How blogging has helped me: writing July 31, 2012Posted by mareserinitatis in meta, writing.
Tags: blogging, writing
Blogging has been beneficial to me in so many ways I can’t even begin to count. At the very least, I have a place to complain about things to my heart’s content. This has, in turn, prevented me from driving my husband nuts. Therefore, we are still married.
Aside from that, there is the fact that I write a lot faster and more smoothly than I used to. Sitting down to write just about anything was difficult in high school. When in college, I spent a brief time as a journalism major, which got me used to writing. However, sitting down and doing it was still a chore and my progress could be sporadic and sluggish.
Now, however, I do a lot of composing in my head and that makes it easier to get things down on paper…at least the electronic kind. Admittedly, I have to go back and revise almost everything. On the other hand, it comes out a lot better than it used to. It also doesn’t seem like such a chore to edit. I’m so used to deleting paragraphs of my own writing on the blog that it doesn’t phase me to do it in more professional compositions.
There are down sides to blog writing. I have this tendency to uses ellipses unnecessarily, which I’m sure is a result of using them excessively on the blog. I tend to write in a stream of consciousness voice… I’m undoubtedly more conversational in some of my professional writing than necessary. However, I think I can forgive myself since I can now at least get the words out for later editing.
What about you? Have you found that blogging has made a big difference in your writing?