How to Blog Effectively

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To be successful in content creation, you must learn how to blog effectively.

Before we can answer the question of Blogging Effectively, we need to define the meaning of the word “effective,” and what it means for this article.

ef·fec·tive

adjective

1. successful in producing a desired or intended result.

2. fulfilling a specified function in fact, though not formally acknowledged as such.

Google English Dictionary

Based from the definition above, we can say that if we want to blog effectively, it could either mean that our blog would provide the desired result, or it could mean that our blog is able to fulfill a specified function of fact.

From this, I can go on and say that the definition we want is the first one – where in we want to be successful in producing or desired result. With regards to blogging, what is it? It’s producing articles worth reading, that’s what!

Therefore, how can we blog effectively? Here are five tips that can help you be a more effective blogger.

  1. Define your purpose. Before you can start writing, you need to identify what your writing will be for – will it be for entertainment, for sharing information, for driving more sales… By defining your purpose beforehand, you will be able to mold your writing in a manner that will be geared towards your purpose.
  2. Research. Writing off the top of your head is not enough. You need to have sufficient research to back up what you are typing. Information can either be from primary sources, or secondary sources of information. Primary sources are those that provide first hand account of an event, while secondary sources are those that provide interpretation, analysis, or evaluation of primary sources. (Primary and Secondary Sources, UNSW Libary)
  3. Your Titles Matter. If there is something I learned from journalism, is that titles are the key to grabbing your reader’s attention. However, the style of writing titles differ greatly between news writing and article writing, and the same also goes for the titles used for internet matters. I can go on and ramble more about how to write effective titles, but I can set that down for a different article. For now, know this – your titles need to have the keywords, phrases and style needed to not only grab your audience’s attention, but also enable search engines to find and read your site. An article entitled “SEO For Beginners” can fare better compared to a title with “Improving your Blog,” or something.
  4. The Introduction is Key. People are busy, and not a lot of them will have time to read an article that does not catch their attention. Therefore, to do this, you have to make them care about your writing as early as the first line of your article. If not, the rest of your article will be read by crickets.
  5. Blog Consistently. Blogging, like any other skill, needs to be polished and built with practice. Keep writing and reading, and learning. It is not an overnight process, rather it will take time and effort.

Do you consider yourself an effective blogger? Did I miss an important point that you wish to contribute? Please let me know in the comments!

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In a Blogging Slump

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Hello, everyone! How are you all doing.

I can’t seem to find the right topic to blog about, so I guess I am stuck again. For the past few days I would start composing a blog post, then hit a creative block. Nothing.

It’s like crickets singing in my brain – it’s very empty.

So, instead of having this day a no-blogging day again, I decided to just blog.

When you find yourself in a slump, and can’t seem to get yourself to get moving, the best way to get out of it is to just go and do it anyway.

You see, it’s like inertia in physics. If you don’t exert any force on an object, it will stay at rest and will not move. If you want to accomplish anything, you have to force yourself to get moving, or else you will forever be in that position that you are in.

What have I been up to lately? Photography. More specifically, street photography.

I picked up the hobby again, because as I walk around I keep seeing images around me that I think would make really good photos.

Lately though, I have not taken any pictures on account of the weather and schedule I have. It’s raining a lot lately, and while I do think that taking photos in the rain is very possible, I don’t really want to put my camera in danger of getting wet. Hahaha…

Anyway, thank you very much for reading! I really appreciate you taking the time.

I hope you have a nice day.

If You Can’t Write- Read!

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Last year, I was very disappointed with myself with how I was not able to progress that much with NANOWRIMO. I also was not writing that much.

Looking back on what I have been doing – it was not so much as a lack of time, it was more of a lack of discipline. I was spending way too much time doing other things other than writing.

Well, to be fair to myself, I pursued film making more last year, rather than writing. I learned video editing and videography. We even invested in a professional-quality (though not state-of-the-art) camera that can take good videos. Film making on a smartphone can be a good form of practice, but there are a lot of limitations that a gear upgrade could solve. In any case, I did mention in this blog a couple of times that I ended up being the cameraman/producer for my wife’s youtube channel.

Is it really that hard to write?

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Is Blogging Hard?

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Blogging is writing. Therefore, the difficulty of maintaining a blog depends upon how much of a writer you are, and how easy it is for you to scrape up ideas for a post.

But what if you can’t write well? I think as long as you can cover the basics and can convey your thoughts and ideas well, you’d make it somehow. The techniques of writing an engaging and well-crafted blog post can come later. We do have to learn to crawl before we can run, right?

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Write Down Your Ideas

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Last night, while doing chores, I had a nifty idea to blog about… At that time, I could not just drop what I was doing and get to typing.

I don’t really like blogging on my mobile phone, but I should have at least written it down.

As I opened the composer today, I am, as usual, at a loss on what to write.

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How Do I Blog Again?

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OK. Let’s see if I can remember how this goes…

I cracked my knuckles before my fingers hovered above the home keys on the keyboard.

I know I haven’t been posting in a while, and in order for me to break the habit of not posting in the blog, I have to kick start the process by simply diving in.

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An Amusing Turn of Stats Event

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I know this is nothing to be completely happy about – it just means that my blog – which has usually been flying under the radar, must have caught the eyes of a bunch of spambots.

Since I have no new comments in my notifications, I guess I should be thankful that the Spam filter is working as it should be.

But still, it’s funny, and I got a good chuckle out of it. Look at how my blog has performed for the past few days — then suddenly, BOOM!

This reminded me of that post Jim Borden made on his blog,  The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild. It’s amusing to see such performance out of our blog, eh? Outstanding!

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Anyway, my suspicions were mostly confirmed when I saw where most of the views were from. Hahaha…

Well, anyway, that’s all for now. I hope you are having a good day today. Stay safe!

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Just Checking In. Some Quarantine Stories

 

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The Plaza Is Clear of People. Great time to take a photo!

Hello everyone! How are you doing in these trying times? I hope you are still sane and able to keep yourselves safe – you know, while staying at home and always washing your hands…

There has been nothing much going on by my end of the world. Buying supplies has been difficult and exhausting – mainly because you have to buy in larger quantities, and often, the things you need to buy are not available due to problems in the supply chain. At least it was not as apocalyptic as I had initially thought. I mean, the canned goods are still untouched, and I am still able to procure some fresh produce.

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On Community Lockdown

Hello everyone. How are you all doing?

To control the pandemic, our government declared a community lockdown. Cool. I can stay at home, yeah?

For an introvert that can spend hours at home, indoors, that is not a bad news. However, I still have to go to work this week, mainly because I am in the government sector, and my work deals with necessary documents and paper work. The good news is that I am not on the front lines, and that there is no documented infection in our city. The community lock-down is more of a preventive measure to curb the spread.

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