How To Start A Blog, One Post At A Time

Blogging is a great way to spread your writing and build a platform, but it’s also a great way to improve your writing technique.  The first of my three-part series will highlight some ways to improve your blog writing in the coming weeks!  All are key to great blogging, and, well, writing at all.

I started with some of the basic stuff: I wrote a simple blog post, then I moved on to “The Rules”, “The Tools”, “How to Blog”, and “How to Start a Blog”, and so on.  These are easy to follow.  The hardest part is the middle.  You’ll want to put your blog posts in context, which you should do by referencing a blog post that has already been written.

The “Rules”

1.  Use good vocabulary.  I’m a big fan of word clouds, so I’m going to give you a free tool to write a blog post in a word cloud.  This free word cloud builder is from Writer’s Market, and has a simple yet powerful interface:

You can also use a word cloud generator if you’re a power user:

2.  Write about things you’re passionate about.  If you can talk about it on stage, you can write about it on the blog.  I’m not asking you to write about something you’re not really interested in.  Instead, write about a subject that is interesting and valuable to you.  You can write about your pet, and it’ll be interesting and interesting to your audience.

This is where most people falter when it comes to blogging.  They’re too self-absorbed, and they’re afraid to write about something important.  Just remember, the more valuable your topic, the stronger blog post it will be.

3.  Write for people who aren’t already blogging.  It’s one of those myths that blogging is difficult if you’re a “blogging newcomer”.  In fact, it’s easy to start blogging when you’re still trying to find your voice.  Writing for a broad audience of people who are just becoming interested in blogging can get you much further than writing for a smaller blog.  Don’t be afraid to try.

4.  Write in a compelling style.  Writing doesn’t “belong” to any one style.  The best blogs will appeal to any reader in their style, and this is where my blogging habits change radically, now, that I’ve established a blog habit.  I find that I actually write better in my non-blogking moods like writing a blog post in the morning or working through an unfinished paper.  Writing in a more interesting mode can help you keep a better pace.

One way I did this was to set up my personal blog as a habit.  It had been awhile since I’d written anything for the site (and it was almost two weeks since I used it as a habit at all – see How to Start a Blog for a link to the “Rules” section)  So I went into my blog habit, read the “Rules”, and then I set up my personal blog as a habit.  The next day after I was done, I wrote a post that used my new habit as a framework.  I had just written a great post about how to write a blog post using an effective habit, so I wrote something that used those tips.

The “Tools”

1. Write in plain text.  It’s true.  It’s easier.  Writing in plain text will reduce your chances of writing a blog post in the wrong style (you’ll try to write it in a blog tone).  Plus, if you have any questions about your post or your writing habits, you can find out easily before you post.  Also, I’ve found that plain text lets you keep your writing in one place, so you don’t have to constantly jump back to your blog.  Also, plain text is fun to read.  I could go on.