The allure of my headline is the fact that it declares there are things every blog post needs and the fact that you don’t know them motivates you to read further. To survive and thrive in the blogosphere, bloggers must hone their skills and commit to their craft. Their voice needs to be persuasive, their language seductive. Blog posts need to provide something for the reader – a laugh, a tip, a piece of anecdotal advice. If they’re not beneficial, they won’t be read.
Every post needs to leave their readers wanting more, obsessively checking for the next entry. And don’t underestimate the power in the simplicity of a bulleted list. The easier it is for readers to digest, the more likely it will be consumed. Check out the incredibly cool infographic in its entirety by Copyblogger here.
Everyone realizes it at some point – my WordPress theme is being used by thousands of other bloggers. So, how do you make your blog standout? Most people shy away from customization of their layouts because they believe it takes exceptional coding skills and mastery of all computer languages. Well, they’re wrong. There are a few simple things you can tweak on your blog to make it match your own individual flair. From fonts to images to colors to the basic layout of your blog, there are many ways to make your blog stand apart from the rest. Check out more tips on Copyblogger.
Sentences. The building blocks of every work of copywriting ever made. Writers are often advised how to work on their craft on a structural level (organization, format, genre) but the detailed work that goes into the crafting of a sentence is sometimes overlooked. A work with impeccable organization will shine, but a work with impeccable organization and beautiful sentence structure will blow people away. So practice crafting a sentence. Practice inserting facts, evoking emotion, creating imagery, and making promises with your writing. And check out copyblogger to find more on how to work through each of those steps.
We’ve all had the should-I-post-it-should-I-not moment where our finger hovers anxiously over the ‘Post’ button. Fear not! There are ways to nip this in the bud. Try to give the idea space or, rather, give yourself time away from the idea so you can return with fresh eyes. If a post seems too controversial, ask yourself if it’s really important to face the backlash from it. If it’s not enticing enough, try adding different elements like quotes or anecdotes. Don’t let the fear of posting keep you from actually posting. Check out the rest of CopyBlogger’s tips here and blog on.
Frustrated and can’t seem to get your blog soaring? With a blogging community that won’t stop growing it’s not easy getting more people to read it. But on the other hand, why is it so simple that anyone can start a blog? It’s only an illusion, there are many difficulties that accompany blogging. You must be able to maintain the site and add new content constantly. The important question to ask yourself, “How can I make my blog great, informational, and interesting?” Lifehacker elaborates on seven amazing tips towards developing a successful blog.
One piece of advice that stood out to me was, “No blog is an island. Now that you have a blog, you’re part of the blogging community, and reciprocation plays a large part of that.” Leaving comments and trackbacks on other bloggers pages are great ways to get you noticed. In the world of blogging there is no room for modesty. You have to speak up and scratch a few backs. For instance, you can get started by contributing to Lifehacker in a number of ways: from starting your own Kinja blog, to becoming an author on Hackerspace, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is reciprocation the only way, absolutely not? Other things, such as having an amazing headline, fresh content, and finding a niche can help your blog better develop. But, the thing I love most about writing is “voice”. Find your voice and don’t be afraid to use it, because that’s what will make yours different from the millions out there. Blogging isn’t any different from life it has its ups and downs. It’s up to you to keep your blogging wings spread and soaring.
Terribleminds.com is one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers of 2011 as dubbed by Writer’s Digest. The website is run by Chuck Wendig, an eccentric novelist and blogger with a penchant for extended metaphors that go on for days and you’re left scanning the pages wondering when it will ever end and yet, understanding what he means completely and thoroughly enjoying his unusual diction to help get you there. However, he’s not just a master wordsmith. I first stumbled upon him whilst looking for writing advice. He’s written a plethora of tips and advice books for writers and he even admits to not following his own advice sometimes (he doesn’t take himself too seriously). His published books include 250 Things You Should Know About Writing, 500 Ways to Tell A Better Story, 500 Ways to Be A Better Writer and then the sequel: 500 More Ways to Be A Better Writer.
Among these and many of his blog posts, he reminds us that in order to be a writer, you must actually write. Brilliant stuff. But seriously, this man cuts the crap and let’s you have it. He’s been around the writer’s block enough times to know the mistakes you shouldn’t make again and the mistakes that you will make again. He keeps his advice real brutal, leaving a slight copper taste in your mouth, but it’s definitely entertaining if you don’t take it too personally. Lest I forget, he also has free stories on his website for your reading pleasure. I think that’s reason enough to go check him out at terribleminds.com.
Apartment Therapy recently asked, “Do You Still Blog?” With the proliferation of microblogging platforms like Twitter and Instagram, this seems a relevant question to consider. The impetus to document our lives remains, but for specifically blogging Apartment Therapy offers an overview of currently popular blogging platforms, some you’ve heard of like WordPress, and some you may not have, like the open-source Ghost. If you’re thinking about getting back into blogging, read on. Or rather, write on.
Are you a writer looking to start a blog? Don’t know exactly where to start? Fear not! Writer’s Digest has several tips for you to use. Even veteran bloggers can stand to read these to make their blog even better. Some of them include:
- Headlines Matter Most
- You Don’t Have to Write That Much
- Don’t Blog About Something That’s Already Been Blogged
Be sure to check out the rest and get blogging!