Blogging for Beginners
Submitted by Hope & Grace Pens on December 17, 2012
The following post is the third in a series written by Bryce Piper of Hope and Grace Pens
"Blog" is slang for "web log," or an online journal or diary. People read blogs for entertainment, information and 'social' interaction, following blogs and bloggers who write about their interests. Blogging sounds daunting for the uninitiated. But it really isn't a monster. It's just a way to share your thoughts and products with like-minded people. Why would anyone be interested enough to read your blog? You might be surprised. If you find your topic interesting, someone else will too. There's a market out there for everyone, whatever you're into.
- Create a welcome message. This will be your first blog post. Thank your reader for visiting, let them know what your blog will be about, and encourage them to follow and/or return often. When you start, you will post both your welcome message and your first real content-blog post together (but as two separate posts).
- Make a list of 5-10 topics related to your product (to start). Brainstorm a list. Don't fill in details or answer questions (that comes later). If it's interesting to you, it's interesting to someone else. How did you get started? Who or what is your inspiration and why? What's your favorite material/color/technique and why? What are the challenges and how do you overcome them? What questions have customers asked you? What's the process? Are there any trade 'secrets' you're willing to share?
Pick two from the list you think will be easiest to knock out. Using the "Content" list below, go ahead and write a draft of your 2 blog posts. Get someone you trust to read it, checking for content, clarity, grammar and punctuation. How important is punctuation. Very. (Get it?)