Words when put together have great value if they resonate with your reader, help them learn something, or simply make them want to read till the end. A good blog post is more than just words put together.
Well before you start writing a blog post, the most important things you should keep in mind are
– Write as if you’re talking to a friend.
– Avoid Jargon.
– Let your research be longer and paragraphs shorter.
Now, let’s get to the steps?
Find your Niche
The first step is to find your niche. The key is to choose something you know the best about and love discussing.
Ask yourself this question- “What is it that I can talk for hours together and never run out of words? ”
Then, gather your thoughts together, understand what kind of content your writings fit in.
Another activity you can do is jot down 10 or more topics of your interest and then cluster them as per the niche and see what your interest is more inclined towards. 📈
Finding a niche is important because not everyone will be interested in all the topics you personally love. So, if you stick to one type of topic, you can be sure that a person interested in one of your posts has a high chance of being interested in all of your other posts, as well.
Another option is to have categories and then go about writing for each category.
Read a lot!
Reading up, and then reading more helps you build a good source of understanding the topic better and gives you more clarity.
You can scroll social media or the internet as a whole, save information, and gather facts. This is a crucial and essential step while writing a blog. You can also bookmark or set alerts for websites posting content similar to your niche.
Another alternative here is to use a tool like Crowdfire that allows you to add topics to recommend content for you, and RSS feeds of sites you’d like to fetch content from under the “Content Curation” tab.
From here, you can share them on your social accounts in just a few clicks.
Jot it down
Once you have enough data and are ready to start, find your sweet space to let your thoughts flow from your brain to a doc (document/ digital paper)
For this, you can pick Paper Doc, Evernote, Google Doc, Microsoft Word, etc.
You can also go ahead with WordPress or Medium (I personally like writing stories and saving them as drafts on Medium because of how clean it is with almost zero distractions)
When you decide on the writing tool, you can chart out a rough framework, starting with –
- A nice (read as catchy) Introduction that keeps one glued to the post.
- If yours is a listicle, finalize on the number of points (We suggest you don’t miss any).
For others keep the paragraphs to the point.
- Put all the links to all your data in the framework to avoid missing anything.
- They say well begun is half done, but don’t forget to end it well too.
You can do this with a short conclusion or just say “That’s it folks 🙋” after a quick summary of your blog post.
Make it interesting
It’s always best to first look at yourself as a reader of your blog post.
What is it you like in other’s blogs? Is it the high-quality images? The most relatable GIF? The humor? An interesting fact you read? A new thing you learned?
Get a third person’s opinion on what they’d like to read, what would make their reading experience better.
If you find that a little hectic, You can place the right emojis to communicate and build a friendly conversation. This should work! 😃
Edit and revise
Once you’re done writing the blog, you can read through and revise a few things that you feel do not fit right or add on something that needs to be there but you may have missed earlier.
If there is a time you need to revise the topic, don’t be afraid. It happens and it is totally normal to have a new topic by the end of your blog post! 😂
Get to the tiny details
Once you’re done with the entire draft, with all the images in place, the links added, all you have to do is go back to checking the other tiny details starting from the blog banner. If you have do not have a designer in place, you can create it yourself. For this, I personally suggest Canva that allows you to start from scratch or pick readily available templates.
Once done with the banner you must check for the SEO-friendly keywords to add to your blog.
Additionally, if you’re publishing on WordPress you must check the paraphrase to be added, enter attributes to Images and choose a category too.
Proofread as a whole
We’re almost at the end of it! 💪
It’s that time where you can run your post for a fact check to ensure the data you’ve shared is not outdated by the time you publish.
Also, go ahead and copy-paste your blog draft into a grammar checker like Grammarly to ensure you’re not publishing a misspelled word or an incomplete sentence.
Lastly, do a quick plagiarism check that will save you time, help you avoid writing mistakes and ensure you’re on the right track and do not come under any plagiarism scan.
Publish and Promote
Now that the blog draft is ready and we’ve double checked everything,
Re-read the headline one last time to make sure it still works.
Now, go ahead and publish the post, and do not forget to promote it to your social accounts and personal/ business connections.
That’s it, folks! 🙌
Let me know in the comments if you’re a beginner and if this has helped you? 😃
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