An unorthodox Q & A on blogging, posting, and techie words from a newbie totally out of her element. And before you ask, nope! I have no clue what I'm doing, so just go with it...
Certain people have a love affair with writing. Giving life to the written word, feels natural to me. So, when I decided to become an advocate I thought, "Maybe I should start a blog." I mean, all you do is write what you know about. I can do that.
I did some research, & reading. And more reading & more reading. At some point, my eyes went crossed from the blogging 101s & blogging for dummies articles. I found I had the original idea of a blog in my head. An online journal. Never expecting a book deal, or my name on a Forbes 500 list.
Between the formats do's and don'ts, a thousand blogging must-haves, I realized I had no idea what I was doing! I compared several lists, and made a Q & A outline, of a blog outline. I'm not a computer wiz, I'm lucky I can compute at all. But I really wanted to get this blogging thing right. So here is a newbies list of answers, to a blogging must-have lists:
Q - What's the goal of the post?
A - To tell a story, identify with my readers, and share knowledge.
Q - Who is your ideal audience?
A - People in the same niche.
Q - What problem will your post solve?
A - To let others know they're not alone, I hope.
Q - Does it appeal to emotional needs?
A - I put my heart into these post, so I think so.
Q - What is the posts hook?
A - Um, the catchy title..?
Q - Did you target keywords?
A - I used really descriptive words, I believe.
Q - Did you use 500 words max?
A - Was I suppose to keep count?
Q - Did you link related posts to your blog?
A - You mean my posts, or other peoples? Don't I need permission for that, or something?
Q Did you add visual content?
A - Pictures. Yep, got those.
Q - Did you use Block Quotes to emphasize important points?
A - What's wrong with regular quotes, or bold text?
Q - Did you embed codes to your website, blog, and/or posts?
A - Embed, say what now? Wait, let me google that..
Q - Remember to include several "tweetables" in each post.
A - Tweetables?! Hold on, let me open another tab on google..
Q - Always have a "CTA" (Call To Action.)
A - Don't readers just leave comments at the end?
Q - Did you end your post with a question?
A - Yeah... WTF?!
Needless to say, I bit off more than I can chew. I'm not a pro by any means. I just want to write about things that I know, and feel. I can't be the only one that feels, and thinks like this. And those are my people, my niche, my "ideal audience." I want them to know, they're not alone! Will I be one of those bloggers you learn what-not-to-do from? Probably. But that's also a bloggers post must-have, "answering questions & solving problems."
Is there anything you felt passionate about, but when it came down to the nitty gritty, found yourself in over your head? I'd love to hear I'm not the only one. Share your story and what you did in that situation..