"Remember in high school when we learned about outlines and essays?"
That's what I've been harping on (yes, I do harp) for years.
I recall learning basic composition, outlines, essays in 7th grade. My teacher, Mrs. Kennedy, was very tough and for that, I thank her every single day.
I don't necessarily follow the classic formats simply because I've learned that COSMETIC English will hold folks' attention longer.
However, don't ignore the basics.
Courtesy, Lenn Harley, Broker, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.
Writing A Blog Post 101
I read a lot of posts about writing blog posts; how to write them, how to compose them, what the content should be. The basics are just that.....basic. So here is a simple to follow outline.
First of all, I rarely have the title of my post in advance. It normally comes at the end, and even if I THINK I have a title, I normally change it. So forget about titles when you start to write.
Next, put a picture into the post. Why? Because people like to see a visual about the point of the post. Are you wondering why I have chosen this picture to the left? Because it got your attention. Right?
Now you are ready to start writing. Pick your subject and just start writing. See if it develops. Begin by talking about your topic and what you think about it. Remember in high school when we learned about outlines and essays? "Tell them what you are going to tell them. Tell them! Then tell them what you told them."
Simple and still accurate.
So in the first part of your blog bring up the issue you wish to discuss and in very clear and easy to understand terms, give them your take on that subject. In this case, I'm talking about how to write a blog post. This is the part of my post in which I demonstrate that.
As far as how to write? That is a very individual aspect to posts. I can't tell you about writing style or content, per se. But I can advise that you choose a topic that means something to you. If you are not interested in your own subject, no one else will be either. I like to write as if I were talking to my audience. Generally my first draft is just one long train of thought. Then when I go back to read it, I make adjustments. In fact this entire paragraph has been rewritten since I started this post.
Finally, you need to remind your reader about what you've already discussed. Sum things up for them. In this case, I'm telling you how easy it is to write a blog. It doesn't need to be more complicated than this. Write in your own words about something that interests you, and shoot it out. Read the post over, maybe a few times and use the spell check.
Oh and when you are done? pick a title that fits what you've written? I normally find it's easier to find one sentence that sums up an entire post rather than a post which sums up a sentence. :). And maybe the most important thing? Don't worry! Some posts are interesting, some are not. I've written some pretty boring posts, this might even be one of them. So what?!!! Write and keep writing!
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