“How do I improve my writing?”

I’ve been writing consistently for over 2.5 years

Though, I admit, I’m not the greatest blogger—but that’s not why I write.

From these few years, I’ve learned how to differentiate bad writing from the good.

How?

By simply writing a lot. 

I’ve written nearly 1000 blog posts that I keep recorded. 

I’ve shared several thousands (3000+) content pieces for my businesses. 

All this has given me time and practice to improve my writing skills.

But first, what does bad writing entail? What makes bad writing bad and what makes good writing good?

Or the better question, who decides? 

Who gets to make the final decision on what’s good or bad?

The answer is simple.

I love to write with the follow question at the back of my mind: Who are you writing for? 

Take this question very seriously. 

Who you’re writing for represents the people who decide whether your piece is bad or good.

Everyone else’s opinions don’t matter (including mom’s unless she’s the audience).

So before you go into a deep spiral about how terrible of a writer you are, just remember that the value of your writing is in the eye of the reader.

So there you have it.

As long as you provide a message that is valuable for a specific reader, then you’ve got yourself a good piece of writing (at least it would be in my books).  

An Hour A Day Keeps the Creative Itch at Bay

If I told you that you only need 1 hour of your day to fulfill these 3 things:

  • Scratch a creative itch
  • Practice a new skill
  • Build your personal brand

—do your ears perk up?

And if I told you that you’d also be:

  • Connecting with new people
  • Developing your self confidence
  • Getting over irrational creative fears

—would you want to hear more? 

The above is the premise for a content writing workshop I’m looking to build by the end of the year. I really want to build this workshop, however I’m not yet sure how many people would be interested in joining. 

To ensure that there’s a real audience for this, I’ve started a mailing list of people who want in. So far there are 8 of you and growing. 

If you want to be a part of the process and join me in making this content writing workshop happen, sign up for the journey here: https://us7.admin.mailchimp.com/reports/summary?id=0300683ce1f0

I’ll be sending emails about updates, and I’ll be sure to bug you about what you want out of it too. 

Yours truly,

Anna

The perfect Instagram profile doesn’t exist

I could go on and on about picture compositions, filters, and aesthetic posts that grab attention, but the real point is the following. 

Not only does the perfect social media profile not exist BUT—

The perfect social media profile doesn’t matter.

What’s more important is a profile that represents a version of you that isn’t afraid of being real. 

What’s more important is the conversation you have with yourself as you grow and share your work. 

What’s more important is building a sustainable and healthy system for how you make content. 

Don’t worry about what your friend’s friends would say if they saw your work. 

Focus on the journey instead. 

The biggest lesson I learned from 3 years of social media marketing

There’s no room for perfectionism in the world of social media marketing.

Absolutely none. 

Zero.

Get the idea of perfecting out of your head.

Here’s the truth.

You either make content or you don’t.

You either press the share button or you don’t.

You either engage with other people’s content or you don’t.

Most importantly, you either learn from the process of doing all the above, or you don’t.

That’s how I learned (and am still learning) the art of social media content marketing.

So when you see a piece of content from me, I’m experimenting and learning so that I can do better on the next one.  

I was an industrial design major who knew industrial design wasn’t the right fit for me

So what did I do? 

I did what every other 20 year old does. 

Continue school till the end and graduate not really knowing what would come next. 

And then? 

Well, 2020 happened and the rest was world history.

For me, I was whisked into the family business learning the ways of mom and pops for the next 2 years. 

During that time, I learned something really important about myself. 

I love marketing. 

And I’m not too shabby with using social media as a business tool. 

Why this is important is because my above 2 passions has brought me more opportunities during these 2 years than the subject matter I studied for 5 years.

Not to say that getting an education isn’t valuable—because it definitely is.

All I’m saying is, I took a chance on myself and persisted in things I loved and was curious about. 

The end result is that I’m wholeheartedly happy doing what I do. 

And I’d love to help others do the same too. 

How I deal with not knowing what content to write next

People who produce content will relate: 

Struggling with the thought of “What do I post next?” 

My job in social media marketing taught me 1 thing, which is the following. 

A glimpse into your past month of previous content will inform you what to make next. 

What performs well, what doesn’t—it all solves itself when you look at the performance of previous content. 

Use them as a blueprint for your next content strategy. 

“I want to share content but I’m worried what others will think of me” 

It hit me like a bag of bricks. 

Suddenly, it feels as if the weight of the world is off my shoulders. 

Nobody cares what you post online. 

Give 10 minutes and everyone will have already forgotten what you have shared. 

It’s nothing to be offended by. It’s just how the dice rolls. 

Nobody cares what you post online. 

So share that selfie. 

Post that LinkedIn post, Tiktok, or Instagram reel. 

Don’t focus on the time of day or worry about how many likes you’ll get. 

There’s no time to be self-conscious. 

If you’ve got a message, spread it. 

If I’m going to be honest…

I actually wash dishes, serve food, and work in the back of a kitchen for my living, 12 hours a day for 6 days a week.

The marketing part is the most impactful part of what I do, but only takes up 1 hour of my time.

I’ve been holding this part of my life back for a few years now, because it feels out of place to share on a platform like my blog.

Everyone here is in their cozy home offices, and get off by 4 or 5 PM. They are negotiating for salaries well above 80k. They get time to themselves and their loved ones.

I wish everybody who lives the life described above is aware of how grateful they should be.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel shame or want words of pity.

I’m actually happy doing what I do for my family’s restaurant.

I just wish more people knew of and respected the other kind of work there is in the world (the kind that isn’t so comfortable and nice).

That is all.  

Anna, out.

How I went from hobbyist writer who writes maybe 15 times per year to full fledged passion committed writer 365 days a year. 

It’s really about 2 really simple things. 

If you want to take your writing habits seriously, all you need to do is the following: 

  1. Allocate a dedicated environment and time of day to write
  2. Write every day no matter what, no matter how short, regardless of good or bad. 

All great content creators and copywriters follow a routine that includes the foundational 2 items above. 

But I get it. Even with these 2 seemingly easy demands, reality proves to be much more difficult. 

If you’re serious about growing your writing skills, this is the way to go. I guarantee it. 

P.S. If you’re super serious about taking your writing seriously, I’m putting together a writing workshop so that we can practice altogether. The workshop isn’t out yet, but you can subscribe to get updates and be a part of the process here: https://mailchi.mp/25b1899732fe/writing-workshop