Does Blogging Make You a Better Writer?

Does blogging make you a better writer, or does it make you a worse writer?  As I look back at my old posts, I wonder.  On the one hand, blogging is an opportunity for me to practice writing—-to express in words what is going on in my mind.  On the other hand, blogging is a freer, more informal form of expression than writing papers, which requires more precision, attention to style, etc.  That’s why some of my papers flow better than my blog posts.

I’d say that the continual practice of writing through blogging helps me.  If I were to take a vacation from blogging and then sit down to write a paper, it would be a struggle for me.  But I have to remember that, when I write an actual paper or article, my style needs to be crisper and more elegant.

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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2 Responses to Does Blogging Make You a Better Writer?

  1. Getting instant feedback from random readers can be helpful. You know when you’ve struck a chord with others and perhaps should consider taking a blog post into a more formal arena and expanding it.

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    I’m actually thinking of doing that with one of my blog posts. We’ll see how it works!

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