As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now Sweet Machine Fitness is not your typical health, fitness, and bodybuilding blog.
Sure there’s plenty of tips on here about building a better body, healthy fitness recipes, achieving peak vascularity, and the like. But below the surface Sweet Machine Fitness is about much much more.
It’s about God and family.
It’s about growing stronger on every level.
It’s about discipline, goal crushing, fulfilling your purpose, and becoming the best you.
It’s about life.
Today I’d like to take a break from my typical health and fitness stuff and talk a bit about blogging/writing, written especially for bloggers but will also be beneficial to anyone who does any other type of writing, youtube videos, podcasts, etc.
Now, being less than 2 years deep into blogging myself I wouldn’t consider myself any type of authority, but what I am going to share today are some rules I’ve written for myself to beat writer’s block and get as much quality content as I can out into the internet world. As long as I keep these tips in mind I tend to keep my flow and allow my thoughts to become words. If it helps me I’m sure it will help you so why should I keep it to myself??
So without further ado How to be a better blogger and write articles people actually want to read.
I know my title sounds a little cocky but hey, it was originally written to myself and I’m my hardest critic.
#1. Ask yourself how your article will help others
The world is full of problems and each individual faces their fair share of plenty. So what do you do?
Become a problem solver! Help someone out in the most compelling way possible.
By helping people better their lives you’ll build a bigger audience. If you aren’t benefiting anyone in any way people will may check out your blog for a time but they probably won’t be a lifelong reader. They’ll move on to a site that adds to their life rather than just taking their time.
#2. Open people’s eyes to the truth
Stand firm in what you know is true and share it in your articles!
People will appreciate you much much more if you tell them the truth not just what they want to hear or what you think will get more clicks.
Clickbait can be cool and will drive a bit of traffic, but articles like that won’t stand the test of time. Once someone clicks on them, reads them, and finds out you’re spewing crap for clicks like 90% of everyone else on the internet they definitely won’t share your article and may not ever come back to your site.
Hit someone with some life changing truth and you may not get the clicks right away, but when the right person does find that article that speaks to them they’ll share it with a friend who shares it with another friend and so on and so forth. Next thing you know an old post you’ve forgotten about is getting all kinds of crazy attention out of nowhere and changing lives left and right. All because you came out with some truth in an industry full of lies.
#3. Show the real you
People love vulnerability.
When you put the real authentic you out there, people will be more likely to relate.
Being real also makes it all the more easy to beat out writer’s block since you will not be putting on a facade.
Put out quality content by being yourself.
#4. Write about what you know from your experiences
Write about what you know.
I write about bodybuilding because I’ve done 4 natural bodybuilding competitions. I write about nutrition and recipes because I know how to cook. I write about God and the bible because I know God and read my bible. I write about testosterone because I had symptoms of low T and wanted to get my levels up without TRT or pro hormones. I know about anime and old school video games so even that at times influences my writing. I’m learning about blogging so from that experience I now have this article to share. And I can write about all these things all day!! I live them so I can always come up with something to say about them.
Now if you are trying to write about health and fitness yourself and don’t have any experience in the health and fitness world it will NOT come naturally to you. It will be a bunch of research and struggle, and the frustration that comes along with all of that. You won’t find me writing about golf, tennis, or how to build a house (though I can drywall 😜).
Those are all things that I’m not experienced with so if I tried to write about them it simply wouldn’t work!!
The cool thing about experiences are that they are exclusive to you. No two people have ever lived the exact same life, so you’ll always have something new and cool to offer to others!
And if you don’t have a lot of experience than just be patient and live your life. The experiences will come good and bad. And all of them will have some sort of lesson, a lesson you can learn from and share.
#5. Write to yourself
Some of my articles that I’ve shared on here were actually articles I had written to myself to reassure myself of the truth!
Like for instance well.. the article you’re reading right now. I was thinking about my experience in writing since I started this blog, and what made my most popular articles stand out. It all came down to the tips I’m sharing with you today. Written to me, by me, and are now here for you to learn from.
Write to your audience but also take the time to write to yourself. The ones you’ve written to you may end up being some of your greatest works of art.
#6. You have to do the work
Nobody is going to hold your hand and nobody is going to do the work for you. If you want to get things done it’s going to be on you!
