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Writing as a Blogger, not a Writer

There’s a big difference in how you write as a blogger and how you write as a magazine or newspaper writer. However many bloggers still follow traditional writing rules. The two media, online and print, have a completely different feel to them and as such require something completely different from their writers. So how do you successfully write for a blog if you were trained as a print writer? Implement these tactics to get the most from your blog posts:

1# Maintain a conversational tone

There’s a very structured form to writing when you’re writing for print journalism, a certain tone that you have to maintain to appear professional. In short, there’s not a lot of individualism in articles that you read in print media. Blogging, however, allows you to write conversationally and a little more loosely. It enables you to write as though you’re talking to your readers, sitting down with them and having a conversation with them. This gives you the advantage of forming a relationship with your readers.

2# Use bullet points

Online readers have short attention spans, and who can blame them? There are a thousand different things competing for your attention when you’re online from pop-ups to ads to interesting content grasping for your attention on sidebars. Using numbers or bullet points helps break up material so your readers are able to scan quickly and still grasp the important points of your articles.

3# Keep your posts around 500 words

Writers for any media can get a little wordy at times. It’s just how writers function – in sentences, words, and long, flowing thoughts. owHowever the longer your posts are the less likely it is that your readers will read the content in its entirety. If you want them to read the whole post, keep it more concise and less wordy.

4# Don’t be afraid of controversial content

From time to time you’ll find print news that is controversial, but the majority of the time it is written with a certain slant to it. Blogs give you the freedom to pursue controversial topics with gusto and to voice your opinion, even if it goes against the grain. The trick is to avoid attacking opposing views.

5# Write with SEO in mind, but not for SEO

You should always write a blog post with the thought of “how can I get the most exposure for this?” and include SEO throughout. However don’t make the critical mistake of writing only for SEO purposes because you’ll lose the power of the post that way. There’s no harm in being mindful of SEO, but being completely absorbed in it will make you look like a scam site that isn’t worth reading.

Understanding the tactics needed with writing for a blog will help ensure that you are a more successful and well-rounded blogger all around. Blogging needs a certain frame of mind that is different from any other writing venture. When you can grasp that you will find success.

Author Bio:- Melanie Slaugh writes extensively for internet service providers and also topics related to that. She provides the information to consumer on the need to choose the right Internet package for them. She can be reached at slaugh.slaugh907@gmail.com.

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