Writing a blog can be as easy as baking cookies to one person, but much more difficult to the next. Some writers will tell you that they find blog writing enjoyable. Those who are not great writers may be intimidated by the task and may never want to learn how to write a blog entry. However writing a blog entry does not have to be painful. It can be a lot of fun! If you are interested in blogging, but are unsure how to begin, use these six easy steps to writing a blog entry to get started.
- Gather Ideas:
The most difficult part about writing anything is deciding what you want to write about. Blogs are interesting because you can use them in several ways. You can use them as a personal online journal of sorts if you wish. You can also use them as a place to post your opinions and views. Lastly, you can use them as a place to put short articles of interest for others to read.
If you are choosing to use your blog as a journal you might not need much planning. You will probably simply want to begin writing and see where it takes you. If you want to use the blog for your opinions or for articles however, you will need to gather ideas. Create a list of topic ideas that interest you. Use them to determine what your topic will be. After choosing a topic, make a quick outline of main points you want to include. This step may seem tedious, but it will make the other steps go much more quickly, so be sure not to skip it.
- Choose a Tone
After you have chosen your topic and created your short outline, you will need to choose your tone. The most successful blogs are written in a casual tone, which is a welcoming idea to most non-professional writers. Choose a tone that is like the one you would use when speaking with your spouse or a great friend. The tone should be friendly and stress-free.
- Write Your Post
When you sit down to write your post remember the tone you have chosen for your blog. You should keep your blog posts pretty short. They should contain your main point within the first sentence or two. Don’t ramble on and on or you will risk losing your reader somewhere in the middle. You should strive to keep your posts between 300 and 500 words altogether. This may sound like a lot, but once you start writing, you will see that it will not take a lot of time to reach this target. Don’t forget to write in the casual tone you have chosen. Write exactly how you would speak. Avoid large words that some people may stumble over. Create interesting, yet simple posts for everyone to enjoy.
- Use a Signature Ending
A signature ending is important for any blogger. You can choose to end each post with a specific quote or phrase. You can add your name to the bottom with a special symbol nearby. It really does not matter how you choose to end your post, but be different. A signature ending is a great way for regular readers to identify with your blog. It can be a comforting sight for many readers as well and make your blog seem more personal.
- Edit Your Work
After all of the writing is done you should always edit your work. Editing is not always a fun thing to do, but if you want your blog to be taken seriously you should go back over your work. Look for misspelled words and other common mistakes. When you are certain your text is mistake-free, you can move on to the last step.
- Submit Your Update
The final step to creating a blog post is to submit it to your blog. This is typically done via the blogging software. There is a spot where you can paste your text and click on the “submit” button. The software should do the rest. Remember to always place your posts in notepad before pasting into your blog. This will prevent any strange looking text appearing on your blog post. After submitting, visit your blog as a reader and check out your new update.