Are you interested in discovering how to be a better blogger?
After all, there is tremendous competition for online attention.
It used to be the traditional blog post that competed for readers’ attention.
Now, videos are competing as well.
Celebrity blogger Ryan Biddulph offers 1 important tip you need to follow if you want to be a better blogger:
Before becoming a blogger, become a blogging student. He offers 8 tips to help you perfect your blogging skills.
8 Ways to Become a Student of Blogging
by Ryan Biddulph
During my lean blogging years, I could be found sitting in the blogging corner, wearing an oversized dunce cap.
Like a blogging dingbat.
I was a terrible student.
Heck; I wasn’t a student at all, come to think of it.
I would scan a post, snag a tiny smidge of information and forget it within seconds, only to blast forward through my work day like an uninformed blogging bozo.
I failed horribly.
Because I was never a blogging student.
I eventually became fed up with struggling and decided to become a blogging student.
Blogging is a skill.
Like any skill, you need to learn how to develop the skill through acquiring knowledge from teachers, taking notes on the knowledge and studying those notes.
After studying your notes you put your new knowledge into action, practice to develop your blogging skills.
If you become a genuine student of blogging, you will cut your learning curve by years like I did.
Follow these 8 tips to become a student of blogging.
1: Read the Entire Blog Post
I only missed a few days of school each year as a Kiddie Biddulph.
I *usually* paid attention to class lectures, from grammar school up through college.
Since I was a present student, I got good grades throughout my academic career.
Reading the entire blog post you chose to read sets the foundation for being a good blogging student.
If you want a phenomenal resource to get started with blogging read this thorough post on Web Hosting Secret Revealed:
Just make sure to read every word 🙂
2: Take Notes on the Post
I take notes on select blog posts.
How in the Hades could I recall the rich ideas presented in a 2,000 or 3,000-word blog post?
Unless I have a photographic memory – alas, I do not – I need to take takes to study if I want to be a good blogging student.
Whether you go old school with pen and paper or use an online tool just take notes on blog posts to give yourself ample study materials.
3: Study the Notes
If you took notes in high school or college did you just stare vacantly at the notes for hours on end, with mouth slightly agape?
Of course not.
You studied the notes to allow the new ideas to take root in your mind.
Blogging students study their notes, acquiring new concepts through the practice of repetition.
When I took upper-level math and science classes while studying meteorology at university I patiently had to repeat my notes to myself to remember and absorb concepts from courses like atmospheric dynamics and differential equations.
Study your blogging notes. Allow these ideas to take root in your noodle.
4: Buy Blogging Courses
Buy blogging courses.
Pay your online tuition.
A serious blogging student invests in a premium course to learn to blog in the proper format.
Buying an online course is like paying tuition and sitting down in a classroom to learn to blog in a structured setting.
Learning how to become a professional blogger through blog posts alone is quite difficult because you need to piece together lessons from week to week.
Trying to learn solely from freebie courses is tough because you will never be *all in* until you fork over money for a product or service.
Investing money in a premium blogging course instantly pushes you into a more serious, business-like, committed mode. Because you deeply value that which you pay for.
5: Repeat the Absorb/Take Notes/Study Process
Follow the same process of absorbing a course, taking notes and studying the notes to be a good blogging student.
Turn the course into a tangible, practical tool for building a successful blog.
Do not let the course collect cyber dust by back burning that sucker. Too many aspiring or struggling bloggers buy courses and barely touch them. Or delay diving into the courses for weeks or months.
Whenever I invest in premium blogging resources I dive into the manuals immediately.
Hey; if I’m gonna pay tuition you better believe I’m going to class!
6: Observe Established Pro Bloggers in Great Detail
Big dawg bloggers give glimpses into how you should carry yourself as a blogging student.
I observe how top bloggers behave and how they build their blogs in great detail, taking mental notes of how they interact with bloggers and how they create content. By studying these pro’s pros I get a better idea of how I can up my blogging game.
If you want to see a super successful blogger in action look no further than Janice, this blog’s creator and owner.
Check out her list of top 10 posts on this blog. Observe how she creates and formats her top posts in great detail to see success in action.
7: Put Your Newfound Knowledge into Action
All good students put their knowledge into action immediately after acquiring the know-how.
I have few struggles in this area. If anything I have been guilty of diving into blogging headfirst before properly equipping myself with knowledge but have learned to do some due diligence before acting all willy nilly, blogging-wise.
I feel knowledge is useless until you use it. Be a good student. Give your blogging apple to the teacher (by joining Janice’s email list) and use your know-how practically, putting your knowledge into action to see success with your blog.
8: Test Time? Gauge Your Progress
No tests exist for blogging students save your slow, steady progress in the form of increased traffic, social shares, comments, and profits.
Note: profits are generally the last aspect of your blog to increase because like most human beings you probably have weird, limiting beliefs concerning money.
I give little mind to outcomes but do note when my metrics seem to be steadily increasing. I guess I have been passing my tests with flying colors recently.
Are you a student of blogging? How can you become a better student of blogging?
About the Author:
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.
Host blogger’s comments:
Readers, please share so other bloggers know the importance of learning how to blog before they jump headfirst into these extremely competitive waters. If you want to be a better blogger and experience blogging success, you have to be a blogging student first.