If you ask some bloggers, they’ll tell you that when they write a blog post, they’ve created a work of art. Without a doubt, their blog post is the best on the Internet and it should be making the front pages of Digg and Delicious, not these other hacks and their stupid content. They’d say, “Seriously, who would ever choose to read these stuff over my awesome blog posts?”
If you’re one of those bloggers, I have news for you…
Your blog post doesn’t cut it. A work of art? No, it’s a work in progress at best.
Do you think that when Michelangelo was sculpting his ultra-famous David statue that he was satisfied the first time? Or the second? Maybe on the third but probably not.
What about Da Vinci? Was the Mona Lisa right the first time or did he have to do some extra work? He’s not here to tell us but I’m probably thinking it wasn’t an instant hit.
I could list hundreds of artists, movie producers, writers, and business folks who didn’t get it right the first time but I think you get the point.
Believe it or not, your blog posts are in the same boat as the David statue and the Mona Lisa; they aren’t perfect the first time around.
Humble Pie is Good for the Soul
I’m right there with you; it’s tough to humble yourself and realize that your work, life, and passion isn’t the best on the first time around. We naturally want to be good at everything we do but we’re not.
It’s extremely important to humble yourself and become a person who revises work instead of creating soul-satisfying material the first time around. If you do, you will be able to develop your writing style more than you can imagine.
Since I’ve started blogging two to three times a week for Folk Media, I’ve become a better writer. For example, I never used semicolons but now I try to implement them often in my writing; they just make things flow better (and look cooler). Also, my writing used to be fluffy and off topic. Not so much anymore.
Revising my blog posts for Folk Media has given me a better sense of my style and has allowed me to grow.
Humbling myself to a position of a writer AND editor can work wonders for your content and progression as a blogger or writer.
I normally would challenge you with something like, “Try to go back and revise at least five of your most recent blog posts.” Well, that’s well and good but it’s not what I think would be the most beneficial to you.
Instead, I’d like for you to commit to becoming a writer and editor for the next 60 days. It’s two months that you might have to work a bit harder but it will be worth the work.
We’re going to call this the 60 Day Editing Challenge. In this timeframe, there are no specific requirements to meet; whatever works for you is what I want you to undertake. Instead of just writing, posting, and repeating, throw in some editing here and there. Go back and revisit some older posts and see what you can improve. It could be call of your content or only a select few articles.
On Sunday, August 29, the challenge will end. Starting now, I’d like to hear your experiences with incorporating editing into your blogging mix. It could be a success story or a challenge you’re facing. I want you to email me and let me know your thoughts and comments about what you’re undertaking.
I hope that you can become a better writer and editor in the future and not just the next 60 days. Its a process that takes time to develop but it will help you for the rest of your life.
Don’t let your blog posts suck any longer; take some initiative and edit your copy after you’ve posted it. Remember – masterpieces aren’t created the first time around. Practice and hard work really do make perfect.
Eric Alpin is the Associate Editor of Folk Media and works for a telecommunications company in Baltimore, Md. He is a social media enthusiast, blogger, writer, and student with a passion for leadership and self-development strategies and techniques. Find out more about Eric on Twitter.
*Photo by JJR