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Make Blogging Easy: 5 Steps to a Great Blog Post

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Make Blogging Easy: 5 Steps to a Great Blog Post

Blogging has no bounds.

You can start with a simple blog post introducing yourself, and grow to have a complete business set up with associated social media profiles and products on sale. Blogging looks harder to do the more you learn and grow.

The fundamental part of blogging are blog posts.

They are your main content, and what your whole brand revolves around. And hence, they are what you should spend a lot of effort on. A good blog post translates to more engagement, more shares, and motivates you to promote it more.

If you go to Google or Pinterest and look at “tips to write a good blog post”, you will find a TON of articles. Each article talks about a new factor, and by the end of your research, you have about 25 things noted.

So how do you do it all and yet keep writing blog posts simple? That’s what I’m here to help you with today.

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STEP 1: COME UP WITH BLOG POST IDEAS

“THE IDEA PHASE”

All great blog posts start with a great idea. Sometimes, it comes out of multiple ideas which bring forward a really good one.

Always spend time on brainstorming. Have a brainstorming session where you just come up with ideas.

Generally, when you’re super motivated and think of ideas, you generate more than one. Write down every single potential blog post topic, even if they aren’t so good on first thought. You can also write some points that should come in those posts.

If you have a brainstorming session for just half an hour, it is possible to come up with ideas enough for whole month of blog posts.

Narrow down those ideas and pick ones that you are very excited to write about. These are your great blog posts, simply because you’re the most passionate about writing them.

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STEP 2: WRITE A DRAFT BLOG POST

“THE WRITING PHASE”

After picking one topic to blog about, write a draft. This is when you put down all the content of your blog post.

Don’t focus on formatting, images, or presentation. Just write.

The problem with adding images and formatting as you write is that it distracts you from your content. The flow of content from your thoughts gets interrupted multiple times, which makes the process longer.

Concentrate on conveying the information first, because your written content is the ultimate base of every blog post.

Hence, this step involves only writing content.

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STEP 3: FORMAT YOUR POST AND ADD PHOTOS

“THE IMPROVEMENT PHASE”

This is when you take your blog post to the next level.

Add formatting to make your content more readable. It involves adding headings, subheadings, and more.

Use this formatting phase to convert content into lists, break up text into smaller paragraphs, and put dividers in between sections. This improves the structure of your post.

A great blog post is one that conveys all the information even if the reader only skims it. Make your blog post easy to skim.

Add photos and graphics to your post. Not only does this provide a separation in your content, but it also makes your post look good.

There are multiple types of graphics to add in every blog post. Add a header image, images in your post’s body, and Pinterest images.

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STEP 4: PROOFREAD AND EDIT

“THE TWEAKING PHASE”

Any edits or tweaks you need to make, do it now.

You might have come up with more ideas or thought of changes after you finished writing your content. Do them now.

Use this phase to add links to your other blog posts as well as posts of other bloggers. Links in a blog post are always a plus point.

Make sure to proofread your blog post. You might think that you made no mistakes while typing, but you never know. Spelling mistakes and typos will make you feel silly when you notice them later.

Proofreading doesn’t take much time so don’t skip it.

This phase can also include all the tasks you need to do before hitting publish.

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STEP 5: PUBLISH & SHARE

“THE PUBLISHING PHASE”

This point needs no explanation. Publish you blog post and share it with the world!

One mistake that new bloggers do is expecting to automatically receive attention after hitting publish. It doesn’t work that way.

A great blog post might not get attention as you expect without being promoted.

People need to KNOW that you’ve published a new post. Only then will they come and visit you. Promotion is key.

Don’t hold back from sharing it multiple times across social media. If it’s an “evergreen post”, you can share it for several months as well.

There are some things you can do after publishing a blog post to help it take off.

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SUMMARIZING:

  1. Come up with blog post ideas.
  2. Write a draft blog post.
  3. Format and add photos.
  4. Proofread and edit.
  5. Publish and share.

And there you have it! 5 steps to writing a great blog post.

Define your steps and what comes in each phase clearly. This way you won’t miss or forget anything.

Doing it in phases also allows you to break up your work, so you can do them at different times.

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10 Things You Should Be Doing Before Publishing Your Blog Post
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How To Consistently Blog Without Tiring Yourself Out (Part 1) // Blogging Tips

One of the main challenges bloggers face is publishing great content regularly without burning out or falling into a blogging slump.

