4 Tips to Decide What & How to Write Blog Posts

4 Tips to Decide What and How to Write Blog Posts

This post has been inspired by Michelle Quillin of New England Multi Media who invited me to take part in the IC Publishing Summer Blog Tour. The focus is to 4 answer questions on how to write blog posts. I’ve gotten to know Michelle from Twitter and we actually got to meet in person last summer at an event at Allies Pet Store here locally in Rhode Island.

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The 4 How to Write Blog Posts – Tips from Start to Finish

 

1. How do you start to write blog posts? I need to be inspired by a topic. It has to be something I really want to share and that I hope will help my readers. Sometimes its a new thing I learned about on social media, blogging or SEO. I’ve learned over the years not to assume everyone knows about everything. I’ve done a few posts and many readers commented that they never heard of this or that.

My writing process starts with a title. (Opposite of how Michelle starts her posts – hint to read her post).  A title is not always easy for me to come up with when deciding how to write blog posts. It’s one of the harder things to do in writing blog posts. I then look for images. That can take some time. I’ve been more picky finding images as time goes on. The use of  Pinterest is a great way to get your blogs posts out there when you have great images. I then do research on a topic. I want to be sure I fully understand the topic so I can answer questions that come in the comments. If it’s a topic I can’t grasp I ask for contributors to write about it.

Other times I’m inspired by causes. Something that will help other people.  A cause that will benefit readers or help them not suffer from something others are suffering from.  When I’m inspired and writing time flies by and I sometimes forget about eating and sleeping.


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2. How do you continue your writing projects for blog posts? I re-read and sleep on writing blog posts. In the beginning days of my writing blog posts I could not wait to publish. I would usually publish on that day. Not anymore in most cases. I like to re-proof and rethink the post. Sometimes I will go back and add more – either in words or images. Sometimes I will go back and change the title. I may do more research. I don’t write as much for SEO anymore. I’ve found it becoming less important in traffic this year.  I do have the Yoast plug-in which I still highly recommend. Some days if I feel I don’t have enough information in the post and I will do more research. Sometimes I’ll tweet questions out or ask them on the Inspire to Thrive Facebook Page.
 
3. How do you finish your blog posts? I re-read and see if there is anything else I can add to the post. Can I make it better? Is it easy to read? Will my readers learn something or benefit from it?  I do proof with a spell check website and then re-read the post on my mobile phone. That’s how I write blog posts here at Inspire to Thrive. I’d love to know how you write your blog posts and which activity you do first.
 
4. Include one additional tip to benefit the collective communities: My one tip would be this: Get involved with other bloggers. Get to know them, comment on their blogs. If you really like blogging and getting to know people you will naturally make friends along the way.  Friends do help each other out. I love when a friend from blogging will email me or send me a DM on Twitter of a mistake on my post. Even with using spell check some errors do happen still every now and then. I don’t stress about them anymore like I did in the earlier days. That’s what the update button is for, right?

 

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I’m passing the pen on to ALi Lawrence – Ali is a content specialist for a tech company and enjoys cooking in her apple-red kitchen, binge reading fantasy books, and playing tennis in her free time. You can visit her blog here.

 

 

What is your process on how to write blog posts at your blog?

It’s interesting to read how some writers / bloggers do things differently when writing their blog posts.

A special thank you to Michelle for inviting and inspiring me to write how to write blog posts as part of the IC Publishing Summer Blog Tour!

Lisa loves helping others to thrive online through Content Marketing with Social Media, Blogging and SEO. What good is knowledge if you cannot share it with others? She has 20+ years experience in marketing/advertising with 6 years experience in content marketing, social media, blogging and SEO. Check out her latest eBook "Learn to Tweet and Thrive on Twitter" now on Amazon.

51 comments On 4 Tips to Decide What & How to Write Blog Posts

  • Hi Lisa,
    As a beginner in blogging field, i learned many good important tips before writing a blog post from here. When i write my next blog post, i will try to follow these blogging process. I hope it is able to make better results. Thank you Lisa for sharing this valuable guideline with us. Keep doing.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Great post here.

    For me, it depends on the type of post I feel like writing and the general tone of it. I don’t think of the headline right away, but I do think of the general concept of what I want the post to be about.

    If I’m writing a list post or how to post, I usually tend to start from the bottom up. So conclusion first all the way to the headline. I know it’s unorthodox but it works for me from time to time.

