Water Wings for the Social Stream: Blogging
Anyone can blog. But blogging that's more than ranting, regurgitation, or simply routine is well, rare. Here are some practical tips from our public relations and social media mentors on how to RAISE the quality [and the impact] of your posts.
Relevant: The most important, and most overlooked question to ask about any piece of writing is SO WHAT? Why does the topic matter to your reader--if it doesn't yet, why should it? Anything that doesn't communicate that in the first few sentences probably isn't worth reading...or writing.
Actionable: No one becomes a guru, or a witch-doctor, or a highly-successful consultant without making a concrete difference to people. Thinking through possible applications and spelling them out for the reader will help them realize [and recognize] the value of your content.
Imaginative: Blogging should be fun! [and blog posts should be fun to read, but that's not an automatic corollary] As Tom Davenport points out in his very fun recipe for good online content a dash of humor and a pinch of personal context go a long way. So does a fresh, unexpected perspective looking energetically beyond the typical.
Short!: In a world defined in 140 characters, people with time and inclination to read essays are few and far between. 250 words or less. Period.
Erudite. Do become an expert--just don't talk like one. Contribute, explain what you know, but do it simply, accessibly. Which probably means you shouldn't use words like erudite.