The Secret to a great blog post

Secrets for a great blog postIn my humble opinion, the secret to a good blog post, particularly a good travel blog post, comes down to two things.

  1. Personality
  2. Useful information

Of course, there are a billion other things but these two are at the top of the list.

One thing that should also be on the list is getting straight to the point. We bloggers have unlimited word counts and tend to have a habit of waffling. So with that in mind, I’ll get on with it!

1. Personality

Let’s start with personality and why I think it’s so important.

There are hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, newspapers, articles, TV shows and wesbites that are created by ‘experts’ and ‘professionals’. And I’m not going to lie, most of the content on these is going to be better quality than an average blog post.

(Don’t get mad. I’m not talking to you directly, I’m talking about the blogosphere as a whole.)

These people are being paid to produce the best quality content they can. They often have a large team working on research, design, marking, photography, video and advertising. They’re often specially trained and have lots of experience. As a solo, blogger, you can’t possibly compete.

But what bloggers do have over the big websites is one constant personality.

People like to read about people and while it’s interesting to know what the latest trends are, the ‘top things to do’ and all the historical facts are, there are already a million people producing this content (hello Wikipedia and Lonely Planet).

I like to follow blogs where the blogger has a strong and interesting personality. I’m not always looking for someone exactly the same as myself but someone who can give a unique perspective.

 

2. Useful information

OK, ‘useful’ is a bit vague but I really want to learn something or feel inspired to do something by a blog.

There are too many blogs out there with wishy-washy generalisations. Hundreds of words that don’t actually say anything.

 

Blog posts that aren’t useful

An example of a really un-useful blog post was one I read recently called, ‘How to become a morning person’. One of the tips was ‘set your alarm clock’ and ‘have a morning coffee’. Well no shit, Sherlock, why hadn’t I thought of that!?

I was expecting to be transformed from a morning gremlin to a morning goddess by the end of the article and some airhead is telling me to set an alarm clock.

Other un-useful posts include:

  • Beauty bloggers reviews of lipsticks where they show one photo of it smeared across the back of their hand. Job done. This would be useful if I wore lipstick on the back of my hand but unfortunately I don’t. Would you review a car by sitting in the boot? Sort it out beauty bloggers.
  • Photo of the day posts. You know the type, where it’s just one fairly average photo with a short, non-descript caption. Unless it has a great story to accompany it then save it for Facebook.
  • Vague hotel reviews. There’s a reason why TripAdvisor is so popular and that’s because the combination of unbiased reviews provides all the information you need. Unless you’re writing a really in-depth or original review then leave it to TripAdvisor.

What makes a great blog post?

A few other things that contribute towards a great blog post include:

3. Entertainment

4. Beautiful photos or videos

5. Great layout

6. It must be well-written

7. Not too much waffle…

8. ….but more than two sentences

 

What else do you think makes the perfect blog post?

 

TheTravelHack

Monica is the founder and editor of Fujiidenki. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel.Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!



SHOWHIDE Comments (8)
  1. Totally agree with this post! I feel like personality is key to having a successful blog. My most successful posts aren’t the ones where people can learn tons, but ones where I really share about myself.

  2. Yesss! So many posts are the same thing I could find on Trip Advisor–I scour blogs to find out the hidden gems, or what you thought of those Trip Advisor attractions, or…you get the idea.
    Personality is so important too. I cackled when you said ‘some airhead is telling me to set an alarm clock,’ and that’s 100% the reason I clicked around the rest of your site–I could tell you were my kind of writer!
    Loved this post, in case it wasn’t clear :).
    xo
    Jac

  3. Totally agree with you Monica on both counts – but especially personality. My biggest issue is reading a wishy washy review on a place and at the end wondering “Did they enjoy their time there? Are they recommending it?”. I want to finish reading about a place and say “yup, that sounds interesting and it’s a place I’d really like to go”. There are so many boring, wishy washy blogs out there and sometimes I wonder if those people travel to these places at all the way they write about them. I think many bloggers are unsure of their voice or afraid to voice a strong opinion, even if they hate a place. I often get in trouble because I’ll say exactly what I feel. But travel is a personal experience. You might love a place that didn’t do anything for me. But that’s ok, it’s ok to have a different opinion and I’ll often go back and forth with a reader who might have a bug up their butt about what I wrote. In the end, as long as its civil, it makes for both a more interesting post and interesting dialogue with the reader.

    Came to your blog from Blogprofits after they asked me to do an interview. After reading a few posts, including yours, on their site I came to the realization that I’m nowhere near ready to do an interview with them. My blog has always been primarily a hobby that I’ve been reluctant to monetize. But it motivated me to think about it some more and I’ve subscribed to your blogger course free series. I may eventually do the course if ever I have free time.

    Anyway, enjoyed the post and happy to have come across your blog.

    Frank (bbqboy)

  4. Great tips and insights – I really couldn’t agree more with your comments about useful information. Too many posts and articles these days leave me saying, “Well, duh!” It can be hard, but totally worth it, to find that little nugget of info that leave readers thinking “I never knew that!” or “How cool!”
    Thanks for sharing your blogging wisdom 🙂

    Kate |

  5. Great post! The two things I always ask myself before publishing a post: Who cares? What’s the point? If no one cares and there’s no point, I delete. Like you said, there’s way too much useless information clogging up the blogosphere.

  6. I’ve been struggling with the overuse of ‘I’ in my recent blog posts! But I’m starting to get some sort of balance after reading your ‘personality’ paragraph. Something just clicked! Thanks for taking the time to help all us struggling bloggers out there!

  7. hi, I’m new to blogging, trying to find me feet so this was useful. I hope I do inject personality to my blogs (I hope I do), I’m working on the useful info bit. mostly I’m hoping my blogs inspire people to get out there and see places and do stuff.

    Laura
    lauradevivo75.wordpress.com

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