More and more people take the opportunity of working from home in this day and age. With communication so fast and the internet now driving business, working from home can be a viable proposition. One job in particular is well suited to remote working is writing, and one of the most lucrative writing jobs can be blog writing. In part one of our blog how to write great blogs we looked at how free writing and taking notes are valuable tools to improving your blog writing, in this blog we learn about brainstorming and mind maps.
You may ask how can you possibly brainstorm by yourself? It is actually more of a case of teaching your brain to focus on one thought, idea, theme and then simply write down everything that comes into your head. Keep a mantra that no idea is a bad idea and you will free up your mind to be more creative and to let your thoughts flow. When you have finished your brainstorming session then simply evaluate what you have noted down, use the best ideas for your blog and store anything else for another day.
You may have already tried the mind map process and conclude that it is rather a waste of time. However, you would be totally wrong they have a great influence on how you write and assist your personal style of writing.
It is human nature to be influenced by others, but your best writing and most original writing comes from within. Plagiarism is frowned upon in blogging circles and people will pay extra for original and thought-provoking content. A mind map can help you focus using visual aids, draw the mind map as large as you can so you can keep on adding to it. Different colors on the mind map also help, use red as a critical thought and perhaps a pale color for something that is subsidiary. Focus on keywords and add images, then keep on coming back to the map to augment it when you have more thoughts.
Use Criticism as a Positive
Perhaps you have had some blogs posted and either the public or the person who has commissioned you to write the blog has criticized aspects of your work. Take this criticism and use it as a positive. Perhaps take an opinion opposite to one of your own and dissect it, form credible opinions of your own to spark a discussion.
The whole point of blog writing is for people to take notice of it, a bit like there is no such thing as bad press!
The more people you can engage in the discussion the better, and perhaps also their responses can stir you into writing another blog. In the concluding part of this blog we look at other ways to develop your blog writing style and so you produce top quality content that people will want. These include collaboration with other bloggers and the use of images.