Tips on Blogging: These 5 Hacks Can Grow You From an Unmindful to a Mindful Blogger
So have you just started to scribble off a great story for your next blog? And you are damn confident about the topic and points you are going to discuss! Certainly, you are. But yet, you end up with something confusing. And soon the 500 or 1000 words blog post make a hideout in the Archive or in the Recycle Bin.
Yup, we bloggers never reconcile with something single at one point of time. With too many ideas bubbling, we try to put everything in a single blog piece — and that’s where we see the red card. It’s all because we are always unmindful.
I hope I’m not getting you or myself wrong. Since, most of us are never sorted when we sit to write something. We try to be constructive, but end up destroying the same.
But what makes us unmindful?
How to deter from the act?
What writing traits make us a mindful blogger?
Are you having these questions in your mind? Then you will love reading some of the great hacks, which I have learnt over the years.
1. Don’t Make the Topic Pregnant with Too Many Points
Cut it short. A small blog of 500 to 1000 words, a well-chosen topic and a fresh content with relevant points serves well. Readers are like gastronomes, who love to have the taste of your article bit by bit. So break your discussion into various phases.
Say, if you are giving tips on blogging, you can discuss the best usage of grammar in one post, the other might discuss great headlines, another on the use of idioms and more.
I caught this blog post lately from QuickSprout, where the author says “If you’re looking for numbers, a post that is above 1,500 words seems to be in the zone of ideal length. I’d shoot for that if I were you.”
2. Stop Multitasking While You Write
Fiddling with your mobile, checking messages on Facebook Chat, working on the pending emails, blah, blah. When you sit to write a blog piece, it’s time to switch to your ‘Buddha’ mode. Plugin in some soft music, have the perfect light in your room, take a deep breath and start writing.
I don’t think we are a Superman or Wonderwoman, so it is better to stop multitasking and behave like a human. Mastering the art of practicality can help us quit our multitasking addictions.
I would like to thanks, Darius Foroux who keeps on posting things on overcoming procrastination, improving productivity, and getting things done with ease. He simply influenced me to stop my multitasking habits.
3. Readers Like Stories in Your Content
Facts are no doubt important, but too many facts can be suicidal for your content. Great stats make your content get a lot of shares across the social channels. But a great story woven with data is always very enticing. So, even if you are working on a non-fiction book, blend a beautiful story. This makes the readers easy to visualize the concept that you want to deliver.
Some of his visitors were sent a version that started with a simple story before going to the ‘meat’ of the content. While other received a post with no nonsense. This is how both looked -
Guess, what the result was?
The post with the story in its introduction had nearly 300% readers and the average time on page was also five times more.
4. You Are Too Much into SEO Stuff
Don’t feel disheartened, am not an SEO-hater. I do love SEO. How could I make my blog rank in the search engines without proper blog SEO?
But what I want to explain is, you need to keep your ‘audience’ in mind rather than ‘SEO’ while writing a blog post. Instead of flooding your blogs with keywords, write stuff that is easy to understand.
You are not writing robots, are you? Then why should you waste the time of your audience who are on the blog to read pure and informative stuff? And what you do, you welcome them with keyword enriched write-ups.
Write for your audience first, then optimize the same post for better search engine results.
Let me share some of the SEO best practices to enrich your blog posts –
· Fit-in a descriptive and keyword rich title.
· Have a “permalink” natural-language and a keyword-rich URL.
· The section headers need to be descriptive and the keyword must be there in each section.
· Anchor texts must contain the keyword relevant to what’s it is been linked to.
5. You Don’t Have an Outline of the Blog Post
Many ignore this, but if you ask me for the best tips on blogging, I would recommend this one. The process of outlining your article is not a rocket science. It is about creating a simple structure of the blog post.
This makes way for clarity and speed in your writing. What I do is quickly jotting down the introduction and the conclusion. This helps me to lead up to my subject matter and then summarize it. Well, following this trend helps me to fill the empty space between something relevant and meaningful.
You can use some tools to prepare an outline of the article, such as Workflowy, Microsoft One Note, Oak Outliner and more. You must aim to write down the main things that you want to discuss. It is never a big deal, whether I am writing an article or just outlining it. The whole process just takes me minutes or ten, and saves hours of time when I sit to write a persuasive blog post.
Whatever may be your habits as a writer, I don’t think you have ever thought that these five hacks can make you more productive. You might be a persuasive content master, but you too come up with something useless at times if you are not constructive. If you find these hacks helpful, do share your views in the comment below.
About the Author
Wordsmith I’m, and something which keeps me on is latest technologies, gadgets, and tech gossips. Presently I’m with Innofied, helping the team to achieve their content marketing goals using some of the best practices. You will enjoy my blog on Medium and I keep on writing on and off to popular websites. And if I am not in a mood for blogging, I give a try to poetry. Find my poems here.
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