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How Do You Write Your Blog?

Posted by on Nov 6, 2008
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How do you write? I find it an interesting question, especially for blogs, because, for most of the time, I tend to write pretty quickly about pretty much anything. I don’t concentrate on length or anything like that; I just write until I feel like I’m done; kind of a blogging Mozart. lol


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I know that some people take a lot of time to think about what they want to write about, then write it over the course of a few days. I remember Steve Pavlina saying some time ago that he likes to take two or three days putting his posts together, but he tends to write posts between 5,000 and 7,500 words. Of course, he’s not doing that right now, as he’s doing some test with some kind of drink and talking about his results on a daily basis.

Darren Rowse of Problogger fame said he likes to write at least one post a day on all of his blogs, and these days it’s much easier for him since he’s pretty much turned himself into a corporation, so that when he’s on the road someone else steps in to write posts for him. However, if you look back into his archives (which I did, of course), you’ll find that he used to write multiple posts a day, very short posts where he’d state a topic, write something relatively short, then have a link to the person where he got the idea from in the first place.

By the way, I find it oddly comforting that it took him about as long to start getting visitors and readers to his blog as it’s taken for me, and he also had many posts at the time that got either very little or no activity, just as I sometimes do now (although I am pimping this post of mine again because it was pretty personal, and I’m thinking someone should have commented on it for some reason).

Even when I’ve researched something first, I tend to write pretty quickly afterwards. But you have seen some of my really long posts, and every once in awhile I’ll put up something that’s pretty short, just to communicate something. For instance, the day I posted the quick little blurb about the end of BlogRush, which I got to post as kind of a breaking news story (posted after immediately being written by John Reese himself) was one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written, and it still got a lot of comments.

That proved a couple of things. One, current news counts a lot if you can be one of the first to help break the story. Two, sometimes you can spend a lot of time on something, or put your heart into it, and it won’t merit nary a comment; WordPress doesn’t tell me how many page views, so to speak, a post gets (but Google Analytics does, and that’s a shame; y’all go back and read that post!). I wonder if there’s a plugin for that, and if it would separate how many times I saw it myself. And three, sharing information that someone else comes up with can be greatly appreciated, which is why I’m going to share this page that has a lot of information on page rank, something that a lot of you have been talking about a whole lot lately, which means it’s not only something you seem to care a lot about, but also says y’all need to find a new topic (check this one also). :-)

Enough of this for now. So, how do you write? How do you decide what to write about? How often do you write? Share with us; who knows, maybe there will be a car as a prize for the most creative post,… nah!

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I guess everyone has their own writing style and ways of putting across their point. I never like to write short post because it seems that there is not much information in it.

But again, I never put up any blogosphere news like you do Mitch thus I never have any short post. Different style and length of article appeals to a different group of people. At the end of the day, if valuable information is shared with the community, that is a good post.

Wei Liang

Wei Liang | ABloggerBlog´s last blog post..Lesson 16: Comment Marketing

Mitch Reply:

Hi Wei. I think it depends on where you are and what you’re trying to do as to whether you can post a news item or not. That was just timely for me, and I’m glad I was paying attention. But you see how I write overall.

November 7th, 2008 | 7:12 AM

Why isn’t commentluv working?

rummuser´s last blog post..An Unintended Consequence of Mr. Obama’s Victory.

Mitch Reply:

I don’t know why it didn’t work the first time, Rummuser, but it’s here on the second comment. And you do write nice stuff, and I’m glad to finally find someone who writes like I do.

November 7th, 2008 | 11:14 AM

Odd that! My first comment does not parse the commentluv post but the one asking why does!

rummuser´s last blog post..An Unintended Consequence of Mr. Obama’s Victory.

November 7th, 2008 | 11:15 AM

I have just recommended this post to my readers Mitch. You may get a laugh out of my post http://rummuser.com/?p=394

rummuser´s last blog post..Inspiration For Blogging.

November 7th, 2008 | 11:49 AM

The inspiration comes from divine sources! Seriously, it happens exactly like that to me. The subject matter just lands up on my consciousness and something inside says, hey, here is your next blog. Once that happens, I simply sit down and type out the words that seem to flow effortlessly. My blogs are nothing fancy, so they are easy to write about.

November 7th, 2008 | 11:13 AM

hi Mitch,
I can’t believe you’ve made THREE posts in the last 24 hours (since I was here). Wow. My goal is for two a week for now. I hope in the future to do more, when I have more time. Anyway, I opened your bowling post in a new window and will read it now to see if I can add a meaningful comment.
~ Steve (aka the trade show guru)

Trade Show Guru´s last blog post..Run, Fatboy, Run

Mitch Reply:

Hey Steve, I’ve got a lot to say. And, now that I’ve learned how to write a post so it can be released later on, I can just write as I want to and should always have new content coming out. For instance, my latest post was written last night around 11:30, but posted this morning at 8:30 while I was still asleep. Gotta love technology every once in awhile.

November 7th, 2008 | 11:22 AM

Hi. I came through Rummuser’s site. I have to say that a lot of my blog post ideas just fall upon me or are things that are currently rambling through my mind. I never seem to run out of things to blog about and I have many categories that I cover. I think it helps that I am not confined to a single niche. If I were confined to a blog niche, I guess it would have to be considered the “social” niche. :) Nice post. I’ll be checking that page rank info link later when I have more time!

Mitch Reply:

Thanks Teeni. I think the problem with some niches is that they’re too refined, and thus people give up because they’ve locked themselves into something they can’t think anything new about. It’s nice having room to breathe, isn’t it?

Look at that; Rumm’s sending me readers!

November 7th, 2008 | 1:28 PM
Mitch:

I keep an arsenal of topics for my business newsletter, Dennis, but that’s about it. I like writing on the fly most of the time myself. Most of the time, that is.

November 7th, 2008 | 8:12 PM

I write about anything that turns me on. It’s nice when people read my posts and comment, but my main aim is to live deeply by writing.

Mitch Reply:

Not a bad goal for life, Jean; thanks for your comment.

November 7th, 2008 | 10:07 PM

Mitch, a little surprise at http://rummuser.com/?p=406

rummuser´s last blog post..The Refugee Problem In India – II

November 12th, 2008 | 11:58 AM