Hello and happy Friday! I hope that you are all having an amazing Valentines day so far! Today I’m going to be participating in Let’s Talk Bookish, a weekly discussion post created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books. This week’s topic is: What makes an engaging blog post?
The title has to be good, compelling, interesting, it needs to say what your posts about. And I know I’m kind of being a hypocrite because my post titles are really boring, but that is something that I definitely like to see in other posts, and that I want to work on for mine! A little more detail, is great, and this is getting really really hypocritical because my post titles aren’t meeting my own criteria, but you get the point!
Pictures and paragraphs!!!
Add color! Add images! Make the text different colors! Add GIFs! Make your posts a bunch of different paragraphs and blocks! Make it interesting! No one would want to see one giant block of text. I mean come on! How engaging is to read through something that just goes on and on and on with no breaks?
and last but not least…
If a post is going to be engaging, it has at least got to be on an interesting topic! Maybe I won’t want to read I fifteen thousand word analytical essay on the eating habits of the rarer fruit fly, but I would love to read about your opinion, on say, I don’t know, perhaps, what makes a blog post engaging!
And, to show an example of what this wonderful, engaging post should not look like,
Various educators teach rules governing the length of paragraphs. They may say that a paragraph should be 100 to 200 words long, or be no more than five or six sentences. But a good paragraph should not be measured in characters, words, or sentences. The true measure of your paragraphs should be ideas. How many sentences are in a paragraph? Your childhood teacher did not wrong you when they taught you that there should be three, or four, or five sentences in a paragraph. It is important to understand, however, that the aim in teaching this was not to impart a hard-and-fast rule of grammar, drawn from an authoritative-but-dusty book. The true aim of this strategy was to teach you that your ideas must be well supported to be persuasive and effective. The model regarding paragraph length that your teacher undoubtedly taught you involves a topic sentence, a number of facts that support that core idea, and a concluding sentence. The proviso about the number of sentences between the topic sentence and the conclusion was not given to you because it was the magic formula for creating paragraphs of the perfect length; rather, your educator was attempting to give you a good reason to do adequate research on your topic. Academic writing yields the best examples of the topic-support-conclusion paragraph structure. Recent research has provided a wealth of insight about how dogs came to be domesticated by humans and the roles they played in Native American culture. DNA studies on archaeological finds suggest that dogs may have been domesticated by humans as long as 40,000 years ago. When the first humans came to North America from Eurasia, at least 12,000 years ago, domesticated dogs came with them. They appear to have been highly prized by early North American hunter-gatherers and were their only animal companions for centuries, since there were no horses on the continent until the 16th century. You can see from this example how a topic is introduced, supported, and then brought to its natural conclusion. Yet, not all writing is academic, and once you have learned the concept behind good paragraph construction—which is really the art of focused writing in disguise—you should know that there are times when paragraph “rules” can, and should, be broken.
(this is from an article I found: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/how-long-is-a-paragraph/. This isn’t part of my post, just an example of what a not so interesting thing to read might look like! Anyways, this article is quite boring.)
One good example of a post that demonstrates all of these things is this post by Nyx from Drizzle and Hurricane books. Read it for yourself. See why I picked it.
Well, that’s all for today! If you noticed, wow, I expanded my use from very minimal wordpress formating to a little teensy bit more complex, and that is thanks to an amazing post by Caitlin Althea, and that is where I learned how to do the toggle button thing and the post divider/press more button, and that was very very helpful!
What do you think makes a blog post engaging? Do you participate in Let’s Talk Bookish? Chat with me in the comments below!
Happy Reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day!