Tuesday Tidbits #5- Use an outline to make blogging a bit easier

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a great week so far!

Today’s Tidbit is something that I had to learn the hard way. When I first started blogging, I used to get pretty stressed out when it came time to actually write my posts. I loved brainstorming ideas, I loved reading books, but when it actually came time to write the reviews or discussion posts, my brain would lock up, and I would have no idea how to get what was in my head onto my laptop. If you’ve ever been through this, you know how frustrating it can be!

A great way to help get through this kind of “blogger’s block”, is to try coming up with a general outline for your posts. For example, When I write my book reviews, I use my 3-2-1 rule. I stick to three points. If it’s a mostly negative review, I’ll use two negative points and try to say at least one positive thing. If it’s a mostly positive review, I’ll rave about two awesome things, and then mention something that may turn some people off. It’s super simple, but helps me keep my thoughts organized before I even start typing!

For me, it takes a lot of the stress away, because when I sit down to write a post, I already know, generally, what it’ll look like, I just have to fill in the missing pieces. Plus, keeping it to a more general outline leaves room for creativity. I can know the basic structure of my post, but my readers won’t find my posts monotonous. It also allows for adjustments, so if I thought a book was particularly amazing, or maybe really problematic, I can break out of the outline without feeling completely lost without my “mold.”

So if you find that writing your blog posts can be a little stressful, try coming up with a general outline for each type of post you write. It helps make writing posts easier and faster!


Thanks for reading!

Have you ever felt a little “blogger block” when writing a post? How do you get over the stress to get the post written? Do you use a general outline for your posts, or has something else worked better for you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Tuesday Tidbits #2- When to use “less” and when to use “fewer”

Now, I wouldn’t call myself a Grammar Nazi, exactly. More like a friendly Grammar Neighborhood Watch.

When it comes down to it, internet slang and grammar slip ups don’t really bother me, but if you’re writing a book or a blog post or an essay, you want to make sure your writing stands out by being as grammatically correct as possible.

One thing I notice a lot is when someone uses “less” when they should use “fewer.” I can’t help it; it’s a reaction left over from my Writing Tutor days. Seriously, I never felt closer to Stannis Baratheon than in these moments:

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Basically, every sign you see that says “10 items or less” is JUST WRONG! The rule is actually super simple; if you can count it, use “fewer,” if not, use “less.” So, you would have fewer items, but less stuff. Fewer dollars, but less money. Fewer books, but less happiness.

Knowing the difference is just one of those little things that can really make you stand out as a writer (or blogger or student)!


Thanks for reading!

Are there any little grammar issues that get under your skin?  Do you think I’m a grammar Nazi for being so particular about this?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Advice for New Bloggers: Technical Tidbits

And Ryann’s Advice series continues! I hope some people are finding this series helpful; sometimes I feel like I’m still a little newbie blogger trying to give other newbie bloggers advice.

This week’s advice post is probably going to seem a little less exciting than the other two, because, as the title suggests, I’ll be talking about some technical, behind-the-scenes things today. These technical tidbits may not be the most glamorous, but they will hopefully help improve your blog overall.

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Advice for New Bloggers: Blog Posts

Happy Friday everybody!

I’m back with a bit more advice for anyone just starting their blog. This week’s advice  focuses on something that still makes me feel like a brand new blogger sometimes, and that is my blog posts! Sometimes it’s really hard to know when or what to post, or if a draft is ready to be posted, even if you’ve been blogging for years.

So, even though I still struggle with this sometimes, I’m gonna try to give some tips I’ve picked up along the way that may make blogging a little easier for any of you new bloggers out there.


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