By Mary Jaksch
If you read big blogs, like Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits and others, you’ll notice that they have huge subscriber numbers for a simple reason: these bloggers know how to write posts that rock.
Here are 3 questions to ask when planning to write a top-notch blog post:
1. What should I write about?
In order to satisfy your readers, you need to create posts that are insanely useful.
But there is a rub.
Your post needs to be useful for the readers that come to your blog. For example, if I were to write a post about my best Lasagna recipe here on VBN, it would put reader off. After all, you don’t come here to read about cooking, you come here to read about blogging, right?
In order to write top posts for your blog, you need to be clear about your blog niche. (This may sound obvious, but it actually took me a long time to articulate what Goodlife ZEN is really about – and what distinguishes it from other blogs.)
2. How can I crank up my creativity?
This is an important question. Because as bloggers, we need to be able to sustain our creative journey. How can you keep your well of creativity flowing, week after week and year after year? Luckily, there are some great mind tools that can help boost creativity, like brainstorming, ‘artist’s dates’, mindfulness, and so on.
3. How can I draw inspiration from my life?
They key to drawing inspiration from your life is to do interesting things, and to use present experience and emotions. If you do that, you can reflect and draw lessons that have value not only for you, but for others.
What is really important is to be you, and not to try to be some one else.
Because being YOU makes your blog original!
It takes blogging experience to draw inspiration from your life, and to turn your experiences into useful blog posts, but I think everyone can learn to do it.
If you are interested in going deeper and want to learn hands-on how to dream up awesome blog posts, join the first (FREE) week of the upcoming six-week virtual A-List Blogging Bootcamp, “How to Write Like an A-List Blogger”, that Leo Babauta and I will run. The first week is free and start date is 8 November (Yikes! Still so much to do …). Module 1 is called, ‘How to Dream Up Awesome Blog Posts.’
If you’re keen, register here without delay because our participant numbers are limited. I’d love to see VBN readers participate in an A-List Blogging Bootcamp. If you’re keen, click here to secure a place in the FREE module right away!.
What questions do you have about creativity?