If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to write on another platform, grab it with both hands. Why? Because it’s the most effortless way for you to gain reach in your relevant audience, riding on the coattails of the platform’s community. (But remember to share in your own too!)
If creativity is proving to be the challenge, start thinking strategically. Firstly, ask yourself who you want to speak to. Then ask yourself what do they want or need to know about? If you don’t know the answer to that, ask trusted customers for inspiration, take a look at what your customers’ interests are on social media and look for inspiration where you know your customers are.
The important thing is that what you write is relevant to the audience and gives them something useful, be it inspiration, a trick of the trade or in-depth insight into your area of expertise. If your blog is purely promotional, it either won’t get read, or it will leave a bad taste in the mouth of the reader, who has invested valuable time only to be sold to. Remember, blogging is about building trust, visibility and engagement.
Some people like numbers, some people like words, some people like sport…we all have different skillsets. But that doesn’t mean we can’t give other things a go.
Blogging is mostly about communicating your knowledge effectively. So, here’s a trick to get you started:
1. Write down three things you know that your customers are interested in.
2. Write down what you know about each of those things, in bullet form.
3. Look at your three topics and consider which one seems most interesting
4. Start expanding on your bullet points in that topic. Before you know it, you’ll have a blog.
If spelling and grammar are your concern, use tools like Grammarly, which can correct basic grammatical errors; get a friend or family member with the skills to check it over, or speak to an editor who may be able to help you (it might not cost as much as you think.)
You run a business, it’s no surprise you’re short on hours. But don’t let that rule out creating content. Instead, use the time you have as effectively as possible and pre-plan.
Having a schedule of content can help you plan in advance, rather than on the hoof. But as and when you think of topics use that momentum to drive your content. Open a word doc and write the idea down. If you don’t have the time to create it then, save it into an ‘unfinished blogs’ folder. Keep doing that. When you get some spare time, go into that folder and see what you’ve got. Take the article that appears to be most relevant for that time and start writing. Using the bullet point method above can help to shape a blog quickly.
Consider microblogs. Microblogs are short blogs or long comments. For example, a LinkedIn post or a Google My Business ‘What’s new’ update. They are limited in characters and so force you to be concise. They’re a great starter for people with limited time and good writing practice if you decide to delve into longer-form articles.
If all else fails, engage with a professional who can help you to plan, write and edit your content to make it stand out and talk to your audience.
Niki May Blane is founder of Big Bee Content – our ‘Queen Bee’.
She can most commonly be found buzzing around her computer, delivering virtual workshops, creating copious amounts of copy and drinking coffee to combat the ill effects of non-sleeping children.
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