How to blog is seemingly easy. If you read the explanation of what a blog is in Wikipedia then you can understand why it is so.
In Wikipedia the ‘Regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events’ covers the writing part of a blog.
Surely every one of us can write regular commentaries. This means offering your opinion. As we know opinions are one of the cheapest commodities on the planet – cos we all have them! So there you go, that’s the first of your blogging tips dealt with. Write your commentary (alias opinion) down.
Secondly I know you can write a description of events. So far all of this seems rather straight forward.
However, unfortunately there is one stumbling block here – how to engage your readers.
Now – lucky you if you happen to be a naturally gifted writer. Better still if you can successfully add humor to your writing. We love people who make us laugh.
The more likely scenario is that you’re lumped in with the rest of us! We have to learn a few writing skills and then practice, practice and practice more.
What is wonderful is that you have your own platform to practice on – your blog of course.
Isn’t it perfect as there is no-one here to mark you down on our efforts. So what if we are a bit shaky when we start – we will get better. And the more you do it so your confidence grows.
Keep in mind though that the whole world isn’t going to enjoy or even possibly like you or your style on your blog. But a portion of folk out there are going to relate to you. That’s the way the world works luckily. Otherwise we would all like the same people. The hapless ones we didn’t all like wouldn’t have a friend in the world. Nope that’s not how it goes.
Many of the skills we can learn are easy to include as we go. Try the following:
• Always sleep on it.
• No more than twenty words per sentence – the bad breath test
Always sleep on it.
We understand how excited you are with that piece you have just written. It’s really important that everyone on the web sees this immediately because it’s so clever! Haven’t we all had our moments of secretly being pleased with ourselves hehe. It’s ok we are still merely mortals.
Truly though folks in the cold light of a new day, our writing often doesn’t ignite the same fervor. This is the time to go over it and add or subtract from it.
No more than twenty words per sentence – the bad breath test
Read your work aloud and if you need to pause for a breath mid-sentence then there are too many words in it. Remember twenty words per sentence – or close to it. Make two sentences of it.
By introducing new skills into our writing we can take our blogging efforts to the next step.
Allan and Dawn