Writing blogs requires a person to have a certain mindset. You may be willing to start writing your own blog but perhaps you’re turned off by just the thought of producing a unique piece of work. You aren’t alone; all experienced bloggers had this kind of hesitation because they didn’t have any guidelines on how to start writing blogs.
After several years of blogging, they are glad that they overcame all obstacles and are now running successful blogs that draws a lot of traffic.
I love to help new bloggers by pointing them in the right direction. Here are some tips that should help you in getting started with your first blog, or if you’re an experienced blogger, you may just want to polish your skills.
1. Maintain Your Originality
A blog is a personal thing. It portrays your opinions and your thoughts. This is why you should keep it genuine by writing original content from your point of view. Do not copy others; you’ll be amazed at how interesting your ideas can turn out to be.
If you write blogs on the latest happenings, make sure they really are latest. Also avoid all kinds of rumors as they will only blemish your credibility and reduce traffic.
2. Don’t Copy
Never presume that people won’t recognize copied material. You may get away with a few times, but if you do get caught for plagiarism, it will only spoil your reputation and even some of your most avid readers will be disappointed.
By writing original content, your readers trust you and will soon grow to like your blog. If you do have to copy something, you should clearly mention the source and in some cases, you will have to ask permission from the original owner.
3. Develop a Writing Style
Your writing style will act as your signature. If you are used to technical, academic or formal writing styles, then you’ll have to modify your style because blogging is different. Blogging carries with itself a conversational style, in which you apparently ‘have a conversation’ with your readers and involve them to a personal level. Get the idea?
4. Instill Creativity into Your Work
No matter how brilliant of a writer you are, words alone sometimes don’t do the job. Include pictures and visual cues to give your blog a touch of creativity and color.
The title of your blog should be interesting and it should compel your readers to find out what’s written in the blog. Same goes with the blog itself – make it so that people long to read more of it.
5. Encourage Feedback
As I said earlier, blogs are very personal. They work both ways in the sense that there must be some kind of an interaction between you and your readers; this interaction occurs when readers comment on your blog. You should encourage your readers to comment and give their feedback as it will help you greatly in improving your work and building a strong base of readers.