How to Write an Epic Blog Post
(Read till the end, I will be revealing a couple of secrets)
Writing a blog is a little like Coding; You can watch online tutorials on how to code (or read articles about how to write a blog post) for months, but nothing will equip you for the real thing like writing your first line of code. In my case, an output of “Hello World”.
Back to the script. You may want to start blogging for various reasons, whether it’s to grow your business, get a better understanding of a topic, use it as a reference, etcetera, but you don’t know-how. In this post, I’ll show you how to write a blog post in three simple steps.
Ready? Let’s roll…
WAIT! Before I forget, check out tips from experts below:
How to Write a Blog Post in Three Easy Steps [Summary]:
- Step 1: Planning – choose a topic you’re interested in, research, and check the facts.
- Step 2: Start writing – create a rough draft, add images to enhance the flow, and sprinkle a little bit of humor.
- Step 3: Edit your blog post – “To err is human; to edit is divine.” Read your posts aloud to check the flow, avoid repetition, and have someone else read and provide feedback.
Let’s dive on in!
How to Write a Blog Post, Step 1: Planning
DISCLAIMER – Writing a blog often takes more than just a couple of hours. According to orbit media, the average blog post takes a little over four hours to write, even if you’re Barbara Blackburn and can type at a speed of 212 words per minute and your writing skills are sharp. From idea to finally publishing your blog post, you might spend a decent number of hours, if not several days “writing” a blog post. It’s important to spend those crucial hours planning and thinking about your post before writing it.
Before you sit down to put a digital pen to paper, make sure you have all the essentials. Many new bloggers tend to overlook the planning process, and while you might be able to get away with skipping the planning stage, doing your homework will save you time and help you develop great blogging habits.
Pick a Topic YOU are interested in
No matter what you blog about, you live by this quote.
Picking a topic of interest to you should be the top priority. Nothing will destroy a blog post more than a lack of enthusiasm from the writer. Now that you have a topic you’re interested in, do your research.
Let me let you in on a secret.
Skilled bloggers (myself included) don’t want you to know that we don’t know everything. Sometimes we don’t even know anything about a topic before sitting down and writing about it. ONE more SECRET.
Drum roll… 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁
You are reading my first-ever blog post!
Now that the cat is out of the bag…
That doesn’t mean that all bloggers are insincere frauds. On the contrary, many bloggers are driven by their natural curiosity, making them great at what they do!
Stay with me. [IMPORTANT]
You should NEVER rely on one source of information. If more than three witness accounts who don’t know each other, state the same thing, then there is some truth to it. More importantly, your source needs to be authoritative. Official associations, government websites, heavily cited research papers, and industry experts are great examples.
Keep in mind nobody is right all the time so keep your skepticism on high alert until you come up with enough supporting facts.
Make sure your facts come from an authoritative source and give credit where it’s due.
How to Write a Blog Post, Step 2: Start writing
Planning check. Time to start writing!
You can either write an entire draft in a single sitting (my preference), or you can chip away at it gradually over time. There is no right or wrong answer here – only whatever floats your boat.
However, I’d recommend getting as much in the beginning as possible. Makes it easy to stay focused. Like most skills, writing becomes muscle memory the more you do it. You might be tempted to worry about your intro, but trust me, once you start writing, the intro will come.
Writing for the web is an entirely different breed than writing for print.
According to TIME – “The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft, people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds.”
Adding visual stimulations like images and videos is a great way to keep your readers’ attention. They also help break up the text, which improves the overall flow of your blog post.
How to Write a Blog Post, Step 3: Edit your blog post
Writing a blog post is hard. Editing is harder. Editing is bigger than checking grammar, etcetera. You should already be checking your grammar anyway, with the help of tools like Grammarly.
Avoid Repetition – After completing your first draft. Read through it and check for replaceable words to avoid repeating yourself. Every writer has a “crutch” word. No matter how hard they try, they cannot help themselves. Identify your crutch phrase, and make sure it’s not appearing more often than it should.
Check Flow your Flow by Reading your Post Aloud – If a sentence sounds weird out loud, then it probably reads the same in your readers’ minds. If you’re struggling to find the flow of a sentence, recalibrate until it comes out smoothly.
Have an extra set of eyes look at your work – This is very important especially when you’re starting because it signifies a commitment to making great content.
Wait That’s it…?
Well, it’s a wrap! You are now equipped to start blogging.
Honorable mention – John May for quality check. Check out his article about the show “Winning Time”.
Don’t be hard on yourself, there’s no such thing as a perfect blog post.
Comment with a link to your first-ever blog post!
I’ll leave you guys with one of my favorite quotes, let this SINK!
“Your mind is always eavesdropping on your self-talk”– Jim Kwik.
Stay positive gang ⚡