The 5+ Greatest Blog Writing Tips Ever
As we’ve discussed before, a blog can be an important and useful piece of your company’s marketing efforts. But once your blog has been created and is ready to be written, you’ll find that it can be a fairly significant undertaking. The tips listed below by no means represent everything you need to know about writing a blog for your business, but they’ll certainly make the process a lot easier. They are the greatest blog writing tips ever written, after all.
1) Keep an easily-accessible list of ideas. Be it a notebook in your top desk drawer, a file on your computer, or any other easy-for-you-to-access-and-use medium, use it use it use it. Write down every potential blog idea that passes through your mind.
Do it right away, too. No matter how sure you are that you’ll remember your fantastic blog idea later when you’ve got time to work on it, you’re better off writing it down. There are few things worse (in the realm of writing) than forgetting a great idea.
2) Proofread everything you write. Spelling errors, grammatical mistakes, and the like can make you seem like a dope in the eyes of your readers, no matter how well-informed you may be on the subject (and since you’re ostensibly writing about your business, or something pertaining to it, you’re probably pretty darn well-informed).
Don’t just count on your writing program’s spellchecker to catch your errors, because many writing mistakes aren’t spelling problems. Check your work yourself for proper grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc.
a) That said, it’s best not to try to edit/proofread as you write. Finish your blog post, then go back and fix any mistakes you may have made. Trying to edit as you write is a surefire way to kill your productivity and any writing rhythm you may get into. (Getting into a good rhythm as you write is surprisingly important.)
3) Have A Set Time to Write. Be it daily, weekly, or whatever fits your schedule, set a specific, regularly-scheduled time to write, and don’t do anything else during that time. You don’t have to crank out ten pages in an hour, but at least write something.
a) Don’t “force it” if you’re not feeling particularly inspired that day, but don’t tap out, either. If you’ve set aside an hour, use that whole hour. Even if you don’t end up with anything that seems “usable” at the time, you may come back to it in the future and find that it’s a good stepping-off point for other writing.
i) In that vein, keep everything that you write. It may be just one paragraph of rambling right now, but it could spark a great idea later.
4) A Great Title Can Go A Long Way. However…
5) A Great Title Is Not A Substitute for Good Writing. It’s far better to have a well-written, informative blog post with a boring title than a poorly-written, boring article with the greatest title of all time.