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How To Write A Blog Post

When you don’t know where to start.

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First is to acknowledge that you actually do have something to say, even if you think otherwise.

Everyone has something to say. If you have thoughts and opinions and feelings, then you have loads to say.

Whether you have something to say about politics or whether you have something to say about dogs and how adorable they are, you have something to say.

Secondly, the fact that someone has already written what you planned to write must not bother you.

Of course someone is going to have written something that is similar to what you’re thinking of writing. Humans do think along the same lines.

Take this post for example.

Are there many other posts about how to write a blog post? Definitely! Why then, have I proceeded to write it anyway?

The answer, my friends, is that whatever others have written in their writing, what can you provide to other people that the other writers cannot?

If you haven’t guessed it, it is your writing.

The ideas may be the same but as long as you don’t copy and paste others’ words and call them yours, your post will be unique and all yours to call your own.

Thirdly, get over your expectations.

So you want to write a post that will get hundreds of views instantly.

Demolish that thought. Shove it into the back of your mind.

That won’t happen.

It takes time and effort to gain followers and readers and if you don’t remember that, you will only be setting yourself up for disappointment (oh, and I mean huge disappointment).

Next, know that you are not writing for yourself.

It’s a blog post. You are probably writing in hopes that other people will read it.

Therefore, address your readers.

Use words such as ‘you’ and ‘we’ and get personal with them. Readers don’t want to hear about how you are going to do something. They want to know how they can do something.

Note the difference.

Let’s not forget about tags.

You may think that using the tags with the most posts will garner you the most reads.

That is true and false.

On one hand, many people visit those tags and that will increase your chances of your article being read.

However, the more people posting with the hashtag, the higher the chance of your work being buried.

Try to include both popular and less popular tags (an example would be ‘Life’ and ‘Life Lessons’).

Also, your tags should reflect your post.

If you are giving tips on how to care for a child, it would be much better to use the tag ‘Parenting’ as opposed to ‘Family’.

Lastly, just write.

You will get nowhere if you don’t sit yourself down and work on that post.

So write it.

Post it.

And voilá.

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