This post, and others in this series, will help a beginner to gain the poise and balance. If writing comes naturally to you, then a little conscious effort is all it needs to get you started in the right direction.
The first in this series is more of an umbrella post where we talk of blogging in a general way, so don't fret if what you read here gets a little confusing to comprehend. In later parts of this series, we will break down each point and be specific.
This list is by no means sorted and each point carries equal weight in terms of importance.
1. Be YouAccording to the old blogger in me, this is by far the best tip I can offer my readers. Articles that sound too stiff and formal tend to lose interest with the audience. People want to know first hand personal experience, not strict facts. They like it when they read something they can relate to and that's what makes the connection between you and your reader. If you sound honest, friendly and open, you are all the more likable Concentrate on building returning readers rather than the ones who come stumbling by to your page and leave with anything that sticks to their mind. Make a human connection. That will get you far.
2. Put your best foot forwardInstead of looking for a really flashy topic to write on, stick to the simple ones if that's what you do know. How you make an ordinary topic special is all up to you. Writing is just like a painting. An artist can choose an every day scene that will be dull to many, but how he executes it will make it special. Similarly, a writer, quite synonymous to a painter, can make a simple topic very appealing by his/her writing style. Focus on building a style for yourself as you grow as a blogger. and don't forget what you already know from point 1!
3. Hold back the Shakespeare in youOld literature classics are addictive; and what is most appealing is the style of classic English. But to write in that way on a modern day blog seems irrelevant. A reader cannot connect unless you offer something easily understandable to him. What's more? Your reader may not even bother with your blogs if language remains a constant barrier. Use easy to understand language and simple expressions. If you must write something fancy, then try to balance it out somehow.
4. Keep it short and conciseGone are the days when people take out time to read long stories on the net. We are probably the most impatient generation of all time. We want everything fast and simple and short and sweet. Keep that in mind when writing a blog post. A post that fails to deliver some idea in the first few lines tends to lose more readers. Keeping your short and concise is one way to make your posts friendly and readable. If there are facts, bullet the out. If you are discussing more than one idea in a single article or if there are different angles to it, make heading and insert paragraphs. the whole point is to make your ideas stand out and to de-clutter then by avoiding fancy details altogether.
5. What are you offering your reader?When writing or planning to write each post, keep one question in mind: what are you offering your readers? Readers will come back for more when they feel you have something to give them. Make sure anytime they come to your blog space, they don't leave empty handed. That's a sure shot way of earning yourself a returning reader who will most probably now recommend you to his or her circle of friends.
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Like I said, these are some umbrella tips to keep in mind when writing posts of any kind. These can be applied to any kind of blog and any kind of topic. Start practicing these ideas in your daily writing and you will find that not only they are very easy to adapt, but also very rewarding as a writer.
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