A Checklist for Bloggers

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Ready for five steps to better blogging?

ONE: From the top

Make sure you have an engaging title for your post. Also make sure your title isn’t too long.  Most research suggests you go with a title in between 45-65 characters in length.

If you need help thinking up an engaging start for your post, click here.

TWO: Be a visual communicator

Lucky us, we blog in an age of wonderful open use image providers.

Photopin, Photos for Class, and Flickr (use the creative commons search engine and be sure to attribute).

Use them and set the tone for your post.

The Noun Project is another phenomenal resource.  I’ve used it in creating this visual checklist for you to keep on your desktop:

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THREE: Adjust your fonts

Use different colors, sizes, and types to provide guidance.  Each post should have at least two font ‘tweeks.’

FOUR: More, more, more

Provide relevant links.  Give your readers more to read, watch, or listen to.  Posts have the advantage of extending us, so be sure to extend your reader.  If you want to test the validity of a resource, you can use this tool.

FIVE: Give them something to talk about

Always respect your readers by asking them to join you in the conversation your blogpost starts.  Leave at least one question for readers to answer in the comment section.

Did I leave out a crucial step to better blogposts?

Tell me about it in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

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Published by TriciaGpers

I blog about all things Global Perspectives!

5 replies on “A Checklist for Bloggers”

  1. Thanks for the crystal-clear reminders, Tricia. You’ve reminded me that I’ve been forgetting to ask a question at the end of my posts.

    The only step I might add is to relax a bit–don’t worry too much about perfection. If you let the perfect be the enemy of the good, you will never press publish. Also if each post becomes a chore because your own perfectionism, you’ll eventually quit the whole thing. I know you were the one who originally sent this to me, but it’s talked about so well (but not perfectly) here: https://cogdogblog.com/2012/09/the-question/

    Cheers. Always lovely to read your posts….Valerie

    1. Thank you, Valerie–absolutely spot on advice there. I try as much as possible to use the word ‘sandbox’ as a reminder of the ‘process, not perfection,’ mindset. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for sharing some nice tips. I am new to blogging and these tips were really helpful. I liked the idea of leaving a question for the reader, in this way you are inviting your reader for a discussion and it also encourages them to leave a comment. Another useful tip is to write your blog as if you are talking to someone; this also reflects your personality and reader develop more interest in reading. Just as a good title catches reader’s interest, good content ensures that reader will read through the whole blog. Find some more tips on following link; http://www.blogher.com/my-top-10-blogging-tips-beginners
    Sitwat

    1. Thanks for sharing that–I appreciate the follow up resource. Good advice, I just about always write for a specific person or group of people: it is important we do the same with students.

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