5 things I’ve been doing wrong when writing posts

Due to a convoluted series of events, I ended up attending a “course” on how to write a good blog post. Let me make it clear, I did not attend by choice neither did this have anything to do with this present blog. It’s just that when people found out I already had a blog, they figured I “needed” to go.

Anywho, I showed up ready to be lectured on SEO (which I was) and show off my boundless knowledge (which it turns out I do not have), just to realize I have been writing a blog daily for over 2 years and I have been doing it wrong all this time. Like almost entirely wrong. It’s incredible I didn’t crack the internet yet. I just disappointed it…

I’ve really made way too many mistakes to list them all here so for now, these are the top 5 things I have been doing wrong all this time and will likely continue doing wrong!

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I didn’t know how to illustrate this point so here’s a random picture from an anime I haven’t seen.

5) No tangents

We were warned about this at least 3 times. People don’t want to go on wild tangents with you. At best, your readers will lose interest, at worst they’ll get annoyed. If by some miracle you happen to have the world’s most patient readership (which thankfully I do!), it still makes it very difficult to keep you post focused and to clearly bring your point across if you’re throwing in all kinds of irrelevant information!

Well I’m in trouble. My posts are like 60 to 80% tangents. That’s kind of my thing. I also just enjoy reading that way. One of the things I like so much about Neil Gaiman’s writing is that he weaves in so many different mythologies, historical events and random anecdotes. I often end up spending just as much time reading Wikipedia to look up references or random tales, he drops in his his narratives, as I do reading his books.

I’m not implying I’m Neil Gaiman. I wouldn’t dare. Then again, I have never seen us in the same room together. Hmmmmm… Maybe I am just writing this blog so poorly to throw you off the scent.

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I would read a post about Fluffy

4) Fluff pieces is where it’s at

I’m not saying you can’t write a deep, insightful piece and have it get both recognized and celebrated. Generating an actual wroth while conversation is a great way to make your mark on the community and secure your place. But it’s tough and unreliable. And if what you’re after is views and likes, then nice, easily digestible fluff pieces is where it’s at! 300 words on anime girls with red hair is likely to get more hits and draw way more views than 1200 words on how to progression of women in the workplace in Japan has shaped the presentation of female characters in anime. Maybe not…but often yes.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying I write deep insightful posts. I know most of my musings fall somewhere between fluff and complete fluff. But I never actually set out to write them. I actually go out of my way to try and find subjects I haven’t read too much about because that’s usually what I find interesting. However, that’s apparently not that smart. Offering something unique is great but only if it’s familiar enough. And although I have nothing against trying out this rule in principal, I’m just not skilled at it.

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I,m still not sure how I feel abut the minimalist trend

3) Less is more

Did you know that people apparently have short attention spans? Have you already tabbed out? It’s o.k., I did too!

Yeah, people don’t like to spend too long on one thing apparently. And burying your audience in content is actually more likely to drive them away than keep them coming back. Shorter more frequent posts are better than longer ones (according to this dude – I don’t even know what his credentials are to be honest). Break up text with headers and pictures (wait I do that! – YAY!) but don’t put too many of those either (oooohhh nevermind… booooh).

Basically, keep you posts digestible. Both on word count and media inclusion. I think he said a perfect blog post should be between 1 and 3 minutes to read at most. I think this guy is underestimating how difficult I can be to understand. So I win?

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wait, this is confusing…

2) Be yourself but not too much

The problem with being yourself is that most people aren’t you…

I really can’t argue this point but I wanted to. So yeah, you should be personable and posts, even professional ones, should sound like they are from your own voice. If you have a hobby or entertainment blog (like we tend to do in these here parts), very personal editorial type content is usually quite popular.

But, in order to not alienate your audience, you’re suppose to keep it at once personal and neutral. If you got passionate in your post, even it out by giving very lowkey comments that accept and acknowledge all points of view. Try to avoid hard stances. Talk about your feelings rather than your beliefs. Yada, yada.. this went on for a while. I sort of spaced out at some point.

I mean I get the general notion here and it’s not bad advice. I try to make sure my thoughts don’t sound like impositions and I am quite aware that I do not have the only acceptable impressions and thinking on everything, if such a thing even exists. But I still have thoughts. A lot of them are kinda weird and probably alienate some people. I think we can still have conversations about it. Could even be interesting…

anie reading paper

it’s “post”!!! I’m so proud!

1) Write about what people want to read about

So what’s the point of writing a post if no one’s gonna read it?

