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Help! I’m experimenting with a new blog post format. Since I started Blog4Writers, I’ve posted one article a week, usually on a single subject, to inspire and/or inform aspiring writers. Thus, the tagline—Information and Inspiration for Writers.

What do you think? Should I change the entire format to include two sections in each post? First, I could provide short inspirational quotes, Bible verses, and/or links to inspirational articles by other writers. The second part could contain information pertaining to marketing, social media, writing craft, and/or market listings for articles and devotionals.

Here’s what I have in mind.

Inspiration:

From famous Southern writer, William Faulkner:

Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.

And from the Bible, here’s a reason to write about your faith:

Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord. Psalm 102: 18 (NIV). Read the whole Psalm here.

Information:

While you’re working on your book or your speaking career, consider writing articles for publication. It will be easier to sell your book to publishers if you have been published elsewhere. Speakers can prove their expertise in their subject matter this way, too. Check out these markets.

So, readers, what do you think? Do you like this format? Or do you prefer single-topic posts? You can let me know in one of the following ways:

  1. Share in the comments. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.
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  3. Go to my Facebook author page, and look for this post. Comment on the Facebook post and let me know what you think.

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8 Responses to Help Me Be a Better Blogger

  1. Jean Ann Williams August 13, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    I like this format, Emily! More diverse information!

  2. Diana Derringer August 13, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    I like the new idea, Emily.

  3. Emily Akin August 13, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    I was thinking, too, that readers would be more likely to read the whole post if it’s broken down into shorter sections. I’ve had some suggestions via email that I will share later. Thanks.

  4. Emily Akin August 13, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

    I had someone suggest that I do inspiration early in the week and do a second post later in the week with information. Lots to think about.

  5. Cecelia Lester August 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    Emily: You know the amount of time you have. As I was browning hamburger a few minutes ago, I thought of the idea of separate posts for each topic. But you know your schedule, Ask God what He desires you to do and then follow through.

  6. Emily Akin August 15, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    Thanks for the input, Cecelia. I’ve had several interesting suggestions. I may try them all!

  7. Mary Lester August 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    First, Emily, I think your blog is always a good read!
    Yours rises to the top.
    Quotes sound good.
    I tend to read blogs that have more visual content: pictures, clip art, for ex.
    Remember, though, you have good stuff.
    My suggestion: Have some fun with this. Try some new things. Keep what you like.

  8. Emily Akin August 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    Thanks for the feedback, Mary. I have thought about using more pictures and maybe some scripture memes.

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