To be honest when I started blogging I thought it was going to be easy. I figured I’d just write articles as they came to me, do some editing, and never run out of things to write about.
Yes it’s still simple… but not until you’ve become a better writer.
Until that happens it will feel like work!
Like working out, starting a new job, and anything else you have to stay consistent. Keep putting in the work and you will fine tune your craft one day at a time.
#7. Don’t be a perfectionist. Let it flow and then edit edit edit
This one is huge.
If you’re constantly worried about being perfect the whole time you are writing, you will go nowhere.
As it comes, let it flow.
Let it flow with typos, incorrect paragraphs, run on sentences and randomness all over the place. There will be plenty of time to make your article perfect after you have all your thoughts typed out onto the screen.
For me this usually means first writing out as much as possible about an idea. Then I’ll sit on it for a little while. I’ll go to the gym, eat some dinner, hang out with the family, get some sleep. Go to work the next day and repeat. Finally when I’m feeling refreshed I’ll go back to all of the words I put on the computer.
Now is the time to go through and fix all of the typos (which will be glaring after stepping away for a bit), shortening sentences, adding paragraphs, and making it readable to everyone else. Sometimes I’ll even copy and paste the article and send to a friend to look over, read aloud, and make sure everything flows correctly and makes sense.
Don’t try to do this all in one sitting. It gets overwhelming and you’ll never be satisfied. I’ve had other articles too that I’ll write up, forget about, and upon revisiting say “This is awesome! Why didn’t I post it a month ago??”
Because it wasn’t the right time yet. And now it is.
Don’t be a perfectionist, go back and edit when you’re refreshed, and don’t publish your first draft just because you need something to publish Monday morning. Get it right and blow people’s minds.
#8. Don’t let it be all about making money, make it about your mission
If you want to stay dedicated and succeed as a blogger you and your blog must be mission minded.
And what is your mission you might ask??
Well that’s for you to ask yourself.
To show people that getting into shape is actually pretty addicting and fun! That real results can be achieved without blowing your whole paycheck on every hot new supplement, spending 6 days a week in the gym while eating 6 small perfectly macro’d out meals a day, and that eating healthy foods doesn’t have to suck!! To share what I’ve learned from my hits and misses in the gym and in life.
On a deeper level my mission is to motivate people to become the best version of themselves and ultimately to plant seeds of faith in God. It’s about breaking free and changing the world one reader at a time.
Find the mission for you and your business and don’t forget it.
Some mission motivation in Dragon Ball
As silly as this might sound, this clip from the Saiyan saga in DBZ always motivates me to stay on track.
4 year old Gohan is training under Piccolo (the scary green guy) to prepare to fight the upcoming threat of the Saiyan prince Vegeta. Vegeta’s mission is to come to earth, kill all of the heroes, and take the Dragon Balls to gain immortality. Gohan’s mission at the time is to train to become strong enough to go toe to toe with this new threat. The problem however is that he’s a scared kid who just wants to go home to his mom, but when he finally does get the opportunity to ditch his training and go home he realizes that his life has a mission. A mission much greater than going back to a living in comfort. Pretty deep stuff from my favorite childhood show.
Here’s the clip:
My favorite part is that Piccolo was watching the whole time to see if Gohan would make the right decision.
And then there’s the life of Paul
Another inspiration to keep me on my mission grind is the life of Paul from the bible (I feel another biblical heroes article coming on). Originally an enemy of Christianity, Paul (formerly known as Saul) had a life changing run in with Jesus himself which catapulted him into living out his purpose of taking the gospel to the gentiles.
Along the way this guys was:
- Beat up and thrown out of cities by his own people
- Imprisoned several times
- Constantly in life or death situations
- Shipwrecked on an island of barbarians
- Bit by a deadly snake
- Eventually executed in Rome
Even with all of this NOT ONCE did Paul turn his back on the mission given to him by God. This guy would not quit and neither will I 💪🏻
- Ask yourself how your article will help others or solve a problem
- Open people’s eyes to the truth
- Show the real you
- Write what you know from your experiences
- Write to yourself
- Do the work
- Don’t be a perfectionist
- Be mission minded
You be experiences to share a story to tell. Get out there and tell it!