At this point I actually shot my hand up in the air, like Hermoine at her most annoying and said: To practice – For your own enjoyment – To experiment with writing techniques, editing styles or layout – to perfect certain elements you may find lacking in your own writing – to make sure your don’t loose your touch – to…

I was cut off. Apparently, the correct answer is: there is no point.

I have to give it to the guy, he soldiered on like a trooper. Laughing my little interruption off as if it was charming and not a pain in the behind that just threw his whole presentation off. Kudos guy whose name I won’t publish, you were good at your job!

I have in fact read this exact advice frequently and from many sources. Research your audience. Make sure you know what they want to read about and write about that. Not as in compromise your artistic integrity or anything. Although you can do that too if you like. They didn’t tell us not too. Still pick a subject you’re passionate about but within that subject, find a specific topic that your readers will want to know more about.

And this makes all the sense in the world. I should do this and keep telling myself to do this and then, I don’t do this. I think this entire post proves my point.

First, I just don’t have the time to figure out exactly what the greater anime community is focused on at any given moment. I sort of just talk to you guys… Sometimes on Twitter. But I also often miss out on the latest craze cause I’m deeply obsessed with a series that aired in 2014 but I’m watching for the first time…

Second, I’m a child. I find some little idea I get excited about or discover some new series and I have to tell you all about it right away! Even though no one asked. Cause it’s cool you see and I think maybe you’ll like it…

Yeah – I’ve been doing everything wrong for years. But that’s o.k.! Is there anything you’ve been doing wrong and are going to keep doing wrong?

Rini 2020 (12)

 

Irina

I'm much nicer than I seem, we should be friends!

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73 Responses

  1. I love this a lot ❤️❤️❤️ It’s very inspiring and nice ☘️. It is a great honor to be in your blog 🙇

  2. foovay says:

    Please, please do not change a thing you are doing. 5)Tangents – Dean Koontz also goes off on tangents. In fact, I’m not a big horror fan but I’ve read almost everything he has written – why? The tangents. The moments waxing philosophical. Anecdotes and trivia. 4)Well, are you writing clickbait to get shared on FB and make pennies on ads, or are you writing for a passionate fan base who loves anime and is looking for ever deeper insights into the art, the colors, the themes, the very words used and the relationship between characters and cultures? I realized, sadly, some years ago that at least here in the U.S.A. there is a vast number of people who, quite frankly, are stupid. So stupid that fluff is all they CAN read. Assuming they can read. Small words. Simple themes. And that’s fine. They are human and have a total right to have what they want. (Even if his name is Donald Trump) And I, and your other readers also have a right to have what we want. An insightful, interesting in depth article about the color white in anime. And so on. 3)Keep it short. Same thing. If you are writing for idiots who are surfing around clicking on this and that and the other killing time, go right ahead and write those 300 word posts that won’t tax their brain. Oh wait, that isn’t your audience. That isn’t your readers. If that’s what we wanted we would be tapping on clickbait ads on FB, not perusing in depth articles on WordPress from amatuer bloggers who write for passion, not pennies. 2)How can you only be a little bit yourself? Be you or be a corporate homogenized drone. Seriously, I love you too much to even let you consider this crap. 1)Yes, for all the reasons you mentioned. And you never know. Once upon a time I made a Squidoo lens (article) about coloring books for adults. Back around 2002 or so. I did it because I enjoyed coloring, and enjoyed finding coloring books (mainly from Dover at the time) that were complex and interesting enough for an adult to enjoy. I really wrote it for myself, and was even slightly embarrassed to admit I still colored. Then I started getting comments. Sales of the coloring books through my lens. It become one of the most popular and read and shared articles on Squidoo. I added to it as I read articles about how coloring seemed to help Alzheimers patients, and people recovering from brain injury, and then meditation came into it and the article kept getting longer and longer and more in depth – and then all the imitators sprang up. Look at us now. You can buy adult coloring books at freaking Dollar Tree. Marketed directly for adults with mandalas and even challenging little puzzles and activities. Because I wrote an article about my own silly little hobby hoping I might get a sale or two… Now, Squidoo is gone and I literally made a few pennies out of the whole freaking craze and I’m sure most people out there don’t believe for a minute I started it and I don’t care. But what if I had never written it? Never shared my silly hobby in public? Despite the fact it wasn’t short, it wasn’t commercial, and I had no idea if anyone else would EVER read it besides some of my fellow Squidoo lensmasters who supported me in exchange for supporting them.

