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“In A Nutshell” How to Create the Well-written Blog or Things That Keep Readers Coming Back For More   11 comments

Paragraphs & Hamburger Metaphor

Paragraphs & Hamburger Metaphor (Photo credit: Looking&Learning)

I follow a lot of blogs, for various reasons. Things that keep me interested and reading to the end of each blog post are few and easy to relay.

1. The posts are not only interesting, but basic principles of good writing employed as well as grammar and spell-checked before pressing the Publish button. ( “Ten Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing” http://grammar.about.com/od/developingessays/a/quicktips.htm.)

2.  The post’s layout is easy to maneuver.  Typing in a stream of consciousness format does not make for a good read, except maybe in a personal journal. Large paragraphs get broken up into approximately five sentences per is better than having the entire blog written as one long, meandering paragraph.

  • A lot of white space gives the reader a chance to catch their breath and keeps their mind and eyes from wandering. Worse case scenario, the reader wanders out of the blog post before they read it all the way through. If this happens too many times–

3. Brevity, around 500 words per post is best at one sitting. When a reader sees much more than this, they tend to skim. Skimming is bad. Why have all those words if the reader is just going to pass them over.

4. They get to the point in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Readers come to a blog for information and/or entertainment. They won’t ever say so, but they really don’t want to hear about Aunt Tessie’s surgery if the blog is about great works of art.

5. Again, brevity, when a reader sees multiple  posts in a 24 hour period from any one blogger, they can start to feel overwhelmed (and yes, annoyed) . That’s when they begin to push the delete button before they even read the posts. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

  • No matter how great the content, if dozens of posts show up, one right after another from one blogger, readers may start pushing that little TRASH CAN button a lot as well! Especially if they follow as many of blogs as I do.
  •  Special circumstances do make it reasonable to send out multiple posts. But it should work out okay if the readers know and understand the special circumstances before Publishing, Publishing, Publishing ad nauseam.

Even if a blogger thinks they have reams of words to write that they think everyone in the entire world wants to read, the best tactic is to keep each post at around 500 words with no more than 2 posts per day. Do this and blog followers should remain happy and keep coming back for more well-written and interesting content.

Keep writing and make it good!

Posted March 19, 2012 by LediaR in Creative Ideas, Good blog writing

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Combining Art and Poetry: In a Nutshell   5 comments

Here is an awesome example of combining writing with art. This blog post is a perfect way to say something short and sweet that packs a powerful punch…

New Year 2012New Year 2012 Greetings. (Click here to see the accompanying poem and read more from this artist.)

I liked this post so much, that I posted it in two of my other blogs.  This blogger is a very talented photographer, artist and poet. Check them out and enjoy!

Also, since it is January 1 of 2012, when I am writing this blog, have a Wonderful, Prosperous and Happy New Year everyone.

Posted January 1, 2012 by LediaR in Uncategorized

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