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Don’t know what to blog about?

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Don’t know what to blog about? Well, the possibilities are endless once you tap into that creative groove. This Blogging Basics post is about how to find what interests you and how to create a new blog series. The possibilities are endless with topics that can appeal to a wide range of people. The key here is you, the blogger.

Step 1: Sit down and reflect on what you enjoy doing. Make a list of potential topics based on what you enjoy. This could be anything from cooking, to reading, to a peticular hobby. The possibilities are endless here.

Step 2: Out of that list pick one thing you love doing.  Example: If you really love cooking then you should write about cooking. You could post recipes you have cooked; take pics of the ingredients as well as what you did to enhance the recipe. If  traveling is something else you highly enjoy you could also combine the love of cooking and traveling by blogging about cooking techniques pertaining to your travels.

Step 3: After you find what interests you and what you love doing then focus on everyday life for additional content. Everyday life can be a great inspiration for future blogs. For example, if you have a family you could have a category about how you handle everyday family life. If you have pets you could do a weekly or bi weekly posting about your pet and make the post like they are the one writing the post.

Regardless of what you choose to blog about make sure that the blogs are something you love. If you don’t love or feel passionate in your writing, trust me when I say this, it will show in the blog and to the reader. All writers know this little secret.

“You write about what you know or feel passionate about.” Quoted by Me!

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Word Count Matters

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This post will focus on word count usage and why shorter posts get read. In my posts I try to stay under 500 words. Typically, I write 350 words or less. But there are times when I have a lot to say so I will allow additional wordage to my own personal limit of 500.

Blogs which are instructional tend to have more wordage than just regular blog posts. Even with instructional blogs, a blogger has to be careful not to go over 1000 words. The reason? Well, typical information can be condensed to remove what I call “fluffing” to make the information more concise.

Here is an example of a “fluffing” to get more words.

Fluffing:

There once was a blogger who enjoyed blogging but couldn’t get anyone to come to their blog. They really wanted to drive more traffic to their website but did not understand SEO or word count usage.

Non-Fluffing:

A blogger who enjoyed blogging wanted to drive traffic to their site. The blogger needs to understand SEO and word count usage.

Do you see how concise the non-fluffing one is?  It relays the same information but in a more concise way. This is important when you’re wanting to grow your blog beyond the standard “diary” version.

Regardless of how you decide to write your posts, just remember to keep the word usage to a minimum. When the blog post goes over a  word count you can lose the reader’s attention real quick. Trust me when I say the word count should be 500 or less. Plus, you know the old adage, “less is more”.

BTW word count for this blog is 280 words.

See links for additional information.

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/02/18/post-length-how-long-should-a-blog-post-be/

http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2011/10/10-tips-for-corporate-bloggers/

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/06/blog-post-length/