So, many of you don’t start writing fearing you will be a laughing stock.
Your English isn’t good enough.
Your ideas are not that interesting.
Your grammar sucks.
But in reality all the above things don’t matter, at least not to write for your own blog.
The key is to just start writing.
Yes, you heard me right.
Stop asking people for writing tips.
Stop waiting for those inbox messages and emails that are never answered.
In short, wear your best dress, put on that killer smile…and start writing your way.
Get over all the insecurities you had once, just like you get rid of those unwanted, nosy neighbours (who keep on spying on you).
Forget about perfect grammar, forget about who your audience is, and forget about being a laughingstock (on the contrary, if you become a source to make people laugh) that’s also not a bad idea, though.
When I started blogging back in 2014, I swear I felt the same way.
I was always afraid of how people would react to my writing.
Woud they approve of my ideas? would they find my English good enough (you see, like you, English is my second language, too).
But, to my suprise, not only many people loved my work. They all loved my unique style (because I wasn’t copying anyone’s work, I was speaking my heart only).
So, I am sure many of you would still be interesed to know, whats the proper procedure to get started with writing a blog post?
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So here it goes! follow the steps, and feel free to be creative and add some of your own to the mix.
Step # 1
Choose a Topic to Write (pick up something hot and trending)
First things first, choose a topic that interests everyone (by everyone, i mean the majority). Believe me nobody wants to read boring topics.
Nobody wants to read college essays. Write about something that’s either informative or entertaining.
Focus on providing value, and help solving people’s problem and you will have them hooked to your blog.
Step # 2
Create an outline
Now creating an outline is almost like creating a roadmap.
Without an outline in place, it would be like reaching your destination without a proper address.
An outline keeps you focused and discplined and makes your writing process much easier and hassle free.
Now, how to create an outline?
For instance, I want to write about coronavirus.
Now, I’ll quickly brainstorm some ideas for an outline.
- What is coronavirus
- How the coronavirus outbreak started
- How does the virus spread
- Is there any treatment for the virus
- Expert opinion on the virus
- how to protect yourself? advice for the public
- some myth busters.
So this is my outline for the topic, you are free to create your own. This outline is just to give you a rough idea of how outlines are created.
Step # 3
Research, Research and Research
With an outline in place, now comes the research part
I can’t empahize enough on the research part.
As you already know research is the backbone of any write-up.
Without proper research you can’t nail a topic. And hence, it won’t be useful for the readers.
Now, you already have a roadmap, so start researching on the above points one by one.
for eg, I will first conduct an in-depth research and understand what coronavirus is,
- I will read some definitions.
- Go to reliable websites
- Go to Quora.
- Yahoo Answers.
- Ask a lot of questions on social media platforms.
- I will even interact (if possible ) to get some information from the corona virus patients themselves (nothing beats the first hand information, right?)
I will keep on diggiging the topic, until I have sufficent data to write my own analysis, using my own unique voice.
So, this is the most aunthetic way to do research,
And you should too, carry on the same process for every outline in your draft.
Step # 4
Add a Nice Eye Catchy Title
Now is the time to add a nice, catchy title,
Believe it or not, its your first impression on readers.
No matter how well you have researched for the given topic, but if your title is plain boring, chances are, nobody’s going to read your post.
So, always keep them short, sweet, and attractive.
For this, you can take inspiration from your competitors’ website.
Try to brainstorm, how can you create a sense of urgency in your reader’s mind.
How can you make the title irresistable for your writers (for more ideas, you can read my previous post).
For my coronavirus post, I might choose something like, ’11 Shocking Facts You Didn’t know About CoronaVirus’
Step # 5
Spend a little extra time writing an introduction
No great blog post ever starts without a great introduction!
That’s the first thing that attracts your reader to your blog post, or makes them want to stick around for long.
Here are some intresting statistics from Copybloggers,
“On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. This is the secret to the power of your title, and why it so highly determines the effectiveness of the entire piece. “
On the other hand, Neil Patel believes,
That’s the job of the introduction. If your introduction is weak, it’ll discourage the reader from reading further – even if the title was captivating. You could have a great blog post, but if the intro doesn’t cut it – the rest of the content won’t.
Edit with fresh eyes
Now comes the editing part. Its crucial to always edit your posts before hitting a publish button.
Many people after writing a blog post are so excited that they hardly ever edit it.
The rule of the thumb is to always edit your posts with fresh eyes.
Never, ever, edit your posts on the same day you write them.
Leave the post overnight, come back to it the next day, edit it with fresh eyes and mind.
You would be surprised to find many broken, incoherent sentences and not to mention many grammatical flaws and in correct spellings.
So, no matter what, always edit your post, or hire someone (people like me ) to edit, and polish your work.
Now, You are ready to publish your post!
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Happy writing your very first blog post. Cheers!