I noticed this when writing yesterday, but I think it is easier to create a blog post if I tell a story rather than to create any other kind of posts such as tutorial or sharing post. Actually, I've felt it for a long time but I've never thought about it properly.
Just yesterday, I tried to make the first post on this fresh website. At first, I just want to write a post about welcoming people to this website. However, I don't really have any idea on what to write. I only have a story with me. A story about why I restarting this website. So, I just write that first hoping that I might have an idea what to write later.
As I write, the idea flow. I, somehow, know what I want to write in the post. I don't say the post is good. I'm sure some sentences are a bit hard to understand or not natural. I'm just saying that I can write it as naturally as I possibly can. The word just flows in my mind. Before I realise it, I already write almost 900 words. It's hard enough for me to write an essay, even though the essay is my expertise. Suddenly I have 900 words in one post.
In fact, I tried to count how long did it take for me to write above paragraphs because I only tell a story in those paragraphs. Turn out, it only takes 10 minutes. I struggle with IELTS writing test since I takes too much time to write something with 250 words. Now it only takes 10 minutes for 200 words?
Struggle with IELTS writing test
It's not like it's hard. The question is not even that hard. IELTS is an English test. Not a test to tell how smart you are. So, the question shouldn't be that hard. Rather, it require me to show how good my English ability is on those test. If you're looking for how smart you're with language, GMAT might be what you're looking for.
First of all, I have a problem with the article. I might not show it on this website since I use Grammarly to help me with grammar issues. It doesn't come naturally yet so I have to proofread my own writing on every test to make sure that the article is correct. Thankfully, it isn't hard to proofread and fix this issue.
Second, I also have a problem with singular and plural. Even now, I still have some doubt with this. I know there're rules, but singular or plural can depend on the context. So, it can be grammatically correct but not contextually correct.
Lastly, I'm thinking about the structure too much. I write on the computer more than I write on paper. On the computer, I can erase anywhere and move to any point I want. My train of thought is really bad. I can think of some points then suddenly I skip the next point because I thought something that I feel more important. Then, I remember the point that I skip then try to convey it.
In short: 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 6 -> 7 -> 8 -> 4 -> 5
More stories in future posts
Because of that, before making this post, I thought that it might be better for my future posts would tell a lot of stories. I know most people on the internet doesn't really like to read. Especially if the content is too long. They only skim through the paragraph and trying to take the point of each post rather than read each sentence. I understand that.
However, since this blog is all about me anyway. In addition, it was supposed to be a platform for me to improve my writing skills, not only for informal public read but also for academic writing. More importantly, I was look a way to improve my train of thought. As I said before, my train of thought sometimes can be very random.
So, I decided that for the future posts, even though it might won't be popular or against good blogging practice, I'll try to tell more story in it.
It might be true that I was looking for word count. But for me, I think in order for me to improve my writing and for writing to become natural, I think it is necessary. More word count means I have to write more sentences. It also means that I have more chance to practice. So anything that can make me write more is a good thing.
So, forgive me if I write more word in one posts. You don't have to read it all, but if you like it and show it in the comment so I will know about it, I really appreciate it.