A Crash Course in Blogging
I thank God that my hands finally submitted to my will, getting over the stupendous hesitation of writing my first article at Infobarrel. This will really be a lot different from my experience as a campus journalist and this is somewhat a huge consideration to make especially now that you are writing for online readers from all parts of the world. It may seem hard to just conceptualize and you may just set your mind on the prize to keep on going but this is something I don’t suggest. We all, without denying, are venturing this online writing thing for a dual purpose, to get wide range acknowledgement and to earn real money. If you don’t already know, with online writing, you can earn money from 3 to 7 digits out of just pure talent. Quite inviting? Yes, really motivating, but you can earn nothing by just staring at thin air. I suggest that you focus on the work. Truly, faith without action is dead. What you will be earning depends on what you will be giving so keep your feet on the workplace. And if you already meditated on that, keep your minds open for I will share to you today the kind of work expected from you here on. These, are also the basic principles I started to live out since I have begun writing online.
The 4 Basic Principles in Writing for the World (Wide Web)
1. Your blog is not your diary so do not write about yourself.
You must not make yourself the subject or you will be pulling your readers inside the awkward zone. People will never appreciate a self-centered article unless you really are famous and/or what will write is a testimony, a success story or anything of those kinds.
2. Show out and write with yourself.
Ironical to the first, you must write out of yourself. This means that you must write with what you already know. If your forte is music, you can write about something like ‘new generation pop’. You must put your whole heart into what you are writing. The readers can easily distinguish an article written with the author’s compassion from an article written for the sake of writing contents. Keep in this track to survive this profession. You are not writing because you need to write, you are writing because you want to write (like what I have emphasized earlier.) Readers’ satisfaction is rest assured when you yourself feel satisfied with what you have written. You must never pretend or force yourself to like what you are writing. If done so, accuracy of the article can be lost. Boredom will invoke you to sooner or later give up.
3. You are not writing a review
Write to inform new ideas. Never write what many bloggers have obviously written before. Readers wouldn’t want to read the same subject over and over again. You can always find new and relevant ideas as any field goes through constant evolution. Also, this is a way to avoid competitors. You can never stand up against magnificently written articles. You can always check an idea with Google so as to be sure that your article will not be just an addition to a thousand.
4. Your readers are your friends and not your clients
Always keep in mind as you write, that online readers don’t want dead air. Readers are less patient when given a blog to read when compared to the way you the would read a newspaper feature. The fact is, online readers can always press the back button and search for another author with the same article who would treat them right so you must befriend your readers at all cost. Establish the right rapport that you may impress. The quotation “write to express” is never too applicable in blogging. You are writing to impress. Never be too gloomy or you’d just bore your readers. Also, be two-sided in an argument so that the readers will feel that you are in their shoes. At all times, never intimidate your readers by directly referring them to a characteristic. With everything you write, try to foresee what impression would it make to your audience. You can always check an idea with Google so as to be sure that your article will not be just an addition to a thousand.
For the basic of writing, that’s all you need to know. You can start writing as soon as you have set your minds and goals. Remember to live out this 4 basic principles in every blog post that you will write. (Will be pleased to know that I have been of help. GODBLESS~!!)
This guide is created to give a crash course about blogging. You can always read some thorough training guides by great bloggers out here at Infobarrel.