How Do You Write A Blog?

How Do You Write A Blog?I covered in an earlier post ‘what is blogging?‘ so the next logical step is to look at ‘how do you write a blog’?

Now, I know many people who visit here are seasoned bloggers and I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel.

On the other hand, it’s a great discussion point because every person will have their own answer to the question.

Here are some of the key points I focus on when I’m writing a blog post.

Is The Information Useful?

I love researching stuff and I spend a lot of time looking things up, making notes and researching more stuff!

When you’re thinking of subjects to cover, do you ever wonder whether other people will find them useful though?

Stupid question really; of course you do but I didn’t in the beginning. It was a case of getting something out there and I covered everything and anything.

You need to do some research to see what it is people actually want to know about and then find solutions to their problems.

A good place to start would be the Google Adwords Keyword Tool. You can input a keyword into the tool, find out how popular it is and it will also show you other related terms which you may find useful.

Other sites that may be of interest are Quora and Yahoo! Answers. Both sites are full of questions and answers that can give you inspiration.

Keep your eyes open for questions in the comments section of your blog as well because that can also be a great place to find ideas.

Read more about content: Content Is King – What Kind Of Content Is On Your Blog?

Have A Conversation With Your Readers

I find blogs which have a conversational tone much more enjoyable to read than those which are more formal.

I particularly like ones where people write exactly how they speak.

Having a conversation with your blog readers helps you connect with them and makes them feel part of your blog.

When I first started blogging, having a two-way conversation wasn’t something I’d ever considered.

But by being passionate, writing as you would speak and getting your point of view across is going to make people notice you.

Read more about putting personality into your blog: Why Blogging Naked Is The Way Forward

Tell A Story

People relate to experiences, not just facts and figures and they’re more likely to remember you if you tell a good story.

It helps put context and relevance to what you’re writing about and helps people to understand what it is you’re trying to say.

I read a fair amount of blogs without a personality every day and I don’t remember them from the moment I’ve left.

I do remember the story-tellers though who can craft a fine blog post to keep you hooked.

Read a story: I Love Italian Ice Cream

Grab People’s Attention

Spend some time thinking about your headline.

It’s not often that I end up with the first headline idea still intact by the time I publish a post.

Considering that your headline is often what makes someone’s decide whether they will read your post or not, it’s worth spending that extra time on it!

Here’s an example: Paying For Twitter Followers Is Like Paying For Sex 

Make It Easier For People To Get Around

If there’s anything I’ve taken away from using the Google Penalty Checker Tool, it’s that people need to find their way around your blog easily and the same goes for search engines.

Internal links are a great way for pointing people in the right direction and you may have noticed after each section I’ve given you more reading material from my blog to check out!

This helps people find things in your archive and hopefully draws them into reading more of your work.

If people can see how much bigger your blog is than just the post they’re reading then you’re more likely to encourage returning visitors.

How Do You Write A Blog?

If you had to give an answer with 4-5 tips on ‘how do you write a blog?‘, what would yours be?

I look forward to your responses below in the comments section. Please also share this post so that the sharing buttons don’t feel lonely!

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28 Comments on "How Do You Write A Blog?"


Reginald
1 year 8 months ago

Hey Tim,

Thanks for sharing! Nice writing. For me, I write because I love it. I try to blog on things I tried before e.g. How-to etc. Well, if that can help others means why not?

I used to believe that I can make lots of money blogging. But now, I change my perspective that helping with my blog is good. Anything else, is just side income. Of course, it wouldn’t kill to earn that extra bucks monthly :)

All in all, I really appreciate it when people reply saying “hey, good job etc”. Felt good :)

Thanks for sharing with the write up and keep it up!

Have a great weekend!

Reginald

1 year 8 months ago

Hi Reginald

It sounds as though you’re putting things in place and doing all the right things.

I was the same as you and believed I could make lots of money from blogging.

I think it takes a lot of time and effort to do that. I’m going to step things up a little towards the end of the year.

That means writing more and promoting more to increase traffic.

