I’ve written about Twitter, Facebook and social media in general, but I don’t think I’ve ever written about blogging. Well that’s going to change today because this blog has been basically my little project since it started so I love to talk about it. 🙂
One of the biggest obstacles to overcome with blogging is figuring out what to write about. I know that is a struggle of mine and many of our authors too. Florida Agriculture is such a broad subject that you wouldn’t think it would be hard to find something to write about but, unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Here are a few things I tell our authors and people when they seem to be getting stuck in a rut.
Stick with what you know.
The first thing I always tell our authors is to write about what they know. There is nothing more challenging than writing about a subject that you either don’t care about or know nothing about. If there is already a base of knowledge there, the words should flow. No one wants to feel like they are writing a term paper.
This is just as important as writing about what you know. Once you’ve got a few topics that you’re interested in or know a lot about, brainstorm. Remember those days back in school when they’d teach you to make a brainstorming web to help organize all your ideas? Well it works as an adult too and you’d be surprised what kind of ideas you get.
Inspiration from others.
I read a lot of blogs. I do this to not only feed my thirst for information, I do it to help me be able to write on this blog. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and while that’s true – don’t word for word copy people. Use their posts to help you draw inspiration. See what they write about. How did they take an article and turn it into a blog post? What topics do they write about? Do they interview people? It’s a matter of just looking to others for how they do things and making it your own.
We’re lucky on this blog that ours is a little more consumer-oriented. Therefore we can be a little more casual than some other blogs. But even if you are a business, people enjoy reading things they can relate to. Give your readers information that they find interesting and helpful, but spice it up with a little of your own personality. Give your opinion too – but don’t go there. I always tell our authors that, you know when that line is drawn. But try to make it your own.
Those are just a few tips I’ve learned and shared with our authors. I hope you can find some use out of them too! Are there any other ways you find motivation or inspiration to write? Let me know!
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