Writing Improves with Practise but STARTING is the Key
How To Write A Good Post For Your Blog – 4 Guidelines to Follow
Start off by writing freely, just let your ideas flow. Do not worry about headings and organization at this stage. The idea is just to pen all your thoughts down. You can do the editing later. Once you get accustomed to writing, you find that the words and sentences just keep appearing in your head, just write everything and anything down on this first draft. When you are in this mode, it is very important not to get interrupted.
Let me repeat that, it is preferable that there are NO INTERRUPTIONS when you are in the write mode. Just let yourself go and you’ll find it easy to come up with a 500 – 800 word post.
Key point to note: Let yourself go, let your ideas and thoughts flow freely with no interruptions
Now you have finished your first draft, the next step is to polish it, do the following:
Firstly, read it through, correcting typos, grammar mistakes and sentence structure as you go. Rewrite longer sentences into shorter ones or cut out/combine repetitive content. Typos are a sure way of putting your visitors off so make sure there are no mis-speelings (oops, mis-spellings), see what I mean?
Secondly, identify the areas where you can develop an idea further or break it down into smaller, easily digestible chunks. Organize your paragraphs. Write a list-style kind of post with headings and sub-headings.
Thirdly, add images and/or media files where relevant and necessary, and make your page attractive. One point to note, use these sparingly and they serve to capture your visitors. Too much of this may irritate them instead.
The work done here is basically to make your contents easier to read, this improves reader experience and will lead to better engagement with them.
Key point to note: Make your content user-friendly and easy to read
When we read what we have written, often we have a “blindspot”. It would be good to get a fresh pair of eyes to read what you have written. Your reviewer could give you feedback as to whether the post makes sense, does it get your point across, as well any improvement suggestions.
If you couldn’t find anybody to review your post, then you can “freshen” your own eyes. Leave the post for a few hours and come back to it. Sometimes this serves to remove your blinders so you are able to read your own stuff in perspective.
Key point to note: Get a reviewer to go over your contents, and he/she must give you feedback to make this useful
Now you are almost ready, but just remember, even if you have published a post, you could come back over and over again to review and update your contents.
Key point to note: Be confident and publish! Come back at a later date to provide time-relevant information
And you have done it! Keep these 4 modes in mind next time you want to write a new post!