The questions around writing a blog post

'After a trying week for Trump, a moment of levity: the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, rose to ask the first question from a member of a British media organisation.

Where, she asked, had the two leaders disagreed and what did Trump think about unease across the Atlantic about his support for torture and a ban on Muslim immigration to the US, among other controversial policies.

“This was your choice of a question?” Trump responded, turning to the British prime minister. “There goes that relationship.” Kevin Rawlinson’ (1)

 Writing a blog post

As current events are proving, every word being spoken, or written, is being analysed by all shades of opinion. By reading articles from journalists across a wide range of perspectives, a bigger picture emerges which is greater than polarised portraits.

Who are you aiming your blog post at?  Put the reader first and be able to answer questions on the content rather than the need for correction. It can be very easy to get carried away in the desire to persuade your audience on your line of thinking, press the publish button and then be surprised if you get a flurry of adverse opinion that you were not expecting.

 

Here are a few points to consider in drawing up a checklist to cover your content:

 

§  How well informed are your arguments? think Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). Are they inspirational or confrontational?

§  Are your points in a logical order? Test them out with other people and listen to the feedback

§  Remember to take the time to check your language and make it ‘mindful’ of others rather than ‘mindless’

§  Humour is very personal and can very easily be taken out of context. Think of people you admire who may be satirical, as in the participants of ‘Have I got news for you’ on BBC2, or stand up comedians in ‘Live at the Apollo’. What makes you laugh says a lot about you and, in turn, the audience you attract.

§  What is the call to action for the reader? Consider a quick two or three question survey to ask for constructive feedback (2)

 

Once you have got your post written, consider a second pair of eyes to check your style, grammar and punctuation. This denotes a seriousness of approach and professional presentation.

Your post is a window on your personality and is a promotional tool to add to a debate rather then detract from it.

Do contact me at https://theproproofreader.com/ for further help.

 

(1)  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/27/theresa-may-white-house-visit-donald-trump-nato

(2)  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/