Sunday, June 29, 2008

Now, Publish Your Post!

“The spirit of a blog is its content.

With the absence of it, it's nearly impossible to get anything else...”

Wiki says, an open-minded person is someone who is receptive to new ideas and information; that is of course, towards development.

If you happen to finally see the perfect blogging atmosphere for you – that is, an identified purpose, continuously learning to uncover the twists of social networking, learning to recognize the limits and ethics of blogging, it is now time to consider some tips to supplement your unmatched blogging style. These tips could add more flavor to your blog entries. Here’s a combined list of blogging tips (from my blogging practice and from ourblogtemplates). Let’s educate ourselves.

  • First, learn to write a journal - Ideas do not only turn up when you're sitting in front of your screen. It comes in whenever it wants to. If not recorded, it'll be gone, never ever to come back. Writing any ideas you have on a journal keeps you organized. Journal also helps you process the many ideas you have into a few solid ones that can grow into valuable articles. A post is better written only with proper planning, brainstorming, and editing - which can systematically be done if you make writing a journal a habit.
  • Brainstorm - Writing post isn't simply about typing whatever crosses your mind. A good writing has good ideas, substance, and structure. To achieve any good writing level requires you to do some initial planning and brainstorming.
  • Be patient - Some ideas can grow into something complete easily, but not always. Whenever you have a writer's block or have some ideas that couldn't materialize into something meaningful, just be patient and write them in your journal. Small unfinished ideas can be combined into larger and more substantial ideas. However, the sources of ideas are present within anyone’s environment; the ability to shape them up now becomes a challenge. Sometimes being sensitive enough in everyday affairs can bring you an entire light of sources.
  • Add value - The most common way of finding good topics to write about is by reading other blogs to see which topics create the most buzz. But rewriting a post without adding new perspectives or new thoughts simply means that it is valueless. So, be original, independent, and add something new. Observe the ethics. Do not plagiarize.
  • Add personal experience - Adding your own experiences relevant to the topics does not only add uniqueness to your posts, but also get your readers more interested to learn from it because the value is real. Draw conclusions from your experiences and share them with your readers.
  • Be unconventional - When writing on critical issues, there are two sides to it. The easy way is to go with the flow. But if you can build your arguments to go against the conventional thinking, it'll have a greater chance to strike more interest and be remembered.
  • Expand old posts - Looking at some of your old posts (or even other bloggers' posts as well), you'll find that there are a few more popular ones than others. Look back into them and think about how you can broaden their scope or solidify them into something more substantial.
  • Add more details - There are many posts that cover only the general information and the basics of some topics, scratching only their surfaces. Try to build on these topics by uncovering more details about them. Put effort to provide in-depth explanations and higher-level knowledge to your visitors.
  • Grow your knowledge - What separates you from other bloggers writing on similar niche is/are your knowledge.
  • Solve problems - People commenting on your blog doesn't just praise or critic your blog. Some present problems to you, hoping that you might be able to help them out. Choose the right problems to tackle on, work on them, and publish them as substantial article/s. As what I’ve learned, these solutions should be feasible – that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound)
  • Act quickly - If you have new great ideas, or think they're great, you have two options: to write them on a journal or publish them right away. Original and new ideas have a good chance of pulling huge traffic. If you wait, others might write about them first. You'll then lose the only opportunity to be original and the chances of pulling any traffic. However, make sure to proofread before publishing your posts.

As you publish your post, you are giving a good picture for others to learn from you. It is not for intellectual competition, it’s all about sharing insights, views, opinions and thoughts. :)

*Limitation underscored: Some people have no access to blog everyday because of some economic/schedule restraints, these cases are inevitable.

* Minor technical corrections from Ms. Lina Eguico, thanks to you:)


Ennei said...

Have you proofread this post before publishing? :)

yfur porsche p. fernandez said...

Yes, but not intensive. Why? Have I committed major errors? If so, I'm open for errata. :)

yfur porsche p. fernandez said...

Thank you ms. eguico!:)

Railey! said...

Sandali, maitanong ko lang, kahit anong papel na pinagsama-sama ko, can be called a journal??

Hindi ba?

I agree with the entire post. Though, I;m not really a blogger...

yfur porsche p. fernandez said...

"...kahit anong papel na pinagsama-sama ko, can be called a journal??"

Hmm.. Kung hindi ako nagkakamali, pwede.