Our writers’ group met last weekend, and I need to copy up the minutes and send them out. We talked about internet-connections and the need to have a blog, write blogposts, and find people to read them. Among the questions we addressed were:
- What is a blog? It’s kind of like a diary, but don’t make it your diary. Nobody wants to read your day-to-day life.
- What’s the difference between a blog and a website? Mostly they’re attached to each other. The website is the bit that doesn’t change. The blog is the bit that’s supposed to keep offering something new.
- And between a blog, a website, and your Facebook page? We had a picture for this one: I wonder if I can reproduce it in a blog… So…
- Websites are really well thought-out, like a query letter sent to a publisher.
- Blogs are moderately well thought-out, like a report to your writers’ group about the writing of query letters.
- Facebook status is where you tell the world “I just send that query in.”
We finished our meeting with a writing exercise because, of course, we’re a writers’ group. So here it is
This is your chance to blog, and mine to see if I can read what I wrote:
- Think of a title and turn it into a question: Why would anyone read this?
- Think of who might read your blogpost and tell them why you think it should interest them: Has anyone ever asked you to write a blogpost?
- Make sure your first sentence and title repeat the same words. If they don’t, rewrite one or the other: If I write a blogpost, will you read it? could be a better title.
- Write something that flows from that first sentence: Has anyone ever asked you to write a blogpost? That’s what happened to us at the end of our Writers’ Mill meeting this month. But many of our members don’t have blogs. So the real question, perhaps, should be “If I had a blog, would you read it?” closely followed by, “If I had a blog, what would I blog about?”
- Now you know where you’re going, make sure you get there quickly. The blogging world suffers from the internet’s inescapably short attention span, so simply say what you want to say, then stop: I’m going to blog about writing here, specifically about writing answers to prompts. I’ll post things like, say:
- How to write a mystery in 7 steps
- How to create a believable character
- How to use point of view effectively
- How to use all five senses, plus whatever extras you can think of, or even
- How to blog
- Add a final sentence, include a picture if you can, then click on “Publish.” You’re done: So… will you read it?