    You just don’t never know. And those who let the “authorities” tell them what to do and follow it faithfully and crank out these boring one sounds like all the other blogs…

    I tell you what. I follow ONE blog like that. It’s about things to do in Nevada – since I only moved here a couple years ago. I’ve learned to ignore the restaurant articles – paid for I’m sure by the food places in question. Hard pass on most of the articles about venues in Las Vegas – same reason. Short fluffy articles full of superlatives like “wonderful, exciting, delicious” etc. by someone I am pretty sure never crossed the threshold of the place in question. The articles are boring and full of propaganda and fluffy as hell – and I’ve bookmarked some of the places I’d like to go and things I’d like to do. But do I love it like I love your blog? Do I feel ANy kinship towards the writer? I not only couldn’t tell you their name, I don’t know the first thing about them. And I don’t care. And I certainly take most of what they say with a truckload of salt. They are like a long, ongoing commercial for Nevada. But they have informed me about some of the more cool things to do here.

    One last thing, perhaps the most important. Once upon a time I had 13 blogs going. A couple of them did make some money. Obviously, I didn’t get rich on the Internet. The more I followed “the rules” the less I made, and the more I hated it. I WAS doing it to make money that I needed in the circumstances at the time. I don’t do it anymore. I can’t say I miss it. And it’s left me so burnt out that I barely blog, or even write, at all. I also have a cynical attitude that is really negative and unlike me. I kinda hate it, and kinda can’t seem to shake it because – well, it’s often correct.

    I’d really hate to see that happen to you. Stay fluffy. Chase tangents. Be you.

    And that really applies to all you other bloggers, too. I know you’re here, reading and posting comments 😉 Listen to your elder 😛 LOL

    Blessedbe.

  3. I wasn’t expecting to come away reading this agreeing with every point. But you’re right on each count.

  4. DerekL says:

    Bland marketdroid advice for the soulless drones who are only in this for the impressions and ad revenue. The same kind of drones who follow you on WP or Twitter looking for followbacks and never subsequently interact with you.

    A pox on soulless drones.

    For all my flaws and low viewer counts (and lower comment counts), I much prefer to be part of an actual community – warts and all. It’s not a busy place, and more Mos Eisly than Las Vegas… But it’s fun. And nobody cares if I interrupt my anime blog with 80’s music, or my latest photography.

  5. number 4 explains so much and why I don’t seem to get much traction. Anime science is about as far as you can get from fluff pieces. However I don’t see how you can make fluff science pieces and even then, I don’t think i want to.

    • Irina says:

      Like Bill Nye the Science Guy!! Scientific vulgarization is really difficult to do but when done right I think it’s one of my favourite genres.

  6. iniksbane says:

    So I’ve been thinking about my use of “so” lately. It’s one those writing ticks that I can’t get away from. At work, I use “while” a lot as a transition word.

    Wait, what were you talking about?

    What I find most ironic, is that I got to this post because The Little Anime Blog linked to it, which means by it’s very nature it must be meeting the needs of the community. I mean if the community shared it, then that is a good indication that you’re doing fine.

    So I think his advice is fine. If you’re writing a blog meant to market your service, and you’re not looking to really make any kind of mark. It’s like being the popular person at the party. You’re not going to rock too many boats. You’re going to make everyone chuckle. But at the end of the day, no one is really going to remember you. I mean unless you’re really good at it.

    The most successful blogs/YouTube channels/podcasts I’ve seen, build a community around their service. People come to them expecting a certain type of voice and content. This cater-to-your-audience, don’t-rock-too-many-boats, be-personal-but-not-too-personal stuff is for other folks.

    Man, I’ve been droning on. Where was I?

    Oh yeah, back to talking about my overuse of “So.”

    • Irina says:

      You sound like you would be good at giving these seminars.
      I mean I also overuse “So”. It’s an issue we need to hear about….

  7. animesunday says:

    One can’t teach an inimitable je ne sais quoi at a pretentious writing work shop on how to conform and produce cookie cutter content(alliterations ARE always good, not an opinion, just science). Long live the tangent!!!!!!! LONG LIVE CHAOS AND ENTROPY! Down with the cold, calculated attempts to optimize creative endeavors as if they were an inanimate mechanical product. Lol

  8. Lizzo says:

    Everything lol

  9. David Boone (moonhawk81) says:

    The most patient readership? We just really love your tangents!

    • Irina says:

      Some day I hope to figure out how to express what that means to me. These tiny interactions through comments have made my world so much bigger and softer.