I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years now, and it took me a long time to figure out how to manage college and real life with my blog. Once I started really looking at other blogs, noticing how their content is better than mine and started working more on my posts, I found it hard to blog consistently.

Writing and publishing a great blog post involves many steps, and sometimes it is hard to keep up when trying to post often.

After a while of experimenting, reading multiple blogs about advice and tips, I finally managed to blog consistently for a long time. After several months of doing it, I decided to concentrate more on my academics and stopped giving as much priority to blogging consistently.

Recently, I’ve been slowly working at getting back to it and I’ve found it easier to get back now that I know what works.

Today, I’m here to share my notes and to-do lists which help me stay on top of my blogging while managing college, hobbies and other facets of life. I’m breaking down these tips into 2 parts in order to keep the post shorter.

Note: this post is part of my blogmas 2019 posts where I publish a blog post every day from 1st to 25th December. Make sure to follow me to not miss any of my posts! You can also catch up on the posts I’ve published so far.

AVOID BLOGGER BURNOUT WITH THESE TIPS // BLOGGING TIPS

PLAN AHEAD

This is the one piece of advice EVERY seasoned blogger will give you. Planning always helps, because you set some goals for yourself and you make a roadmap to achieving it.

And plan as much as possible. Varying degrees of planning works for different people. Experiment and find out what works best for you, with the way you blog.

If you blog a whole post in one sitting, plan a set time for it days beforehand so you don’t make any other plans. Take that time out specifically for blogging.

If you blog in iterations or steps, plan out what you’re going to do when. It will be helpful to know when to put little bits of effort such that you get your post published the day you want it to be up.


MAINTAIN AN IDEAS JOURNAL

Ideas come to us all the time, and we don’t have the time to draft blog posts for them immediately. And every idea counts. A small idea can turn into a really great blog post. This is why maintaining an ideas journal/notebook/list helps. You can record every idea, hence they’ll never get lost.

Another plus point to this is always having a bunch of ideas on hand. You may sit down to type up a post, and not have an idea then. You can just pull up your list of ideas and pick one to work on.

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TAKE PHOTOS IN BULK

Blog posts look much better with graphics, especially if they are color coordinated and match the post’s theme. But the problem with images is finding the time to take them, because we require ample time, good lighting and set-ups.

Hence, taking photos in bulk in advance will be very helpful. If you plan out your upcoming blog posts, you will know what posts you need images for. Take out a day, let’s say every Sunday, and spend an hour or so stocking up on images.

A related tip would be to edit them all at the same time, if you want to edit. Doing the same tasks in bulk saves a lot of time.

SET ASIDE TIME REGULARLY

Blogging consistently requires time spent on blogging regularly. Set aside time at least every few days to do a task related to blogging. Be it planning, finding out ideas, blog hopping, taking pictures, or typing.

Scheduling in time for blogging in your routine effectively inserts the hobby into your days. After a while, your mind will adapt and you will begin to get into “the blogging zone” during those times.

The problem with having a creative hobby is getting into the zone and formulating ideas. Incorporating your hobby into your routine, and making sure that you don’t lose touch from it, helps a long way.

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BREAK DOWN A BLOG POST INTO MULTIPLE STEPS

This ties in with the points that I mentioned above. Breaking down blog posts into multiple steps helps spreading out a post into multiple days.

This means that you can take small amounts of time every day or few days and do small tasks, leading up to a whole blog post.

For example, maintaining a routine like this:

  • Jot down ideas all the time.
  • Plan which blog posts you want to write.
  • Plan when those blog posts should be published.
  • Take images for those posts.
  • Type the blog post.
  • Hit publish (or schedule)!

Doing the blog posts in steps also gives a sense of satisfaction, since you are being productive and getting things done.


MAKE THE BEST USE OF WEEKENDS

Weekends are the only times we have control over our free time. Especially the mornings on weekends. I have noticed that most people are at their best productive levels in the mornings. I call myself a night person, and I do get work done in late nights, but once I started having a morning routine for blogging I noticed my productivity going up.

Wake up early during weekends, make a drink for yourself, and settle down on your laptop or desktop. Even one day every weekend is enough. I used to blog for three hours on Sunday mornings and managed to post thrice a week for several months. If there was time during the week, I would take advantage of that and blog for further ahead. At a point, I was scheduling blog posts a month away. That was my peak consistency level.

Making efficient use of weekends helps a ton, and you will definitely see the difference in your blogging.

