Let sleeping bird eaters lie.
The bird eater in the bathroom taught me a clear blogging lesson.
Said bird eater was a Thai black bird-eating tarantula. He was a wee lass. But still beefy enough to take a bite out of Biddulph.
I had already wrangled both an 8-inch aggressive centipede and an annoyed, agitated arachnid in the form of a 6-inch scorpion from the same house in Thailand. The bird eating tarantula completed the triple play.
Writing great blog posts.
2 days before we left for the US, old birdy sat his little hairy rump on Kelli’s laundry pile. I poked at him gently with a broom to keep him moving. Not a good idea. I quickly saw the legendary Thai bird eating tarantula aggression in action, as he reared up, showed off his fangs and repeatedly lunged at me, sprinting toward me on the broomstick.
Being a cool and calm dude, I deftly shifted the stick, depositing said eater or birds onto the bathroom sink. I grabbed Kelli’s clothes. Prodded birdy eating boy out of the sink. All was well.
I’d have been wiser to wait 1-2 days for him to exit the laundry pile, to avoid the intense attack.
Which is like riling up a blogging critic who hasn’t stopped by your blog in awhile. Some bloggers just want to be friendly and reach out to poor matches. Others want to prove something to critics. Some bloggers flat out want to fight or to stick something to a critical person.
The end result will be the same; you will have a critical barb tossed your way or a fight on your hands.
Do you see how I led into this blog post? Eliciting emotion is the first step in creating a great, memorable blog post.
1: Elicit Emotion
Imagine a Vaudevillian cane, yanking your reader’s attention span in violent, decisive fashion.
Leading your blog post with a jarring hook is the first step in creating an eye-popping, helpful, high traffic blog post.
Hit a pain point. Or hit a pleasure point. Or lead off with a colorful story.
Think about what moves you as a reader. I love vivid details, humor, and sometimes a shock and awe, scary lead-in. This goes for novels, blog posts or eBooks.
Apply a similar tactic to your next blog post. Think of how you can paint a picture with words that elicit a strong emotional response – or reaction – from your readers.
Don’t forget why you are writing the post: to help your readers learn a specific concept. Said concept can solve a problem or empower your readers to live their dreams. Either way, educate your audience to craft a great blog post.
Grab your reader’s attention with an immediate hook. Follow up with meat.
Build your blog post on a granite-like foundation of helpful, thorough, valuable content aimed toward one end.
Take this post. I thought through 3 simple concepts you can use to write a rocking blog post. I dwelled on the order of the concepts. Hmmmm….how can I educate them? (Sorry for bringing you into my warped mind, but you did decide to read the post.)
3 “e”s. For whatever reason, I decided to link the 3 tips to “e”s.
Eliciting emotion is the first step. Reel in readers. Follow up by educating readers. Make the blog post memorable by adding an entertaining element to your offering. Sounds about right.
At the end of the day, following each of these 3 tips will help you create a traffic-driving, valuable, list-building and profit-boosting blog post. I shared lessons. Education received.
After reading the post it is time for the reader to pay their tuition through careful blogging study, observation and by putting these lessons into action.
If you skip any of the steps, rest assured, I will have a blogging dunce cap waiting for you in the corner of the cyber classroom.
Are you not entertained?
Maximus asked the question in the movie Gladiator. I ask the question after readers visit Blogging From Paradise. Or if they buy an eBook or purchase a course or hire me for my coaching services.
You are likely to recall a fun, entertaining, colorful lesson versus a bland, boring, dull, 3rd person account.
I could share 7 tips for successful blogging.
Or I could share 7 successful blogging lessons I learned from 2 Thai ladyboy prostitutes. True story. I was stalked and chased by 2 ladyboy streetwalkers in Bangkok, and you betcha I learned 7 successful blogging lessons from the encounter.
Whether you are being chased by ladyboys in Bangkok, chasing bigfoot like David, or are being chased by (or are chasing) your kids, adding a dash of your life experiences from an entertaining, humorous angle helps your blog posts stick in the minds of your readers.
What tips can you add to this list?
About the Author:
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog at Blogging From Paradise.
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