  10. AK says:

    I guess I should give up on these 20-minute reading-time epics I’m working on. Oh well…

    This is probably good advice if you’re writing purely for numbers and ad revenue, but it’s definitely better to have real personality and in-depth posts like you do if that’s not the case. And I always like your tangents, just like most of us probably do. I hope you keep up the great work.

    • Irina says:

      I want a 20 minute epic! I love those.. I’m one of these people that actually goes back to read posts in more than one sitting

  11. I agree and disagree with with some of these things that make a good blog. I agree with the short blogs, I do that because I know people have short attention spans. And yeah sadly fluff does get more attention then deep concepts. But the most important thing about blogging is that its however you want it to be. Its you, and people come and read it cus they like you. That’s how I feel, but who knows. I’m new to this 😅

  12. Karandi says:

    The problem is that if everyone followed the advice above, every anime blog would end up sounding much the same and the community as a whole would be a lot less interesting. I get that business blogs and the like need to avoid tangents and having too much of the individual personality but I don’t think people seeking out anime blogs just want facts and information. I think they very much want to see the writer’s point of view and want to engage in a discussion with them. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

    • Irina says:

      Nice smoothing out there. I do that too! I also think so mind you but I’ve never actually bothered to see what the most successful anime blogs are and what they post… Through the years I’ve read some really generic stuff with very high like counts.

  13. I know William K Scamaton advice when I hear it! I’m the patron-saint of doing it all wrong so I guess I should add some two cents here.

    No tangents, I’ve heard that you want a decent length to your posts hitting the 1,500-2,000 length to have good SEO but longer is going to have more people skim through. I always look at tangential writing as a style, derivative of James Joyce’s stream of consciousness. I understand the ideology that the internet is info-driven and anything not relevant is invaluable but I think tangents can be an effective way an author orchestras personality in their unique writing style.

    I think your Lie in April is a show doing a fantastic job at distinguishing the difference between a great technical writer and a great writer. You can’t teach that intrinsic quality that resonates with people, but yeah my whole shtick is based off being a faceless single lettered entity that you really can’t attach yourself to anything besides the what’s written on each page. Maybe I’d get more clicks if I was a cute anime girl profile or discussed about more relevant topics but I would rather have 10 followers who connect with ‘me’ than a 1,000 views on some joyless piece written out of optimization obligation.

    I think there’s some truth in their about what is successful and I think you need to know your values and how to compromise. I’m a be honest I’ve increased my anime coverage because I know the audience is there, but I feel it’s still done in a genuine way of my love of exploring different media and still doing it for series I enjoy and with my own voice.

    I think while some of those points can help with success, one thing to remember is “There’s no such thing as perfect, you’re beautiful as you are.With all your imperfections you can do anything” and if that advice given by a dead fish swimming in a bath tub from a children’s cartoon resonates with you more than our “expert” I think it just goes to show great things can come in all forms.

    • Irina says:

      You know , I use to call Karandi “K” because I’m too lazy to spell out her entire name…
      I’m never going to write a commercially successful blog and it’s never been my goal but I know that some bloggers want this to be their job and jobs are often not super fun.

      • Please keep calling Karandi “K”, it might cause some confusion to some people… but anything you’re saying about Karandi that can be mistakenly attributed to me… fine by me.

        Never say never, doing what you love for a living is a noble pursuit. Just important to make sure it’s still what you love doing when you reach that mountain top.

        Oh, and I saw being called “nice” bothers you? It might sound like a plain description but some people just aren’t articulate enough to describe one of the kindest, funniest, and talented person they come in contact with, you just gotta trust the intention is there.

        • Irina says:

          awwww….well then I will take nice as a badge of honour. I’m still going to strive to find something more personal to say about others

  14. Scott says:

    I think I’ve done all of these wrong lately. That class honestly sounds the worst. I guess all of these work from a marketing perspective, but reading posts like that don’t really sound or feel like fun at all.

    We should make are own aniblogging class on how to blog. Basically: Be Yourself

  15. Keni says:

    Great to know I am getting a lot of things wrong… Now I know what to fix. And yes… Tangents are great!!

  16. Pinkie says:

    First of all let it be known that if you ever follow this man’s advice and lose your tangents personality and legnth of your blog I will most likely not enjoy your posts ever again. I love your blog as is.

    Second I am appalled by a workshop like this. I am not a great writer by any means but there is something I put in my work and that is soul. Writing that is as formulaic as this man tells us to do I think loses it’s very soul. While it may be good, it shall never be great or even stronger it can never be amazing. If I had to choose between writing mediocre pieces all my life.. but one that truely inspired someone.. something that reached their soul.. or to to be able to always write well and be liked but never loved by thousands.. i’d still chose for that one reader that loves what I wrote.

