How to be a Better (Food) Blogger
If you have a blog — or are thinking about starting one — there’s some valuable advice for you here. It’s a recording of a Google+ Hangout involving several established food writers that happened earlier this month. The hour and a half long discussion amounts to a free blog-writing workshop — and it’s not just advice for writers of the foodie variety. There’s a lot of general advice here that will be useful to bloggers of all kinds.
• Think fiction, write non-fiction
• Tell stories with character, plot and conflict whenever possible
• The more specific you get, the more universally appealing your post will be
• Don’t underestimate the importance of a strong headline
• Skip the throat-clearing and capture the essence of your headline in your lead
• Stick to one or two main points per post
• Take the time to find your blogging voice and be consistent with it
One of the participants in the chat, food writer and editor Dianne Jacob, also wrote a blog post about the experience. She has some interesting things to say about the potential uses for Google+ Hangout as a money-making tool for bloggers and teachers.
(Thanks to @dongenova for the links.)
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