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Blogging Success 101: Is Blogging Only for Good Writers?
Is it necessary to be a very good writer when starting a blog? Do we need to be damn right with all those grammar rules? Do we need to be overly meticulous over the right words to use? Do we need to be super-obsessed over tiny details?
I usually come across lots of blogs with considerably poor use of grammar and lots of spelling errors. But the twist in here is that if you patiently read the whole post you’ll see that they have great ideas in it. They have unique thoughts that sometimes can’t be found in popular blogs.
Many successful bloggers were not really good writers when they were starting. They are the brave people. Despite their limited writing skills they stand to shout what they thought and feel. They have unique personalities. They have fighting spirits that sets them apart from experienced and trained writers.
Take for example Mr. Selaplana’s blog. When he was starting he struggled with his use of words and grammar. He ended up being criticized and even called as a “dumb blogger” by lots of his blog visitors. But that didn’t discourage him. He accepted that ridicule and goes on blogging. He’s now actually one of the most successful bloggers in the Philippines giving advice to starting new bloggers also.
I myself am struggling to write coherently. I often spend several hours weaving the right words into an easy to read and understand sentence. I have little problems with grammar but my greatest obstacle is my limited vocabulary skills. This is why I kept on consulting my “library-sized” Webster dictionary every time I write a post.
English is a second language to me but it was one of my favorite subjects in college. It’s sad to say that my little skill degenerated into rust when I worked for 6 years as a machine operator in a non-English speaking country. Another four years was squandered somewhere else. Yay, the idleness of those years are hunting me now.
Oh, uh.. I’m rambling here again. Okay back to the topic.
Sure, good or even perfect writing can bring great impact on your long term blogging success. However, our imperfect writing should not be the reason that will hinder us and hesitate to start and continue blogging. It should not be an excuse not to take action and become successful on our online quest.
We shouldn’t be afraid of being ridiculed or look down upon just because our writing skill isn’t that good. Don’t fret over those who can write superbly. In most cases that’s their passion. It’s their job for years. They were trained for it. Just try to learn from them, how they build their sentence and how they use particular words.
Sometimes we try to meticulously check all our spelling, grammar and word usage. We try to make everything perfect. But nobody is perfect.
Perfectionism can hinder you from achieving your success online. Derek Ghel, a respected marketing guru, said: “Perfectionism can be the worst enemy of progress, and you don’t always need to be perfect. We should not waste a lot of time obsessing over tiny details that, in the long run, may not be important.”
To sum it up, having a good writing skill is essential especially for long term success online but that should not frustrate you from starting a blog and maintaining it. As long as you come across your point, as long as you can freely express your feelings and ideas, then that can be a good start.
You’ll eventually learn as you go. The key here is to keep on reading and learning from well-written and successful blogs. The time will come when your writing skills will improve as your blog progresses and grows.