There are still people who do not know what blogs are. Because of the unusual name, people tend to think unpleasant things when they hear the word “blog”. Is it a murky mixture of sand, water and dirt?
Blogs are like bulletin boards in the internet that are updated regularly, often in a daily basis. The contents of blogs are information about a specific topic, or in some types of blogs, people sometimes use them as a journal or diaries where they put in the details of their personal lives, their opinions about certain topics and even social commentaries. To put this in simple terms, blogs are used by the person who created the blog anyway he or she wants them to be. The creator of a certain blog is the author and its his or her responsibility to provide the contents.
To start or create a blog, here’s a few guidelines to get readers to actually read your blogs.
Blogging is simple and easy to do. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.
Pick a topic and stay on it
To create a successful blog, you first have to pick a topic that you are interested or knowledgeable in then write an article about it. Although your opinion about a certain topic is acceptable, it is wise that you should stick to facts as much as possible. You can also mix in some humor if you want it to be more fun to read and also include your personal experiences about the topic. This would make the readers think that you actually experienced what is being discussed.
For example; your topic is about tennis, people who’ll be reading this is interested in tennis, therefore you shouldn’t write about what you watched on TV last night, include some tips that may interest readers, like how to improve your forehand or backhand and even how to prolong their tennis ball’s life. Stick to the topic, although you can also include some humor you experienced in the tennis court. Everyone did something stupid or embarrassing in a tennis court, its good to share them with people; it creates a more personal view of your blog and may seem friendly to read.
If you’re going to include humor or opinion in your blog, it is important that you balance it with factual information. Talking about your personal experience, whether good or bad, can affect your reputation in the web. Include some updated news about whatever product or service you’re discussing. It is good that you base your opinions on facts and include some advantages and disadvantages and remember to balance it.
Remember that no one will read old news; always keep your blog updated. Present it with factual news that is accurate and informative. If you write about something that happened a few months ago, it will not grab the reader’s interest. Writing about someone who won the Wimbledon Tournament that happened a few months ago will make people think that you are not updating your blogs and won’t read your blogs again, ever.
However, updating blogs is a very strenuous task; plan a schedule on when to update your blog and stick to it. Twice or thrice a week would be good enough to keep your readers loyal. Also, tell your readers on when you will update your blogs by posting it in the website. Remember that communication is the key to success to attract readers to your blog. No communication, no readers.
Keep you blog simple to understand. For example; your blog is about your gun hobby, do not put in technical terms and so many numbers. such as: “This .50-70 M-1874 Belcher, 12 pounds, .50 cal. 2 1/2-in. 70 grn or FFG & 370 gr. PP” and so on, this will get readers to close your blog page on the first second they see it. Put it in simple terms as much as possible. Remember that many people are interested about a certain topic but do not actually know the technical terms, in this case, about guns.
Your headline should be large, bold letters that can easily catch a reader’s attention. Naming your headline is also important. Do not just put in “Guns” or “Tennis”, but think of a catchy phrase to get your readers to actually read your content.
Put your old, similarly themed blogs in an archive. This is great for someone who is interested to read your old blogs. The keywords in your archived blog are also important to generate targeted traffic in your blog.
If you have written an article before, you probably know that it is important to spell check and proof-read what you wrote. Remember that what you write reflects your reputation. If you stumble upon a sentence, redo it.
These are some of the things to consider if you’re planning to blog. By following these few simple guides, you can be sure you’ll get a lot of readers and also keep them reading.