One way is to keep the tasks that take longer for weekends. Such as actually writing a complete post, or taking photos in bulk in the right time for good sunlight. Whatever takes you the longest, do it over weekends.

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Summarizing the points:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Make an ideas journal.
  • Take photos in bulk.
  • Set aside time regularly for blogging.
  • Break down blog posts.
  • Make the best use of weekends/

All the points I mentioned above consolidate into one routine. But the simple use of each, even if you’re trying out only one of them, will make a difference themselves.

The above points help in not burning out because it makes sure that you’re working on different parts of blogging every few days. You plan one day, take images another day, and write another day. As you won’t be doing the same thing all the time, or everything at once, you will not be pushing yourself to tire out.

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I have a few more tips on this topic, and I will be sharing them on part 2 of this post soon. Make sure to keep an eye out for it!

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10 Things You Should Be Doing Before Publishing Your Blog Post

Blogging isn’t easy. You have to concentrate on your content, your voice, images, blog look, social media and much more.

At the center of it all is every single one of your blog posts. They are the ones that convince your readers to come back. Getting your posts out and increasing new viewers is important, but readers who come back and stay with you are even more important.

I’ve already spoken about what you should do AFTER publishing your blog post so today I’m going to talk about all the bases you need to cover BEFORE hitting publish. 

[1] Edit your URL

As a default, the title of your blog post is taken as it’s URL.

Sometimes, your title may be too long but URLs with over 65 characters are not known to do well. ALWAYS check your URL before publishing your blog post and edit it if required.

For example, your blog post title may be book review of The Book Thief // why I loved it and the URL would become ../book-review-of-the-book-thief-why-I-loved-it. You could edit it to ../the-book-thief-book-review which makes it way cleaner.

[2] Edit your meta-description

Meta-description is the few lines from your post which is seen in your blog scroll (if your setting is not to see the whole post) and also what is seen when your link comes up on google. It’s a few lines that describe what your post is about and you should take complete advantage of it. Use a few lines from your post which would convey what you’re talking about and also will bring the reader in.

If you don’t edit it, by default the first lines of your post is displayed (until the maximum character limit allowed).

[3] Sort your post into one to three categories

As I’ve mentioned in my post on What to have on your blog, categories are important. Your readers can easily navigate to a set of posts that interests them.

And so, it is important to categorise your posts. Only categorize your post into the category/categories which it’s talking mainly about. Don’t categorize it as “books” if you mention books for only a few lines out of the whole post. Have as distinct and accurate categories as possible.

Don’t add it into more than three categories. That might be a little much.

[4] Add a header image

Header images are what visually appeal to people on social media. When sharing on twitter or Facebook, your header image shows up when you add the link and it automatically makes your post more appealing.

Try to have a clean and bright header image. You could also choose a theme for all your header images so they’ll give your blog a certain look and it would also make things easier for you when making new headers.

Watermark your headers with your blog name or URL so that when seen on Google images, it can be traced back to your blog.

I use Canva to make my header images and I totally recommend trying it out. If you don’t have your own pictures to use, there are many stock image sites online like ShutterStock and Pexels.

[5] Link other blog posts

Links to and from your blog post increase your blog post’s credibility. Linking other blog posts related to the topic you’re talking about makes your post more informative. Google considers this and the more credible your post is, the higher it shows in search results.

Links are important for SEO. You can’t control others linking to your posts, but you CAN link to other posts. You can also link your own posts, hence creating links on both ends and increasing credibility for both.

But of course, make sure you’re only linking relevant posts and not random ones.

[6] Add any in-post images

This is especially recommended if your post is pretty long. Add images among your content to break up your text and make it look better. But on the other hand, don’t add too many and clutter the post unless your post is solely focusing on the images.

If you do add pictures, always check if the alignment and size is as you want it.

[7] Edit formatting

Vary text sizes, alignment, colours and such to make your post more readable. Imagine this post not having the headings in a larger size and in bold—you would be lesser keen to read it because it’s not broken up into sections.

A long block of plain text isn’t appealing, so unless your images do it for you, break up your text by formatting.

[8] Ask questions in the end

The best way to receive more comments is by starting a discussion with questions. More than one question will make it easier for readers to talk about something. There are readers who comment solely based on the main content of your blog post but sometimes readers need help in what to comment about.

Questions are very helpful and they spark discussions, also making you approachable.

