Blogging has been one of the most rewarding and stressful activities I’ve ever undertaken. It’s great to see my growth as a writer. I’ve loved interacting with my readers online. But sometimes it frustrates me to no end.
Sometimes my posts don’t come out so great. And the ones I really like don’t always get the feedback I had hoped. So what do you do when you feel like your blog is stuck in a rut? Here are three tips that have helped me take my blogging to the next level:
1. Start Slow
When I first started I felt I had to write paradigm-altering posts every day. I quickly realized this is not realistic. Guys in my field like Sam Luce, Jonathan Cliff, and David Wakerly make it look easy, but it’s a lot of work. The best way to start is to start slow. Here’s a great tip from Jon Acuff on the #1 reason blogs die (and how to make sure your blog doesn’t):
2. Know What You Want Your Readers to Do
The point of your post should be action. Your readers should be better at something you’re good at because of your post. Every post should answer one of these two questions:
Every person SHOULD_______________________because of/for______________________
Every person CAN___________________________by______________________________
Beginning with the end in mind will help you write posts people will actually read. If you do this people will keep reading your posts. They’ll like your writing so much they’ll start telling their friends about it. And they’ll start telling THEIR friends. Click here for a template to help you write more focused posts.
3. Write Headlines That Will Interest Them
If your headline isn’t remarkable nobody will ever know what a great writer you are. Headlines are what make us want to read what you’ve wrote. Chances are that’s why you’re reading this post now. Here’s a simple headline writing formula I learned from Jeff Goins:
Number/Trigger word + Adjective + Keyword + Promise = Awesome Headline
Hopefully these tips have been helpful to you. What other tips can you recommend for someone to take their blog to the next level? Post them in the comment section below!
PS – For more blogging tips check out How Get More Traffic to Your Blog by Seth Godin