Writing blogs is like journal writing but the big difference is that you share what you write online. You invite people into your lives and even ask them to give comments on your reflections, views and opinions. Never has entry into writing been made easy with blogging. You don't have to spend long agonizing hours to compose what you want to say as a short interesting one will do.
A lovely thing about blogging is you can just write about anything: a personal trip to Europe, what interests you for the moment, or your big AHA while walking through the park. Simply put, anyone can learn how to start a blog.
Professional writers or those serious about their craft may frown upon a blogger's choice of subject, the lack of finishing touches by an editor, grammar mistakes and organization. Bloggers, however, do not aim for masterpieces but just an informal and interesting conversation with their targeted audience. Hence, learning how to start a blog is no rocket science.
Casual writing it may be, a blogger can benefit from these known guiding principles.
- Read and Learn from other Blogs.
It's an excellent idea aside from knowing or having an inkling of what makes other blogs click, you also get free lessons. You get to know the usual lengths of the posts, frequency of posting, writing style, and subject matter that's getting a lot of traffic. You can see trends of what interests’ people, say home maintenance, relationships, travel and others. Make use of writing prompts so you'll have an idea what to write about.
Write with a specific audience in mind. If you keep on attracting more new readers, help them along by creating references so they'll know what went on before you're latest post.
Make it easy for your reader to scan and read. Don't load it with too many words when a sentence or two can carry your point. Text-heavy blog can be exhausting while more white spaces provide relief, particularly for those who need some information fast.
Be out there every day if you can handle it. However, it may be stressful for a beginner so aim for every other day or at least three times a week. Remember you are building your site and being consistent in posting will invite readers to visit your site. Don't go into difficult topics; just write about everyday activities but share your thoughts and feelings. You would likely connect to like-minded readers.
If you put importance to feedbacks to improve your site, the comments section is the way to go. For readers to bother to comment and share insights mean you're making some sense. It's also a great way to know more about your readers. Comments may also be negative so exercise sobriety and objectivity in your responses. Be alert also of spammers who may take advantage of your site to market unacceptable products or information. Delete those with the use of blogging software. If you don't know how, ask help from experienced bloggers.
There's much more to learn in writing blogs but these can very well start you off. Just remember that nothing substitutes for good honest content writing.