Writing for the Web is Not Easy

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I thought it would be fun to blog

A challenge to write exactly what I wanted while weaving in search friendly keywords so they look natural. I write poetry, so I thought writing blog posts with keywords would be like that only easier. Maybe it is, but I haven’t got that far yet.

I built my WordPress blog and was days trying to get it looking exactly right while I learned how to use the interface. It was a long time before I gave up and decided it would have to do.

Ready to write?

Almost. First who is my audience? What is my blog “about”? Can’t write anything until I decide on some kind of structure. Well, audience is anyone who can be bothered to read it. Nah — I don’t think that’s the right answer somehow. And the blog is part of a course I’m doing,  Writing for the Web so it has to be about writing, doesn’t it? Or to showcase my writing. Well, which? And what sort of writing? Or something else?

Don’t think so much

A few searches showed at least a million blogs about writing. What could I say that would be interesting and unique? My head hurt.  I emailed my tutor, Karen, in desperation and she managed to get me past this anxiety, saying “don’t over-think it”. I had better get writing before I start thinking again.

Ideas for posts

I suddenly remembered all those great posts ideas I had been saving up.  They were in my head, on bits of paper, in my notebook and even in a document called “post ideas”, oh and that other one called “blog”.

When I looked at all my brilliant post ideas they didn’t seem to amount to much after all and I was left with nothing to write about. I looked at some suggestions Karen had given me and picked out this one: “Writing for the Web is Not Easy” . . . hmm why would she have put it in the negative like that?

Leave perfection until last

Finally I have some posts uploaded and a few more in the draft stage, but I haven’t even looked closely at keywords yet. Ah well, perfection can come later.

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When you started blogging was it easy or difficult?
Leave a comment and share your thoughts

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About Jude

I retired to Tasmania where I write poetry and walk with my dog.
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2 Responses to Writing for the Web is Not Easy

  1. Ollin says:

    It is very difficult at first Jude. Especially since all of it seems so overwhelming. I recommend doing some research. You can check out problogger.net and copyblogger.com for some great tips.

    I also offer a blog consultation service through my blog that is designed for writers and artists. I wish I had that kind of service when I started and that is why I want to share all the skills I learned with my readers. Don’t mean to do a shameless plug, but just wanted to let you know in case you needed more help than the websites I recommend above.

    Good luck to you! You’re gonna love blogging, I know it!

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