12 Blogging Tips for the Beginning and Experienced Blogger

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I wrote 25 columns for 12Most.com – a wonderful “list” site – so I got accustomed to writing in the 12-list format. A friend of mine recently asked me to give him a list of tips to share with his son’s class in middle school. They were learning about blogging (this is a class now?) and this is what I came up with:

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1. Don’t worry about length; worry about good.

2. Do worry about spelling and proper grammar – it does make a difference!

3. Titles are VERY IMPORTANT – take your time and choose the right title.

4. Hook the reader in the first paragraph – in fact, be sure you have short paragraphs and paragraph correctly.

5. Do NOT use foul language or too much slang unless it’s about slang.

6. As much as possible add images to all your blogs.

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7. Don’t be afraid of controversy but don’t court it either.

8. Have several blogs “in work” at any given time so you can work on the one that is currently “working” for you.

9. IF the flow of writing is not coming easily, put it aside. Revisit it later but if it’s still a struggle, dump it.

10. Write about what you know, what you believe, and what you’re passionate about.

11. Ask questions, especially at the end of your blog.

12. Don’t be afraid to not have all the answers – vulnerability as a writer makes you more accessible.

Please feel free to add your own tips in Comments and feel free to ask me to elaborate on any one of these tips…

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  • sealiz

    Excellent tips; thank you!

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      TY @sealiz:disqus – please share it with others…I hope it helps!

  • http://upliftingfamilies.com/ Christy Garrett

    These are excellent tips. I love my site because I have several topics to choose from. :) I love blogging and enjoy writing.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Variety is the spice of life @christygarrett:disqus

  • Bhanu Chander

    Great tips. Your presentation went well :)

    Also see my tips on Best ways of Monetizing your Blog

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      TY @bhanu_chander:disqus

  • Mei

    The cartoon is really funny! lol

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Thx @disqus_mAYzV8PM6A:disqus – hope to see you at #DadChat Thursday – I know you will relate to the topic of Work/Family Balance!

  • ginavalley

    Great tips and visuals, as always! I hope you are finding great snow, my friend! There sure is a lot of it where I am today.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Thx @ginavalley:disqus – where are you today?!?

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  • Gretaboris

    Fun visuals peppered in with the tips.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      TY @Gretaboris:disqus – which one was new to you? Or, which tip resonated most?

      • Gretaboris

        The one I struggle with the most is number 8 – have several posts working. I do so much writing that isn’t for my blog: freelance work, fiction, other on-line sites, etc… to have more than one post in the hopper at any given time seems like a lovely fantasy:)

        • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

          How about just having a bunch of ideas “in the hopper” even if they are only title @Gretaboris:disqus ???

          • Gretaboris

            Yes. I find having an editorial calendar helps me immensely, which is kind of like having ideas. Speaking of which, do you ever do any guest blogging? I’m doing a series on Love vrs. Lust right now:) I saw your post on singles and dating. I was thinking about having the man’s point of view on the dating scene.

          • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

            @Gretaboris:disqus – I rarely guest-blog anymore, but do let me know exactly what you have in mind…I like that topic (bruce@brucesallan.com)

  • David Weber

    The tip about ending on a question is a good one I had not thought of. It opens the space for response/comment. Very good!

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Thanks David…I try to offer the best tips I can from what I’ve learned on my (writing) journey!