In no way do I consider myself a “professional” in the writing world. As far as I’m concerned, writing to me is useful, important, but also a hobby - one I’ve gained a lot from doing. With what I’ve gained I’ve been able to recognize the techniques that I find most helpful, but there’s still much more for me to learn. Regardless, here’s a few tips for new bloggers who are interested.
1 - Ask yourself questions.
Asking the right kind of questions will help determine what kind of blog you’re creating. If you ask questions like “What did I learn today?” or “What can I teach?”, then you’ll probably create lots of educational content. If you ask questions about your personality, or life in general, you might end up with something more of a life blog. Both are awesome (maybe you’ll have a mix), but having the discipline to ask questions before you write allows you to view it more professionally. There’s nothing wrong with being a bit personal, but the act of writing itself, as you’ll see, is essentially thinking on paper. Thinking before you write is usually helpful in that regard.
2 - Find the right timing.
I personally like to write late at night. It puts me in a position where I have to focus, I have to reflect, and I have to be honest. If you limit the amount of time you have to write, then I think you’ll see that whatever is truly on your mind will come out - naturally. (Especially if you’re asking questions to trigger those ideas.) Your blog is your blog, no one can tell you what to write, so giving yourself a time limit just makes it more real and personal. Even if you choose to write during the day, I recommend you give yourself a specific window of time to get it done.
3 - Just start writing.
I know that sounds lame, but it’s probably the most important principle I’ve learned when it comes to writing. That’s how you fight writer's block (which isn’t lacking ideas, but an overflow of them), and that’s how you’ll spark your creativity. It doesn’t matter how stupid you feel, or what you start writing as long as you can get words on paper - your heart and mind will do the rest.