4 Ways Blogging Prepared Me To Write Well In College

Two out of my three majors focus on learning how to write.

All are writing-intensive.

And I think blogging helped prepare me for them.

I won’t say that it was the only thing that helped me, or even the most important thing, but it certainly played a role in getting me ready for college.

I’m serious. As a triple major in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies, I write a tremendous amount each and every day. Blogging was an essential part of the foundation I laid in high school, the foundation that serves me well now.

Today, I’m looking specifically at how blogging helped me to be a better student of creative writing and journalism.

(For reference, I’m currently a junior in college who has been blogging for seven years, which means that at the time I began college I had blogged for not quite five years.)

I hope you enjoy this post and that it provides some food for thought! Here we go!

My desk. Indiana. January 2015.

1. I got used to writing (nearly) every day

As I said earlier, I write each and every day in college – not only on weekdays but on the weekends as well. I also write just about every day of every school break, no matter how long or short. If I weren’t already used to writing every day I seriously think I would have floundered in college, especially since I was homeschooled and did not have very many structured writing assignments. I had to devise my own writing projects and, over time, this blog morphed into an every-other-day thing. Which meant that I typically wrote every day, in order to not fall behind during busier times in my life.

2. Writing things on very short notice was normal for me

Again, because I was homeschooled and my mom’s idea of writing instruction was fairly free-form, I didn’t have very many deadlines until I started dual-enrollment college classes. Even then, because I never took more than two courses per semester, the workload wasn’t strenuous at all compared to what I now handle!

Thanks to blogging, I’m used to very short turn-around times on pieces of writing, whether for my lit, writing, or journalism classes. I know that I can’t spend too much time staring at my screen or a piece of paper. Pretty soon the words start flowing.

My desk. Dublin. June 2017.

3. I became comfortable sharing my writing with others

Why do all these points end up coming back to my education as a homeschooler? But it’s true: Even with the dual-enrollment classes I took, I wouldn’t have had nearly as much experience sharing my writing were it not for blogging.

I’m not comfortable with sharing ALL forms of my writing – poetry, for instance, is still a sensitive spot for me – but overall it doesn’t faze me the way it did before I started blogging.

4. I practiced interpreting writing prompts

I mean, assignments in college are obviously much more stringent than, say, Top Ten Tuesday prompts, but the basic idea is still the same and relates back to item #2 on this list: You have to be able to read the prompt, briefly brainstorm, and then get right to work. Even if I’m not a huge fan of a writing prompt I get in class, I easily fall into the habit I developed when writing for this blog.


Do you agree? Has blogging helped you during your time at college? If so, how?

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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