Blogging is so personal & subjective. I hate to think there are 'rules' when it comes to what I write.
However, in reality, there are things I 'consider' when piecing together a post, so I thought I would share them with anyone that's interested. I do enjoy being nosy and seeing other peoples creative process, so here's my two cents on how I do things...
Title : In a nutshell, I like to keep my titles short and to the point. That isn't always possible, of course, but I try to be as consistent as possible. I sometimes think that keeping that in mind often helps me create a more concise & interesting title than if I just tried to sum up what the post is about. Obviously it's down to personal preference, but snappy, to the point titles always draw me in.
First Image : This is essentially related to Bloglovin' more than anything else, however I always try to put my best image at the top of the post, if there are numerous to choose from (my 'best foot forward' if you like). This will obviously be the first thing everyone sees, but also the image associated to your text when published on Bloglovin'. I've definitely noticed certain patterns on BL, as I sometimes think it's seen in a Pinterest visual way and that people like to collate posts that look pretty, rather than perhaps what the post says. So it's something I always keep in mind.
Opening sentence : One of the things I also like to do is create a subtitle at the beginning of every post. Just something short and interesting that sets the tone for the rest of the text. Again, if you look at posts on Bloglovin', you only see the first few sentences, so it's nice to be able to get a feel for what you're about to read before you've even clicked the link.
Working links : Speaking of links, if I'm going to include them in a post, I always check that they work. This applies to sharing on social media & when leaving comments on other blogs, if you like to leave your blog link (here's a basic HTML trick for doing so). I also try make sure I click the 'open in new window' box, so that anyone reading can stay on the page, while checking out something else.
Proof read : I sometimes think the reason I can end up spending hours writing a single post is because I'm forever checking & previewing what it looks like. It's almost bordering on an obsession. Of course there are always going to be spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (we're only human, after all) but I like to get it as well put together as possible, before pressing publish. Even then, I will always check links and proof read again once it has gone to live to check that I'm happy with it!
Ending : Again, just something I like doing, possibly because I'm forever chatting away, is to ask a question at the end of my posts. I think it encourages conversation and I love hearing from people, so I always include one. I could be wrong though...
What do you think?
(Do you see what I did there?)
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