Guest post contributed by Kevin Nelson
It’s no secret that many academics sometimes struggle with writing. After all, writing research papers and academic essays is no fun. If that’s about all the writing you’ve been exposed to, it’s little wonder that you’d feel hesitant. However, blogging is a crucial tool in communicating research topics efficiently. Since 81% of American consumers trust information from blogs, it’s also an amazing platform for business owners. These are just a few reasons academics are advised to get into blogging. But can blogging really help you improve your writing?
You should learn to make writing your daily habit. To improve your writing skills, practice writing every day. In many cases, people who have developed the habit of blogging daily have more success in developing their academic writing skills. After realizing that writing every day is beneficial to you as an academic, you can begin to monitor yourself to discover when you’re most active to write more.
In most instances, you will find the tone of voice used in academic writing is official which limits academic writers in trying to experiment with the tone of voice they use. By doing so, they do not get to enjoy writing. Therefore, it is vital to find your tone of voice as a blogger. Unlike in academic writing, blogging lets you experiment with different posts, vocabulary, methods of syntax, and topics. Practice on blogs to find your niche.
A blog post contains less text than an informative essay for college. In a post of 1,000 words or less, it is impossible to highlight multiple points and different ideas. In academic writing, a writer is required to have a point and argue it throughout the essay or journal article. Submitting a piece with multiple ideas may be cause for your piece to be rejected. Blogging helps you trim your content down to one main idea.
In academic writing, the writer doesn’t usually connect with the audience. The writing is limited since it lacks a persuasive voice. With blogging, all you have to do is study your readers and learn what their expectations are. What attracts them to your posts? What can you do to keep them glued to your posts? On most blogging platforms, there is usually information on how many clicks and reads the posts receive. This information helps bloggers know who their readers are, where they’re from, and what might interest them the most.
With blogs, readers are not concerned about references and endless examples. They don’t have the time to read your articles if they are long, so you probably write concisely and to the point. Because of this, academics must make their posts short to remain relevant to readers. In academic writing, this technique is also essential as it helps convey facts rather than stories and helps writers not bore their audiences.
Finding a single blog with various posts is normal. Yes, you may find some bloggers stick to one format but most vary in their approach. As long as their readers are satisfied, a blogger can do anything he or she would like. For academics, this is the perfect platform to experiment with the different types of writing styles. You can also incorporate audio and video until you find a suitable technique that works for you!
Since writing will be a daily routine for you, you will be less anxious about it. Writing will seem like a craft at this point. Just like any other skilled craft, you will have to practice more to perfect it. As you begin to see your published posts, you will become more at ease with sharing your work with the world. Blogs are a great platform to do this. You will not be a “writer” yet, but you will be able to see the essence of blogging as an academic.
In recent times, blogging has become one of the most popular activities in the online world. In fact, 23% of internet usage is on blogs and other social media sites. You can develop a variety of skills through blogging. As you can see from the seven points above, blogging helps you attain skills that will carry over into academic writing. Ultimately, the skills learned in blogging will help you perfect your craft overall.
Kevin is a professional educator and a private tutor with over 8 years of experience. He is also a content writer for various blogs about higher education, entertainment, social media & blogging. During his off time, Kevin enjoys traveling and cooking. Feel free to connect with him on Twitter, Linkedin & Google+.