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Great, so you started a blog, now what?

8 Jul

Great, so you started a blog, now what?
By: Kristin Casey ( Kristin Casey's Blog )
Tags: Blogs

Writing a blog entry can be an extremely daunting task, trust me I know.

Even though it has been on my to-do list for the past few days, writing this post keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my list. I think it is the flashbacks to the daunting writing prompts given to me in high school, stating something broad like, What is your favorite type of cookie and why and then making you write over 500 words in an hour.

To me the task of writing a blog seems just as scary. What am I going to write about? Do I really have that much to say? What is the point of this post? and even more questions run through my head. That is why I wanted to share with you some suggestions on how to get started that I found extremely helpful.

Write lively and keep it snappy. In order to do this, writing short quick sentences definitely helps.

Write in a conversational tone, like you are speaking to a colleague. People don’t like to be preached to, they want it to be a light and pleasant read.

Keep the blog entry between 250 and 1000 words to keep your readers interested. You don’t want them to get bored and stop reading halfway through.

Have a topic (albeit broad) in mind. Take some time to determine this topic; your whole post will flow better.

Make sure your blog post has a point. Otherwise, why bother writing it at all?

Review your blog! Bad grammar, missing words, etc. can really throw readers off and decrease the quality of the post. You don’t want people to focus on spelling errors.

Try to engage the readers.Ask them a question or to share their experiences. You want the blog to be as engaging as possible.

Hopefully this will help you get started. Any experienced blog writers have anything else helpful to add?

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