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Writing For A Blog - The 9 Basic Dos And Don'ts For Writing A Blog

Updated on May 1, 2013
As more and more people turn towards blog writing,there are certain basic features that a blogger must take care of while writing a blog post. A good blog contains balanced ingredients of both content and design.
As more and more people turn towards blog writing,there are certain basic features that a blogger must take care of while writing a blog post. A good blog contains balanced ingredients of both content and design. | Source

A world of growing number of online blogs is ascending day by day. Now more people are turning towards the field of writing to convey their thoughts almost about every other thing. It is undeniably a pleasurable way to connect with other people and tell others about variety of things which they see, do, feel or hear.

However, each and every blog that we read is a representation of an individual style which a writer carries. There are some writers who stress on the richness of content while there are some who pay special attention to a large amount of images and an overall adornment of their blogs. It may be right to do with some people but a real, good blog should contain balanced ingredients of both content and design. So the question here arises that what are the dos and don’ts for a blogger that can help him make people read his blog, make them stay and also make them come back again.

Below are mentioned some of the features that can make a blog an interesting reading experience for the visitors.

1.FINDING YOUR NICHE:

For writing a blog the foremost thing is to find and concentrate on the area of your expertise. A blogger has to discover first which is the topic or a subject that inspires him the most. With this idea in mind, a blogger must choose a title that describes best about the subject that he will follow in his blog. For instance, some people like to write about food items, recipes etc. They choose a title as “for the love of food’, food explorer, healthy recipes or anything that appeals to the reader and at the same times tells what the blog is exactly about.

Therefore finding a right niche is significant as it establishes a differentiation between various bloggers in the online web world.

2.SHOW EVERYONE YOUR OWN STYLE:

As already mentioned above every writer has his or her own style of writing. It is the particular approach that differentiates a blogger from others. The way a blogger writes and handles a certain expression is what that matters a lot. Therefore instead of copying anyone’s style, being your own is important. A blogger’s writing should be a true reflection of his expression and personality.

3.ORIGINALITY IS WHAT THAT MATTERS:

Originality of content is something that is always admired and appreciated. There are thousands of blogs in the online world that are simply just copied and pasted from one site to another. For the bloggers who want to build a genuinely good reputation online and want their blogs to stand out from others, then they really have to concentrate on being original with the content they write. This will not only help with a good standing online, but will also result in gaining a large number of readerships as well the regular visitors.

4.THE USE OF IMAGES:

Just like the content, the use of original images is very important in blog writing. The best thing to do is to compose your own images. However if it is not possible then there are varied online websites that provide free, royalty free images.

Many bloggers and writers simply take away images from the web and use it on their blogs freely. This is illegal and can also develop in possible copyright problems. So care must be taken with this regard. There are plenty of free photo sharing sites on the web that can help in the selection and usage of image free of cost. Sites like freedigitalphotos.com, publicdomainpictures.net or even wikimediacommons.org are few of the ones that can be helpful with regard to the usage of images.

YOUR BLOG SHOULD BE

  • Rich In Text
  • Good In Formatting
  • Original
  • Understandable
  • A Proper Length Of 300-500 Words
  • Free From Grammatical Mistakes
  • Updated Regularly

5.PROMOTE YOUR BLOG:

A successful blog is one which attracts much traffic and readers like to stay and read it from start to finish. For this very reason promotion of blog is necessary. A blogger must publicize his blog by taking advantage of the social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus etc., by telling about it to friends and family and also by posting links and back links to the websites that can help him promote his blog.

6.LENGTH OF YOUR BLOG:

The length of the blog matters a lot. People don’t like to read a very lengthy piece of writing or they get easily distracted. So a blogger has to take care of the fact that the blog he composes should be of an appropriate length. Normally a 300-500 word blog or a little more is cherished both by people and the search engines as well.

7.GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES:

A blogger must be careful with regard to the grammatical mistakes and spell errors. The correct usage of language is something that leaves a good impression and makes the writing look professional. Mostly blogs are written in a casual style. However whatever amount of casualness is there, a blogger must be careful in the correct usage of grammar, punctuation and pay special attention to the correct spellings as well.

8.MAKE YOUR BLOG UNDERSTANDABLE:

It is good to give attention on the arrangement of the blog as well. The content of blog must be divided into paragraphs so that it does not look like a jumbled up version of a big writing block. Make lists or highlighted points. Using concise and shorter sentences are also easy to concentrate on for the reader. The whole layout of a blog should be easy to navigate for the reader.

9.WRITE OFTEN:

Writing regular or often is important for a blogger if he or she wishes to attract loyal readers and Followers. So to keep the readers coming back to the blog, it is better to retain their interest by updating regularly with good quality content daily,alternate days or weekly.

Writing a blog is not a difficult thing to do at all. If certain features are taken care of then it becomes easier for a blogger to establish a good reputation among the list of thousands of bloggers from whom people look forward to read.


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    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      4 years ago

      Thank you JPSO138 for dropping in your feedback. Indeed updating the content of your blogs is very much significant to attract a good number of readership. Wish you best :)

    • JPSO138 profile image

      JPSO138 

      4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I have some blogs of my own but most of them have not been updated. I will certainly apply what I have learned from this hub. Up for this one.

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Hi Mama Kim...Thank you for your comment and appreciation. I am pleased to know that you can benefit from the Hub. Thank you for your votes as well. Wish you best with your blog ,hope you can manage it well :)

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      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Great hub! I've been thinking about starting a blog... but I just don't know how often I can write... on top of hubpages. This gave me a lot to think about and consider ^_^ Thank you! Voting this up and useful!

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Dolores Monet. What i have seen is that most people really don't read blogs which has a very personal story to tell. The blog readers look for something that is entertaining or brings up a solid point about something. There is a way of even describing the "cute cat" :) a way that can retain the interest of the reader.

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      Dolores Monet 

      6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      For blog writing, I need all the help I can get. I look at some of my older blog posts and think, what a mess! I read one article on blog writing and the guy said, don't write cute cat stories - no one cares about your cat.

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      @ Eiddwen... Hi and thank you for liking. Much appreciated :)

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      @Maralexa ....Hello and thank you for your appreciation. I am glad that you found some points useful for you. Thanks for reading and your votes as well :)

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      @ Kashmir56 ...Hello there, thank you so much for the votes and sharing. Your feedback and appreciation is much appreciated.

      Thank you for coming by and your time to read the Hub also. :)

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and useful.

      Thanks for sharing .

      Eddy.

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      6 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      learner365 this is a very informative and interesting hub. Thanks for the detail. I found your first three points the most useful for me: find your own niche, demonstrate your style, and be original. I will be reading your related hubs. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi learner365 great hub with much useful advice and information to help any blogger write a better blog . I blogged for eight and a half years on Windows Live Spaces till it closed so i know this is important information to help a blogger blog more successfully . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

    • learner365 profile imageAUTHOR

      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Hi and Thank you Website Examiner for your feedback on the Hub. I appreciate :)

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      Website Examiner 

      6 years ago

      I have read this with much interest. It is a rather comprehensive article that bloggers will find very useful. Excellent work.

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