Write Your World: How to Write … a Blog
Do you do lots of fun things every day? Or maybe you have something to say about things going on around you? Or maybe there is something you really like that’s different from the things your friends like. Then maybe you should start a blog! Kids around the world blog about everything from their favourite things to wear, to their school lunches, to cool animal bones they find near their house! If you’re thinking about starting a blog, here are some tips:
- Choose a topic: Like I said, there are lots of things you can write about.
o You could simply share anecdotes from your day, or blog about cool field trips or a great vacation. This can be great because your blog can then work as a journal for you to look back on later!
o Another type of blog would be one in which you share your “expertise.” Do you love video games, or mystery novels, science experiments, or anything else that other people may be interested in too? If so, you could blog every time you try a new experiment or read a new book or play a new game, etc. and offer a review (your opinion on the quality of whatever you’re reviewing) so that your readers can make a decision about whether they want to try the same thing. This is a great type of blog because it allows you to talk about the thing you love while helping other people who don’t know as much about it!
- Audience: Think about who you’re writing to, and tailor the information you are sharing accordingly.
o Is your blog just for friends and relatives to read? Then you might want to focus on what you did during your day and what you thought about it, and not share every detail of the day’s outfit!
o But if you’re blogging for people who think you have really great style, then you would want to tell them about your outfit, where to buy the same things, or how you made that awesome flower headband, but maybe not tell them everything you did that day!
- Style: Sometimes, it can be scary to write a blog because you worry about all the people reading it and all of the different things these people might say is wrong with your blog. But you’re awesome! So don’t let these imaginary “haters” stop you from writing.
o Instead, think of one person who is going to read this blog, who you know will like it and is interested in what you have to say—maybe it’s one of your parents, or your best friend. Then, just write to that one person! This makes the task less daunting and allows you to write conversationally.
o This is important! Write the way you speak; don’t try to sound all fancy for no reason (unless you already talk “all fancy” in which case do that!).
- Content: This blog is first and foremost for you, so write about whatever you want. If something is really fascinating to you, don’t worry about what other people think—write about it!
o Feel free to take risks: if you want your blog to take a new direction—say you want to start writing about your favourite new music in addition to new movies you’ve seen—go for it!
o Make your posts as long or short as you want! It’s up to readers how much they read, so go with the flow and make each posts whatever length you feel it needs to be.
o Lastly, try not to be excessively negative—nobody likes to read excessive negativity. If you had a bad day, don’t dwell on it; share why it was bad but then share some positive thoughts for the next! If you are reviewing something (say, a restaurant) and didn’t like it, constructively point out what you thought was wrong (as if you are telling the restaurant owner who wants to improve it), but then offer a better alternative so that your reader leaves with something positive.
o It’s easier for people to digest smaller bits of information, so no matter how long or short a blog post is, divide it into small paragraphs (limit each to around 4 sentences or fewer).
o Make a schedule and stick to it! Decide if you want to post every day, once a week, once a month—whatever you like! But stick to it so that your readers know when to expect a new post.
o Add pictures and links to related information. This not only adds visual interest to your blog but makes make it a place for people to learn something new!
o Ask your parents for permission to blog. They may want to read your posts before you publish them. (Plus, they can help you check for spelling and grammar mistakes!) You may also want their help in setting up your blog, maybe using a free platform like WordPress or Blogger.
o Be careful what you share. You may not want to share your full name, age, location and other personal information for privacy and internet safety. You may also want to keep your blog private so only people who you give the link to can access it. Ask your parents for advice on this.
Do you already blog? Are you going to start? With your parent’s permission, share the link with ECP and you could be featured on our blog!
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