I once coached another writer on what to write for his blog post. He had something he wanted to write about. He just couldn’t seem to get started. He wasn’t intimidated by the mechanics of the blog. All he had to do was give the content to me and I would take care of the final publishing. I don’t think he was even considering the publishing part. He was up against a wall about getting started. He was sure he didn’t have enough to say!
After too much encouraging and pushing, I told him to write 100 words for me. I didn’t tell him something that you, as a writer, already know. Writing only 100 words is about the hardest assignment a writer can have. No, I kept that bit to myself and said “If you can tell it in 100 words, everything will be fine. Write that story one word at a time.”
He got busy. He brought his article to me in a block of 500 words! And they were all good! It was a popular blog post. He now knew he could write anything he needed to get his massage out there.
You can do the same thing. A little blog post compared to a novel is like equating mice and elephants. They are two different beasts. Yet, each begins as an embryo. So, just as you write novels one word at a time, you can write blog posts one word at a time.
Write for your own pleasure
You will be rewarded with the confidence to share bits about you and your career as a writer in blog posts. The blog posts can often show the real YOU. Your stories may be fiction or highly researched non-fiction or your commentating opinion of current events. They are primarily written for major entertainment or information. A very good intention, but a very different one from a personal note to your readers revealing the real YOU. You can mention your novels, books and larger articles and share your writing experiences.
Write for the reader’s ‘what’s in it for me’
Every loyal reader comes to your writing looking for something for himself or herself. The old “what’s in it for me” scenario. Write a few hundred words giving the reader something to take away.
Maybe you will write to
- share a memory,
- a tip about writing,
- an opinion about books or digital copies,
- a recommendation for another writer’s work,
- an opinion about a favorite genre.
- a hobby or passion such as you can find at The Legacy Gardens
- review a book such as you can find at Cardinal Bluff for inspirational reading or Bar JD for business reading or Ozarks Mystique for general pleasure reading
Write 100 words for me about each of these suggestions. I wager you won’t stop at 100 words!