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I've gotten feedback from a few people on my new blog that my writing style is... not the best.

Personally I thought it was at least decent, but even someone has said I'm a 'technical writer.' (Not even sure what that means exactly)

Where exactly should I go to learn about writing styles best for blogging.
Or, should I simply just keep reading and noting how other bloggers in my industry write?

Thanks for any feedback, it bothers me that my writing style is not one that is preferred by readers.


PS: Perfect English, its my first language. So no, it's not that I just can't write, it's just the way I write.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Post a link so we can give our opinions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    There is some free training here that may help.

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    • Profile picture of the author Lucian Lada
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      There is some free training here that may help.
      OP, this is a good resource, but take it with a pinch of salt. I just stumbled across this statement: "A 500 word article will always outperform a 1000 word article." I guess all those people getting traction from 1,000+ word articles must be imagining it.

      Another thing you can do to improve your writing is to read writers you like, or at least want to write like. In time, you will begin to sound a bit more like them.
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      • Profile picture of the author discrat
        Practice, practice, practice but with Purpose
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        • Profile picture of the author Kay King
          The ezinearticles suggestions is the same suggestion I was going to make. Forget the length recommendation and such...their email series is FREE - and has excellent advice on readability, your writing 'voice' and how to engage readers.

          Other than that - unless you post a sample of your writing or a link here - no one can advise you about what's wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieldesai
    Originally Posted by Markets View Post

    Where exactly should I go to learn about writing styles best for blogging.
    Or, should I simply just keep reading and noting how other bloggers in my industry write?
    Bingo.

    If you want to write the way other successful bloggers write, then you should just keep consuming their content and eventually that will influence your writing style a bit.

    Also, bear in mind that sometimes you can still build a following, even if you're not doing what most readers "prefer".

    If you need more tips on writing, check out BoostBlogTraffic.com and CopyBlogger.com if you haven't already.

    Regards,
    Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    How many is "a few"? Compared to what for total readership? Are they people who know you personally, or random readers?

    Is this an accurate representation of your target readership, or something else?

    And yes, without actually seeing the work, it's difficult to assess.
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  • Profile picture of the author lanserno
    Originally Posted by Markets View Post

    I've gotten feedback from a few people on my new blog that my writing style is... not the best.

    Personally I thought it was at least decent, but even someone has said I'm a 'technical writer.' (Not even sure what that means exactly)

    Where exactly should I go to learn about writing styles best for blogging.
    Or, should I simply just keep reading and noting how other bloggers in my industry write?

    Thanks for any feedback, it bothers me that my writing style is not one that is preferred by readers.


    PS: Perfect English, its my first language. So no, it's not that I just can't write, it's just the way I write.

    Well give us some of your work so we can see it...

    I know one great course... Six Figure Copywriting 3.0... you have some of the videos on youtube... but would be nice if you could grab full version.

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  • Profile picture of the author Surge Calls
    Start by reading different types of blogs and absorbing different writing styles. Once you read enough of them you will get a feel of how they right them and what the message they are trying to convey. Also, as others have stated unless you show us a snippet of what you wrote we cannot give you proper advice or help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Markets
    Those training guides by ezinearticles (EzineArticles Training) looks rather promising. Thanks for that suggestion.
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  • I've been criticized for being a "technical writer" before so I feel your pain.

    But you have to remember is that no matter what you do there will always be someone who will complain about your writing. You can't please everybody. Also remember that even the best writers started out as 'bad' writers.

    The best thing you can do is to just 1) keep reading, 2) keep writing, and 3)keep your audience in mind when you write. Focus on 3 things and eventually your writing WILL improve.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Just keep writing.

    You'll attract people who are just like you.



    Blog about how you suck at writing. You'll attract some people who are interested.

    Heck, this very thread is proof of that.
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    • Profile picture of the author discrat
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      Just keep writing.

      You'll attract people who are just like you.



      Blog about how you suck at writing. You'll attract some people who are interested.

      Heck, this very thread is proof of that.
      Yep, I think this is a great point. Leverage your weaknesses and use it to your advantage.

      I know there is a subset of people who are in this EXACT same boat

      And they want to hear your 'Voice' and they want you to be their 'Voice'


      - Robert Andrew
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Here's why my advice may be a bit different...

        The OP sent me a PM with his/her link. I looked at the site and read some articles.

        Problem in a nutshell - you aren't a writer. You write well enough to BECOME a decent content writer IF you work on it.

        You use far too many words going around issues and introducing subjects.

        Accept it, your past is past you. You can’t go back in time (unless you know how, then you should email me). Seriously though, accept whatever you have gone through and just take it as a learning experience.

        Lets take a look at this famous quote said by many (rather depressive) people: “History repeats itself.” Okay, maybe that isn’t an exact quote, but I’ve heard people say it before to me. Don’t believe this, as it doesn’t have to take effect in your life. The only way it repeats itself is if you repeat what you’ve done in your past that was wrong. So don’t re-live your past mistakes, and avoid them at all costs.
        Doies that tell a reader something new? No. Is it interesting? not really. A LOT of words going in circles.

        The first paragraph is awkward but could be usable - the second paragraph not so much.

        To start off, you have to know what ruminating actually is. Ruminating, in the context of this post, is typically defined as always (or compulsively) thinking about ones negatives and all the bad things in there life. It effects those who think about these negative things over and over, day after day.

        It can be quite draining, mostly mentally. Although, you could also become physically drained if your mind is always ruminating about negative aspects of your life, as it really isn’t good for your health at all.

        For those that can relate to the above, and realize that they do ruminate, then the following 21 tips will definitely help you with stopping, or at least slowly decreasing your negative, ruminating, thoughts. Also, you don’t have to implement all of these tips as they are subjective, and won’t all apply to everyone. But, hopefully you can find great use of at least a few and start implementing them into your life.

        So, lets just jump into the list, shall we?

        Wait! One last note (I promise this is it), these tips are in no specific order. So number one is no greater than the next, and so on. Okay sorry, now we can really start!
        Do you need to provide definitions of words? The quote above is an introduction TO an article.

        That seems common in your blog and it is a often a "style" of new writers. It's difficult to jump into a topic so you creep around it and expalin what you are going to say....in the meantime you are talking and saying basically nothing.

        If you have "21 things to tell a reader - give it a 2-3 line intro and get to the MEAT of the subject.

        Don't tell people what they already know. Don't define "introvert" to an introvert. Don't tell people what you are going to tell them.

        You need practice but the writing on the blog is not terrible and I've seen some that was on other blogs. Tighten up your work by removing all of the "small, useless filler" words.

        Try to write as you would talk - and you'll find it easier to avoid the repetition and "around the barn" style and get right to the heart of your articles. After your write an article - go back through it 2-3 times and remove any and all words that don't PUSH the story forward. Don't repeat- don't 'ruminate' - get to the point of it.

        You have good potential - just needs some work.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sven300
          I just read (above) examples of your prose...

          The two main qualities of style are clarity and conciseness.

          Keep this in mind when you write.

          Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
    Could we please see which specific blog post someone is telling you sounds bad? This way, we could offer you some advice :-)

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