Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday Tips: Write Good.


I've learned quite a bit through all my years of blogging (and it's been years) and I've realized how much I've grown and how far this blog has come.  I know I've mentioned before that the design and the "look" of your blog is really important - and it is - but that's all pretty simple once you know what you want it to look like and how to organize and make your blog easy to navigate.  The hardest thing is your content:  what you write about and how you write it.

If you've been blogging for some time now, you may start to notice that some days are better than others in terms of traffic and reader interaction.  Take a look at your most popular posts and compare those with posts that didn't get as much love and take note of the differences.  Was the popular one a DIY?  Did you write about a deeply personal experience and pour your heart out?  Was the not-so-popular one full of sponsored links?  Did it go on and on and have lots of spelling and grammatical errors and also a ton of run on sentences that may have confused some people who aren't used to your writing?  (See what I did there?)

Now I'm not saying I'm the best blogger in the world - hell, I've been gone most of the past two months - but I know what kind of posts I enjoy reading and commenting on and the kind of posts that make me cringe inwardly and make me want to delete that blog from my feed.  I'm still learning and growing as a writer just like everyone else (we bloggers are always trying to improve) so here's a few post tips that I try to follow.

Before hitting that publish button:

1.  Proofread!  Tell those spelling/grammar Nazis out there to fuck off by proofreading your shit!  It's not hard - those squiggly red lines are there to help you.

2.  Ask yourself:  Is this something I would read?  (My homegirl Helene can testify to that.)  Usually, if you yourself aren't feeling it, chances are others might not be feeling it either.  Don't half-ass it just to get something up.

3.  Give your readers an opportunity to engage by asking them a question (or two or three) at the end that's relevant to your post.  Sometimes even if you've got a great post, it's hard for readers to get involved and comment with something other than "great post" so a little nudge doesn't hurt.  It's like saying, "Well, enough about me, what about you?"  BOOM.  Blog friendship acquired.

4.  Understand your writing style.  This one is tricky since our writing styles can change every once in a while, but the easiest way to figure it out is to write it how you would speak it.  If you throw in sarcastic jokes when you're having a conversation with friends, by all means, show that in your post!  How else are we supposed to know that you have a sick sense of humor like we do?  If you cuss in real life conversation, then what the fuck - type that shit out too!  Showing your REAL self through your writing helps us to connect with you on a more personal level and makes it seem like we're actual real life friends.  I don't know how many of my conversations start off with "My friend from [insert state/country where blogger lives]..." these days because of all the awesome people I've "met" through blogging.

And that's it.  Four simple things to check before publishing a post.  Like I said earlier, I "try" to follow these but sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry to proofread or I've just got to meet a post deadline for certain sponsored posts and that's fine.  There's no surefire way to get more followers or comments or write great posts and not everyone is going to like what you have to say, but that's okay.  It's all about learning and growing, baby.  Learning and growing.

Also, I just had to take a tip from one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah, and throw this one in since we're all about learning and growing and sharing today.  Fill in the blanks and tweet to share what you write about and show off your best post!

I'm ___________ from ____________ and my best post was ______________.  #frikkenfriends

But tell me, what does your publishing process look like?  Do you have any tips to share?  What was your most popular post and why?

9 comments:

  1. I love your blog because I can totally hear your voice talking (it must be the cussing lol ;) but seriously, you're so real and I love that. These are great tips! For me, my writing "process" is like taking off a bulky backpack and dumping it in bloglandia. It doesn't feel so much like a process as it does a release of excessive heaviness. Actually my last post was in part inspired by this post because honestly deep down I'm just a #frikkenfangirl. xo

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  2. i have no idea what my most popular post was....i never check stats. most of the time, i just write whatever is in my head which is why most of my posts are pure jibberish and filled with typos/bad grammar but i don't care because lazy LOL

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  3. Great tips! I have no idea what post was the best simply because my stats are about the same and on Wednesdays I get the most traffic. Probably because of Kathy's link-up. So yea, I know that wordpress people enjoy my creative writing, but that's about it. Nice to see the Tuesday Tips returning!

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  4. my most popular post was definitely a DIY post. I keep telling myself I need to do more crafts but somehow I always end up drinking wine + watching netflix instead..... as far as my publishing process, if I'm really emotional in anyway about the post, I send it to a couple of my journalist friends so they can say "hey you're kinda being a jerk + that's going to bury the good points you're making, also you left off all of the commas."

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  5. I definitely gotta proof read, though it isn't 100%. And I definitely write something I would read, so I limit milestone updates, tons of photos, or just stuff that isn't genuine (like you mentioned above). Definitely be yourself on your blog because because can tell when it's not you. I tweeted :)

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  6. great tips! I read my posts a thousand times but I'm still not a great writer, I ramble and ramble until long after the cows come home. I like to think I'm getting better though, lol

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  7. Great Tips! I am guilty of trying to ram a post out and not proof reading. I do check for spelling mistakes (those red lines help) but not always my grammar. So, I notice it after I've hit submit and have to go back to it and pray no one noticed. But, I'm glad to say I'm getting better about doing this. Which, goes along with number 2. Don't half-ass a post. I'm at the point now were I write things that I've wanted to get up for awhile. Yes, it takes time but in the end it is so worth it. I want to have a blog that I'm proud of.

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