Tips for Starting a Blog

Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2009 by Print This Post Print This Post

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I’ve been blogging on EntertainmentBuff.com for a little over a year now. I discuss industry-related news and rumors, review movies, discuss my own misadventures in Hollywood, and occasionally just talk about being an everyday movie-goer. It’s fun, particularly when I find a topic that really gets my creative juices flowing.

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There really are no hard and fast rules for blogging. You don’t have an editor or deadlines looming over you. That said, I have a few personal guidelines I like to follow:

  • I try to keep things brief, since big blocks of text are off-putting for casual readers. If you’re getting a little long winded, see what you can trim out or maybe put into another blog.
  • I always proofread my blogs. I want readers to not be distracted by typos or bad grammar. People will be more inclined to bookmark your blog if it reads well.
  • It’s important to update your blog often. I try to write at least one blog a day, taking Saturdays and Sundays off. If I have an idea during the weekend, I’ll write it out and save it for Monday or some other day when I’m short on ideas.
  • If you get an idea for a blog by reading another online article, make sure you cite the source in your blog and provide a link. I almost always blog about industry news I read on entertainment sites and provide embedded links for readers to see the original piece.
  • Try to embed a picture in your blog or maybe a YouTube clip if applicable. Give your readers something to look at beyond simple text. It’ll make your blog more dynamic.
  • Remember that what you’re saying is going out onto the Interwebs. It’s not a diary or a journal that only you have access to. Keep personal information limited, since you never know who’s going to read it.

Blogging has helped me develop a writing style that I’m no longer so self-conscious about. All through college, I agonized over every word I committed to the page. Now I’m more comfortable putting things down on paper. If you’re a writer or an aspiring to be one, you absolutely should be blogging. Get comfortable throwing your ideas out there, learn to deal with writer’s block and become more confident in your writing ability.

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