Be interesting, brief, and meet your deadlines!
Blogs may as well be the new mini-television network sites of tomorrow. I write a blog, which is a frequently updated online journal. Blogs can be hosted by a web service like Blogspot or Wordpress, to name two of the more popular. You can also host your own blog, but you will need your own website.
Blogs give information to people around the world, and are very easy to do. If you are looking to start your own blog, there are a few things you need to know.
First, you need to pick a topic and direct your writings around that topic. You could pick politics, or current events, fashion, even animals or your favorite band. Anything you feel passionately about.
Next, know your audience and write to them. Know who will be reading your blog and write for that demographic. If your audience is too broad or too vague, or you think you want to write for the whole world, you will never be able to meet your goal of building readership. If you write for everyone, no one will read you.
You also have set a deadline for your updates and stick to it! That will encourage poeple to keep up their interest and follow you on a regular basis. Readers will know when you post and come back to check for new information. If it's not there, they won't return.
Professional bloggers say writing three times a week is best. They suggest writing fewer than 300 words per piece and posting on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
When writing a blog the goal usually is to reach as many people as possible. The best way to achieve that goal is to tell your friends and family about your blog, and tell them to tell their friends. If you’re interesting, you will grow exponentially. But, be patient. One expert blogger I know worked more than two years for his blog on marketing to catch on. Today, he has 20,000 regular readers per post.
I have been writing a blog for eight months. It is called We R Tomorrow. I write for young people. My goal is to educate my generation on current events. My blog can be found at http://wertomorrow.wordpress.com/.
Blogs are an easy way to teach or to motivate or to inform. You can voice your opinion in a blog, or just tell the facts. You can write about anything you want, and write however often you want. Blogs are fun and easy to do. Start one today!
PHOTO: Scholastic News Kid Reporter hard at work on her blog! (Photo Courtesy Elena Hildebrandt)