Creating a Blog Post can seem like a daunting task at times, especially during writer’s block. With my blog, I’ve told myself to only write when I’m in the mood to write that way I don’t burn out. Just because I’m in the mood to write though doesn’t mean I have a great blog post idea. So, I have five tips for creating a blog post.
Decide a Blog Post Subject – When I’m wondering what to write about, I think about what I’ve done during the day. Any organization/cleaning, cooking, projects, or anything outside of my daily norm. If any of the things I’ve done are post worthy, I’ll choose that. Sometimes nothing sticks so I look into things I would do to improve an area of my life. For example, improving my finances, personal improvement, goals, etc. If I still can’t find a topic, I just go for a fun and trendy post by searching Google and Pinterest for ideas.
Determine Post Formatting/Outline – Once I’ve found a topic, I decide how I want the post to flow. I don’t actually write an outline for blog posts, but I do take a minute to think about the plan for the post before I get going.
Create an Awesome Graphic – Depending on my mood, I either add the fluff or create the graphic first. Most times, I create the graphic that way once the fluff is added the post is ready to publish. Be sure your graphic is Pinterest friendly. Longer graphics with a simple message or title with fun fonts are best.
Add the Fluff – This is the part I where I really need to be in the mood to write or it really shows. When I’m in the mood, the words just flow and I can knock out quite a few blog posts pretty quickly. I find it most enjoyable to write a few different types of posts consecutively because the styles of writing are quite different.
Publish and Share – Once I create my blog post, I schedule the post to auto-post to the blog, my Facebook and Twitter pages, Bloglovin’ and my email subscribers. I also participate in Facebook groups to help promote the posts and share old posts from time to time.
Most importantly, blog posts should be fun. No matter how you make them, be sure to enjoy! 🙂
It’s ironic to say the writing part is the “fluff” while the awesome graphic is clearly central to the process. But alas, this is where we’ve arrived as readers and writers! I do take a good bit of time working out the details when I blog – title, graphic, promotion, etc. – but I’m still wanting the writing to be the central task.
Kyla, I agree with the irony. When I started this blog, I didn’t care about the graphic, I just cared about the content. Now I’ve learned how to get people interested and am going back and redoing the graphics for all of my first set of posts.
Kari, love these steps and this was a great reminder how simple sometimes blogging can be. Yes it is suppose to be fun not a chore.
These are great tips! It’s short, simple and to the point but this really is the best way to create a blog post.
Haha! I definitely need to streamline how I do things – I feel like everything takes me longer than it should still!
It’s interesting that you sometimes create graphics before writing content. I’ve never thought to do it that way!
Great post and keeping it simple makes a lot of sense. I think I tend to over think it. I appreciate the reminder