Running a blog takes work if you think about it, you need to keep your layout attractive but not too distracting, you have to make sure that you’re getting enough hits and views because if not, it sort of makes everything pointless. But most of all, you need to make sure that you’re able to supply your readers with well-written content. Here are a few writing tricks we’ve learned the hard way.
Let’s face it, a lot of things can attract viewers to your blog but it’s your content and services that make them stay and continue to give you the much needed attention. However, writing is not as simple as everybody seems to think. There are a lot of factors that could affect your article, certain things like style and grammar could go a long way and even with that being taken care of you’ll still need to consider how you phrase your words and sentences.
And let’s face it, not everyone has the capacity to sprout witty diatribe like magic. But just because we lack that certain spark or extra oomph with the pen means it would discourage you from writing your own content. In fact here are some tips to help give you some writing mojo.
Tip 1: Shake Your Tail Feathers
If there is one thing a reader appreciates, it is a writer who knows what he’s talking about, a writer who doesn’t shift between opinions and give his/her readers a clear cut view of things. Confidence should be reflected in your writing. If you’re knowledgeable in your chosen topic, don’t be afraid to show it. Don’t be afraid of giving your readers a proper blow by blow, just don’t be a condescending jerk about it.
Tip 2: K.I.S.S. it to make it better
Keep it sweet and simple. No need to for lengthy overly-flowery lines of drama and flare. No need for mile long paragraphs filled of inessential stuff that your readers would just skim over. Remember, this is an article not a novella, so focus on the main topic at hand. A basic run down on the things you should center on is the 5Ws – who, what, why, when and where. There’s nothing wrong with giving a bit of color and creativity into the mix, but don’t overdo it.
Tip 3: Look at the pretty pictures
Words are scary. Words are boring. Words are only words but a mere picture is enough to convey a story worthy of a thousand. Don’t forget to give your articles that extra color that would allow your readers to visualize the ideas you’re trying to convey. Choose your photos wisely – make it creative, original and fresh. Also, don’t forget your credits.
Tip 4: Be Prepared
Don’t go running to a war without your guns. The guns I’m talking about are your grammar and style book. Nothing turns a reader off more than horrendous grammar and inconsistency. Aside from the fact that it’s make you look like a complete fool, it lowers your credibility and worth as a blogger.
So what if you lack proper punctuation and don’t know the subtle differences between ‘you’re and your’ or ‘its and it’s’, it’s the content that matters right? Wrong. You must remember that you need to dish out quality content – not this mashed up mess of word vomit – that actually gets read instead of being flagged as a joke. Also, don’t forget to reread and revise your work.
Tip 5: Catch their eye
Okay, so you have your content all punctuated and grammar checked. Your content quality is good enough to exude that knowledgeable atmosphere and you even have your pictures done up. Now, all that’s missing is a title.
Take note that nothing attracts readers more than a good title. Stuff that gives your content a certain pizzazz, that would literally make them want to click the link and read more of your article. Keep your headlines interesting but don’t overdo it, you’ll come across as overly-enthused.
Words of Wisdom: Be yourself, people appreciate sincerity more than conformity. Value your readers, they are your muse and critics, they have the power to lift you up and pull you down. Learn to face your faults and learn.
Writing is a cutthroat world – you’ll encounter criticisms, make mistakes and have your self-esteem pounded into a pulp. But you’ll learn things only experience can tell you and that is something worth experiencing for yourself.