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See How Easily You Can Write A Great Blog Post

February 23, 2016 | By Dee Ann Rice

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Writing your first blog post can be terrifying.

You have no idea what to write or how to write it.

You are not a professional writer. You think that in order to write a blog post you have to write like a professional writer and if you don’t write like a professional writer no one will ever read your post.

From your perspective you are the only person on the Internet who has these fears. The reason you think this is because you also think everyone else writing blogs is a professional writer.

These fears are very common to newbie bloggers. 

These are the fears that Beth had when she decided to blog for the first time.

Beth is a woman in her mid 30’s. Her husband is in the military and they have moved frequently during their entire married life. Beth does not have any children but also does not work because they have moved so often.

Recently Beth got the idea to start a blog. She thought this would be the perfect job for her. It will not matter how often or where they move she can keep doing what she is doing. 

Beth has tried other work at home schemes in the past but found it hard to keep doing most of them when they moved out of the country or away from the people above her. For Beth blogging seems like the perfect solution to the problems of having a continuous job as a military wife.

Having decided what she wanted to do, Beth started looking into how to get started. She was really excited about putting her blog up and learning how to manage it. She planned on hiring a coach to help her learn how to install a blog and get it running so that part was not scary at all. She would have someone to ask all of her questions.

The Problem For Beth

For Beth the thought of writing posts other people would actually read or would want to read scared her speechless.

Beth was not a professional writer and had no idea how to write a blog post. She was terrified at the idea of anyone reading what she wrote.

As scared as she was about people reading what she wrote she was more terrified that no one would ever want to read anything she wrote.

After all why would anyone be interested in anything she had to say?

Beth truly believed she needed to be an accomplished professional writer in order to write a blog post anyone would read.

Write A Blog Post Like A Blogger

One of the most startling things about blogging to a newbie is the fact that writing a blog post does not take professional writing skills.

In fact it is preferable not to use professional writing methods or even the writing methods we were taught in high school when writing a blog post. 

When writing a blog post you are not writing a newspaper article, a professional research paper or an article for a professional journal.

The people who read your post will most probably not be the same people who read those types of media either. Well, maybe they will read a newspaper but they will not be expecting your blog to sound like a newspaper.

When I talked to Beth about writing her first post her biggest worry was “I was never good at writing in high school and now I can not even remember what they taught me.”

My response back to her was “that is good because you don’t want to write like that anyway.”

You want to write like a blogger because you will be a blogger not a journalist or professional writer.

This brought some relief to Beth but she still did not know how to write a blog post.  

So How Do You Write Like A Blogger?

The best advice I ever got when I was starting my blog was to write my post like I was talking to a friend. 

You should be talking to one person in everyday language when you write your blog post. 

In order to communicate to that one person what you want them to learn from your post you need to write the same way you talk in everyday life. 

The best way I can explain it and the way I explained it to Beth is think about going to a coffee shop with a friend. 

You both arrive and greet each other, order your coffee and find some comfortable chairs to sit down in then immediately start talking about what has been going on in your life.

Your friend asks you how you handled some problem you have been having. Maybe it was how you handled something with your children, maybe they knew you were tiling your bathroom yourself so they asked you how you did that or how you made a specific desert that they really liked when they were over to your house last.

It really does not matter what the subject is. You are not going to respond like you were reading out of the Wall Street Journal and if you do your friend would lose interest immediately.

You are going to talk the same way you always do in a conversational manner. 

That conversational manner is also how you are going to write your blog post.

Forget everything else you ever learned about writing and write like you talk. Use all of the verbal expressions you use when you are talking.

You want people to know you are a real person and that you are talking to only them.

When people feel like you are talking only to them, you will start to achieve what you want to achieve with your blog. 

Results When You Talk To Your Readers

When you talk to your readers like you are talking to a friend in a coffee shop they feel like you are talking to them and only them. 

You will begin to build a relationship and trust with your readers.

Down the road when you have a product to sell, your readers will buy from you because they know and trust you.

Do You Need Help Learning How To Get Started Blogging?

I am eager to help you learn how to get started blogging and writing like a blogger. I will also show you how to set up your blog and how to write posts. Click here and tell me where you are right now and we’ll set up a time to discuss how I can help you so you will not have a fear of the technical stuff anymore.

I will also answer any more questions you may have about blogging. 

I would love to talk to you soon.

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We all started out with fears of writing that first post. Share what your fears were or are. 

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1 Adrienne
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February 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Hey Dee Ann,

Boy can I relate to this. As you know, I came from corporate America in the secretarial field where you had to write professionally. I did that for several years when I first came online but once I got into blogging I quickly learned that those posts weren’t getting very much attention.

Once I started writing in a conversational tone things just seem to have taken off. I think for anyone just starting out, if they can begin this way they are one step further than most just now starting.

Great advice and I’m sure Beth was SO pleased to have met you.

Enjoy your week and hope things are settling down.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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February 25, 2016 at 6:16 am

Adrienne,

I did the same thing as you did or at least tried to. I was not from corporate America but I had home schooled for years and had tried to teach my children how to write correctly.

When I started blogging I really tried to use all of the principles I had learned in high school and had taught to my children.

