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Any tips for writing a blog?

 
 
RyanO45
 
Reply Sat 14 Jan, 2017 08:59 pm
I tried posting this already but it didn't seem to work. Take 2.

I'm writing a blog for an English assignment. I'm focusing the blog around beatboxing. Does anyone have any tips for writing good blogs? I plan to continue this in the future if I stay motivated. A link to my blog will be below. I can't edit the layout of the site since I'm bad with WordPress.

https://deltabbx.wordpress.com/
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 14 Jan, 2017 10:37 pm
@RyanO45,

jespah has blog experience.

i'm certain she'll see this tomorrow...
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jespah
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jan, 2017 10:06 am
@RyanO45,
Okay - first off, you don't have to be 'bad at Wordpress' for very long. Almost all of it is drag and drop and there are numerous tutorials on YouTube.

If you get no other plugin, get the one for Yoast SEO. It's free. It gives you guidance (in the form of red, orange, or green lights) on how to write a blog which will help you with SEO.

Hint (and if you don't want to load the plugin or your teacher won't let you):
  • Your posts should be 300 words long or more. This gives your readers some heft.
  • Your paragraphs should be 150 words or less. Otherwise, it looks like a wall of text and it feels unreadable no matter how good your prose is.
  • Always add a picture, and click the pencil icon in the top right corner of it and make the alt attribute (this will be just a box you type in) the same as your keyword phrase. Copying and pasting the keyword phrase in here is the easiest way to do that.
  • Make sure you have permission to use the picture! Best way to do that is to take the picture yourself and, yes, you can use the same picture for all of your posts. If you don't have any good pictures, try Pexels as they have Creative Commons open license images which you can use without attribution (although it's nice to give Pexels some credit). They are free. Or you can buy an image or images from Adobe Stock images. Please don't steal images.
  • Add a title to your blog post which reflects your keyword phrase. Let's say you have done a Google search and you have determined that beatboxing in the US should be your keyword phrase (don't take my word for it; that is just an example and is not the product of any research on my end). So maybe your title would be something like Best Beatboxing in the US. See how it includes the keyword phrase but still reads well to a human? You are going for that mix.
  • Add a title with the keyword phrase in it as an <h1> title to your blog (don't know what <h1> is? Look it up; it's just a larger html font but it means something to search engines when you use it). So your <h1> title, in the body of your blog might be All the Best Beatboxing in the US. Again, you are going for an <h1> title which contains the phrase but also makes sense to human beings.
  • Don't add more than 300 words to a section. Got a blog with more than 300 words? Then add a section header using <h2>. Much like <h1>, <h2> is just a bit of html to tell a font to be a certain size. In this case, a little smaller. Your <h2> does not have to contain the keyword phrase but it should make sense to people. You are looking to split up the content in a logical fashion. So you might want your first half or so of your content to go under <h2>Beatboxing in the US – the East</h2> and then the second half to go under <h2>Beatboxing in the US – the West</h2> . Don't use the keyword phrase too much so, if it looks like you're overdoing it, you could change your subtitles to <h2>The East</h2> and <h2>The West</h2>.
  • Blog two to three times per week to begin to get a following. Too often and you'll run out of ideas before the semester is over. Too rarely, and you will not get a following (and I bet your teacher would not prefer that, either).
  • Wordpress allows for scheduling.Use it. When you feel inspired, write! And then schedule your blog posts to come out two or three times per week. But there's no law that says you can't write ten blog posts and then schedule them for the next five weeks or so.
  • Wordpress allows you to spread your content automatically to Facebook or Twitter or both. Use that ability! But if you cannot figure it out, just tweet or add your blog post URL and some commentary to your FB status so your friends can see what you're up to.
  • Don't go tag-happy because every tag makes a separate page. Tags are for aggregating, so if your post will be the only post with that one tag, don't use the tag. E. g. if you write about beatboxing in Philadelphia, and you write about beatboxing in Pittsburgh, maybe use the tag Pennsylvania for both, rather than have only one instance apiece for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
  • Don't go category-happy, either. Again, categories (which should not match tags!) are for aggregation. In our example, you might want a category like East Coast States and then your posts about Pennsylvania and Virginia can go together, and then put your Oregon posts in a category like West Coast States.
  • Enjoy yourself, because writing and blogging are fun! Smile
Grab a piece of pie; you're done.

And PS, here's what, more or less, the title and <h1>, etc. will look like:

Blog Title:
Best Beatboxing in the US
H1 Title:
All the Best Beatboxing in the US
H2 Titles
Beatboxing in the US – the East
and
Beatboxing in the US – the West
dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jan, 2017 04:52 pm
@jespah,
Jes I'm positively astounded that anyone anywhere would go to so much trouble with such incredible competence, using an obscure website to help a total stranger at some unknown location

Maybe I'm a cynnic

Furthermore like using that big black dot as sub (substitute) for tab (whatzit [what is it] called)

I'd've ( I would have) added carrets (carriage returns) but maybe not, might make the posting too long
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jan, 2017 05:14 pm
@dalehileman,
Sonny, this place was a reflection, a resolution, after the New York Times Abuzz killed itself, as were other sites also attending.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jan, 2017 05:44 pm
@ossobucotemp,
Quote:
Sonny
Why thank you at 86; and again for your interest Oss, but

Quote:
this place
Sorry Oss and no offense but what place exactly

Quote:
New York Times Abuzz killed itself
I know what the Times is, but not sure about Abuzz, and in what way did it kill itself, and why, and how does that apply...

Quote:
other sites also attending
Again Temp, attending what
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ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jan, 2017 06:22 pm
@ossobucotemp,
sorry for my part re changing the subject.

You have pushed your age for years now, while some of the rest of us aren't young, you poor thing.
roger
 
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Reply Sun 15 Jan, 2017 06:32 pm
@dalehileman,
Those big black dots are called bullet points.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Mon 16 Jan, 2017 11:14 am
@ossobucotemp,
Quote:
you poor thing
Thank you Oss, I do need some reassurance from time to time
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Krishna Kumar
 
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Reply Thu 30 Mar, 2017 04:32 am
How to Write a Blog Post - A Simple Formula to Follow
Step 1: Understand your audience.
Step 2: Start with a topic and working title.
Step 3: Write an intro (and make it captivating).
Step 4: Organize your content.
Step 5: Write!
Step 6: Edit/proofread your post, and fix your formatting.
Step 7: Insert a call-to-action (CTA) at the end.
Step 8: Optimize for on-page SEO.
Step 9: Pick a catchy title.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 30 Mar, 2017 11:02 am
@roger,
Quote:
bullet points
Thanks Rog, it's not everyday...
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itstrisha
 
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Reply Tue 29 May, 2018 11:44 pm
Writing a blog post is a little like driving; you can study the highway code (or read articles telling you how to write a blog post) for months, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road. Or something.
Step 1: Plan your blog post by choosing a topic, creating an outline, conducting research, and checking facts.
Step 2: Craft a headline that is both informative and will capture readers’ attention.
Step 3: Write your post, either writing a draft in a single session or gradually word on parts of it.
Step 4: Use images to enhance your post, improve its flow, add humor, and explain complex topics.
Step 5: Edit your blog post. Make sure to avoid repetition, read your post aloud to check its flow, have someone else read it and provide feedback, keep sentences and paragraphs short, don’t be a perfectionist, don’t be afraid to cut out text or adapt your writing last minute.
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 30 May, 2018 06:01 am
@itstrisha,
Gee, there's nothing like copying someone else's work and pretending it's your own: https://twinsmommy.com/blogging-basics-write-blog-post/

Plagiarize much?
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