How to Write a Blog Post

If you are reading this you probably either have a blog already or are thinking about starting one. I started this blog over  5 years ago, but it’s only been in the last few months that I finally started blogging consistently. I decided to compile a few tips for other bloggers based on what I have learned from my own blog.

  1. A good blog post is essentially an essay. Now I don’t mean that your blog post has to be boring. And it doesn’t have to have an introduction paragraph, 3 (or more) supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph like you were taught in school. Of course, if you want to use this format go for it! It’s a great method that is taught in schools for a reason. When I say that a blog post is an essay I mean that it is a collection of ideas about a specific subject. It may include research or links to other websites. It takes time to write well, so don’t expect to just slap a few sentences on a page and have a successful blog.
  2. Writing a blog post tends to be easier when your content is more or less unified around a single theme. That way your readers know what to expect, and your possible blog post ideas are limited (most people find it easier to brainstorm when they have limits to work within). My blog’s theme (at least recently) has been about knitting: What I’ve knit, the yarn I’ve bought, patterns I’ve used or want to use. Now that doesn’t mean that I never post about anything that isn’t related to knitting. A blog is also a story of things that happen in your life –  you might post about a vacation you went on, or the funny thing your friend did, or anything that strikes your fancy. But try to make sure that the majority of your posts are about the same kind of thing and that that thing interests you enough to keep writing about it.
  3. Consistency is key. If the number of views your blog gets matters to you at all, you will want to post regularly. This doesn’t mean you have to post every day. My goal for my blog is to post 3 times a week. Some bloggers post only once a week. Some bloggers post several times a week, but the number of posts is different each week. Once people find your blog and decide they want to keep reading they want to know how often they should visit so they don’t miss any content.
  4. Proofread everything. More than once. Every time you make a change. There is little that annoys me more than misspelled words and bad grammar. With word processing software as advanced and readily available as it is, no one should ever misspell a word ever again. Taking 2 minutes to reread what you’ve read gives you a chance to reflect on the quality of what you’ve written and to change any glaring mistakes.

If you follow these suggestions I’ve given the quality of your blog posts will improve (or start out great! Yay!). Of course there will always be exceptions to the rules. Some people never write about the same thing twice. Sometimes I “write” a blog post that only contains a picture (hey, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?). Some bloggers post only once in a blue moon. Some never proofread (and it is almost always evident). But my favourite bloggers to read tend to follow these steps I’ve outlined for you. Good luck, and happy blogging.

Anniversary

Today is my 2 year anniversary blogging. It’s hard to believe how the time has flown. I started this blog because I was inspired by a friend who started blogging. She was so funny and easy to relate to and had such a wonderful command of the English language. I visualized myself blogging blogging successfully just like her about funny things, sad things, normal things.

Well, she’s kept up with her blog a little better than I have (Ok, she’s posted almost every day since she started. Don’t judge). I still read her almost every day, and maybe someday I will be as cool as she is. Thank you, Risabella Rambler, for inspiring me. Here’s to another year.

Wait, Me???

Wow! You know those things you’ve heard about and even thought about, but never ever thought would happen to you? Well it did. And it was a good thing! I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award!! Basically, this award was created to give credit to the normal little blogging peeps (and, yes, I did just use that word) like you and me who normally get overlooked. I think it’s a fabulous idea! Once you’ve been given the award you pass it on to other bloggers (up to 15), so, theoretically, given enough time, every blogger in the world could be awarded! Now, if you’re like me, you realize that if everybody gets the award that no longer makes any one person who receives it any more special or important than anyone else. But what the award does do is show you that at least 1 person reads what you write and enjoys it. And to a blogger with any size readership, the knowledge that what you write is appreciated is priceless.

So first of all, I’d like to thank the Risible Rambler for giving me this award (http://therisiblerambler.wordpress.com/).

Second, here are several blogs I enjoy that I hope you will too:

http://jeynagrace.wordpress.com/

http://totusmel.blogspot.com/

http://thetwentiesproject.com/

http://krystledawnetats.blogspot.com/

http://feodoraslane.wordpress.com/

http://blog.ivman.com/

 

And the third instruction given along with the award is to share 7 facts about yourself. So here we go:

  1. My favourite books are The Lord of the Rings, The Children of Hurin (both by J.R.R. Tolkien), and Jane Eyre (by Charlotte Brontë).
  2. While my favourite genres of music are Opera and its closely related fellow, art song, I enjoy Broadway way too much for my own good. 😉
  3. Some of my favourite movies of all time are The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and Ian McKellen, and The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Russell Means.
  4. I’ve already shared with you my passion for tatting, but really, I’m just an artsy type of person that enjoys a zillion-and-one crafts including painting, macramé, and beading.
  5. My favourite era of musical composition is early Romantic – with Franz Schubert and Gaetano Donizetti at the top of the list.
  6. My favourite Soprano of all time is Maria Callas. She lived in the mid-1900s and almost single-handedly transformed the world of opera as we knew it by realizing the importance of acting as well as singing. My favourite living Sopranos are Renee Fleming and Inessa Galante.
  7. I adore music theory – strange, I know, but true. Modern music especially has a fond place in my heart.

Me? A blogger???

I am now officially a blogger. Never thought I’d see the day. I always thought of bloggers as weirdos who didn’t have a social life, who decided to make a life for themselves on the net. Boy, was I ever wrong!! Blogging, I now realize, is just another way to express one’s self in another medium to (potentially) more people.

Now me, I sometimes have troubles just operating my computer! (I’m just glad I have a PC, so if anything goes wrong I can simply restart it. Gotta love Windows!) And have you any idea how many projects and stories I’ve started only to leave them unfinished lying around somewhere just begging to be completed? So when I started thinking about starting a blog, my immediate thought was, “Me??? I mean, I’ll probably forget about it and never update it. And I’m not a good enough writer. No one will ever read it. Do I even know how to write a blog? What am I getting myself into??” So I ask your pardon in advance, dear Readers, if I bore you or (which may be the more likely of the two) if I fail to remember to update this site regularly. I send my thanks to anyone who stops by to read my little blog, and I hope you will find it enjoyable.