Finding…The amount of information on just about any topic that you could blog about can be overwhelming and confusing…So you must know what type of information and how much outside information you might need.
- Amazon.com...Once you have identified your niche, visit Amaazonto see what markets are popular and what people are searching for.
- ezinearticles.com..provides a search engine that finds a variety of interesting online articles about your topic.This site can also give you a list of reliable contacts because each article has a brief biography about the author…usually including the name of any websites he may have built and books he may have written…
- Keyword research tools such as Market Samurai… can help you identify whether your content idea is a good one or not, and give you ideas for more related keywords and more potential blog post ideas.
- Library, local bookstore and magazine rack…Books and magazines are obviously good starting points for coming up with blog post ideas and gathering information about every single topic that you could possibly blog about…But books are often outsated, especially library books……
- Online trend tools… such as Google Trends provide current information on what people are searching for and popular trends.
- Web sites and other blogs…obviously…
Visualizing…Now that you have gathered your resources , start visualizing your ideas…Let each topic lead to another topic and another topic and yet another topic…Get your creative juices flowing…
- Place a topic in the center of the page with a circle around it.
- Write down as many related words, phrases, and ideas come to mind,
- Circle these words, phrases, and ideas.
- Connect them to the circles that around related ideas.
- Always remember to come back to the central idea before you wander too far off the original topic.
Grouping… Now that you have determined your central theme and niche audience and actually scribbled down every related ideas and topic related to your central theme, reread and evaluate the ideas you generated.
- List all the ideas that you actually do want to include in your paper.
- Cross out any ideas that you do not want to include.
- Group related ideas together.
- Arrange these groups of ideas from the most general to the most specific.
- Label these arranged lists with main and sub headings
Jotting It Down...The important thing now is that you write something…do not worry about spelling, grammar, or writing in complete sentences…the important thing now is not how youwrite it…but that you actually do write it….
A few good prompts to start this actual writing include….
- Few people know that…
- Few people realize that..
- I believe that….
- In response to…
- In summary…
- It has been my experience that this (person, place, object, image or event)…
- Let me tell you a story about…
- This is important because…
Now create a title that identifies what your post is about…Keep it “long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting…like a woman’s skirt”…
Take a break…as long of a break as you need…or can get…
The Zoom-In Camera…Revision and editing are like the zoom-in function on any camera and computer…Start by looking at 100% and work slowly down to the closest view possible…Ask yourself the big questions:
100% Level…The Entire Post
- Am I writing this from the right point of view?
- Am I writing this with the right tone of voice?
- Do all of the ideas in the paper make sense?
- Do any sections or sentences need to be explained further?
- Does the paper have a specific purpose?
- Does the paper accomplish its intended purpose?
- Have you made your best points obviously stand out?
- Is any additional information needed?
- Is it appropriate for my target audiences?
- Is it clear?
- Is it organized?
- Is there any irrelevant information that should be deleted?
- What is my “bottom line”? Am I satisfied with my conclusion?
- What would you say is the most successful part of your paper? Why?
- Are my paragraphs in the right order?
- Does each paragraph have a clear topic sentence?
- Does each paragraph have enough evidence to support this topic?
- Should any of my paragraphs be eliminated completely?
- Do all of my sentences actually make sense?
- Do all of my sentences move easily from one sentence to the next?
- Do all of my sentences start with short, simple words and phrases?
- Do any of my sentences have introductory clauses that are too long?
- Do any of my sentences seem out of context?
- Are any of the words I have used simply “extra” words that I can delete?
- Are any of the words I have used too vague?
- Are any of the words I have used actually misused?
- Commas—Make sure that any sentences with two main clauses are connected with a comma and a conjunction, separated with a semicolon, or rewritten as two sentences.
- Omitted or repeated words—Read the paper aloud slowly to make sure you haven’t missed or repeated any words.
- Parallelism-Look through your paper for series of items and make sure these items are in parallel form.
- Pronouns—Stop at each pronoun. Look for the noun that the pronoun replaces. If you can’t find the noun, insert a noun earlier in the writing or change the pronoun to a noun. If you do find a noun, make sure the noun and pronoun agree in both number and person.
- Sentence Fragments-–Make sure each sentence has a subject and a complete verb. Use “helping verbs” if you need to. Make sure that dependent clauses are not written as complete sentences.
- Spelling—Move a pencil under each line of text to help you to see each word individually. Do not simply assume that using spell-check will automatically fix every misspelled or misused word in the paper.There is no shame in actually checking with a dictionary.
- Subject/Verb Agreement—Find the subject and verb that goes with the subject in each sentence. Make sure that if the subject is plural, the verb is also plural.
Take another break…as long of a break as you need…or can get…
Print out a hard copy. Come back to the hard copy of the post as if you are either a reader reviewing someone else’s work or a teacher grading someone else’s work, not the person who has actually written it.
Read the paper out loud. Check for run-on sentences, awkward pauses and transitions, unclear ideas, and other small grammatical and organization issues.
Finally…well, almost..have someone else read your post and offer feedback. A new reader will be able to help you catch mistakes that you might have overlooked…
Real finally—Hit “Publish”…