TOW 9: Advice

July 12, 2010

What advice do I have to offer students who are setting out on the journey of blogging? Stay tuned!

  1. Keep it simple. Don’t overload yourself or your readers with words. Just like a Powerpoint.
  2. Say it and mean it. Your words have a certain authority so use them appropriately with honesty, strength and humility.
  3. Think about it. Before you write something, make sure you think about it. Don’t just take up space with words that’s someones time your taking up.
  4. Rethink it, spell check it, grammar check it, revise it. If you have the sense to write it, have the sense to make sure it all streams well together and is proper. One of the greatest inventions ever for a computer has been spell checker, so don’t be afraid to use it.
  5. Comment. When you make the effort to read what others have to say, make the effort to tell them what you think. Be it good or bad, let them know their words aren’t going into the great abyss without having touched another soul.
  6. Do your research. Don’t throw out a bunch of jargon and statistics you found online. Make the time to research whatever you’re going to talk about. This gives you credibility and opens your mind to truly understanding whatever it is you wish to talk about.
  7. Branch out. Don’t stick to the same blogs/podcasts/websites all the time. When you vary it, your brain is actually stimulated and besides it opens doors to communication with someone new that could possibly change your life.
  8. Make it interesting and relatable. Just because Jane was kissing Tommy under the apple tree doesn’t make it interesting. When I know Jane, and that John is her boyfriend and Tommy is John’s brother it’s interesting. When it’s professional and current facts it’s relatable.  Also inserting pictures and videos keep the interest high.
  9. Have fun with it. Don’t take yourself or those that read your blog too seriously. If there is no humor, people get bored and won’t come back. If you are too serious about a comment, you turn people off from wanting to hear your views any further.
  10. Believe in yourself. If you don’t no-one else will!

I am sure I could come up with more, but these are the things I struggled with as a blogger and a reader. Follow these ten commandments and you’ll be okay. 🙂

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