    Like you, I use to just publish the posts right after finishing it, but more and more I learned about providing quality content. That means making sure it’s edited correctly, all the links I wanted to include is working, the content has a certain flow to it, everything makes sense, etc. Most of the time, I spend 10 – 20 hours on a blog post just making sure it’s ready to go live. And I found that I got better results from doing that.

    Your tip for getting to know other bloggers is key. Nobody can make it or do it alone online so it’s important to always try to build relationships and engage with other bloggers. You’ll get much further than way than trying to do it solo.

    Great post once again here, Lisa. Really enjoyed it.

    Hope you have a great day.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Great post here.

    For me, it depends on the type of post I feel like writing and the general tone of it. I don’t think of the headline right away, but I do think of the general concept of what I want the post to be about.

    If I’m writing a list post or how to post, I usually tend to start from the bottom up. So conclusion first all the way to the headline. I know it’s unorthodox but it works for me from time to time.

    Like you, I use to just publish the posts right after finishing it, but more and more I learned about providing quality content. That means making sure it’s edited correctly, all the links I wanted to include is working, the content has a certain flow to it, everything makes sense, etc. Most of the time, I spend 10 – 20 hours on a blog post just making sure it’s ready to go live. And I found that I got better results from doing that.

    Your tip for getting to know other bloggers is key. Nobody can make it or do it anlone online so it’s important to always try to build relationships and engage with other bloggers. You’ll get much further than way than trying to do it solo.

    Great post once again here, Lisa. Really enjoyed it.

    Hope you have a great day.
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  • Great post! I keep a list of topics on-hand. Usually the list is from questions people have asked me, trends I see in social media, and other problems that need to be solved for people in my niche. It could also be a cool, new product or how to do something in WordPress.
    With this running list, I can choose a topic that resonates with me at that moment and get to work.

    Thanks again for sharing your writing process!
    Lisa
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  • Hello; Thanks for sharing your process with us. I decide on the subject first. I try to save the actual title until I am through so I can give it the same effort I put into writing the post. That plus sometimes the post will change by the time it is finished. I generally carry the idea around in my head for a few days and when I feel ready I sit down and write. I write straight through and only add the headings links photos after I think I have it all down. I use a spell checker, but that’s it for most posts. If the post is important, then I do have an editor I can send it to before or after it goes live. And if your posts are being pinged you don’t want to press that update button too often. You can get penalized by some of the syndication services. thanks for sharing and take care, Max
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    • Hi Maxwell, you are welcome. You are not alone in saving the title for last. Something I need to try out in a future post. I do the same w/carrying ideas in my head but try not to wait to long especially if it something timely. Interesting about updating too often, thanks for adding that tidbit in. (Something I often forget about). Thanks so much for coming by Maxwell and sharing your method with us. Have a great new week there!
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  • My start is usually inspiration from whatever new product (or sometimes an older one) I’m currently reading or watching. I usually think “I can say that differently” or “I can see a different point” or usually “he’s missed something there” which makes me want to go out and make a start. (Cue then for feverish re-reading of other articles and ebooks on the same topic – Copying one man’s work is theft. Taking ideas from many men’s work is research.).

    The title I put up at the beginning is rarely the one I finish with though.

    My biggest problem is that I rarely think of adding graphics as I’m writing and if I do think of them at all they are generally afterthoughts that ‘sort of’ fit.

    The trouble is that my ideas are like my waistline – too much breadth, instead of like the type of mind my wife wishes I had – with enough depth!

    Regards,

    Steven Lucas

    • Hi Steven, I love your style of writing – made me laugh. I like to find something someone’s missed on a topic and focus on that for a post. So how many times do you change your title? I’ve been playing more with mine of late. I love graphics as they can help people understand what you are teaching or writing about. It’s not easy finding them all the time though. Thanks for all your input and have a wonderful weekend ahead Steven.
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  • Well I have my own way of writing blog posts, but i always elect topics which i have experience with. SO, i can provide best quality content to my readers.
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  • Thanks Sudipto, it sure can be a difficult task indeed. You must really like your topic and want to share it with others. Connecting with other bloggers is key and many don’t understand that in the beginning. I’m sure you do now Sudipto. Appreciate your comment and have a great rest of the week there.
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  • Hey Lisa,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. Writing an article in not an big issue but writing an quality content is a difficult task. When any new idea come to my mind, first I do some research on it and after this, I start writing my post. After completing it, I read it and add some more points if any come in my mind.
    Connecting with other blogger is very important factor in blogging.
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  • Hi Lisa,
    Before going any further I want to confess one thing, that it always takes me half an hour to completely get through your post because after reading all the amazing post from you, I can’t back myself from going through all the comments on that particular post because I also get to know so much from comments as well.

