Blogpost Writing Skills

For some people, writing comes natural. For the most, it comes with pain. I am recalling my past, when I started to write a blogpost- it was really hard for me to create any ideas or capability to generate new ideas.

However, I tried and wrote a featured story (means, if you are featuring or describing about someone’s activities) on FARMING MATTERS in 2011. Fortunately, I got space http://www.agriculturesnetwork.org/magazines/global/youth-and-farming/l….

After that, it became little easier since I was getting some pictures about how to generate content for blogpost or featured story. Let’s me make you clear first about these terminologies-

Blog: It is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary, a place to express yourself to the world and you are keeping update. Several institutions/ organizations/ networks also provide blog section on their website so that members or readers can freely express their ideas or stories.

Blogpost/ post/ blog entry: It is a piece of content and an article on blog, which is usually quite short, perhaps just a few sentences, and readers can often respond to an entry online. A person who keeps a blog, then s/he is a blogger. The action of writing a blog called blogging.

Who Blogs and why do people Blogs?

They are people just like you, who would be willing to post about their lives in as public a forum as the internet. Every day millions of people, some of whom have no technical ability whatsoever, write on their blogs. Human has a voice and wishes their voice to be heard. The internet is a medium that is unparalleled in its reach. Bloggers have the opportunity of reaching hundreds or even thousands of people each and every day.

I enjoy blogging! The benefit of blogging is something like, you will get aware about subject matters. It will develop good skills for research on particular topic, organize content, edit/ proofread of post and know your audience to whom you are focusing. This will also help you in scientific writing arena, since it teaches about develop a concept, organize the content, and work within particular time frame. Readers will make a comment on your blogpost, which means, they will also share their idea on same topic. Meantime, you can visit my personal blog for your reference https://dineshpanday.wordpress.com/ and/ or my YPARD blog: http://www.ypard.net/users/dinesh-panday.

Writing a blog post is a little like driving; you can study the highway code (or read articles telling you how to write a blogpost) for months, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road.

So, the first step is ‘Planning’ the entire process of writing a blogpost often takes more than a couple of hours, you might spend several days or maybe even a week “writing” a blogpost, but it’s important to spend those vital hours planning your post.

Second step is choosing the topic of your ‘Interests’ and third step is ‘Outline’ for your post. Great blogposts do not just happen. An outline does not need to be lengthy, or even detailed – it’s just a rough guide to make sure you do not ramble on and on about something tangential to your topic.

In 2012, I got guidance on blogpost writing during ‘The Induction Training on Social Media and Social Reporting’ in Uruguay from Peter Casier. Here, I am taking following information as TIPS FOR GOOD BLOGPOST from his website, which is still highly relevant.

  1. Make titles short, simple, catchy and clear
    The first thing people will read, is your title. If your title does not excite them, in five seconds, they will flip to the next blog. A title should be catchy, an attention grabber. It should be grammatically clear. Don’t let people read a title twice before they understand it. Keep it simple and condensed.
  2. Sculpture your first paragraph
    After your title, you are now ready for your second date with your blog reader: your first paragraph. If your first paragraph is boring, long, complicated or asks for too much of an effort from your reader, you will lose their attention.
    No matter how much time you spend on your blogpost, spend twice as much attention on your first paragraph. Like for titles, first paragraphs should not be a summary of your blogpost, but rather an extended teaser, leading into the main part of your blogpost.
  3. Tell a story
    In a blog, you need to grab your readers’ interest, then lead them through the content in a way that satisfies their curiosity. You might start with an anecdote, a teasing statement, a couple of questions.
    Through the body of your post, you take your reader by the hand, and walk them through the story, up to the conclusion, which rounds up the story.
  4. Use pictures
    A blogpost without a picture, is not a good blogpost, simple as that. Use at least one picture at the top, under the title, or in the first paragraph. It will help stir up the interest and attention of your reader. You can use several pictures, or illustrative figures within the body of your post, but make sure not to over-do it.
  5. Make it short
    It is more difficult to write a short blogpost than to write a long one. So, make an effort to shorten your post. About 500-800 words is a general rule. If the story is interesting, it can run long a little longer.
  6. Use a simple, concise but a correct language
    Most blog readers are not native English speakers. Avoid complex sentences and complicated Oxfordian English idioms. Make short sentences, running over one or two lines only.
    A simple language is no excuse for grammatical errors. I usually proofread my blogposts aloud. It helps me spot mistakes or errors in the flow of sentences.
  7. Use short paragraphs
    “Air” your text: split your blogpost into paragraphs. Use plenty of blank lines between different parts. If your blogpost is longer than a page, use paragraph titles to structure your text.
  8. Use hyperlinks
    When you write a blogpost about a scientific subject, back up your statements with links to reference literature. Use links to illustrate what you talk about.
  9. Round up your blogpost
    Unless if it is intended to stir up your readers, your blog post should have an ending. “The End” should give the reader a feeling that the story is complete. It should be a conclusion, a solution, a clear end to a summation of things, whatever your ending formula is, the reader should think: “Ah, I have understood what the issue is”. Like in movies “The End” of a blogpost should never come as a surprise.
  10. Have fun
    If you have fun writing a blogpost, grinning as you go along, there is a good chance your readers will smile too. If you get all excited and winded up, probably your readers will be too. The more fun you have, the more inspired you will write.
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