Blogging news, personal stories, humorous features, or any kind of content is a great hobby. It’ll make you a better writer, improve your communication skills, help you become a thought leader on social media, and benefit your life in so many ways.

Anyone who writes online wants their site to be one of the great blogs that millions follow, but this takes time, dedication, and practice. The key, though, is using your dedicated practice time strategically. There’s tons of blog info out there about how to become a better writer, but they all more or less boil down to the same points few points.

1. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Though it’s already been said here that it takes a lot of practice to create great blogs, this point cannot be overemphasized. Even the world’s greatest masters of writing still need to practice their craft. World renowned horror author Stephen King says in his non-fiction book, On Writing that he writes 10 pages per day, every day (even holidays) without fail.

2. Be Succinct.

The more succinct your writing is, the clearer it’ll be. The clearer your content, the more great blogs you’ll author. Even if you’ve just written a beautiful sentence that’s as long as a paragraph, look through it for words that can be cleaved away for the sake of brevity. George Orwell, the author of 1984 and Animal Farm had six rules for writing, one of which was “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.”

3. “Laugh at Your Own Jokes.”

Author of American Gods, Neil Gaiman, has his own eight rules for writing. In one of which, he says to “Laugh at your own jokes.” This is not an advocation of having a huge ego. If you write a joke, then you should be able to laugh at it. If you don’t, then how can you expect others to as well. If you write something compelling, you should feel compelled. If you want to write great blogs, then write great blogs.

Remembering these three tenants of writing will help you to hone your craft. With dedication, then over time your site too shall become one of the greatest online. If you have any questions about how to write great blogs, feel free to ask in the comments.