    Now, this post is as always amazing, I many a time feel outage in mind which don’t allow me to write anything, you have some points in this blog which helps me to over come it.
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  • Hey Lisa,

    Great post.;)

    Writing a blog post is not that much. For beginners it’s hard to sum up their post with a great conclusion and starting their blog post with an effective title is more difficult.

    Continuing the post with the striking points which can be followed by readers matter a lot because bloggers motto is to provide best content which can engage it’s readers for long so that they would come back at the blog.

    The things you have explained in this matters a lot for writing an informative post.
    It will be helpful for many bloggers.:)

    Have a good day.:)

    ~Ravi
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  • Hi Ali,

    Thanks for sharing this valuable tips in Lisa’s blog. I believe all bloggers need to have their own process in writing blog post. One of the ways to easily understand it is through learn from other process. Your experience in writing blog post is valuable for bloggers especially for those who hardly manage consistency in writing blog post.

    Great post. Wish you have a wonderful weekend
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  • Hey Lisa madam,

    You covered a very demanded topic here. I am saying this because this (What & How to Write Blog Posts) is a common question of all bloggers. Even, i also face same situation sometimes.

    For me point 1, 2 and 3 these all are valuable and inspiring. As you mentioned – I may do more research. If people ask this question from self then surely they will provide some uniqueness to their readers. Thank you so much for inspiring with such type of post. 🙄 I found this article on kingged.com
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  • Have you checked my latest post to find out why one name like LISA-COM should be added to the Oxford Dictionary?
    I do hope you won’t kill me after reading it ooo! Hahaha!

    Now please back to main issue on board, with respect to write blog posts matters a lot. Re-reading or proofreading at the end is what many fail to do when posts are done.

    Please do have a great weekend and I found this post shared on kingged.com

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  • Hey Lisa,

    We’re similar in quite a few ways. I was specifically look at number 2.

    For me, this year at least, it can take me 3 days to a full week to write one post.. I know that’s pretty slow compared to others, but it’s very comfortable for me for now. Last year I use to find many mistakes on my blog posts, so I thought I might want to slow it down and take my time by writing only once a week.

    As far as the process… I’ll number it here

    1. Think of a title
    2. Think of the meta descriptions and write it down
    3. find a quote on Google
    4. Write the first sentence or paragraph
    5. Ponder for a day or 2
    6. write down my points
    7. take a couple of days to write down what each point is all about
    8. Find my pictures
    9. Make it SEO compliant!

    That’s it!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!

    I found your post on kingged.com under the category of Blogging!
    http://kingged.com/4-tips-decide-write-blog-posts/

    • Hi Sherman, Oh yes, I used to make mistakes too and every now and then one happens, but we are all human right? Great that you learned to slow down. That’s a big thing for me – I always rush, rush 🙁
      Interesting you do title first too – I started to think I was the only one til Adrienne said she did that too – we are in good company….
      Is SEO still that important to you Sherman? I’m relying on it less and less but do realize it should come up in search as well. Thanks for sharing – love your bullet points. Have a wonderful and weekend ahead.
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  • Hi Lisa,
    Writing a blog post is a process that applies to different people! Experience differs and it is readily important to access what is best for you! The best blog posts are those help to solve problems for the readers.

    More so, I agree with the part that states “Get involved with other bloggers. Get to know them, comment on their blogs.” This is readily important!

    I upvoted this post in kingged where it was shared for Internet marketers.
    http://kingged.com/4-tips-decide-write-blog-posts/

  • Hey Lisa,

    I know Michelle from Triberr and I think that’s cool that you two got to meet in person. I love meeting people in person.

    So on to what you’re sharing here. I start with the headline as well after I’ve decided what to write about. I don’t go any further until I have that down. The image is the last thing I do but I don’t sit on the post a day and come back to it later.

    Like yesterday I wrote my post for today. I knew what the topic was going to be and it probably took me a good 15 minutes to get the title right. It took probably three hours to write the post. I don’t write a rough draft and then go back, I correct things as I go. I might read if after I’m done and not like a good bit of it and rewrite it no telling how many times which is what I did yesterday. But once I’m satisfied with it then I finish up the process and I schedule it to be published on the proper day and time. No going back and rehashing it to death because I can always change something.

