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What makes a blog post effective?



 Posts are very important because they convey ideas and connect to readers out there and give life to a blog. The best way to learn about steps to an effective blog post is to read some available tips  and reflect on your expectation as a reader. What do I enjoy reading in a blog post? I believe that effective posts:

  • Have a reader friendly lay-out with use of paragraphs and headings and respect copyrights. There are some sources that can give overall information & how to use pictures.
  • Have an inspiring aspect. An effective post has an effective conversation with the readers. Writing attention grabbing post titles is very important. At times as in the case of the winner for the most influential blog post in Edublogs 2010 Awards, Frank Noschese an effective post bonds with the readers through a real life experience that motivates readers to see similarities/differences and think.
  • Suggest practical ideas. I follow the blog of Burcu Akyol where I can find many practical ideas that I can use.
  • Have working links. (of course thinking about an ideal world…)
  • Make use of humour. I think that laughter connects us all 🙂

How about you? What characteristics do effective posts share for you? Please leave a comment.

5 Comments to

“What makes a blog post effective?”

  1. January 28th, 2011 at 7:26 am       Anne Mirtschin Says:

    Hi Asli
    It is great to read your post. One thing I love about this challenge is that we have people from many different countries and it is wonderful to get others’ ideas of great bloggers who write effective posts. Thanks for sharing Burcu Akyol’s blog site. I like practical ideas too. Your last point was one I can really resonate with – humour and laughter – it certainly does connect us all. Keep on posting and joining in the challenge. Leave comments on some of the others. Make sure you leave your url and they will return and comment on yours. Networking is one of the aims of this challenge.

  2. January 28th, 2011 at 2:01 pm       aslisaglam Says:

    Hi Anne, I will definitely leave comments for other bloggers. Thanks.

  3. January 29th, 2011 at 3:43 am       Anne Mirtschin Says:

    Hi Asli, if you go into the dashboard of your edublogs, can you find appearance (I hope that is the right title) Look for widgets, click on widgets and scroll down to find pages. Make sure you drag pages up onto the right hand side bar and save. Does that make sense? Then your pages should show on the blog ie Your About Me Page.

  4. January 29th, 2011 at 11:10 am       Mr Laidlaw Says:

    Hi Asli!
    I liked your blog! The ideas you had for an effective blog were a little different from mine see Room 9 St. Pats. That made yours interesting to read.

  5. February 10th, 2011 at 2:51 am       lucia bomster Says:

    Hi Asli~
    totally agree that the use of headings and layout can either invite readers in or compel them to click on the “next” button! it is one of the elements i struggle with.

    i also love it when finding practical and “real” ideas/strategies/tools. no need to reinvent a wheel that someone else has already struggled to shape. and a huge thanks to all those who share those wonderful pearls of wisdom and experience!!

    thanks for posting, Asli!


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