Have you ever considered writing a blog?
Writing a blog can seem very overwhelming. Taking that first step and getting started writing is by far the most difficult part. Here are 5 tips to get you on your feet and off to the races:
- Keep the ideas flowing. Always work on more than one subject at a time. Writers block is more common than you might think and it helps to be able to go back and forth between subjects. Don’t spend too much time on one sentence. If you’re stuck on one idea or thought, skip it, and come back to it later.
- Create content for your audience. Typically, your blog should not be about “you”. The point of your blog is to engage the reader. You want the blog to entice the reader by either being informative, offering help in solving problems or to be a form of entertainment for the potential reader. (Don’t be afraid to show your personality!)
- People like pictures. The content in your blog is very important, but it’s also appealing to the reader to have some sort of visual media that is relevant to your post. Whether it’s photos or a video, people love visual-aids. Links can also be very helpful, if they direct your reader to a website that is relevant to the subject you’re writing about.
- Remember less is more. Keep your posts between 250 and 500 words. You want to keep the readers interest from beginning to end. Try to draw the reader in with a clever headline to try to ensure they finish reading the entire post.
- Lists make it clean and simple. Lists make blog posts much more attractive and provide a neat format that helps the reader move through the content swiftly. It also helps you as the writer with writing the blog, as it keeps your thoughts focused while writing. (Bullets or numbering works well)
So take that first step, think of a few subjects you’d like to write about and get started!
Do you know some more tips on blog writing? Comment below with your tips!
What a great, succinct list! There’s always more that can be added on what to blog about, but I liked that your list was simple and had an overall picture on breaking that writing barrier.
I’d definitely re-emphasize tip #4–too many posts are far too long; especially in the fast-paced, unfocused society that most of us live in now.
One thing that I try to make a habit of doing, is to create a blog post draft whenever an idea sparks–or even if I think of a great subject for a post. That way, when I have more ideas on a topic, I can go back to my draft and continue on. Sometimes it just doesn’t work to write a full blog post in one sitting.
Thanks for the good article!
Kristin – Be Blog Smart
Great idea Kristin! We totally agree that sometimes it’s best to draft the blog post whenever an idea sparks and then come back to it later with a fresh mind. Thank you for sharing your idea!