As a graphic designer, a web designer, game designer and as bloggers, it is your duty to make sure that your digital work is accessible. It should be accessible to people with special needs, young, old, different cultures, languages, and countries.
What does ‘add value’ mean? This term is everywhere, indeed probably in overuse. How do you add value to yourself? Does it have to do with your character or doing a good deed for the day? #BlogchatterHalfMarathon
The Blogchatter Half-Marathon has ten commandments, of which the fifth is:
Thou Shalt Know What Thou Write About
Does this line mean: That I should only write what I know? Pretty limited – it’ll probably fill less than 300 words…
It’s up for interpretation. Need to ask the A-Team exactly what they mean by this line. But meanwhile let me think…
Maybe they mean you should know what you are talking/writing about?
As I write this, it’s making more sense. Be an authority in your niche. Do your research, write it accurately and present it so the reader can understand it. I’ve come across many websites with inaccurate subject matter. Things that pop into the writer’s mind are in the webpage.
If you write accurately, readers will keep coming back for more. Imagine you’re writing an article about gardening and recommend your reader to dig up their prized rose bush and sub-plant it someplace else. It dies. So does your readership…duh…
So, what I’m getting at is, know what you are writing about.
- Do your research
- Understand what you have read
- Make points or headings based on the learning
- Do your keyword research – if you want to be found by search engines.
- Think up a good title which should in itself create curiosity.
- Have a great hook that’ll keep your reader there.
- Become an authority in your niche and Google will find you (not as simple as that, but you get the picture!)
- Make it interesting and easy to read so readers/followers come back for more.
- Find a suitable image or images – they can also be used for your social media posts later when you market your blog post.
Do remember that ‘research’ does not mean copying from another website. That’s Plagiarism! Do not copy word for word. Instead read up from books and authoritative websites, research articles and journals. Connect all the major points, note down points and then create your own unique post. If you have some experience in the topic then by all means, incorporate that into the post.
Check Your Facts:
Remember all those journalists who got fired for reporting the wrong information? Well no one is going to fire you BUT you will lose follwers/readers if you post wrong information. Just one error will cast doubt on all your other posts. Do take your time to fact-check, before you write or create graphs and diagrams. Of course, if you are writing fiction, well, you can make up any fable.
Let me qualify that.
Even in writing fiction, if you place a scene in a period of time in history or about a place; then you will need to be accurate. After all, Paris is in France and not in Slovenia. World War II happened in the 20th Century not in the 1800s… get my drift?
Now that everything is down on paper, what next? Editing.
Cut out repetitive words, misspellings, grammar mistakes, edit boring paragraphs. Use tools like Grammarly to correct mistakes you may not have noticed. Get fresh eyes to look for mistakes. Get it as close to perfect as possible – it will never be that of course, but we can get it close.
These are just a few major points in writing properly. Just a small taste of where you should be heading. There is still flow and SEO to look into. These points are for another blog post on another day. The important thing is that you need to be thorough in your research and write intelligently. Write what you know – which should be a lot – before you start to write!
This blog post is part of the Blogchatter Half Marathon
People blog for various reasons. You may blog because you enjoy letting people know your thoughts about something. A thought leader needs to get his/her ideas out there and a blog is a really good way to get out to people. You may blog for social reasons: to entertain friends and associates because doggonit you love to write!
There are those blogs that are for book reviews too because you love to read and want people to know about that wonderful book by xyz. What about those budding writers, they who love to practice their writing skills? A blog is a way to get in the writing practice you need to write that No.1 best-seller inside your head!
A blog is a good way to market something too. A blog is excellent for SEO for the rest of your business. Without it, your SEO could be pathetic. It’s a good way to promote your business on social media, by telling people about this wonderful blog post on your website. With a blog you can have a call-to-action or you can show authority about a subject.
But the crucial question is how do you get people to read your blog? Or your question could be, where do I find a good blog post to read? People talk about there being a saturation of blog posts on the Net, but you just don’t know where to look!
What is theBlochatter.com’s Reading List?
When you go to the Home page of Blogchatter, you will find a “Reading List.” Have you ever wondered what that is for? The Reading List is a place a blogger loves to visit every day! It has all the links submitted by you and me. It’s a great way to keep up with trending blogs and learn about the latest blog posts. Can’t find a good idea for your own blog post? Search for blog links and get inspired from other blogs.
Why Submit a Blog Post to the Reading List?
You write a blog post, publish it and then what? Have you had trouble getting people to come to your blog? Or did you write something important and people just haven’t read it yet? You share it on Social Media and still not exactly what you wanted right? Well this is where theBlogchatter.com comes in. Submit your blog post to the Reading List and see what happens.
Bloggers browse and pick from the list to read and comment and possibly share it on Social Media. This is your chance to get views and clicks on your blog post. So next time you write a blog post, hop over to: https://www.theblogchatter.com/link-submission/
submit your link and sit back, relax and enjoy.
Why Should You Blog?
Blogging was limited way back in 2010, but today we have thousands of bloggers with something to say. Why should you join the host of bloggers? Aren’t there enough of them around already?
Here are Ten Great Reasons Blogging is Trending in 2019:
- It’s a Great Way to Practice Your Writing Skills:
So you plan to write that great book? The one that will be on the New York Times Bestseller list for months, right? Well that won’t happen overnight babe. Get out there and practice writing. Blogging is the perfect way to make your writing crisp, precise , to learn to research for, and I can go on and on.
- Record Great Experiences and Share Them:
The world is a marvelous place and there’s lots to see and do. But not everyone is going to get out there and do or see what you do. Armchair travelers will love to know about your experiences when you take them on your journey through your blog. Hint: add lots of pictures!
Chances are if your blog turns out to be pretty special, you’ll get a chance to maybe take a sponsored trip somewhere?
- Gain Popularity:
A good way to get your name out there, write a blog. If you have something special to say on your blog, you could end up with speaking assignments. It’s going to be a wonderful feeling when people want you at their events or for interviews right?
- Show Your Expertise:
Your blog allows you to show off! Yup, you can spout wise words about almost anything and prove you know what you claim to know! Go in depth and show your authority, you may just snap up a job offer in writing or something else you’re an expert in, just by having the right person read the blog.
- Have an Excuse to Spend Time on Social Media
You love Social Media but your dad is on you to get a job, make a living right? Well, blogging helps you to get your dad off your back and spend time doing what you love most, spending time on Social media. Become a social media Influencer with the power of blogging.
- Practice Your Internet Skills
Still confused what a domain or hosting or what .com and .org mean? Nothing like blogging to get to know all the terms and what they mean to you. Start with a free web page and see where it takes you.
- Make Connections:
If you plan your blog well and practice writing well, you could make a lot of worthwhile connections. These could be with people better than you, people with the same mindset, or become a leader for others. The sky is the limit!
- Have an adventure:
Blogging can give you great ideas and set you on to doing extraordinary things. You develop focus and it helps you find your calling – cliched as this may seem. Maybe you will find the courage to travel alone or start up that business you always wanted but lacked conviction to.
- Share Your Knowledge:
You may be an expert in your field and you did not get there on your own. People helped you on your way and you can too. Start a blog and help people to learn from you. Share, guide and make someone else better. The world needs people like you.
- Have an Opinion, Make a Difference
Do you see something that is just not right? Take a stand, get your opinion out there. There will be people who agree with you and you may start a movement towards better things in a fast-changing world. Champion a cause.
Enough reasons to start a blog? Let’s get moving and start one today. Join in with blogging websites like theblogchatter.com and raise your blog to a whole new level.