How are you, guys? I haven’t been updated these past days because I’ve been busy doing some schoolwork (yikes!) amidst this pandemic but hey, I think we are all starting to cope in our own little ways, right?
With that, I want to share with you some newbie tips on how to write a standard blog. You know a blog with a title, introduction, body, and conclusion.
Like I said in my previous blogs–I can’t tell you what to write. You can write anything, you can do your own thing, but for starters, these are easy tips you can practice doing if you are having a hard time starting a blog. Remember, some can do it freestyle, and some (like me) need to organize the things to say first, but the basics are to break it down.
Here are 7 ways to help you come up with a standard blog.
Think of a topic you want to write about.
Usually, something you already know that you want to share, something you want to say, something you’ve been thinking about, or if you want more knowledge, you can do research and share what you knew to your readers. This is also where you commonly get the title from.
Now, since this is for my newbie friends, I don’t want to pressure you on writing good content, but if you want to practice that skill too, it would be good if you think of topics that answer these questions: Is it new to your readers? does it contain new information? Have you chosen a topic that is suitable for your readers? etc.
List the things you want to say or the ideas you want to put into your blog
- It can be as random as you want but still related to your topic.
- You can do it in bullet form because it’s just a draft.
- Note it down immediately so that the thought on your mind would be authentic and original or so that you won’t forget about it.
- Make sure that it contains the key points or the primary phrases that would be the subjects of your blog. (This will help you formulate supporting ideas and sentences, like outlining)
- Put your stand or what you want to point out in your blog or your message to your readers.
Organize these points into the parts of the blog.
Write down intro, body, then end, then cut and paste your points into the three parts where you want to put them and start writing your supporting sentences.
Keep in mind that it is good to have a build-up when you read your blog. Arrange your points in a way that some supporting ideas come up with a big one. You may think that simple sentences are merely additional points, but they create flow when you put them in the right places.
Next, you may want to add more things
Add the things that you want to say at the end of your blog. Your conclusion and your final message. You may also want to put transitional phrases at the start of your paragraphs to make your whole blog cohesive. This will help you keep on track and not drift far from your topic.
Then, take a break from reading
When you’ve already finished your draft, rest your eyes and take a break so that the next time you go back to it for final editing, your mind will be clearer, and your thoughts will be a clean slate. It lessens the bias you may have on your blog. It’s like reading it for the first time.
Edit and proofread by paragraph first
Be careful of those redundant words, and common mistakes like typographical errors, and improper use of prepositional words. You can use a thesaurus, but be sure to pick words with closer meanings, otherwise, you’ll end up using an inappropriate word for your sentence.
You may transform passive and active sentences if it helps. Make sure that each paragraph is with precision and closely related to your topic.
In the last step, read the whole content from start to finish for minor edits.
If you want to take a break again before doing this, you can. You can click the preview button on this site so that you can see how it looks when you publish it on your website. Read and re-read your draft so that you’ll have a clearer perspective on what you are writing about, and how you are writing it.
I hope this is still relevant, even to those who blog a lot but would still like to improve. No matter how long we have been on this path we still encounter problems in writing. We have to remember to review the basics and easy ways to write a blog.
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