    Third, I would like to meet this guy prefarably with a group of people here, so we can show him that blogging isn’t just about views or about audience. It’s about your own voice about being you, about enjoying yourself. A blog should be a passion project something that brings joy to at the very least it’s writer. I want to show that man our joy and passion so he can see what he lacks. I genuinely dislike him and him cutting of Senpai makes me mad!

    Fourth, Thank you for the sarcastic undertone in the blog and for getting these supportive comments. This topic kinda hurt. As a few people here know I am not that well health wise, it’s not that implausible for me to drop dead.. (compared to your average human) . When I first dealt with that knowledge I found my new worst fear. To be average.. or to just be ok or “good”. I fear deeply to be the grey that he promotes. To be well liked by everyone.. but if people ask them what they liked about me they would not know why.. .just because I never did anything wrong. Lessons like these .. I feared to be faceless, like you often are in the hospitals. So lesseons like this man is teaching sicken me. I want the world to be a mishmash of uncohesive colours as an all complimenting grey. While I do care for my audience and what they would like.. I will never be able to look in their head so I could just assume by standardising everyone and thats not the way I wanna write or live even. I fear the pack! So thanks for showing at least some adversion to that sentiment as well. It made me smile and lessend my fears.

    • Irina says:

      I understand that fear. I absolutely hate when people sum me up as “nice”. Nice is what you say when there’s nothing to say about someone and it’s painful. I hope you get better and get those chances down to average at least…

      • Pinkie says:

        Nice is a filler word indeed. As morbid as it might sound I would like for people to talk about the unique things I did at my funeral, or even just in the bar when I am not around.

        Remember Pinkie: She is the one that listend to Pink Fluffy Unicorns for 24 hours straight. With a leak on her head.
        Remember Pinkie she had this weird obsession with the colour pink and pokémon. She would ramble on both a lot..

        That sort of comments are at least about me..

        Pinkie used to go out with us.. it was fun.. doesnt say anything about me. So I do find that trend to cater to as much people as possible (even in your niche) to lead .. to being nice but forgetable. .. like if the anime bloggers remember me for liking anime.. that still isn’t really saying much.

        • Irina says:

          Pinkie got me wasted at an imaginary party where she made guests clean up but to be fair said guest was a demon dressed as a maid so there was some cross messaging. Pinkie throws the best parties

          • Pinkie says:

            Thanks, yes that is better!
            And everyone who helps is a co-host in a way!
            I mean if I throw a party and no one shows up there would be little entertainment, so we already have a task a guests! So why not help clean as well.

            • Irina says:

              This didn’t go as planned…

            • Pinkie says:

              Pinkie never tried to stop convicing Irina Senpai that making guests clean up was a great idea! Even if she understood I was making an entirely different point! Pinkie was very happy I remember her for that party though

            • Irina says:

              it’s not so much for the party, it takes imagination and a unique worldview to think of something like that.

  17. Anonymous says:

    A blog i find is meant to be a personal thing its your own website with your own personality,thoughts and it focuses on the subject matter you are interested in and the content you write reflects on the person who is writing it. In this case your posts reflect on your cheerful nature and your passion on the anime you watching at the moment.
    If you are in it only for the money and clout then you’re in it for all of the wrong reasons.
    It is always important indeed to write stuff that your audience is going to be interested in sure and in my experience writing really lengthy reviews for anime,games or manga doesn’t have any issue for the readers attention span and in fact those reviews in my experience tends to be the most viewed ones.
    Fluff pieces are not something i would be writing on my own blog either as that stuff is clickbaity and generic cookie cutter style content that Watchmojo or Looper does.
    The only real issue i see in your blog is the occasional grammar and spelling errors in your posts but everything else that i have looked at its a pretty fun blog to read and your positive and optimistic nature is something that i’d admire as a reader.
    I don’t think this course was really did provide much help as you might have thought it to be as its basically setting your site to be like another clickbaity type site like Buzzfeed,Gawker and Elite Daily.(Thank god Gawker’s gone i don’t anybody really would miss a site like that.)
    We all have done stuff that bloggers might not have known not to do but thats perfectly fine as long as you learn from it and you continue to learn from the experiences you get both positive and negative.
    And i think personally overall you should focus on doing whats best for your blog on your own terms and not from what everyone else is doing and to always focus on making it standout from everyone else and most importantly to have fun with it too as that is what we are all here for after all.
    -K(rogueotakugamer)

  18. Dawnstorm says:

    You know, the blog post that very few people want to read will have more readers than the post you’ve never written. At worst, it’ll equal out, but it’ll definitely not have fewer readers, since that’s not possible. And how do you know what people want to read, before you write it anyway? When it comes to entertainment, people get the most enjoyment out of reading stuff they never could have imagined they wanted to read, so asking them is counterproductive.

