Follow these easy tips to get you going on writing a great blog post for the EFN community that people will actually read.
Tip #1 – Choose a style
Decide what kind of article your post will be. Some examples are:
- How to – Ex. How to Run a Great Prevention Campaign
- 5 steps to – Ex. 5 Ways to Maximise Survivor Care
- Discussion – Ex. The Pros and Cons of the Nordic Model
- Book/Film/Research Review – Ex. Review: Ending Slavery by Kevin Bales
- Interview – Ex. Up Close and Personal with Julia Doxat-Purser
- Country Profile – Ex. What you didn’t know about trafficking in Bulgaria
Tip #2 – Come up with a catchy title
This will help people decide if they read your article. If you’re going to spend time writing then you want to make sure it has a great title so it will actually get read.
Tip #3 – Write for the screen
Writing for articles that are read online are different to papers that you find in books. Generally paragraphs are just 1 to 3 sentences and you use lots of headings to help people scan through the article.
Tip #4 – Keep it short
People don’t tend to read long articles online. This is good news. Your article does not have to be an essay. Stick to 3 to 5 paragraphs or a maximum of 500 words.
Tip #5 – Write first. Edit later
One side of our brain is involved in the creativity we need for writing. The other side is involved in more logical activity like checking spelling and grammar. Don’t try and do both things at once. You’ll lose your flow. Write first. Edit later.
Tip #6 – Have a short introduction
Write a short introduction that will help people understand what your article is about. This will also be used in blog listings so make it engaging.
Tip #7 – Ask a question at the end
Blogging is all about generating a community response. Asking a question at the end of your article will invite readers to comment or your article and contribute their thoughts as well. This is perfect for us as a network!
Tip #8 – A Picture tells a thousand words
Choose a great picture to represent your article. Even better, choose a number of pictures that can be included in your article as your reader reads. Don’t forget to give photo credit.
Tip #9 – Use References
It’s important to give credit where credit is due. Include links to websites, articles or books that you have used.
Tip #10 – Just do it
Just set aside some time and write, write, write. You have much to give and we all want to learn from you.
And now, over to you. What tips would you add?