I quickly learned that people did not want to read those kind of posts.

I was so glad when I learned that I could write the way I talked. That was so much easier for me. I could actually do that pretty well.

I also found my readers liked my posts much better.

If people are new to blogging they really need to start out writing like they talk because it will make their blogging experience so much more enjoyable.

Have a great week and thank you for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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3 Corina Ramos February 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

You’ve certainly gave Beth some great advice. I remember my first blog post was stuffy and too professional, they weren’t getting across to anyone. It wasn’t until I read a post by Adrienne about blogging as if we were conversating with a friend that’s when it clicked for me.

Yes, once we tweak our blog posts to sound more personal everything else should fall into place like building a community and trust then eventually selling our product. :)

Thanks for sharing your session with Beth with us. Have a great evening.

Cori

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4 Dee Ann Rice
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March 24, 2016 at 6:33 am

Cori,

So many of us try to be so professional when we start blogging. Then we can not figure out why our blogs are not going anywhere.

I had no idea I was supposed to write like I was talking to someone but when I started doing it my blog started moving ahead.

There is so much to learn when we are new to blogging and a lot of it is stuff we don’t even know we need to learn.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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5 Dana February 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

You are right on the money.

Writing in a blog is an entirely different form of communication. Yes, it’s a good idea to have a clear message and “audience” in mind when you create a blog (if you’re doing it with the hopes of monetizing it), but the conversational tone is essential.

Blogging is more personal (but that’s what I love about it).
I hope your friend finds success in her new venture. She’s lucky you’re available to guide her :)

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6 Dee Ann Rice March 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Dana,

A blog really if a different form of communication.

The more personal you are in your blog and the more your readers feel like you are talking to them, the more successful your blog will be.

Your blog really should be like you are talking to a friend over coffee. People really love that.

Beth is doing great and having a great time learning to communicate in a whole new way.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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7 Kim George February 24, 2016 at 10:16 am

Hellooooo DeAnne!

Seriously loving this post. I have to keep reminding myself to create an avatar when I am writing my blog posts to make sure that it comes across as conversational tone to my readers.

As you stated..its alll about building up those relationships online. Great job on this one. Sharing on social :-)

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8 Dee Ann Rice March 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

Kim,

I’m glad you like the post. It was fun to write.

It really is about creating the relationships. We need to write so people get to know us and think of us as their friend. This way we will start to build a community online. Through this community we will be successful along with our whole community.

Thanks for sharing my post and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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9 Igert February 28, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Hi Dee Ann
Great post. You touch on some points that have become very near and dear to me. It feels like I have been writing since the dawn of time, but recently I have for the first time ever learned what writer’s block is. I could just not find a topic to write about.

After three days clarity came out of the blue. I realized I have been trying to find a topic for me. I wanted something where I could play with the language and make it come alive to write a great post. Instead I should concentrate on talking other people’s problems away. Write to help not to try and dazzle. Listen and help.

Have fun writing then your visitors will have fun reading. If you solve a problem for them in the process they will come back for more.

Thanks for posting.

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10 Dee Ann Rice March 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Igert,

I love what you said at the end of your comment. “If you solve a problem for them in the process they will come back for more.”

It really is about writing for other people. Solving their problems.

When we get good at it writing posts is really fun. I can really get into a post where I am solving someone else’s problem. I love helping people and if I can write a post that will help someone I am in heaven.

I have had plenty of writers block. I think it is more when I was trying to write to as you put it to dazzle and not to help though.

I find it easier all of the time to write my post when I write about a problem I know other people have and need help with.

Thanks for your comment and have a great day.

Dee Ann

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11 Sherman Smith February 28, 2016 at 7:53 pm

Hey Dee Ann,

I can definitely relate to this. I was always horrible in English when it came to writing or public speaking. It just wasn’t my thing. At least I thought it wasn’t at the time.

Then I came to the blogging world which was totally different from what I was taught. A lot of people have this anxiety based on their grade school days and sometimes our peers aren’t any help, but one good thing about blogging is that it’s conversational style and you don’t have to target the peers who act like a negative nancy towards your dream.

Great post Dee Ann! Have a great week!
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12 Dee Ann Rice March 24, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Sherman,

I am with you. I was terrified to write anything until I figured out that I could just write like I talk when blogging. It was the first time in my life I had ever enjoyed writing anything.

I can write if I do not need to follow all of those rules.

I love blogging.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Dee Ann

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13 Robin Khokhar March 12, 2016 at 7:22 am

Hi Dee Ann,
When, for the first time I wrote a blog post, I was able or you can say that forced to write 300 words only. I wrote 300 words because I heard from a source that content must be more than 300 words according to google’s guidelines.
And yes, surely I enjoyed reading your post.
Thanks for sharing.

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14 Dee Ann Rice March 24, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Robin,

You sound so much like me when I wrote my first post.

I am not sure my first post was even 300 words and I worked really hard to get that.

The more I wrote the more I realized I could write well if I was just me and did not try to be professional or anything like that.

Then I started building relationships because people got to know me for who I was.

I have met some really great people online though my blogging and love it.

Thank for your comment and have a great day.

Dee Ann

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