Writing a blogpost can be as easy as baking cookies to one person, but much more difficult to the next. Seasoned bloggers will tell you that they find writing blogposts enjoyable. Those who are not great writers may be intimidated by the task however and may never want to learn how to write an article or blogpost. Writing blogposts does not have to be painful however. It can be a lot of fun! If you are interested in blogging, but are unsure how to begin, use these six easy steps to writing blogposts to get you started.
1. Gather Ideas
The most difficult part about writing anything is deciding what you want to write about. Blogs are interesting because you can use them in several ways. You can use them as a personal online journal of sorts if you wish. You can also use them as a place to post your opinions, views and expertise. Lastly, you can use them as a place to put short articles of interest for others to read.
If your blog is going to be a journal style blog with information about your personal day and stuff, you might not need much planning. You will probably simply want to begin writing and see where it takes you. If you want to use your blog for your opinions or for articles however, you will need to gather ideas. Create a list of topic ideas that interests you. Use them to determine what your topic will be. After choosing a topic, make a quick outline of main points you want to include. This step may seem tedious, but it will make the other steps go much more quickly, so be sure not to skip it.
2. Choose a Tone
After you have chosen your topic and created your short outline, you will need to choose your tone. The most successful blogs are written in a casual tone, which is a welcoming idea to most non-professional writers. Don’t worry about grammatical rules. Simply choose a tone that is like the one you would use when speaking with your spouse or a close friend. The tone should be friendly and stress-free.
3. Write Your Post
When you sit down to write your post, remember the tone you chose for your piece. Keeping the tone in mind put your topic idea and outline in front of you and begin writing. You should keep your blogs posts pretty short. They should contain your main point within the first sentence or two. Don’t ramble on and on or you will risk losing your reader somewhere in the middle. You can strive to keep your posts between 500 and 1500 words altogether. This may sound like a lot, but once you start writing, you will see that it will not take a lot of time to get to this point. Don’t forget to write in a casual tone. Write exactly like you would speak. Avoid large words that some people may stumble over. Create interesting, yet simple posts for everyone to enjoy.
4. Use a Signature Ending
A signature ending is important for any blogger. You can choose to end each post with a specific quote or phrase. You can add your name to the bottom with a special symbol nearby. It really does not matter how you choose to end your post. Be sure to choose a signature ending however. A signature ending is a great way for regular readers to see that your post is ending. It can be a comforting sight for many readers as well and make your blog seem more personal.
5. Edit Your Work
After all of the writing is said and done, you should always edit your work. Editing is not always a fun thing to do, but if you want your blog to be taken seriously, you should go back over your work. Look for misspelled words and other common mistakes. Although you are not worrying about grammar, you should not misspell words. When you are certain your text is mistake-free, you can move on to the last step.
6. Publish Your Post
The final step to creating a blog post is to publish it. This is typically done in the back end of the blogging platform you are making use of. There is a spot where you can paste or type your text and click on the “publish/submit” button. Your post should now be live for people to read and engage with. After publishing, be sure to read your post from a reader’s perspective.
I hope you’ve found this post useful, if you have any question(s), be sure to drop a comment below.