Writing a blog post

First, I’d like to say that there is no how-to guide or recipe for writing a brilliant post. That being said, I’d also like to point out the fact that some posts seem to perform better than others. Lists and guides usually receive more comments and likes than “normal” blogs.

So this is not a how to guide. We’re just going to talk about the major components of a blog post.

The title

It’s very important to come up with a catchy title. This along with the first paragraph are the first to be noticed by readers. Also, the title shouldn’t be too long.

The opening paragraph

This paragraph determines whether or not a reader will read (or try to) your entire post. It should aptly describe what the post is about. If you can come up with a snappy sentence, than do it.

The rest of the damn thing

You should do well on your own here. In fact, there isn’t much I can help you with. Yeah, I could say a bunch of nonsense and act like I know it all, but I’m not going to. Because what worked for me might not work for you. Also, I’m not sure I know what I’m doing.

I just write. As simple as that. I write what I want, when I want, how I want, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Maybe there’s a good advice here: don’t be afraid to take a stand.

One of the most harmful things you can do in this life is to try to please everyone. You can’t. This is your virtual space, your online home. Try to tell people what you think, what’s your opinion about this or that, and I guarantee you, people will respond.

My most popular posts are basically opinion pieces. The ones that got hundreds of comments, all of them are about me taking a stand. A lot of people agree, a lot disagree. But they all know what I think about that certain topic.

Blogs are for opinions. For everything else, we’ve got Mastercard and Wikipedia.

Well, this is not entirely true, but you get the idea.

In time you start to realize what people expect to read from you. You also start to understand what you’re really good at. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Write different types of posts, try out some weekly features. You never know.

As you gain confidence, you’ll feel more comfortable about tackling more sensitive issues.

The only way to grow as a writer is to write. A lot. Also, if you have the time, read other blogs. Popular blogs, not so popular blogs, everything actually. That way you’ll get a sense of what works and what doesn’t. You might even spot some of your own faults.

Try to find your own voice. Don’t listen to people telling you how to write. They can’t write your posts for you.

Links and tags

Don’t forget to add these. Two, three links to relevant information, articles, or other blogs are very useful. For SEO and what not And your followers will thank you. Also, don’t forget to add tags. That’s how the Freshly Pressed editors find you. And readers can know what to expect from your post.

Format the damn thing

Layout is very important. What do you want your readers to focus on? Think very carefully.

If you have a longer post add:

  • subtitles
  • lists
  • blockquotes

Try to make the post look nice. Add pictures, sketches, whatever. There should be a balance… you know the eye grows tired when it sees a lot of words. Font size, colors, all that stuff.

Like I said, there’s no secret formula to writing a great blog. All you can do is write. Indeed, it’s important to focus on content, but don’t forget that the visual layout of your posts is equally important.

Now, I’d like to know what do you think. What do you think makes a blog great? Is it the content? Or the layout? Or a mixture of both?

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12 comments on “Writing a blog post

  1. Francis says:

    Excellent advice some of which i feel I am achieving.

  2. You said it perfectly!

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  3. Ng says:

    I agree and couldn’t have said it any better.

    Catchy titles, spellbinding 1st paragraphs etc. It’s all about simplicity without the extremely lengthy and sometimes, boring complexities.

    Most readers know where to get detailed and factual information but still enjoy the soft, fluid and humorous contents of a blog. They get to read about certain things, peculiar experiences, uncomplicated DIYs and even astounding testimonies through the eyes of another individual.

    Been writing for a year now and I’m simply loving it. I’ve learnt a few golden rules which are quite exceptional but true;

    1. Write like no one except you, don’t strive to write like others.

    2. If you intend writing about common issues which a thousand and one
    individuals have already done, let yours stand out and in a quirky way too.

    3. You have to start from somewhere so try not to compare your blog to
    someone else’s. Keep at it and keep reading. Inspiration is free and readily
    available.

    3. Writing is a passion. If it’s not fuelled, it gradually fizzles out.

  4. Love this, good advice!

  5. somawrites says:

    This is good, thanks for sharing!

  6. There’s definitely some good advice here. For me, as long as it isn’t a “listicle” or click-bait, chances are that the blog post has something to offer the world as a whole.

  7. Great advice. What I hate is when I’m very proud of a post and it doesn’t get the feedback I’d love.

  8. Gatot Widayanto says:

    Excellent article and very useful for me. Many thanks for sharing!

  9. theurbanblender says:

    A good blog grabs you. A great blog keeps you coming back for more. I’m not anywhere near that yet,I am like a baby crawling,but I love writing,love travel Ne love topics that re current. Hopefully I will get there one day where I can say. Hey people causally read what I write. You are already there….well done

  10. theurbanblender says:

    Sorry I should have checked the spelling in my comment,but you get the idea. I like your blog.

  11. I never thought about adding links as a way of SEO. shit, i gotta get on that. thanks.

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