Blogging did not come easy for me. In fact it took quite a while before I wrote my first post. Trying to remember exactly when Rain Camp came to Scottsdale. Must have been the summer of 2008! My first blog is dated February, 2009!
The thought of writing a blog post that others would read, scrutinize and take aim for critical thinking scared me! The topic was very familiar and so was the content. But I couldn't for the life of me get started. Pretty sure this happens to a lot of would-be bloggers.
Sometimes we over-think a blog, which delays writing it all together. Knowing how to start a blog can be the impetus for a great post, but we'll never know if we don't start.
Your introductory paragraph should read like USA Today. The focus of your post is a great way to start - or relate something to the blog, then include the content.
Whatever you do, don't start any sentence with the "I" . Your readers want neutral content to convey a point. If you have a personal reference, you could start a second or third paragraph with, "In my opinion," This reads better than "I think" and doesn't send the reader running. A reader might think the entire article is based on your opinion rather than factual information.
The last paragraph of a blog should sum up the content. If the blog is a series, state that at the end of the blog. "This post is a series...." List a few facts at the end to circle back and close out the post.
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This post is in response to the December Challenge, A Guide Blogging for Success!