[9] Reread

ALWAYS reread your post once before you hit publish. Take a few minutes of break and come back to the post with slightly fresher eyes. Preview your post and try to read it as if it’s not yours. Pick out mistakes, if any, and edit your content before it goes up. Sometimes you might get more things to talk about when rereading, or you might realise your post structure isn’t how you want it to be.

Never hit publish the second the last word has been typed.

[10] Use a catchy, delivering title

Whether you think of the title before or after writing the content, always take a minute to think it through. Find a few ways in which you can phrase your title and pick the best.

Titles that are catchy and promise to deliver something to the reader do better than vague titles.

For example, 10 Things You Should Be Doing Before Publishing Your Blog Post is much better than What To Do Before Hitting Publish or the more ambiguous and general Blogging tips.


Also, on a slightly relative note: we bloggers already have a lot to think about and have a dozen tasks to complete for every blog post. It helps to have a checklist to remind you, so that you don’t forget anything. I suggest making a list of tasks to refer to every time, before they become a habitual routine for you, or you can even refer to this blog post!

I hope this blog post was helpful and informative! Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything in the comments, or request another blogging tips post on some topic.

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Do you have a list of tasks or points that you refer to while blogging? Or have you already developed a routine? Are there any other points you can think of which I missed in this post? Let us know in the comments!

 

Blogger remember-tos

 

There is more to blogging than just typing what’s on your mind. There are pictures to add, header images, website theme etc. But these are main things. I was thinking about everything that I have to do for the blog and I realised that all of them are regular things. So, here I am today to list them out, and maybe you’ll also start noticing them and doing it. But mostly, these are some things for myself.

Frequently check and update bio/profile/about page/static front page

I had set up my about page the day I made the blog. But I forgot to update them until months later. By then I had finished school, contrary to what I had written on my about page; a few months after that I got into college and remembered to update only a month later. We need to keep our info places up to date. Since I keep forgetting to do it, I thought I’d say this so y’all would be reminded of it too, in case you forgot like me.

Always read your post after it’s published for any typos or mistakes

I hates typos in my blog posts. I know that mistakes are easy to make when typing fast and I don’t find it irritating in others’ posts because it’s an honest mistake. But when I see a mistake of mine, I don’t like it. So I always reread.

If you publish your posts immediately after writing them, come back an hour or so when you don’t remember exactly what you typed and read through as if you’re a reader seeing it for the first time. If you are like me and schedule your posts, even if only hours advance, read them after they’re up and fix any typos. Either way, you could ask a friend to go through it as well.

Promote your recent blog post on social media

I forget to do this a lot, but recently I’ve been posting on instagram and twitter about new posts even if I’m late. Better late than never, right?

Remember not to stress about blogging. Blog when you want to only. Don’t force it.

For me, there are some days when I’m on a blogging streak and type so many posts and schedule them. This also means that there are days when I don’t have any ideas in my head and I just don’t want to blog. The first few times I tried to force myself and find inspiration, but it just wouldn’t be the same. Now, I’m pretty chill since I schedule posts in intervals and posts will go up from my last streak and I don’t have to worry.

But I know that a lot of bloggers publish as they type and feel guilty about not posting for a while. If it does happen so, don’t stress yourself. You shouldn’t worry about getting out posts regularly.

Read others’ blog posts as well

This is a given, obviously. Why do I have to say it? Because I sometimes forget too. When my college classes are going on, I’m very tired during the weekdays and only come on WordPress on sundays when I type and schedule posts for the following week. I am not able to catch up on a whole week’s posts, however.

Since I usually see vlogs of YouTubers every day, I hop onto WordPress after that and spend ten minutes reading and commenting. I try to do these when I’m tired because it does not take much effort. Reading blogs is like catching up with friends, and it makes me feel better.

Comment back

Lately, I’ve been trying to comment back on blogs. When a person reads my posts and comments, I visit their blogs over the next few days and try to comment on one of their posts. Sometimes, I don’t know what to say or they might not have posted recently, so I just like and check out a few more posts. I find some really good blogs this way, since I don’t blog hop on tags or twitter much. I try, and I think that’s what matters. I do this every 4 or so days so I can do many at once.

 

And that’s it! (For now) Hopefully, I’ll do a better job at all of them from now on.

Do you think about any of these too? Is there anything I’ve missed? Do you comment back? Do you wish you did? What are your remember-tos? What’s on your list? Let me know in the comments!