How to Write 'Good Posts'

No post is perfect. Well, not ours anyways. Everyone has their own way of writing, what they think is best for their daily posts and it works for them. When reading blogs, the first thing I look for is Good, Eye Catching Titles in feeds such as twitter, facebook pages, bloglovin, etc. I scroll to find the ones that sound intriguing, interesting and something that will satisfy my search. Trust me, if it doesn't sound good, I'm not clicking, eh?!


So how do you find the perfect title for your posts? A shorter title is much more attractive than a longer title. Not to say a one word title does it but anything more than a one line title is overwhelming, cut it down. You also increase your views by having some suspense in there. Don't go all boring on me now. Spice that title up a notch. Don't just write "My Weekend in Photos" and think people are going to be attracted to that......let's write something like this, "A Glimpse of Life in the Dates House."or something to that effect. Trust me, I have a hard time with titles too but the more creative you can be, the more readers will click and actually read.

Adding some exotic words in your posts is fun and interesting too. Try searching the word in a different language and use a little drive in that title.

Onto the actual post. Let's start with a photo if you are going to be including photos into this post. Why? Because it looks much cleaner and you want to attract your viewers right away. So when publishing photos in your posts, put the photo in the beginning and write underneath it. I personally like to use this layout because I'm more interested in the story after seeing the photo head on. If I see a glop of words before and after the photos, I tend to get lost {I know, I'm horrible}

Separate your writing into paragraphs. Like we mentioned before- if someone sees a lot of writing bunched together, they will not even bother to read.

Don't make your text font so small no one can see. Usually a good size is 12px. You shouldn't use anything smaller or bigger. Maybe a 14px if it's a different font but if you can barely see what makes you think we can? Fonts. Use a font that isn't so Fancy if you know what I mean. Sometimes it takes longer to upload and some people have a hard time reading those types of fonts. Clean, neat ones are highly recommended, most times, plain jane is better.

Start your posts with a hello lovely or something to that effect. You are talking to your readers and it's nice to introduce a new day with them. Same as saying goodbye at the end of that post. Wish them a fabulous day and maybe a stay tuned, so they come back tomorrow.

Lengthy posts are call for no views or goodbyes quickly. Do not post a book. Keep it as short as possible.

Don't use these little :) smiley faces. Super annoying and so disturbing. I know. I like them too. But NO NO NO.

Don't write about mixed topics in one post. Stay focused on that topic and don't think to mention about something that doesn't relate. People bunch their posts up with ten different topics and we get lost. Don't do it. Save a food post for a food post and a playing at the park post for a park post.

Links are def. something you must include. If you take a photo from a site to use on your post, link back to them. If you don't and people know that the photo didn't come from you {most will know right away} , they get a feeling of mistrust and won't come back. And linking back to "GOOGLE" is the worst thing I've ever seen on a site who took the pic from google images. You did not get it from google, that pic has a site link and you should have linked properly versus being LAZY! So unattractive.

Good posts are neat, on topic and proper. Follow these simple steps and your posts will be awesome.

Feel free to let us in on your tips!

18 comments:

Yvonne said...

I post my photos at the end ..I use smiley faces ..I don't say hello& goodbye always ..and I have THE MOST boring titles ever.

Oh, and I don't always stay on one topic. I'm thinking I do everything you guys just said not to do. LOL!

chemgirljaime said...

thank you! I've been trying to figure out a good way to link up pictures, and no one would tell me how or why.

Alyx said...

Number one pet peeve: Having to enter a bunch of random letters after I've already written out a comment and clicked "submit." Most sites have spam filters, so you can turn that stupid thing off. A lot of times I don't realize that I have to type in the letters, and I've already accidentally left your page without leaving a comment.

A party and A HALF said...

Sometimes I do a random picture at the end of my post but it doesn't have anything to do with my post. I just figured I would add a picture (like of my dog or something).

But I am pretty much doing all of these things but it's still taking me forever to gain followers. I probably need better context? I don't know...

Alyx said...

Oh, and another thing: if your blog is not easy to read (ex: has a busy background or fancy cursive font), I'm not wasting my time. Keep it simple.

Eschelle said...

GREAT tips and I have to agree with Alyx about the comment security. To promote MORE comments removing that option is best!

Kristina said...

I think that these are really great tips. I have a hard time with creative titles sometimes, and so I just go with what I can come up with lame or not. I think length depends on the post, and what it's about. But I think if every post is extremely lengthy you will attract that kind of reader - however, if you have short'er' posts an occasionally throw in a long on, the loyal readers will still continue to read it.

A party and A HALF said...

Oh I do have to say having good spelling and punctuation is a must for me to read your blog. Of course once in a while isn't a big deal but if the first post I read is along these lines, "yo, so 2day I waz thinkin...". Nope, moving on.

Kristina said...

I agree with Alyx's comment about the letters. The only time I ever had a problem with spam is when I allowed anonymous comments. When you require them to login you weed out the wackos. I know that there have been times I'm going through my 25 tabs of blogs to read, and didn't wait to find out that there was the jumbled letters I had to fill out and my comment was never left.

AubrieAnne said...

Thanks for the tips! I know my post titles can get pretty long. lol.

AubrieAnne
http://whosyoureditor.blogspot.com/

Pickleope said...

I agree with all the suggestions except the picture rule. I think that one is a case-by-case basis. Sometimes a pic in the middle of a long thought helps to give eyes a visual break and/or a visual representation to what you're discussing and can be used to great effect.

Skye said...

This was helpful - thank you! I have been in a rut, so this helps me to spring back! :) (OOOOhhh there's the bad smiley!)

Kristen @ Confessions of a GDS said...

Wahhhh I need the smiley!!!!

I agree with most of these things, but I must keep my smilies! :) :) :)

OK, maybe I'll cut back...

So This is Love said...

Thanks for all the great tips! Much appreciated!

sothisisl0ve.blogspot.com

callie said...

oh goodness i totally broke a rule in my last post, but it is still dope!

Darcie said...

Love all these tips, thankyou!

Tonya the Hobo Girl said...

Great tips! I was starting to worry that my post titles were too odd and mysterious but I'm glad to hear that it actually may bring people in to find out what I'm talking about.

Alycia said...

i think the best posts don't have to follow any rules and come from the heart, even if that means they include a few :)'s or have long post titles. and i like when blogs don't call me lovely. it kind of sounds condescending to me. just my two cents :)

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