22 September 2013

Why Won't You Read Me?! 5 Rules for Writing a Readable Blog Post



The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.
~ Voltaire

In September, I’m participating in the Sapphire Even Day Blogging Challenge and the Two Pages-A-Day Writing Challenge. 


S
ex, drama, heroes, villains, sex, damsels in distress, damsels with guns, sex, aliens, sexy aliens.

Did I mentioned sex?

Now that I’ve got your attention…Kimberly’s prompt for today was to link to some our posts that didn’t get as much traffic or comments as we may have liked.  And that made me wonder-- 


What is it about some posts or articles that catch the eye or fire the imagination?

Most people will tell you that keywords are king, especially in cyberspace.  And that may be true.  But for me, it just smacks of commercial manipulation.  And let me tell you, I truly hate advertising because the darn things actually work on me. 

I almost bought an HTC smarty pants phone because of Robert Downey, Jr.

Image Credit: WebProNews
Evil geniuses.

Crass commercialism and keywords aside, there is something to be said for a good “hook” line.  (Both Copyblogger and Problogger have great articles on doing just that.  I highly recommend both sites for my writerly friends.) But keywords have nothing to do with a good intro or hook line. 

It’s all about creativity. 

And when I went digging around my blog for lonely and forgotten posts, I noticed I consistently broke some basic rules about writing a blog post:

1. Creative Title
2. Creative Hook Line
3. Use of Images
4. Short paragraphs
5. Creative Subheadings (when needed)

Image Credit: Pinterest
When I don’t follow these five rules it’s no wonder those posts don’t get much traffic.  Even I was bored and didn’t want to read them!

Tech Debate – Creative Title, and I used images and subheadings, but I think it was too long.  I already broke the series down into 3 posts, but this post alone should have been a two parter.

Distractions and Art – Hook line is non-existent and at least one paragraph could have been split into two to make it more readable.  And the subheadings are snoozers.

Garden Edges – Again, boring intro and subheader.

I’d show you a couple more, but I’m already bored!  So I’ll try not cause any of my readers to die of boredom in the future.

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

If you’re a blogger, what captures your readers?

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