Blogging 101: The blog post checklist

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This is it. The final post of my Blogtober 2017 mini series. I honestly don’t know how people blog everyday because I literally do not have the time. So hat’s off to the people who do it day in day out.

For the finale of this mini series I wanted to wrap things up a bit with the blogging advice; and what better way to do that then go through everything that you need to remember before publishing that blog post.

There is not right or wrong way to blog, and we are all different. But there are some things that you really should remember to do to make your post the best that it can be.

READ IT OUT LOUD

If there is one thing that I’ve learnt from blogging and all of my English lessons throughout my entire education, it’s that you need to read your work out loud.

It can be so easy to just type away and think that what you are writing makes sense. If it makes sense in your head then it will make sense to everyone else, right?

The reality is, if you don’t read your work aloud you won’t be ever be able to understand how your audience might interpret it.

It’s a great way to polish up your posts, and make it all just that little bit easier to read.

SPELLING AND GRAMMAR

Nothing is worse than reading a blog post with spelling and grammar mistakes.

Now I’ll hold my hands up and say that I’ve published a few posts with mistakes in them. This is mainly because spell check hasn’t picked up on it. But that’s why we read our posts back.

It can be easy to slip up and miss something though – especially if you’ve just written it. I’ve found the best thing to do is to go away for a few hours before coming back to a post for proofreading.

FORMATTING

Whether you have a style for your headers, links, quotes or just something simple like paragraphs, you need to remember to format your work.

Keeping a consistent style throughout your blog will make readers and brands take you more seriously.

If your posts are always changing, look messy and are hard to read then it’s not going to impress anyone.

Keep things simple, paragraphs short and try not to use the bold or italic options too much because it will just be overkill.

PHOTOS

I think its pretty obvious that you need to add some sort of photo to you post. But when it comes to photography there are a few things to keep in mind.

Firstly make sure that all of your photos are the correct size. This adds to the consistent aspect of your blog but also makes it look a lot clear.

When uploading your photos remember to give them a name and tag them appropriately. This can actually help to boost your SEO and DA.

TAGGING

Just like photos, you need to tag your actual post. Don’t just think about the category your post is in, but tag things that you would type into Google when looking for this post.

Think outside the box and use as many tags as you like. This is key to getting your blog seen in search engines.

 

There are many different ways to check a blog post, and everyone is different. You might like to take the photos first and write the words after. You might want to read back every paragraph as you go.

What matters the most is that you but time and effort into every post. If you don’t then your readers will notice. Small things that are easy to change like spelling and picture size make all the difference.

I hope this mini series has helped some of you who are starting out in the blogging world. You can read the other posts here.

No matter what you do with your blog, remember to have fun with it, otherwise what’s the point?

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3 thoughts on “Blogging 101: The blog post checklist

  1. Well aren’t you just a pleasure.. It’s like you holding my newbie hands and guiding me step by step. Gosh I need all of these tips you dishing out. I’m so excited to refer to myself as a blogger now and had all these ideas in mind but then got stage fright lol. Definitely will be reading your other posts. I saw some posts at a glance I’m savoring them for later.. it already looks juicy.. Great tips and advice for the rookies. Thanks for the guidelines. Much appreciated. #wordpress

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