The Oncor Power My Life bloggers were excited to get together recently for lunch, swag and a blog writing workshop. Six DFW-based professional bloggers joined us to discuss how they started blogging, how to use social media to join online conversations and of course, to offer us some great ideas for the Power My Life blog.
Here are 4 tips we learned from our new blogger friends:
1. Write about topics that you are passionate about.
It’s much easier to write about topics that interest you. Selecting topics you are passionate about will reduce your research and writing time and help you avoid staring at the dreaded blank document on screen.
2. Keep a running list of ideas.
A blog idea can hit you at any time – it might be a question someone asks about an activity you did with your kids, a vacation you want to take or a new restaurant friends are talking about. Keep a notepad handy and write down your ideas. Take the next step and write a few sentences to expand on your idea. Then, when you have more time, go back and write the rest of the blog.
3. Take photos everywhere.
Build a photo library by taking photos during your daily activities. Take photos in the park, on a trip the farmers market, while working in your yard or taking a walk. Keep the photos organized in folders on your computer by topic – next time you need a photo for the blog, just search through your photo library. This saves you the trouble of sourcing the photos or buying stock photos, since they’re your own.
4. Start a conversation – be social!
End your blog with an engaging question to get people thinking about what you wrote and to encourage comments. Show off your work by sharing your blog on social media. It gets people to join the conversation and add their perspective. When people comment on your blog or a social post, comment back and engage.
The workshop not only helped us sharpen our blogging skills – we brainstormed over 70 new blog ideas! The power of everyone working together really helped us be creative, get different perspectives and get motivated for the year.
Whether you’re new to blogging or an old pro, how do you stay motivated to blog? What are some of your tips for blogging?