4 Tricks To Get The Most Out of Your Writing

Sometimes you’ve got something that you want to write down but you just can’t seem to get it out. Sometimes it’s hard to focus and get your blog game on. But there are always things that you can do to step up. So let’s dig in.

Write At The Right Time

clockEveryone has a different time that they’re super productive. Some people are morning people. I call those people sociopaths. Some people are night owls. Those are my people. But the idea is that you really shouldn’t force it. Write when you feel like writing. If you’re really a writer, you will absolutely find your groove, if you just let it happen.

So how do you figure out the best time to write? Well, you need to try writing at different times. Set aside a few blocks at different times and give it a try. If you’re really dragging along or can’t seem to focus, then that’s not a good time for you. Keep trying until you find that sweet spot. The idea of a 9-5 workday is not only entirely arbitrary, but it doesn’t work so unless you’re farming, don’t use a system that really only works for agricultural work.

Tune In or Tune Out

radioSome people work really well with music, the TV on the in background or the subtle hum of a good coffee shop. Others require absolute silence and have to retreat to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to get anything done. Some people want to be one when they’re really the other. Figure out who you really are and stick with it.

Some people say things like, “I’m really good at multitasking” when they should really turn off Netflix and get to work. Some people say they need complete silence when they could really stand to listen to some disco and shake their moneymaker. Try things out. Mix things up. Figure out what makes you tick.

Dance With The One That Brought Ya

danceI’m able to write very quickly and very efficiently. Once I’ve figured out what I’m going to write about, I can basically hammer out 1000 words in an hour or less. Now, part of that is that I’m a pretty fast writer and I’ve figure out how to type very quickly with just a few fingers. But the bigger part is that I know what I’m talking about.

You’ll never see me blog about infosec or coding or fashion because I don’t know anything about those things. It takes a lot of research to get comfortable with a topic. Obviously that’s a different story when I’m writing on behalf of clients, but when I’m writing for my own blogs, why would I put myself through that. There’s nothing wrong with learning new things. That’s great. But you need to write as the professional, as the expert. No one is going to believe I know anything Jamberry nails unless I do a whole lot of research. So I don’t. Instead I blog about the things I’m really great at.

Use Your Indoor Voice…Or Outdoor Voice…Whatever

voiceI think one of the things that really slows people down is when they try to figure out the tone or the voice of their work. I have people ask me how to establish their voice. It’s very simple. Say what you want to say. Now right that down. “Isn’t that oversimplifying things, Mike?” Nope. I don’t have a writing voice and a speaking voice. I have a voice. I use the same words and the same cadence. I stress the same words. And when you see me capitalize a word, that’s because THAT is exactly how I would say it.

In the beginning, it might even be worth your while to physically dictate what you want to write. Using a dictation app means you’re never going to fudge a word and go with a word just because you think it sounds good if it doesn’t come naturally to you. If you wouldn’t say a word, don’t write a word. Just be you.

Blogging, and writing in general, is about taking all the things that are in your head and sharing them. Sometimes it feels easy and sometimes it feels very hard. But in the end, you just need to take the words and ideas out of your head and put them on paper. Don’t make it more complicated than that. Find the time that you’re most excited about writing, establish a mood and atmosphere that is the best for your writing and then write about what you know, using your own voice.

Now go write something.

go

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Call for Presenters: Submit your Proposal Now

What's your story

What’s your Blog Story?

This year BlogJam wants to hear YOUR blogging story and welcomes any suggested topics related blogs, bloggers, and blogging. Feel free to bring us your most creative ideas! You can expect the audience of enthusiastic participants will be open to hearing about such topics as:

  • Blogging in Atlantic Canada
  • Building an aesthetically pleasing blog
  • How to monetize your blog
  • Writing styles, themes, tone, and voice

While any type of blog focus is welcome and encouraged to present, some major blog-related topics might include:

  • Mommy/family blogs
  • Food writers
  • Photography
  • Entertainment and pop culture
  • Travel blogs
  • Eco/Green living blogs
  • And more! 

Format Expectations 

BlogJam sessions will be 45 minutes each and can take any type of format, including workshop-style, oral (powerpoint, etc.), or a group activity. Presenters are encouraged to allow for 10-15 minutes at the end of their presentation to allow for questions and group discussion. 

How to Apply

To apply for BlogJam 2016, please complete the BlogJam Presenter Proposal Form. 

Deadline for Applications 

Applications are due on August 1st, 2016.

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Building BlogJam

This time last year our small BlogJam team had no idea what laid ahead of us. Sure, we all had our share of professional experience in conference and event planning but BlogJam was a horse of a different colour. Being the first of its kind in the region meant that BlogJam didn’t have any groundwork on which we could build.

Fortunately, the logistics were generally formulaic so those details fell into place fairly easily. What we couldn’t anticipate, however, was how the spark of the idea of BlogJam would blossom into something so big, and broad, and inclusive, and successful.

I’m talking about the extras. I’m talking about the je ne sais quoi.

I’m talking about the sponsors and the supporters.

I’m talking about the presenters.

I’m talking about the participants.

BlogJam Audience Photo

 

What really made BlogJam into an event worth talking about was the atmosphere of support and sharing that took place. At the end of the day there was, not only a sense of accomplishment for a conference well-done, but also a sense that we weren’t quite finished with what we had started.

Turns out BlogJam 2015 only whetted our appetites.

This year we are building on that first event in bigger and bolder ways. We will be welcoming new speakers, more participants, a new location, and so much more.

We’ll be updating soon with more details and a Call for Presenters in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be sure to check us out on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy Blogging!

 

 

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