There are people who were born to blog – these are your blog aficionados who could do magical things with just a keyboard, a blinking cursor and a seed of an idea. Then there are technical bloggers – those who execute blogging as a science, requiring structure and procedure.
Both can produce the same quality of content at any given time, but the difference lies upon the process. While the first type may rely on natural writing instincts and comfort zones, the latter type may sometimes have difficulty in creating a system they can adhere to.
If you’re a technical blogger and you haven’t established your own writing mechanism yet, consider this 8-step process:
- Determine your general idea. This first step sometimes comes automatically and is fairly easy because the topic could be as broad as anything. If you are, say, an IT software blogger, your first task is to decide whether you will write a review, a recommendation, a lecture, or a how-to article. Next, is it going to be about email solutions, web applications, anti-virus programs or operating software?
- Pick a specific topic. Now, with a general idea in mind, you can now be more specific. Let’s say, you chose to write a review for the Windows 8 OS. This is where the important questions come in. Will you tackle everything or just selected aspects? Will you be praising it or panning it? Will you delve into specs, or just plain utility? Will you be preachy or informative?
- Draft a title. After answering the questions above, you should now have an idea on how to approach the article. That’s also your chance to think of a title. It doesn’t have to be the final one – but it’s important to draft something to serve as a foundation.
- Outline the body. Before you start writing the main text, sketch an outline, something like:A. Introduction
B. What’s new
C. System Requirements
D. Pros and cons
Now you don’t have to actually include the subtitles in the article, it will just be your guide so you’d have a logical sequence of minor topics.
5. Fill in the details. All the writing would take place in this stage. Make sure you stay inside your frame so the readers won’t get lost, and bear in mind the reason why you’re writing this article.
6. Edit and massage. Now it’s time for you to check the spelling, grammar and appropriateness of your words. Remove unnecessary entries to improve the flow. Evaluate if the ending was timed perfectly.
7. Revisit the title. Writers would sometimes realize that they had not written their articles the way the titles describe them. In such a case, you need to double check if the title still represents the idea of the entire post.
8. Add media, post and share. If necessary, choose (or create) a complementary image or video. Preview the page and if everything clicks, you may now publish your article. Now, your next task: How will you promote your blog post?