Consider the following three scenarios:
You’re in a room full of strangers at a costume party. You’re dressed as an 18th-century dandy, and you’ve studied the mannerisms, perfected the accent, and charmed everyone you met at the party. Outside the realm of this party, you might be a banker, a steel worker, or an unemployed poet, but here and now, you’re Monsieur Baudelaire, the fop who believes that temperament and style are the be-all and end-all of a meaningful existence.
You’re at work, and your boss expects you to perform your tasks with skill, technical proficiency, and a pleasant demeanour, which you almost always do.
You’re at a casual get-together with family, close friends, and neighbours; you’re talking about sports, literature, and fashion with people who know you and understand your opinions, quirks, and flaws — there’s no mask, no pretence; you’re just you!
These three scenarios, which represent three versions of you in the real world, are also three (of many) ways you can present yourself to your readers in the virtual world, through your blog: as a character of your creation, as a professional at whatever you do, or as the genuine, flawed you. Your blog and blogger persona are entirely your creations, limited only by your preferences. Consider that whatever you write, in whatever form, will be interpreted by your readers as an expression of your true feelings, even if it is spoof or satire.
People express themselves in a variety of ways, and blogging fills the need for some sort of public expression of thoughts, feelings, style, or creative expression for a growing number of people. However, expressing your thoughts in written words is not as simple as it may appear; many people find that accurately transferring even the most seemingly simple thoughts to the written word can take hours. Thoughts and feelings do not require the organisation or structure that the expression of those feelings and thoughts does.
Improving your grammar, expanding your vocabulary, and practising, practising, practising are all things that make the task of expressing yourself through writing much easier.
Grammar! As a general rule, write to your audience; they are the ones who need to comprehend what you’re saying. When writing for a group of scholars and grammarians, perfection may be required, but regardless of your audience, the better your grammar, the better you will be understood and the easier it will be for you to put your ideas on paper. There are hundreds of English grammar guides available online, as well as very affordable English grammar guides in bookstores; good grammar is a tool you will never regret learning to use.
Vocabulary! When you have more words in your arsenal, finding the right words to express your thoughts is much easier. You may be tempted to learn some appropriately obscure words in order to impress your audience, but doing so will only confuse them and turn them away from your writing. According to studies, the average adult in the United States can only read at an eighth-grade level, so arming yourself with a recondite vocabulary won’t help (nor would our reference to a’recondite vocabulary’ unless you already knew that recondite means “difficult to understand”). Instead, arm yourself with a good dictionary/thesaurus.
Write a lot! Practice makes perfect, or at the very least, it helps you get closer to perfection. Try to write a meaningful blog entry every day; it may not always be possible, but give it your best shot! Two of the best things about blogging are its flexibility and availability: your blog will always be there when you need it (barring computer problems), and the more you write, the easier it will become. Remember that even a professional writer who writes for hours every day is rarely completely satisfied that the words that come out adequately express the thought that went in, so don’t get too frustrated, take a break, and try again.