Sorry, I don’t want to be presumptuous.
Wendy Piersall tagged me with this question a few days back: What Does It Take To Write A Great Blog Post? Kim Dushinski tagged her as part of Mohit Singhania’s Be Original Project.
My first thought…I have no idea. But I know, that’s a cop out.
The very next thing I think is that I can consider a post to be great, but you, the reader (and commenter), ultimately get to decide whether you feel the post is great or not. It’s sort of like me calling myself an expert in something and we already know how I feel about that.
I was curious what others had to say, so I poked around a bit and found that scrap booking is HUGE in the blogosphere. Who knew? And there were some helpful posts from scrap bookers. I’m amazed, however, at how developed this community is in the blogosphere.
Of course, I also found folks I was more familiar with with some very helpful ideas. For instance, Ben Yoskovitz suggests writing in bite-sized chunks, Terry Starbucker asserts his uniqueness in a genuine way, Mike Schaffner focuses his passion and explains it to the world, Leo at ZenHabits puts himself in every post, and Mike Sansone gives tips on making your blog sound like you.
My favorite piece of advice has to come from Dave Olson – live, feel, think, write and edit. It’s simple. It’s sweet. It’s beautiful.
Of course I had to take a look at what Liz Strauss had to say on the subject. Sure, I consider her a friend. Yet she write some of the most interesting and most conversational posts I know of. Liz suggests before you begin, STOP.
Choose to write about your passion whenever you can, but when you cannot, be passionate about what you write.
- Reflect on what you want to say. Know in your mind what your message is. Try it on for size. Imagine what you want readers to know, want them to see, want them to feel in their bones.
- Give those feelings spectacular words such as breathtaking, exhilarating, compelling, stunning, amazed, intrigued, or entranced. Imagine being a kid discovering this information for the first time. Try to capture the way it would feel.
Okay, enough stalling. The title of my post is How ‘I’ Write
Great Blog Posts, so I should probably explain my way.
For me, it’s pretty simple. I write about what’s fresh on my mind and in my heart. I’ve found that what I’m living, loving and learning has the most passion for me. It’s the most honest, the most exciting and the freshest.
Sometimes it’s directly business / blog / conversation related. Sometimes it’s more about personal growth, spirituality. Sometimes it’s something I’ve learned or have a new thought about. Other times I have something to teach. And still there are times when I just need to take a stand on a topic.
Sure I peek at my reader and various search topics. And I always keep an eye on hot blogging topics. But I always bring it back to what’s fresh in my life, what I’m currently in love with and what I’m learning.
The other key for me is that I don’t separate Dawud the Blogger from Dawud the Man, the Father, the Husband, the Business Owner, the Coach & Consultant, the Healer, and the Spiritual Being. I am all of those when I blog. In other words, I bring my whole self into my blogging; from all perspectives and from every experience.
To summarize, here’s a few questions you can consider when you’re sitting down to write you posts:
- What is fresh in my mind, my heart and my soul today?
- What from my life will my readers enjoy and gain benefit from?
- What am I currently in love with?
- What have I recently learned or am learning?
The last question, which can be more of an overall blogging goals-type question:
- How can I bring more of my entire self forward in my blogging?
So now you know my secrets. Well, truth be known they’re not really secrets because I’m here doing it every day. I love the conversation and I love the relationships. That’s why for me writing a great post is about bringing my whole self forward and being true with where I am.
Of course I have to share some techniques with you like how to be original, how to create original content, using GMail’s autofilters, adding cool images, and listening to your inner voice. Not to forget the 101 ways to create original blog posts.
So how do you do it? How do you write great posts?