Beth Goad gives some tips and insights into blogging! Please consider writing a post for this blog – or who knows, we may come find you and ask for your thoughts!
Has a colleague asked you to write a blog post and you were left wondering where to start? Have you attended a helpful conference session or read a book you’d like to share with others? This blog exists as a resource across the Division to share experiences and resources that are helpful to the student affairs professional.
Consider this your invitation to write a blog post!
Still wondering where to start? Chances are, you’re not alone. Just as any new thing, blogging can be intimidating or overwhelming. Let me give you some basic tips for writing a blog post that you’ll be happy with and others will want to read.
Consider the audience you’re writing for and ask yourself a few questions:
- Who is your intended audience?
- What do you want the audience to gain from reading your words?
- How did the experience benefit you and how might it help someone else?
Know why you’re writing and write with purpose. You may want to give some background on why the topic was of personal interest to you or what your previous experience had been with it.
Keep the purpose of the blog in mind as you write. If you’re writing for this blog, you’ll want to be sure to align your words in some way, shape or form with the blog’s intent to be a resource for professional development.
Choose a topic that interests you. Engage the reader by giving a brief personal connection to the subject and be sure to let the reader know why it matters.
Don’t forget to mix it up and be creative! There are a variety of writing styles, so let yours shine through. Part of the appeal of a blog with multiple authors is that the posts have a certain variety they wouldn’t have if they all came from one author.
Still have questions and don’t know where to start? Ask a colleague who has written for the blog before or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.