(Note that I have used a photo to illustrate my title. I have discovered that all good Blogs often have related feature images. Well.. I hope you are seeing a photo and that I pressed the right buttons!)
I have never written a Blog EVER and come to think of it, I don’t think I have EVER read a Blog before either. So when I got this assignment I was panicked! I went to the course mainpage and read the sample Blogs, which gave me a general idea, but I really wanted a formula and I needed to get this done quickly and efficiently. I am piled high with work these days, as I am sure many of you are, and time is of essence! At this point, I confess that I am an avid Facebook user, so, I thought that I would use my Facebook experience to make my Blog a bit more interesting! So I promise to provide info on the “Steps”, but I will add a few Facebook techniques to keep the process less stressful.
Facebook has taught me that one of the best approaches to getting people interested in a topic is to use a number, like the one in my title. By this I mean that my Facebook site is often littered with ads from the likes of The Huffington Post (the HuffPo for those in the know), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Huffington_Post which often claim that almost everything in life can be divided into STEPS or REASONS and then you just ad a number et voila – done like dinner! I assume that many of you have seen these types of articles and clicked on them. Am I right?
BREAK #1: Facebook has also taught me that animal videos help us deal with stress, so I have added two short ones in my Blog discussion for good measure. This is currently my favourite short cat video Jumping Cat Fail – I Believe I can Fly Version (Original) 50min: Does anyone else like cat videos and find they release stress? (Note the use of video.)
5 STEPS AND 8 STEPS
There are many sites out there that breakdown how to write a Blog into steps to assist you. In my research, I found that The 5 Step Formula for a Perfect Blog, by Karri Stover, was really informative and helpful: http://writtent.com/blog/5-step-formula-perfect-blog-post/. Of all the sites that claim to have the best “Steps to Blogging” that I read, I liked this one the most, because it was clear and compressed into only 5 steps. I figured that for the sake of time and energy, I would not heavily recommend Jeremy Goldman’s article: The Write Stuff: 8 Steps to the Perfect Blog Post http://www.inc.com/jeremy-goldman/8-steps-to-creating-the-perfect-blog-post.html as, let’s get serious here folks, for some of us, 8 steps takes longer than 5. Mr. Goldman does make some excellent points though, so if you do have time, it is worth the read.
BREAK #2: I just want to pause here, in case your stress is mounting to share this short sloth video. I am not sure why sloths are so popular on Facebook of late, but “Super Sloth” certainly really helped to keep in Zen mode while writing: https:// Has anyone else notice a plethora of sloths of late? (Note 2nd amusing video insert.)
Finally, I found Jeff Bullas’s 10 Key Steps for Blogging Success: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/01/29/10-key-steps-to-blogging-success/ for those of you who do have more time on your hands and are really nervous and you want to make sure you are going in depth on understanding how to write this thing, this is the best of the longer guides that I found. Admittedly, even though I was pressed for time this was very helpful.
I did spend a fair amount of my allocated time looking at the different steps to Blogging. I found myself disinterested in anything over 10 steps, as I figured that my audience are likely other busy people who, like me, just don’t have the time for more steps than 10! 12 Steps are a thing of the past! It is ALL about the target audience; as they note in most of the “How To” step processes.
So I hope my research links help you if you are about to write your first Blog or even your second, or perhaps, at the very least, the animal videos will help to calm you in the process! Feel free to share your favourite relaxing short animal videos and any of your recommended “How To” Blog thoughts and research sites below.