Dhiraj Das
1 year 9 months ago

Nice article! I agree with your point about giving importance to the post comments by readers, because there are log of people who gives great input through comments or a different perspective to the post all together which really helps

1 year 9 months ago

Welcome to my blog Dhiraj and thank you for your comments.

I agree. Often the blog post is only half of the story.

The conversations that take place in the comments make everything bind together.

Great to see you Dhiraj and I hope you’ll come back and visit again soon.

Tim

Karmakar
1 year 9 months ago

Hi Tim..

Thank you very much for the details. I have recently started my blog and found this topic very useful… :)
But, I have to tell you that I have learned more things from your comment & reply than your actual blog topic… :)

1 year 9 months ago

Hi there Karmakar

Welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments.

I’m glad you learnt from the comments and replies because this post was all about opening up the conversation to everyone.

I started the conversation and then hoped everyone else would join in with their own ideas of how to write a blog.

There were some great answers and it made the post worthwhile.

I’m all about trying to create open discussion and I don’t want that to be a one-sided thing with me just writing something with no response!

So, I’m also glad you came along and joined in the conversation :-).

I hope you’ll stop by again soon Karmakar.

Tim

Karmakar
1 year 9 months ago

Hi Tom,

Yes definitely!!!… :)

I have been studying “10 Practical tips for Blogging success”…. It has really given me some valuable point of views… Thanks for sharing it… :)

1 year 9 months ago

My pleasure Karmakar.

I’m pleased you’re finding it useful.

Karmakar
1 year 9 months ago

** Tim**… oops.. Unintentional mistake…. :)

1 year 9 months ago

No problem Karmakar :-).

Adrienne
1 year 10 months ago

Well I’m back Tim and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this comment goes through this time. I never save the ones I write but I think I better start doing that from now on since mine are never short.

So I definitely say ditto to what Donna said about writing a post. As you know, I mainly write about what I learn as well and what works for me so I know my readers are just as interested. When you put your own personal spin on it and tell it from your experience I think it makes you seem more real in their eyes. You want them to feel like you’re speaking just to them.

Now getting them to chat with you and keeping them interested enough to keep coming back is so important which is why you should always ask questions in your post. They won’t be able to help themselves answering especially if you’re been able to accomplish what I just mentioned.

The comments is where all the action is and my favorite place to be so I think this is all a winning combination.

Great step-by-step here Tim and a helpful one for sure. Always appreciate what you share with us and hope you’re enjoying your week.

~Adrienne

1 year 9 months ago

I’m sorry that you encountered a problem when you tried to leave your comment the first time Adrienne.

I’ve been on to HostGator and they think it may have been something to do with the way I had my caching plugin set up.

I’m just trying to get to the bottom of it with them though. I’m grateful that you let me know.

That’s a great point about making a post seem to your reader as if you’re speaking just to them.

They’ll relate to it so much more and if you can share your own experiences then all the better.

Asking questions will also engage people as you say and hopefully get them down to the comments section quick smart.

And the comments section is where I love to be too. It adds to the conversation and means you get to see things from other people’s perspectives.

Thank you for coming back and leaving a comment even though my site failed you the first time!

I always appreciate you stopping by Adrienne.

I thought I might get to be the first to comment on your post today but I was beaten to it. I need to be faster next time :-).

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Tim

Donna Merrill
1 year 10 months ago

Interesting question Tim.

First and foremost there has to be good content to “help” readers get an answer to a question they may have. Then I find it is so important to put that personal touch into it. An analogy, an experience, anything to illustrate the point.
The title has to be something “catchy” too.
But for me the best thing is engaging with people who come to my blog. Comments are king in my book!
-Donna

1 year 10 months ago

Hi Donna

I’m the same as you.

Engaging with people is what I’m all about too and the more people I can help the better!

I love how you share you experiences on your blog Donna because, as you quite rightly say, those are the things that are going to help people relate to a situation.

And I enjoy a healthy discussion in the comment section too!

Great to see you Donna. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Tim