Really creative title for a creative writer, right? But that’s all it is though.
I have been called many things in my illustrious lifetime: stupid, domestic god, fool, gardener and Aloysuis, amongst others. But none has been as offensive as that of “blogger”. However, as is usually my lot in life, I accept and embrace it.
This post is dedicated to my muscular friend Shelle and her blog http://theredgap.blogspot.com and a conversation we had about her interest in getting it off the ground. So hopefully this helps and gives you tips to improve.
Where to start? The start, obviously. Title. Make it catchy and have it encapsulate what it is you’re doing. If not, then make it fun and/or vague. You can’t attract everyone and while you should want to get everyone to read, those who do must want to be there and enjoy the ride. My initials are “RQ” and it rhymes with “Rock You” and I aim to say things that would shock and entice. That’s all.
You wouldn’t know what http://boguslavskysisters.com is all about until you visit the site. The message is about fashion and do they do it well! [Thanks to @catwil for this tip! Nice article on nail trends http://www.boguslavskysisters.com/nail-art-tips-steps-perfect-nails/ ]
When? Now. If you are thinking about it, then you want to do it. The time is now.
What about? Anything, really. Check my archives: I have gone through so many incarnations that I fear a plagiarism lawsuit from myself is imminent. I have worked my way through my time as a relationship expert and the basher of fake acts (which are surprisingly not related), poetry, heartbreak, love, life, social issues, politics, Lady Gaga, religion and so much more; and so much more to come. Find something you like and find a way in.
How? Funny, informative, sarcastic, colourful, eloquent, oblique. Just never boring. It’s like my grandma always says: “You got’s to do you, boo!”
Everyone is unique and special. Or boring, as I call it. If you want to complain and rant, do it. If you want to talk about fashion, go ahead. Your children and motherhood? Fine, if you must. But whatever it is must be about YOU.
However, another “but” – you are not famous. And even if you were, no one would give two shits about your personal diary being broadcast to pretty much the world.
So how are you making connections? If social media is a conversation, think of blogging as the loud speaker, or even the billboard which gets your point across. This whole blogging thing is like fishing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You know there’s life out there, but you don’t know what the hell will bite.
I found this out when a follower from Los Angeles sent me a mail to tell me he enjoyed my Chris Browm posts. That felt really kinda awesomely cool and I may have “blushed” a wee little bit like a Brit. [If you are reading this, what’s up Drizzy? Long time]
More practically, keep paragraphs short. People in my inner circle are often reading from a mobile device and this makes it so much easier. I tend to (try to) stick to a 500 word maximum (which has already been reached on this very post. D’oh!). Although on a rant day, characters cease to exist. And short stories tend to be 1,000 words, maximum.
Obviously spelling and grammar are important. Sentences that are punctually deficient are exhausting to read (but fun to write, no?). Go on and think of yourself as an expert. You may not be, but people appreciate the confidence you have. Stand up!
People are reading plenty of things on the web. So much info is coming your way all the time, might as well make it good. Now go, blog away!