemorrhaging the page, other times, one slow drip drops into the sea of whiteness. And with them, these words have such great power to enliven or kill, to inspire or inflame. What an opportunity to express the most Masterful writer of all and be a reflection of His truth, goodness, and beauty. It is both exciting and daunting all at the same time!

    The advice I have received, on what makes a good writer, from a near and dear journalism major, blogger, photography, editor, and avid lover of all things “words” both in the written form or verbally ;)…is to read and reread great works of literature, observing style, phraseology, visionary expression etc. and then sit down and write, write, and write some more. It is also extremely helpful, though humbling and downright scary as you mentioned, to have another, more seasoned writer critique your work, hopefully in a loving way as not to evoke the actual bleeding!

    It seems as if blog writing is slightly different from other forms of writing. But, it is writing nonetheless. It seems to be that old 10,000 hour rule, but with the intention of always wanting to grow and improve.

    I love your writing and would love to read what you wrote!

  3. Hi Kelly! You have taken the most important step in becoming a writer….you are writing! As far as content and you voice goes, that comes with time and experience writing. Also one of the best pieces of advice that I ever got was to read ALOT. And pay attention to what you do and do not like about the things you read. Take a look at blogs that you admire and discover why. Guest posting is another great way to get out of your own box and into the writing world. Writing from the heart is important as well as being authentic. Meet people where they are and be real about it, and they will want to hear what you have to say. Be blessed and safe travels! Lisa

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