Make your first post count. Jump right into your topic, don’t wast time with wordy preliminaries like: “This is my first post”.
Choose a topic that is central to your project and something that can both set the tone and style for your blog.
Also demonstrate the. full suite of blogging tools:
- Include an image or video,
- make sure you have some links,
- include an indented quote and
- categorise your post.
Mindy McAdams recently blogged some useful tips for student bloggers. Ultimately it’s a question of practice:
Too many students write blog posts just to get the assignment out of the way — the poor quality of the blog post reveals that plainly. No future employer is going to be impressed by that kind of writing.
McAdams links to five pointers drawn up by George Daniels that are well worth reading. McAdam’s and Daniels agree that a good blog post is short (350-500 words) has a punchy opener, is written with an audience in mind, includes images or other elements apart from text and links to other resources that add value for your readers.