Do you ever wonder about how an author would describe you in a novel? Not only your appearance but the way you talk and laugh and hold yourself and all the expressions on your face?
I just realized that “lead” rhymes with “read”, but “lead” also rhymes with “read”.
you piece of shit.
12 tips to help you write great content every day
1. Find a keyword
The important thing is not just to find a good key phrase, but one that matches your intent. Run it through multiple search engines for context. Nothing will anger a searcher more than being taken to content that isn’t relevant.
2. Get creative
This is the fun part! Personally, I do this second because it makes it easier to focus my attention. With a keyword in mind, I can think about my personal take on the subject.
3. Write a draft
You have to get over your fears and write the dang thing. There is a lot of great information about how to overcome writers block. Here are my tips.
4. Refine and edit
I call this step unthink editing. This is when I look for keyword stuffing and other digital writing faux pas. They say it is best to keep your writing to the eighth grade level.
5. Grab a picture
Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest all use rich media in their postings. You should have at least one featured in any piece. Applying the rule of thirds will ensure that you have picked a stunning image.
6. Add other media
Not every article will have video, audio, or other media. I tend to do all my embedding near the end. This is because it involves code, which can screw up the formatting of your post. Doing it last will help you sort out the cause if something goes wrong.
7. Add external and internal links
I save this for the end of the writing process since I find during rewrites that things will change. Reduce the workload by doing this last. Measure twice, cut once.
8. Check for attribution
Before you publish a post, double-check that you have proper attribution. Make sure every external link is properly referenced to give due credit. Let people know that you are building upon other works.
It is very worthwhile to take a gander at your finished work as it will appear to your audience. Read it aloud — this will help you catch grammatical errors you may have missed. If things look good then you can move on to the next step.
10. Publish or schedule
I schedule my posts to go live at 3 am so that it arrives in RSS readers early in the morning. That is 6am EST. This is about the time when people are going through their morning routine before work.
Publish to Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and appropriate networks. Think of this step as content discovery not an alert. Your loyal readers are already subscribed — these updates benefit you by reaching new eyes. I maximize these status updates by using BufferApp, only sending them out when I have the greatest potential reach.
12. Follow up
Following up is crucial because this is what people will remember. Respond to comments and any shares you find. Sometimes when I talk about a person or product I will notify them via email. I consider this a courtesy — we don’t always know who is talking about us online. Make it easy for your subjects to find you, but don’t expect a reply.
by Susan Silver
Reblogged from 12 Most
COULD THIS BE ANY MORE ACCURATE
THIS IS THE MOST WONDERFULLY ACCURATE THING I’VE EVER LAID MY EYES ON
If anyone ever asks to compose my biography as a writer, I will just refer them to this.
Right now I’m at David Tennant in a spacesuit.
My pet peeve is when people go “Oh have you been published?” and I’m like “Uh… here and there but not really, not much, no.” and they’re like “Oh, so you want to be a writer.”
Solid advice for any writer, found on a middle school bulletin board.
Via Vladimir Verano