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Friday, May 10, 2019

How to write the perfect blog post


  1. Study the Craft. No one no matter how talented they are is just born a great writer. ... 
  2. Set Goals & Be Consistent. ... 
  3. Just Write. ... 
  4. Keep It Simple. ... 
  5. Write… then Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite. ... 
  6. Get A Second Opinion. ... 
  7. Stay Passionate.
--List found when search for "how to write the perfect blog post."
Why was I searching for "how to write the perfect blog post," you ask? Because I saw that headline in some e-mail I deleted from the umpteen junk e-mails I receive on any given day. And after it was gone, I decided it would be interesting to see how you do write the perfect blog post. So I'm glad Google led me to a list to follow to write the perfect blog post (though I don't understand why the writer used so many ellipses).
An ellipsis (plural: ellipses) is a punctuation mark consisting of three dots. Use an ellipsis when omitting a word, phrase, line, paragraph, or more from a quoted passage. Ellipses save space or remove material that is less relevant.
--grammerbook.com 

1. Study the Craft. No one no matter how talented they are is just born a great writer. ... 
True. You can't become a writer unless you actually write. And you can't become a great writer unless you actually write great. And that, my friend, requires talent. No one can teach you how to be talented. But none of it means squat unless somebody wants to read your great or not so great writing.

2. Set Goals & Be Consistent. ... 
I think that you should write because you enjoy writing. So setting goals of, say, writing 2,000 words every day just turns writing into a chore like making the bed. I don't like making the bed. Write when you feel like it. You'll enjoy it more and you'll write better when you are enjoying doing it.

3. Just Write. ...
 Duh.
4. Keep It Simple. ...
I agree with this. But keep it simple should also mean not putting a period at the end of a title and then using ellipsis. Also it drives me crazy when someone capitalizes the first letter of every word in a headline or title. It is old fashioned and studies have shown that it slows the reader down unnecessarily.

5. Write… then Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite. ...
Bullshit. A blog post isn't great literature. It is spontaneous. And if you are a half way decent writer, there shouldn't be any reason to rewrite. That just means you are insecure about your writing.

6. Get A Second Opinion. ... 
More bullshit. It is your writing. It's your blog. It's the Internet. You'll get enough opinions about your work without have to solicit it from someone.

7. Stay Passionate.
Not sure why "Stay Passionate" didn't deserve the random ellipses. Regardless, I'm of the mind to cry bullshit again. I'm not saying that you shouldn't enjoy writing your blog. But passion? If you've ever written for a living, you'll quickly learn that passion doesn't pay the rent. Blog because it is fun. If you start getting passionate about it you'll just freak people out and they'll likely write you off as a whack job.

It feels good to have written the perfect blog post.


 

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