Last spring, I wrote a few sample posts to help my European politics students figure out what they should do for their blogs. Each post had one blog-writing tip, so I now have 5 tips that I think make a good list for someone who is just starting out blogging.
Here are my 5 tips:
- The title is everything!!! A lot of readers will read your title (not your introduction) to decide if they want to read the rest of your post. Come up with something eye-catching, interesting, or funny.
- Write at least 2 drafts of each blog. After the first draft, read your post VERY critically to eliminate any awkward phrasing or unnecessary words or information. For long, in-depth posts, I’ll wait a day then go over the draft a third time just to get a fresh perspective. You’ll be amazed about what you missed in the first re-write – I sure was!
- Link early, link often. Hyperlinks make your post more interactive and fun for the readers, and they can replace traditional in-text citations.
- Write short paragraphs! Readers interact differently with online sources than with print sources (they tend to skim more). While 1-2 sentence paragraphs are too short for a professional paper, they are perfectly acceptable in a post.
- Use bullet points. Don’t feel like you need to put everything in proper paragraph formatting. If done correctly, bullet points can be a quick and reader-friendly way to present a lot of information.
For other bloggers, what would you add to this list?