Every Day Writing: Tips and Prompts

One of the good things about being a tech-based blogger is that there is something new about which to write literally every day. The subject could be a new video game, the latest smart phone release, cyber security, spyware and malware, or even another person’s useful technical blog. The possibilities are limitless. Of course the key to any successful blog is new content. Ideally, this means writing a new blog post every single day or at least as close to that as possible.

Bloggers who have more experience with the latest and greatest technology than they do with writing can find this difficult to do. Even when they have a subject they wish to write about, it can be hard to find the words to write down and publish for the world to see. Fortunately, there are a few tips and techniques to help with this version of writers’ block. These prompts will assist bloggers in producing content that will have their readers waiting eagerly for their next technology blog posts.

Avoiding Redundancy

One area in which tech bloggers may find difficulty is in avoiding repetition. This can be especially true when they are writing about video games, apps, and software. So much blogging on these subjects is based on visual appearance that it becomes very easy to fall into the trap of using the same phrases and words over and over again. This is especially true when it comes to the use of adjectives and descriptive phrases. A good writing exercise to make sure that writing is fresh and doesn’t contain too much repetition is a simple brain storming exercise where the blogger simply writes a list of as many visually-based adjectives as he or she can. Then, as the blog is written, the list of adjectives and phrases can be used to provide good variety. This will make the writing process go much faster, and it will keep the reader interested in what the blogger has to say. The words and phrases can then be kept in a master document of sorts for future reference.

Writing from Another’s Perspective

A second writing technique is to write from another person’s perspective. For example, a college student writing about a new social media app for his smart phone should consider how that app might be useful for a mom using it to keep in contact with her kids, or a business professional using it to collaborate with his or her colleagues. Before writing the blog post, the blogger can write a list, create an informal outline, or use any other number of brainstorming techniques to get a few ideas on paper that come from another perspective. This is especially good for technical reviews, because it forces the writer to consider other points of view. It also allows the blogger to find good or bad points about the technology they are reviewing. This will result in more useful information for the reader. It also can result in a larger number of followers. People are more likely to tune into a blog if they feel at least some of the content addresses their demographics.

Advance Planning for Blog Topics

While it isn’t a daily writing tip or prompt, some bloggers find it useful to plan their blogs for the week ahead of time. For some, this means simply writing a list of topics or potential topics. Others may write a list of bullet points, an outline, or even the introductory paragraph for each topic. Then as the week progresses they can jot down additional notes and ideas as they find inspiration. (using Evernote is really useful here!). When it is time to complete a blog post on any given subject, the work is already partially done. The next step is to convert the notes and or outlines into a fully formed blog post. Additionally, this writing technique can often result in new ideas for future blog posts. However, the main idea of this technique is inspiration.

Tech bloggers, just like most other writers are often hit with bits of inspiration every single day. They might notice a new device another person is using on the subway; they might catch a glimpse of a new video game release while walking through a department store; a friend might complain about some malware that has infected his or her laptop. Each of these is potentially a great topic for a new blog. Unfortunately, this doesn’t do the blogger any good if he or she forgets about it before they can even begin to write. Carrying a pen and notepad is a possible solution, but it’s awkward and bulky. Fortunately there are apps that allow the user to essentially carry a ‘notebook’ directly on their tablet, smart phone, or other device. This way, when it comes to writing that new blog post, the information is immediately available to inspire.

These are just a few daily writing tips for tech bloggers that will help writers create new and fresh blog content on a daily basis. New and future followers will appreciate the content that results from these exercises.

Armed with a Master’s in Journalism and strong wanderlust, Julie Ellis set out to explore exotic places, financed by her freelance writing. She is now a regular blogger for Premier Essay and sells feature articles to English-speaking publications around the world.

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