Wouldn’t it be ironic if no one read this?
Ironic is what I call crying myself to sleep.
So you want to write a blog? Well, let’s not delay.
Here are tips for writing blogs that everyone will want to read.
Choose a title first. You don’t have to stick to it permanently—it can change later—but, for the love of God, have an idea of what you’re going to write about.
Also, inserting catchy words like “sex” and “sexy,” doesn’t count, and your title shouldn’t be too long either. I’m aware that these suggestions might be ironic (and now I’m using this word’s plain old, boring, standard definition).
Too much information doesn’t exist in the blogging world. People want to read about things that other people don’t want to share in public. Go ahead and over-share, but only if it’s so pathetic that people will be able to laugh at you or be completely uplifted that they’re not the only pathetic one out there.
3. Be knowledgeable.
(Hint: your topic should be way better than this one.) Have something worthwhile to share. In other words, if you have to read three other articles in order to write your single one, then you probably should choose another subject.
4. Be funny.
If you’re not sure whether it’s funny or not then use my rule of thumb: it’s not.
5. Be open to when you write.
The perfect blog will strike you at 9 a.m. when you’re in the middle of getting your kid ready for school and are on your way to yoga class. Be open to coming home to write it and practicing in your little yoga room instead—because you can’t force your best work into the perfect time slot. (Note: this was just a random, completely fictitious example and not an actual series of events that led up to the writing of this blog.)
Believe that you have the ability to write something that is worth writing, submitting and reading. (And if it’s not, it will get rejected anyways, so, really, no harm done.)
Oh, well, in that case…
1. Don’t write about sex.
We all know how it works by now.
2. Write from within.
Don’t look outside of yourself, but rather turn inside and let your thoughts flow through your fingertips from a genuinely sacred place that you’re afraid to let out into the world through words, because that’s what people want to read. (Yeah, I realize I just called my own blog useless.)
3. Write about what you want to read.
If this one needs more explanation, then we’re all in trouble.
4. Reject fear.
I think it’s normal to doubt your own voice, especially at first. Don’t listen to your doubt.
Ignore the fact that you’re afraid that what you wrote isn’t good enough, funny enough, or interesting enough. The only thing that you should be concerned with is if your submission is completely honest and open. (See #2; the first #2.)
I love writing for elephant journal. I adore putting my inner demons, quiet life lessons and silly mental meanderings down onto the computer screen for all of you to then read.
Yet, the thing is, I also love reading elephant journal too—which means that some of you better step up and start doing your part.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover that you possibly weren’t meant to be simply a yoga instructor who wrote on the side, but rather a writer who teaches yoga on the side. (Another totally made up example.)
At the very least you might wind up realizing that it’s pretty darn fun to see your article in print.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
(And, yes, I’m fully aware that I’ve used this quote before. I like it. Sue me.)
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Ed: Bryonie Wise