5 Ways To Put Your Blogging Skills To The Test

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One of the best ways of knowing if you have made any improvements in the area of blogging is to test your blogging skills (It is something that you can do occasionally or regularly).

Testing your blogging skills may seem a bit extreme. However, I can assure you that you will benefit from it.

And, how is that the case?

Dear friend, testing your blogging skills will provide you with an awareness of your blogging strengths and weaknesses.

So, without further ado, it is time for me to provide you with some pointers ― the kinds of pointers that are easy to implement.

1.) Practice To Type Faster

Many bloggers have complained about not having enough time to put their blog posts together.

So, from a logical standpoint, it would be in your best interest to learn how to type faster.

And, why is it that you should learn to type faster?

Because typing faster will enable you to utilize your time wisely; for example, if you only have two hours available to type that blog post of yours, you will have more words typed within that time frame, or better yet, you would have completed that blog post of yours within your allotted time frame.

Anyone who has a sincere interest in learning how to type faster should read Mako Young’s article, How to Type Faster.

Now, I am fully aware of the fact that not everyone uses a desktop computer or laptop computer to create their blog posts; some people use their tablet computer and their smartphone for blogging purposes.

I would like to recommend a Bluetooth keyboard for those people who use their tablet computer and their smartphone to blog.

Why?

Because the feature that is known as, predictive text, on tablet computers and smartphones is an utter waste of time (It is not always accurate; thus wasting valuable time).

Another thing to consider is that people with large hands would have a bit of difficulty in typing on the screens of their smartphone or tablet computer with their thick fingers.

2.) Practice Working With A Deadline

The very thought of working with a deadline can be intimidating for a lot of bloggers.

Now, if I can work with a deadline, you can do it too!

Bloggers can do the following things to accomplish their tasks before their deadline arrives:

  • Plan their blog posts with the help of an editorial calendar.
  • Research their chosen topic in advance.
  • Write their blog posts.
  • Proofread their blog posts.
  • Edit their blog posts.
  • Search for appropriate images for one’s blog online or create them from scratch.

Truthfully, all of those things can be done on separate days of the week (It would make the content-creation process easier for you).

The most important aspect is completing those tasks before your deadline approaches.

In my case, I have made the conscientious decision to publish blog posts on my blog weekly at 2030 Greenwich Mean Time (And, I have managed to maintain that schedule).

Working with a deadline helps you to develop discipline (And, that discipline will come in handy in making sure that you get your quota of blogging done in a timely manner).

3.) Practice Writing A Small Portion Of Your Blog Posts In A Noisy Environment

For starters, I hope that you grasped the “Small portion” part; it would be wicked of me to allow you to practice writing all of your blog posts in a noisy environment.

And, why is it that I recommend writing a small portion of your blog posts in a noisy environment?

I recommend that you write a small portion of your blog posts in a noisy environment because there would be times when your surroundings are going to be noisy (Life is not perfect and we have to do the best with what we have).

Believe it or not, working in a noisy environment helps you to boost your concentration by zoning out the noise and focusing your mind on the task at hand; which in your case, is the creation of a blog post.

I have written draft copies for some of my blog posts in public spaces and we all know that once you are in public spaces, you are bombarded with:

  • The sound of people talking loudly.
  • The sound of a young child crying in the distance.
  • The sound of a siren from an ambulance, fire truck or police vehicle.
  • The sound of a dog barking.
  • The sound of construction equipment in the distance.

Potential distractions are everywhere.

The ideal condition, of course, is to create your blog posts in a place that is quiet and peaceful.

However, practicing writing a small portion of your blog posts in a noisy environment will train you to create content for your blog in an environment that is not perfect.

If your next-door neighbour is renovating their house and the workmen are utilizing electric saws, drills and hammers, you would be in a much better position to blog in an unhindered manner.

4.) Put The 5-Minute Rule Into Practice

What is “The 5-Minute Rule”?

“The 5-Minute Rule” can be defined as doing a specific task for five minutes and stopping when the five minutes are over (Its main purpose is to help you to beat procrastination).

Bloggers can do a lot in five minutes’ time; such as:

  • Writing a few paragraphs for their blog posts.
  • Responding to comments in the comments section of their blogs.
  • Visiting a blog of one of their fellow bloggers, reading it, liking it and commenting on what they have read.
  • Creating an image for their blog post on Canva.

You can use the countdown timer on your tablet computer, smartphone or watch for this purpose (If you do not have any of those items in your possession, you can use this online Countdown Timer).

