5 Ways To Exercise Your Blogging Muscle

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Dear friend, the best way to get better at blogging is to exercise your blogging muscle.

What is it that I mean by exercising your blogging muscle?

It is a figurative term that pertains to doing specific things ― things that will help you to grow stronger as a blogger.

Hey, I know that I have piqued your curiosity, so it is time for me to let you know how you can go about exercising your own blogging muscle.

1.) Practice Leaving Detailed Comments In The Comments Section Of The Blogs Of Your Fellow Bloggers

Some of you are probably thinking, “Renard, what does leaving detailed comments in the comments section of the blogs of my fellow bloggers have anything to do with exercising my blogging muscle?”

My answer to that question is “Everything!”

Leaving detailed comments in the comments section of your fellow bloggers’ blogs requires lucid thinking.

And, since comments are shorter than the average blog posts, you will be getting lots of practice (in the form of short bursts) in the area of putting together your thoughts in a coherent manner (Do think about that the next time you are leaving a genuine comment for someone in their comments section).

Once you have mastered detailed comments, you would be on your way to getting better at writing detailed blog posts.

2.) Read A Lot

Reading will help you to become a better writer.

As a matter of fact, reading is known to:

  • Help people to develop their critical thinking.
  • Help people to acquire ideas of an inspirational nature.
  • Help people to expand their vocabulary.
  • Help people to understand grammar in its context.
  • Help people to gain knowledge.

One should never underestimate the benefits of reading a lot.

Reading is a wonderful way to exercise your blogging muscle.

Do you read a lot?

3.) Write On A Regular Basis

A large percentage of people stopped writing on a large scale after they graduated from school (The only way that they did a lot of writing is if their job required it).

Thankfully, I never stopped writing (And, that is probably the reason why writing comes easily for me).

One of the best ways to make writing a habit is to write on a regular basis.

I do not publish blog posts daily, but I write every single day of the week.

I would open up the word processor on my laptop computer and write an article or two (Sometimes, I would delete what I have written and at other times, I would use the written material as a blog post).

People who write regularly are better at creating blog posts than those people who write once in a Blue Moon.

4.) Participate In Blogging Prompts

Participating in blogging prompts is another great way to exercise your blogging muscle.

As you already know, blogging prompts can be based on anything; therefore, it places you in a position to be very creative.

Blogging prompts encourage bloggers to write (And, that is a very good thing).

Have you participated in any blogging prompts lately?

5.) Learn The Art Of Proofreading

Unfortunately, a lot of bloggers are horrible at proofreading (And, that is why they use cloud-based writing assistants like Grammarly and Ginger to point out and fix the errors in their writing).

By the way, I am in no way insinuating that you should give up the usage of your favourite spelling and grammar checker; I am suggesting that you develop your proofreading skills without it.

Make a conscientious effort to proofread your blog posts on your own (You can always enable Grammarly of Ginger afterwards).

Anyone who has a sincere desire to get better at proofreading should have a look at Tips For Effective Proofreading.

Final Thoughts

As you have learned, bloggers can exercise their blogging muscle by:

  • The practice of leaving detailed comments in the comments section of the blogs of their fellow bloggers.
  • Reading a lot.
  • Writing on a regular basis.
  • Participating in blogging prompts.
  • Learning the art of proofreading.

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63 thoughts on “5 Ways To Exercise Your Blogging Muscle

  1. I couldn’t agree more, especially #1. I can’t tell you how many times another blog WAS my “prompt,” and by the time I had written a well-thought-out comment, I had the start of my next post. 💡
    And every day by the time I’ve worked my way through my emails, I’ve spent time reading and writing, so I guess I have all the bases covered.👍

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  2. I’ve started being more thoughtful when I leave a comment on someone’s blog. You’re right that it requires putting my thoughts together coherent coherently, so it is like a warm up to writing my own posts. Thanks for the great advice. 🙂

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  3. Excellent points made, Renard, and proofreading is a must even in the comments! I made a boo-boo due to autocorrect while leaving a comment. My good friend, Renard, was gracious enough to bring to my attention that I changed his name in a comment! Sure it was a mistake but – Whoops! I am glad he made me aware of it and I left the discussion in my comments, hoping it will benefit others.

