Who says commas don’t count? Grandma would certainly disagree!
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
What if you sat down to read a blog, and the first few words were boring and dry? Would you continue reading?
The opening paragraph of your blog post is where you grab the reader’s attention and create interest about the subject. Besides the title, it’s the most important part of your blog article. Here are a few ideas on ways to open your blog that will hook the reader into your main content.
Use a Quote: Words from a known authority or recognized public figure can be a powerful way to open your article. The quote should, of course, relate to the content itself, and addressing the quote as you continue the article will provide you with an easy way to transition to your primary content and main points.
Share an Anecdote or Short Story: Sharing a personal story or anecdote can quickly pull readers in while providing a small illustration of your main points. The best anecdotes are those that others can relate to or that make readers laugh or think, and a thinking reader is an engaged reader.
Present a Scenario: Hypothetical situations or scenarios are excellent tools to get readers considering the problem or issue your post will address. Even more, by their nature, they require the reader to use his/her imagination and so serve to engage them immediately. Words like “Imagine,” “What if,” “Remember when,” or “Picture this” are a good way to begin to invoke the reader’s mind’s eye.
Ask a Question: Using a question to open your post will cause the reader to instantly consider the answer and, thus, create immediate curiosity. Such curiosity will drive them to continue reading your post, which is exactly what you want. Especially strong, well-posed questions will also serve as rhetoric, i.e., a rhetorical question, to subtly persuade your reader of your main point before they even get to the core of your content—a really good tool to use for almost any argument or debate.
Cite Data or Statistics: An effective way to illustrate a point is to find correlating data that supports it or pertains to your topic, and people always like to learn interesting new facts. Hence, including such data or statistics at the start of your post will grab the reader’s attention and pique their interest right away—particularly if the information or statistics are shocking or unique.
Use a Picture: Everyone loves a good image or graphic, and some can be perfect illustrations of a topic, issue, or point. Starting a post with the right image or graphic can be quite effective in pulling a reader in, though you should address the image to explain its significance. Remember to keep copyright infringement in mind and, in the interest of scholarly propriety, be sure to cite where you got your image right in the caption if it’s not an original.
Once you’ve gotten your reader’s attention, it’s much easier to keep it and pull them into your content. Try some of these strategies and see how they work, or contact a professional blog writer for their help and expertise.
Do you have suggestions for other ways to begin a blog post? I’d love to hear about what you’ve found that works!
Is this you? I’ll admit, it’s definitely me, and I own it. Editors unite!
Writing is not easy; on that much, most will agree. Still, there are some simple guidelines that any writer should consider when working to improve their craft, such as clarity, word choice and order, conciseness, and detail– not to mention, the willingness to employ a strong editor. From Cicero to Stephen King, real writers offer advice that can help anyone trying to put words on paper (or screen). Read more…
Hemingway said, “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”
So true. Writers build. They build texts from words. They build theories from facts and ideas, and build stories from themes and characters. And, as if designing a grand cathedral, a good writer must have a solid foundation of knowledge, imagination, and substance to aptly support their structure made of language – or else it is doomed to crumble away, right before the reader’s eyes.
Writing a dissertation to complete your PhD program and earn your degree can be incredibly stressful and exhausting without the right support. Researching and writing the paper, on top of your teaching, studies, and other typical doctoral program responsibilities, can leave you overwhelmed and “in-the-weeds” as deadlines approach. Academic advisors and fellow students can be helpful, but they are often as busy as you are and don’t always have the time to give your work the attention it deserves.
That’s where a good dissertation editor comes in.
Doctoral students are often too close to their work to see it clearly. You have read and reread your paper countless times, so you will understandably miss surface errors in the text. Also, because you did the research and naturally understand what you are trying to say, it can be easy to overlook unclear reasoning in your claims and conclusions. But a dissertation editor will put a fresh set of eyes on your paper for proofreading and identifying any flaws in logic or areas that may need improvement or clarification.
Also, your bibliographic references and in-text citations must be correct if you want to produce a reliable, scholarly work, so they should be carefully checked for completeness and formatting. However, when you work on a paper for years, it’s easy to miss things here and there. A strong dissertation editor will be adept at your discipline’s citation style, and a superb editor will even cross-reference the in-text citations with the bibliography to ensure you have cited all of your sources fully and correctly.
Finally, each university has its own formatting requirements for published dissertations and theses, including particular settings for margins, tables, figures, headers, tables of contents, and appendices. These can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating to deal with, especially when you are focused on more critical parts of your research and other duties. Even more, small formatting issues can hold up your dissertation review board acceptance process considerably. To help you, an expert dissertation editor will be familiar with your university’s specific formatting requirements and skilled in using advanced document design functions.
Your PhD will be priceless, so hiring a qualified and reliable dissertation editor and writing coach is a smart and invaluable investment in your career. You need one, not only because they will help you meet your deadlines and lighten some of your workload, but also because they will ensure your work is polished up and error-free. All of this works to relieve your stress and improve the quality of your work and the ease of your dissertation submission process, making the last leg of your doctoral journey smoother and helping you finally—and with less stress—earn the PhD you’ve worked so very hard to get.
Blogging is perhaps one of the most effective marketing strategies today. From finding new clients, to becoming an expert in your field, to improving your site’s SEO, blogging– or hiring an expert writer to handle your blogs for you— has clear and proven benefits that should be an integral part of any successful modern marketing plan. Read more…
Don’t say too much; don’t say too little. That’s what it takes to be a very good writer.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Press releases are the most important piece in the content marketing and growth plans of a business, a free publicity tool that can reap immeasurable returns. An experienced writer can produce a good, effective press release – one that markets without promoting – to increase your visibility and improve your public appeal, and your releases can be shared with news media as well as social media sites. However, many people are unsure what topics are even appropriate for a press release when, in fact, almost every development or event in your business is newsworthy. Here’s a list of specific examples to help. Read more…