    I used to frequent writing boards some time ago, and at one point I tried to find out the address of “the reader” who we’re not supposed to bore, so I could ask him to step down and not clog up the distrubition line with his limited taste. Maybe if “the reader” went away, people like me would get a chance at being readers, too? Maybe? One can hope.

  19. Mari says:

    Honestly, I like your writing style the way it is! I love your tangents and personal thoughts and all the interesting angles you take on various subjects. Maybe that’s not what is popular right now or what will get the most clicks, but to me it feels way more real and authentic because it’s your voice.

    I’m sure I do a whole bunch of things you’re not “supposed” to do in my blog too. But I’m not keeping a blog to get a ton of followers or make money or anything. I’m just doing it because it’s fun and I like writing. There’s been this idea that’s popped up in the last decade or so that anything you do that’s creative has to be marketable, and that is (pardon my French) bullshit! Creativity should be for its own sake. So that was a bit of a tangent but basically, I love what you do and I don’t think you need to change a thing (unless you want to of course!)

  20. Lynn says:

    I’ve been meaning to say something for a while now… hahaha!

  21. Tiger says:

    I agree with everything everyone has said! Good read this was. I think it all depends on what you want out of your blog and what you’re trying to say.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I think it depends on the blog and the individuals following. I feel like personally anime fans want tangents and rants because we do that exact same thing in our homes by ourseleves and end up feeling a little crazy afterwards because we literally talked to ourselves for 20 minutes.

  23. alsmangablog says:

    I think I’m guilty of not obeying the less is more rule, some of my posts can get quite long. But that’s one rule I think I’ll continue to break as I just have a lot to say sometimes 😉

    Trying to break up longer posts with some headers or more images might not be a bad idea though.

  24. Pete Davison says:

    I intensely dislike anything like this course you went on that purports to show you “how to do it”. Because advice like that leads to boring, homogeneous blogs that are all predictable, boring clickbait crap with no personality — the sort of thing that I specifically *avoid* coming into contact with during my browsing sessions!

    The great thing about a blog is that it provides everyone an opportunity to express their own, unique perspective on things in a way that is clearly “them”. In your specific case, part of what makes you you is your tendency to go off on tangents; for me, that’s one of the most enjoyable parts of your work, because it makes it feel like your posts are you having a chat with those of us reading, rather than reciting some sort of dry, SEO-optimised copy that has been edited to remove all trace of soul out of it.

    I’d much rather see courses like this advising against breaking up posts with unrelated adverts and links to “Content You Might Like” before the article you’re reading has even got halfway to its main point. Unfortunately it seems they’re just keen to perpetuate the very worst of the Internet, making it something of a recursive problem!

    In summary: anyone who can’t handle more than 300 words at once is not someone I want in my readership! 🙂

  25. What have I been doing wrong? A lot of this. I don’t think I go off on tangents in reviews, but anything else, I’m likely to. To a point, reviews could be seen as fluff pieces I suppose, but the length varies for me, especially when it comes to deep dives into individual episodes. I always try to be me too, and tend to write about what I want to write about for the most part. So, whoops!
    Regardless, I think this shows the same thing I’ve always said when asked for advice on writing fiction: seek out advice from everyone you can, but understand that there isn’t one ‘right’ way. Find out what works for you, and you’ll find your audience.

  26. Yay I’m getting it wrong too! Seriously though these points sound like decent advice for if you want a popular blog, but popular and good aren’t always the same thing.

    Also I love your tangents.

  27. ashleycapes says:

    Just wanted to quickly agree that tangents are great!

  1. January 27, 2020

    […] 5 things I’ve been doing wrong when writing posts — Irina recently attended a WordPress course and analyzes the wisdom its lecturers had to impart on writing a “good post.” These include such nuggets as “don’t go off on tangents”, “write fluff pieces”, and “don’t be too weird.”  Many of the blogs most worth reading break most of these rules, and Irina’s blog happens to be one of them, so you should check it out. […]

  2. February 16, 2020

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