    We can gain a lot from reading comments and some contain great ideas for writing a post. In fact, one of my followers uses comments for writing a poem (giving credit to the commenters, of course).

    Thoughtful and detailed comments are worth the time and seem more sincere than just a one-word comment, IMO.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Eugenia.

      The autocorrect feature can embarrass the hell out of a blogger by making unwanted spelling changes.

      Yes, a blogger can acquire lots of blogging ideas from reading the comments in their comments thread.

      Thoughtful comments are the way to go; they force the blogger to think lucidly (And, thinking lucidly can be an asset; especially in the area of writing blog posts).

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  4. Way back in college when PCs didn’t had hard drives, I learned the value of a rough draft.
    It’s a great way to get your ideas on paper and worry about the details and spelling later.
    I think it is easy to loose an idea or the enthusiasm for an idea when you get hung up on punctuation and spelling.
    Sometimes a good writing session is being in the moment. You can always delete the entire file later on. But you may be on to something!

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    1. 🙂 Wow, there were no hard drives in your college days.

      Thankfully, students who were doing tertiary education in my time had computers that came with hard drives.

      Today, hard drives are looked upon as being legacy items.

      College students now have computers with solid-state drives in them.

      Nothing really beats putting your ideas on paper.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. My first PC was in the computer lab in the library. I think it was a Sanyo? It had 2 360K floppy drives. And we used switch boxes to share a 9-pin dot matrix printer. I think I’m getting old!

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  5. Like some of the other commenters here, I too liked your point about writing comments as a way to exercise the blogging-muscle. It keeps you in the swing of conversing with others and helps you write more conversational posts, since you’re sort of responding to other posts/people you’ve read.

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  6. Great tips! I especially like that you put reading as a good way to improve writing! I may add that even reading outside of your blog subject matter will greatly help as you develop vocabulary and creativity at the same time! A good example is me! I read fiction and non fiction but I write about food lol….

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    1. 🙂 Well, in all honesty, they can. They could describe the shot and tell the blogger what they think; for example, That is a lovely monochrome photo of a dog. I have not seen a pitbull in ages.

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  7. So well summed up!
    I think the first one is a very unconventional yet important advice. I can attest that it works. It’s a two way win because it also gives the writer an impression that you truly read and appreciate their work. Such well-gathered points! 👌

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  8. I think I’m so much guilty of #1, I’m one that writes and seldom comment on other bloggers post. Oh yes, I’m changing that.

    It’s time to make here another Twitter for me. A home to engage more bloggers in writing and commenting!

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  9. Your so on point seriously. Lol it is amazing the blog post you come up with that can relate to many of people. I’ve been reading not just other bloggers but even online. I’ve always had this image of what I want my blog to look like but how to get it was the question. I’ve learned quite a bit with my short time being in here. Everyone has their own unique way but they will have one thing in common and that’s the way things are written. Another great blog I always look forward to reading these.

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    1. 🙂 I am pleased to know that you can relate to leaving detailed comments in the comments section of the blogs of your fellow bloggers (Especially when you have appreciated their work).

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  10. This is a quality post Renard 🙂

    I agree about the detailed comments, in fact only today you have left some marvelous comments on my posts – l thank you for those 🙂

    With detailed comments they allow for more discussion.

    In fact l recently [over the last few months] opted to create content that would dissuade readers to ‘not specifically’ create response posts to my own questions – but hopefully would persuade them to leave longer comments and open up more discussion.

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    1. 🙂 Thank you, Rory.

      I think one of the reasons why people create response posts is because they feel that what they want to say would require something that is much longer; such as a blog post.

      Detailed comments do have a way of taking a discussion to a much higher level.

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