blog for your readers, not for yourself by Melinda J. Irvine

Don’t blog like your brother-in-law

Have you ever been invited to your sister’s (or BFF’s) for dinner — only to have the evening hijacked by your brother-in-law (or your BFF’s new girlfriend)?

You were expecting a fun night of wine and old stories, but instead you’re snoring your way through your brother-in-law’s latest research paper, or the girlfriend’s intrepid tour of China.

Don’t blog like that.

And what I mean is, publish useful content that helps your readers rather than just focusing on yourself.

I see tons and tons and tons of blog posts that do little more than self-promote.

I’m not saying don’t self-promote, just do it AFTER you’ve offered some helpful advice that your customers can actually use.

After all, you could probably handle a few more photos of the girlfriend’s Peking duck cooking class if she had just asked you if you had ever been to China.

Next time you get tempted to write another blog called ‘Why you need a content writer — bookkeeper — mechanic etc‘, get creative and blog a case study or real world example where your work as a content writer — bookkeeper — mechanic etc saved a real person money, time, and headaches.

Readers are smart, they’ll work it out.

Happy blogging, friends.

© Melinda J. Irvine

Blogging, Content Hacks,

Written by Melinda J. Irvine

Melinda J. Irvine is a professional writer, small business owner, and daily blogger — helping real people like you find their voice and share their burning message with the world (and their employees). In her spare time, Mel is busy building (and writing) a free online learning centre for the marginalised kids of Estancia, Philippines.

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