30 Bite-Sized Writing Tips From 30 Great Bloggers

epic-writing-tipsWith this whole Google Authorship stuff going around…  I thought now would be a good time to publish the best round-up post I’ll publish this year.

yea … that’s a big statement, I know.

But I doubt I can top this … you’ll see why I say that in just a second.

You might recognize some of these names:

Chris Brogan, Lisa Irby, Chris Ducker, Michael Martine, Chris Garrett, Sonia Simone, Laura Roeder and many, many more … all chime in and share their most valuable writing tip.

Take good notes, something tells me these people know what they’re talking about. =)

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1. Chris Brogan ‏@chrisbrogan

“Be brief, be helpful. This is what people most want. Not your advice. Your recipe. <– there. : )”

2. Chris C. Ducker ‏@chriscducker

“TIP: Always be sure to either Educate, Entertain, Solve Problems, or Inspire through your blogging…”

3. Michael Martine ‏@remarkablogger

“Know your readers so well you can get inside their heads. Know their fears and dreams. Be the voice of God to them.”

4. Brian D. Hawkins ‏@HotBlogTips

“Write before research to insure uniqueness. Then check everything and link out with credits. Originality counts :)”

5. Bryan Eisenberg ‏@TheGrok

“… it really depends on your goals. But, I would say, take the time to format the post for readability, add great visuals…”

6. Barry Schwartz ‏@rustybrick

“Consistency”

7. Web Savvy Marketing ‏@WebSavvyMrkting

“Blog posts should nurture your cornerstone content (keyword focused pages) with inbound links and supporting concepts.”

8. SEOmoz ‏@SEOmoz

“Have you seen our TAGFEE Tenents -http://mz.cm/JTkAvK ? Apply them to content creation and amazing things happen. :D”

9. Farnoosh Brock ‏@prolificliving

“My writing tip: Write 1000-3000 words a day… even on Sundays and read books voraciously (2-3 a month if not more). :)”

10. TopRankMarketing.com ‏@toprank

“Write the post to solve a problem & the headline to inspire sharing.”

11. Brian Massey ‏@bmassey

“Tell that story about the good guy threatened by the bad guy and the surprising way they resolve the conflict.”

12. LisaLauffer ‏@Create_Miracles

“Just begin! Allow yourself the grace of knowing that your ability, content, & style will develop over time.”

13. Lisa Petrilli ‏@LisaPetrilli

“Write from the heart and be true to yourself. :)”

14. Richard Baxter ‏@richardbaxter

“I always re-read my writing out loud (or at least in my head) to get the flow of my writing right: conversational and friendly”

15. Jeffrey Eisenberg ‏@JeffreyGroks

“Plain copy conveying value beats elegant copy that doesn’t. Bonus – we read long copy if it’s interesting.”

16. Francisco Perez ‏@ditesco

“Let your creative juices flowing and forget about editing. Conduct a research to get updated and then apply the finishing…”

17. Chris Garrett ‏@chrisgarrett

“Don’t force it, you are only as good as your last article. Keep a notepad of good ideas and encourage questions from your audience.”

18. Lori Taylor ‏@lorirtaylor

“Spend as much time on your headline and the first sentence as you do on the body. The rest won’t matter if they’ve already left!”

19. Kristi Hines ‏@kikolani

“Don’t edit while you write. Just let the ideas flow and go back for fine tuning later.”

20. Jim Dougherty ‏@leaderswest

“Write a descriptive and compelling headline. That’s what causes people to click through to your content.”

21. Big Girl Branding ‏@BigGirlBranding

“Speak directly to your reader, not at them or over their heads. That’s just annoying.”

22. Ileane Smith ‏@BasicBlogTips – Blog Promotion Manifesto

“Re-purpose your best blog content in a podcast, video and SlideShare presentation for maximum reach.”

23. Sonia Simone ‏@soniasimone

“Listen to your audience’s needs and desires, they’re a compass that always points the right direction.”

24. Laura Roeder ‏@lkr

“Plan ahead! Create an editorial calendar to plan out what topic will go live on which day.”

25. Marieke Hensel ‏@hensel

“Brainstorm & plan out your content in advance. So you can consistently deliver great content, without pulling your hair out.”

26. Lisa Irby ‏@2createawebsite

“Be conversational. Don’t talk *AT* your visitors, talk *TO* them as if they are sitting in your living room.”