“The 5-Minute Rule” is a superb way of getting things done!

5.) Practice Your Writing

On numerous occasions, I mentioned to you that I write every day, but I do not publish blog posts on my blog every day.

I also gave the example of putting a blog post together via LibreOffice Writer and deleting it afterwards.

What is my reason for doing those things?

Well, it is fun to do and it places me in a position to write whenever I want.

Guess what? With daily practice, you can do the same.

The Bottom Line

As you have learned, you can put your blogging skills to the test by:

  • Practicing to type faster.
  • Learning how to work with a deadline.
  • Writing a small portion of your blog posts in a noisy environment.
  • Putting “The 5-Minute Rule” into practice.
  • Practicing your writing on a regular basis.

I truly hope that those pointers work for you.

If you believe that what you have just read can be helpful to other bloggers, share a link to this blog post via one of your favourite social media accounts.

Thank you for reading and I do look forward to you visiting my blog, Renard’s World in the near future.

54 thoughts on “5 Ways To Put Your Blogging Skills To The Test

  1. The five minute rule can be very helpful. A related technique to break out of writer’s block is to set out to write “the worst stuff ever” for fifteen minutes as a way to give yourself permission to write imperfectly. It usually gets me to smile and relax. Then I often come up with a paragraph that’s not bad!

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    1. Yes I love the 5 minute rule. I also like the idea of writing anything on a blank paper for a few minutes, no matter what the structure is, just to get you away from staring at the blank page.

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      1. Thanks for your response, Gabriel. I agree about putting words on the blank page, even repeating the same word over and over again can work to get the writing flowing.

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    1. 🙂 I am happy to know that you live in a quiet place, Ashley.

      Writing a blog post in a noisy environment may appear difficult at first; however, it can be mastered (That is provided that a blogger is willing to take that route).

      Anyway, you are not in any way obligated to do that sort of thing. After all, you have quietude at your disposal.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  2. All great tips! I personally put most of them into effect. My writing has very much been perfected over time. I always have a deadline since I post daily. I can write in noisy environments, but I get distracted easily. I’m fast, but sometimes a simple 300 word review can take an hour to write.

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  3. Recently I often write posts sat in the back of a bus between trips. I just spell check and reread thrm on a pc before publishing.
    Some very good tips Renard.
    Thank you

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  4. Sir ! You appear to be a disciplinarian like me . I want to do everything on time and on regular basis . I use to prepare my blog in advance , a day or two earlier despite the fact that I have to do other office and household works . Even in noisy environment I can easily concentrate my mind and dig out substance from a corner of my memory . And I feel and think that it is due to my regular practices of Yoga and Meditation at 4 O’clock early in the morning . I again think that I have counted most of your suggestions in this comment . Good reminder for new entrants like us in the field of BLOG writings as such . Thanking you .

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  5. Great advice, Renard. I always write in a noisy area and have learned to tune out most of the noise and distractions. I write on a laptop and I am a speedy typist. I have been using Grammarly for typos, which has caused inaccuracies several times. I’m looking into other grammar programs. Any suggestions?

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  6. These are all great points, and reasons why I blog so much. I worked professionally as a writer in several newsrooms over the years. Always had to write with deadlines, AND write around noisy people. Yet, got the job done. Anyone who wants to write for a blog, magazine, or write a book, I highly recommend getting newspaper experience first. That will train you to write fast–and accurately. It will also naturally improve your typing skills. Though I’m one of the lucky ones who is older and took typing in high school. There’s a website called “Type Racer” where you can improve your skills by racing with other typists. My average is about 90 wpm. But some people are faster!! 🙂

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  7. This contains some creative and thought-provoking suggestions, so thank you.

    It personally amazes me that I do all of my writing with my right thumb onto my small iPhone. My vision is now poor and I don’t notice the “predictive text” mistakes until after I’ve published. But I guess like a typical Enneagram 4, I have to turn the whole experience of writing into an equally-apportioned love/hate mixture which I approve of at the end. 🌝🌚

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  8. Writing to a deadline and writing in a noisy environment are priceless reporter skills, yet they help to develop working discipline in general, not only blogging.
    As to typing faster, dear Renard, maybe we can learn to think faster? Only kidding…

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  9. I practice #3 on a daily basis, lol. Most of my blog is written amongst the chaos of a noisy kid, dog and husband. My office area has no door so I do most of my writing wearing earphones blaring white noise to drown them out.

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