    Thanks for sharing with us exactly how you go about writing your post, very interesting. I might have to stop by and see what Michelle does not.

    Hope you’re feeling fine and have a good weekend.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Hi Adrienne, glad to hear you know Michelle too! Cool – we both do headlines first. Glad to know I’m not the only one. Interesting you don’t sit on posts overnight like many. My exception was yesterday when I learned a new app was coming for an old one that I use. I just had to get it out there 🙂
      Good point about not rehashing it as I’m doing on my eBook , I must just FINISH it and be done – thanks for that inspiration! Thinking of you today Adrienne and I do hope you have a good weekend.
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  • Hi Lisa,

    Yes indeed, we all have our own ways of writing blog posts 🙂

    Speaking of myself, I could get inspired from anything and everything! It could be a post I read somewhere, or the comments, or seeing my Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook stream, or just simply when I am in nature as my mind runs there!

    Getting the seed or main idea is one part, and writing is another. If I know of it, the post doesn’t take long, but as I always say I am a learner, so even if I might know of something, unless I don’t research more about it, I don’t write and that’s because I want to give the best to my readers. Sometimes the research work takes hours, and so does a pillar post, which you know often cross 2000-2500 words or more.

    Yes, I let the post rest for a few hours or overnight and then it’s edited again by my hubby before I re-check it again, and might make a few additions before putting it up. Then finding the apt images is another task, so is looking up for quotes, which I love., so it all does take a long time for me. But I love it, nevertheless 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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  • Hey Lisa,

    I couldn’t agree with you more about sleeping on a post. Sometimes just stepping away for a while will get the creative juices flowing in a positive direction.

    On my latest list, I was aiming for 20 well by the end of the next day it was up to 25.

    I’m such a believer in #4. It is actually a topic that is being published a lot this week. Engagement is huge and should be a focus for sure. I will take engagement over depending on Google any day. I know you can relate to that statement for sure.

    Nice one Lisa. Take care…
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    • Hi Steven, Funny thing I did another post yesterday that I did not sleep on. It was because it was a new app coming out on that day. I found it easy to write and did the rest of the steps as I do above. That’s the exception – something very timely. Glad to hear engagement is taking over Google, I hope that trend do continues. Thanks for coming by and for your input Steven. Have a great weekend ahead!
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  • Lisa, I do love to come up with my topic first, this keeps me focused.

    Having said that, the next step is for me to do the relevant research. After which I write the post- I do sleep on my content so as to reduce mistakes.

    The final thing I do is to find relevant image or to create one using canva.

    However, if the images are to function to explain a particular post-such as tutorial post, I do pick up the images as I do the writing.

    Thanks for sharing your tip Lisa.
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  • They could not have picked a better person!

    These are great answers Lisa and that’s why I love following you and your advice.

    I do a lot of editing before I post too and even before I publish I do a once over to make sure the image is good, etc.

    Thanks for sharing your process with us. I can’t wait to see what Ali has to talk about :).

    Happy Wednesday Lisa. Hope you’re feeling better.

    Cori
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  • Interesting post Lisa.

    I have to say, it is interesting to see how others begin their process. I don’t know how you do it with Titles first. That’s usually my last thing I do. I usually start with content. Either it comes from a dream or something I read and I go from there. Then I find pictures and believe it or not, I’m starting to pay for my pics so they are mine, no credits, no links, just mine. That’s one thing I learned in publishing my short stories. Lastly, I’ll come up with a title, usually after I proofread my post. I like adding a catching feature pic and another in my post itself. Pics, I love in reading.

    I have to agree with getting to know other bloggers and making friends. I’ve learned so much from so many bloggers and it has helped me along my way, especially with all the new things you come up with. :mrgreen: Great post Lisa! Gladly passing it along!
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    • Hi Brenda, well I do know what the topic is and have researched it before deciding to write about it. So I then do a title to start out. It helps with keywords though I don’t focus as much on SEO as I once did. I may try to do the title last in the next few posts to see if it helps me or not seeing a few of you do it that way. Interesting on your pictures. I hope to take more photos that I can actually use too. Oh yes, so glad we met blogging Brenda and we all learn from one another and our mistakes and successes. Thanks for coming by and sharing. Have a great rest of the week Bren!
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    • I agree with Brenda! I usually do my title last unless it comes to me magically 😉

      Thanks so much for passing the pen to me, Lisa! I look forward to writing it up this weekend!
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