Often, when I read the probloggers articles, I get this feeling – “Man, why didn’t I write about this article earlier, after all it’s something that I knew already ? “
But you can’t stop it there, You end up writing a comment – “Awesome article, never read anything like that earlier!”
Well, that indeed is the power of pro bloggers. You write about the smallest of things but it turns out to be a great article. Worry not, if you practice certain tips and tricks, you too can write like the probloggers.
First pick a very simple idea.
You will be writing around this. It needn’t be popular but it should be concerning everyone. No one should be able to dodge it. Like for example, “How to write better comments?”. Nobody would be able to dodge the article, even if readers doesn’t respond to it, they will read it for their benefit. So pick the most simplest articles, so that you are as comfortable as the reader.
Think like the reader.
The very next step is the easiest of them all. Think. Think like the reader. Imagine if you were the reader, what would you do? What are the aspects that you’d like to be addressed? How would you respond to the author? These things have to carefully thought and while writing the post, make sure none of them is missed out. Keep in mind that you cannot make everyone happy, but at least make sure that you think from all sides and leaves no one out.
Point down the goods and bad
Now, jot down the goods and bad, the advantages and disadvantages etc. Every topic you are writing about will have two sides to it. One the guys who support it and the other who opposes it. Think from both sides and gather opinion. List them down and arrange them properly according to levels of importance. This will help the readers to scan through them and get an idea about the whole subject rather than reading through the entire write up.
Take a just approach, don’t be partial
Having noted down all the perspectives to the topic, now it’s time to take a neutral stand (unless of course you know for sure that your statement can be substantiated.) towards the issue. Readers will find it interesting because, they themselves would be confused after going through all the options, so if you can help them zero in on one point, it will be great. So, make sure that you take a just approach, and think from all sides.
Expand on the points, flesh them out
Now that you have the skeleton to the topic, write down a few lines towards each point and flesh out the whole topic. This is easier than writing each point one by one and it’s description accordingly. It will also help you not to forget points. So write a few lines for each point and put the real content in the article. One word of caution though, don’t write unnecessary and meaningless content just to fluff out content and make it look long. Readers have the eyes of a hawk and they will find out any mistake or meaning less statements you wrote.
Write a conclusion
For every article there has to be a start and stop. Remember the flow chart model you learned at school. Yes, this is something similar. End the article by writing a conclusion. If you have evidence and proof to prove a point, go ahead and make it, but if you are unsure on what to conclude, just write a summary of what was discussed in the article and readers will like it.
So that’s my capsule format of six ways to create remarkable articles from seemingly simple ideas. As a matter of fact, this too was one.