Today’s Assignment: publish a post for your dream reader, and include a new-to-you element in it.
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Time to put your writing caps back on, and start honing your blogging focus.
We often create posts hoping that someone in particular will see (and appreciate) our work. Today, publish a post you’d like that person (or people) to read — and stretch your blogging chops as you do.
Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.
Why do this?
- Writing with a specific person in mind is a great way to focus both your thoughts and your goals for your blog.
- Exploring new elements and post styles adds more tools to your storyteller’s toolbox.
- Publishing different types of posts and media adds visual interest and keeps people reading.
Even if you’re simply blogging to have a place to practice writing, there’s someone you’re hoping will read. Maybe it’s your dad, so he’ll finally understand your life choices. Maybe it’s the head of Random House, so she’ll skyrocket you into literary limelight. Whether serious, frivolous or purely hypothetical, focus on your dream reader and write a post — about anything — aimed at him or her.
This doesn’t need to be the Greatest Blog Post of 2014 — it can be on any topic at all. The key is to keep your dream reader in mind as you write, and see how that influences what you create.
In your post, include one new kind of element. If you’re a photo blogger, try add context to your images with some haiku. If you’re a parenting blogger, add a photo. If you’re discussing current events, embed the tweets of other folks chatting about the same topic. If you’re an Instragram or Pinterest user, embed one of your own shots or some pins. Embed a song that resonates with what you’re posting about, or a map of a place mentioned in your post.
Trying something new brings an interesting twist to your blog, and thinking about what you post from a different angle is a useful exercise for any blogger. And the more tools you have at your disposal as a blogger, the more effectively you can tell your story.
Here are embed instructions for WordPress.com bloggers:
- Upload and insert images.
- Embed Instagram photos.
- Embed video clips.
- Embed a tweet.
- Embed from Pinterest.
- Embed tracks from Spotify or Rdio.
- All the other things you can embed and more ideas for using them.
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