When you first start writing blogs it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to get yourself started.
Who’s your audience? Be as specific as possible. What issues have they got? How can you help them?
What are you going to put in the blog?
- Tips around your business?
- Answers to frequently asked questions?
- A success story about someone you’ve helped?
- Personal stories eg why you got interested in doing what you’re doing?
- Lists: Do you have one you can share?
What tone are you going to use? A supportive, encouraging, friendly and open one tends to work best eg:
- invite feedback
- promote a conversation/discussion
- engage others in talking about your area of expertise
- offer to answer their questions online
- have a clear ask at the end for feedback and
- canvass people’s opinion
It’s probably best to avoid shouting out your opinions, being closed so that people feel scared to share and being overly-controlling.
Why bother with blogs? They help people understand what you do; raise your expert status; add value to your brand (as they can be put on other social networking sites like LinkedIn and Twitter); and they heighten your online presence (search engines love blogs).
A big thank you to
- Penny Power at Ecademy
- John Williams from Screw Work and Play
- Stephen Plotkin of the Business Wealth Club
for helping me understand what I’ve shared with you today.