27. Douglas Idugboe ‏@douglasi

“Always write with and for the readers in mind. They ultimately decide the value of your content.”

28. Annie Cushing ‏@AnnieCushing

“Find out what makes people itch and scratch it. :)”

29. Gail Gardner ‏@GrowMap

“Choose one 2-3 word phrase as the topic of each post. Click here for how and here to find out how to use them.”

30. Michael Brenner ‏@BrennerMichael

“Write about your biggest challenges and frustrations. Blogging = Therapy.”

Which Tip Really Hit Home For You?

Leave it in the comments below. Tell me which one of these pieces of advice stood out to you. Which ones are you already using? Speak your mind…

If you’re just joining us.. here’s a quick recap. This is part 4 of the Epic Writing Series and 1 more is on the way…

Why am I doing this? … well, I’ve been noticing a lot of people saying “Content Is King” but not many people talking about what type of content you should be writing and how to write it. This series is how I’m helping you tackle that issue.


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Comments

  1. says

    All are great but I particularly like #1 and #2 but #19 is my style and what I always tell people. I am amazed on what the final outcome is when I just start writing walk away for a few hours or a day and come back. Also, I often add my headline after the piece is done. That is what works best for me

    • says

      I know exactly what you mean Brenda. It’s hard trying to get into the flow of writing while trying to fix everything at the same time.

      Adding the headline after you’re done.. that’s one I haven’t tried – thanks for sharing

  2. says

    Awesome post, Hector! Each one really left me with something ponder, but #1, #9, and #17 were my favorites. Being true to our own voice requires us to first know what that voice sounds like, which can only come from us knowing ourselves. I think many of those you named here said something in that direction though. You nailed it, buddy! Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Yes.. I hate reading robotic writing. You can find a lot of that in company blogs – they have no personality. Finding your voice is a very important step we all need to take. It might take some time and a lot of writing, but it’s worth it.

      You can write easier and your writing resonates with a lot more people. thanks for the comment Deone.

    • says

      I can see how this saves time and ensure the uniqueness of the article, but i find it so hard to do. Mainly because I believe reading and research inspires creativity – but this may work for others.. try it out =)

  3. says

    Re #9: “read books voraciously (2-3 a month if not more) Only two or three? I’m going to have to cut way back. But seriously, folks – I’d add read authors and publications you typically wouldn’t and outside your industry sector. I get some of my best ideas when reading – for example – a home design magazine…or (really) a cookbook. Shake up the synapses.

    • says

      LOL.. Love your comment Mary… because it’s so true. I get my best ideas when doing things not related to marketing or online business. I’m gonna try reading a cookbook – might spark a million dollar idea =)

  4. says

    Thanks for including me among this awesome list of great bloggers. It is an honor. Thanks and although they are bit sized, they have mega effectiveness. Thumbs up!

  5. says

    I like #18 and #21/26.
    #18 – I’m trying hard to work on my headlines and the beginning of my articles to encourage the reader to engage I’m also trying to leave something memorable at the end of the post too. #21/#26 as a careers adviser I’m used to advising and when writing tend to talk at people – I’m working on this!

  6. says

    It’s hard to pick just one, so I’ll say #22, 24, 25, and 28. Re-purposing content is SUCH a great idea, especially with everyone multitasking on auto-pilot. Those that don’t have time to read it can listen to it at the gym or in the car. Good stuff!

  7. says

    Great share here Hector.

    I resonate mostly with #6, #13, #21 and #26. Blogging is about connecting with people so make them feel at home when they stop by your place. Trust me, they’ll want to keep coming back for more when they feel like you’re speaking directly to them.

    Awesome!

    ~Adrienne

    • says

      I agree. Sometimes my posts are laced with business like words and I have to go back to simplify. You should always write your posts as though your audience is right there in your living room.

    • says

      I have trouble with this, too. Sometimes my headline is what I think of first, then when my post is complete, it doesn’t quite add up. I once read a post where they advised to write your post first and then create your headline. I still can’t do that..lol.

  8. says

    #15 is perfect. I especially have trouble with this. My posts are usually very wordy and when I look back at them I realize I could have made my point with less than half the content. Conversely, sometimes I re-write my posts, thinking they’re not long enough, when really the length is fine.

  9. says

    Fantastic tips, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I appreciate especially those who practice #21
    It’s like Einstein said…if you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Thanks for sharing!