In my humble opinion, the secret to a good blog post, particularly a good travel blog post, comes down to two things.
- Useful information
Of course, there are a billion other things but these two are at the top of the list.
One thing that should also be on the list is getting straight to the point. We bloggers have unlimited word counts and tend to have a habit of waffling. So with that in mind, I’ll get on with it!
Let’s start with personality and why I think it’s so important.
There are hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, articles, TV shows and wesbites that are created by ‘experts’ and ‘professionals’. And I’m not going to lie, most of the content on these is going to be better quality than an average blog post.
(Don’t get mad. I’m not talking to you directly, I’m talking about the blogosphere as a whole.)
These people are being paid to produce the best quality content they can. They often have a large team working on research, design, marking, photography, video and advertising. They’re often specially trained and have lots of experience. As a solo, blogger, you can’t possibly compete.
But what bloggers do have over the big websites is one constant personality.
People like to read about people and while it’s interesting to know what the latest trends are, the ‘top things to do’ and all the historical facts are, there are already a million people producing this content (hello Wikipedia and Lonely Planet).
I like to follow blogs where the blogger has a strong and interesting personality. I’m not always looking for someone exactly the same as myself but someone who can give a unique perspective.
2. Useful information
OK, ‘useful’ is a bit vague but I really want to learn something or feel inspired to do something by a blog.
There are too many blogs out there with wishy-washy generalisations. Hundreds of words that don’t actually say anything.
Blog posts that aren’t useful
An example of a really un-useful blog post was one I read recently called, ‘How to become a morning person’. One of the tips was ‘set your alarm clock’ and ‘have a morning coffee’. Well no shit, Sherlock, why hadn’t I thought of that!?
I was expecting to be transformed from a morning gremlin to a morning goddess by the end of the article and some airhead is telling me to set an alarm clock.
Other un-useful posts include:
- Beauty bloggers reviews of lipsticks where they show one photo of it smeared across the back of their hand. Job done. This would be useful if I wore lipstick on the back of my hand but unfortunately I don’t. Would you review a car by sitting in the boot? Sort it out beauty bloggers.
- Photo of the day posts. You know the type, where it’s just one fairly average photo with a short, non-descript caption. Unless it has a great story to accompany it then save it for Facebook.
- Vague hotel reviews. There’s a reason why TripAdvisor is so popular and that’s because the combination of unbiased reviews provides all the information you need. Unless you’re writing a really in-depth or original review then leave it to TripAdvisor.
A few other things that contribute towards a great blog post include:
4. Beautiful photos or videos
5. Great layout
6. It must be well-written
7. Not too much waffle…
8. ….but more than two sentences
What else do you think makes the perfect blog post?
laura de vivo
Sunday 25th of March 2018
hi, I'm new to blogging, trying to find me feet so this was useful. I hope I do inject personality to my blogs (I hope I do), I'm working on the useful info bit. mostly I'm hoping my blogs inspire people to get out there and see places and do stuff.
Tuesday 20th of March 2018
Personality is on of the keys to branding your blog and your online image. What I learned is to write more and publish less (practice makes perfect). http://rachael-helps.com
Thursday 15th of March 2018
I've been struggling with the overuse of 'I' in my recent blog posts! But I'm starting to get some sort of balance after reading your 'personality' paragraph. Something just clicked! Thanks for taking the time to help all us struggling bloggers out there!
Wednesday 7th of March 2018
Great post! The two things I always ask myself before publishing a post: Who cares? What's the point? If no one cares and there's no point, I delete. Like you said, there's way too much useless information clogging up the blogosphere.
Wednesday 7th of March 2018
Great tips and insights - I really couldn't agree more with your comments about useful information. Too many posts and articles these days leave me saying, "Well, duh!" It can be hard, but totally worth it, to find that little nugget of info that leave readers thinking "I never knew that!" or "How cool!" Thanks for sharing your blogging wisdom :)
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