Tips to Write Engaging Blog Posts

How to write engaging blog posts

Have you hesitated starting a blog because you have doubts about your writing? Did you hate writing term papers when you were in school?

Well, here's the good news. Writing a blog post is nothing like writing an essay for a class in school. You may not consider yourself a writer, but if you can write an email to a friend, then you can write blog posts.

What to Blog About

The topic you choose for your blog depends on why you want to blog. Do you want to write about your daily activities or your move to a new city or country – kind of like a diary? Or do you want to share ideas with friends and/or strangers on a particular topic that you're passionate about?

Then you're in the right frame of mind for a blog.

If this is your intention, it doesn't really matter what the subject is – you will eventually find readers who want to read and share ideas on that topic as well. Just keep in mind that readers won't find your blog overnight, but persistence will pay off in the end.

Suggested reading: How to Start Blogging About Your Hobby

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How to Make Your Posts Interesting

  • Start your post with a question that leads into a story connected to the content. Lists and facts are useful to illustrate a point, but your reader is more likely to remember a story that demonstrates an emotion she's already experienced. That connection will bring her back to read more posts later.
  • Once you progress into the meat of the post, put the focus on the reader. She wants to know how the information affects her, whether it's about getting through a divorce or how to make the best quilt.
  • Use second person as much as possible in your writing. In other words, use 'you' as often as you can and 'I' as seldom as possible.
  • Even when you're describing an experience of your own, try to avoid using 'I' as often as possible. For example, instead of saying 'I realized my mistake once I saw all the pieces falling into place,' you can write 'The solution became obvious to me as soon as all the pieces began falling into place.'

Blogger's block

Avoiding Blogger's Block

You can probably think of many ways to re-boot your brain, but here are some of our favorites.
  • Get up and go for a walk. If it's raining out, at least change your environment for a half hour or more. Don't just work on something different at your computer.
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle or something else that requires concentration.
  • Call a friend and talk about absolutely anything.
  • Brainstorm a list of ideas without censoring yourself.
  • Read other blogs on your topic to get ideas.
  • Go on Facebook and ask people what they want to know about your subject.
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Conversational Writing Style

Remember, your blog should sound like you're writing or talking to a friend – not writing an essay for an English composition class. Online readers like to scan rather than read every word, and they don't want to feel like they're reading an academic treatise.
  • Use short sentences and short paragraphs.
  • Use sub-headings to let the reader know the topic of the section.
  • Use bullet points.
  • Use contractions like 'you're' and 'doesn't.'
  • Use simple words.

Don't Over-Analyze

Let your text rest for a day or two, and then read it again. You might be surprised at how well it flows. If not, you'll be likely to catch the spots where it doesn't flow well once you've been away from it for a while.

Make changes and then read it out loud.. When you read your text out loud, the places where a reader might stumble will become obvious.

Your blog post doesn't need to be a Pulitzer Prize winner. Don't go over it again and again and again. Make the needed changes and then hit 'publish,' and get started writing your next post.

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Author: Kate Benzin

Why Use SimpleSite for Your Online Store

Create an easy online store for free

Do you have a couple of products or services that you've thought about selling online? You've probably begun shopping online and seen how convenient it is for both the customer and the seller.

So maybe you've thought about getting into the game with an online store of your own. But perhaps you've hesitated because setting up an online store seemed like too daunting a task. You may not even have a clue how to get started.

Never fear. SimpleSite has taken that intimidating job, turned it into a simple process, and made ecommerce possible for you, whether you want a small or large store. It is so easy you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.

Being easy to build is not the only advantage you'll have with a SimpleSite online store. One of your main goals is probably to make money. Isn't that right?

If you want your online store to be profitable, you will probably attempt to keep expenditures to a minimum without sacrificing quality. Then SimpleSite is your best friend.

You don't have to come up with any financial investment to build your online shop. That's right. SimpleSite gives you a FREE way to build a stunning online store. Just click the green button to get started.


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Simple Website Design

Choose one of SimpleSite's stunning templates, and use the simple, click-to-edit tools to create a beautiful online store. Customize your store with your choice of colors, fonts, logo, photos, and more.

You can have your store's sales pages ready in 10 minutes without knowing any coding or website design. And shopping at your store will be a snap for your customers at whatever time they like to shop – 24 hours every day.


Create kids clothes online store Create antiques online store Create jewelry online store
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Customize with Your Own Personal Domain Name

Your SimpleSite online store is free for five items. You don't need to give your credit card details, and you can keep the free online store forever.

But if you find that your store is successful and you decide it's time to take your store to the next level, you can then upgrade to your own personal domain name – still via SimpleSite – and sell unlimited products. No need to re-build in a new location.

Your customers can pay with credit card in your online store

Easy eCommerce Setup

Create beautiful product pages and collect payment through PayPal, which supports all major credit cards. It couldn't be easier.

You'll have access to an overview of your orders so you can judge the success of your store at a glance. Your shopping cart is secure so you can assure customers that their personal information will never be used for anything other than the order.

SimpleSite makes the whole selling process easy for you. And you are the one in control of what your sales pages look like. If you want to test a new color to see if it attracts more customers, no problem. Edit at will. Add products. Change fonts and colors. Change products. It's all possible.

 Suggested reading: Why eCommerce Is Critical to Your Business

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Author: Kate Benzin

How To Make A Free Web Shop With Online Payment In Under 10 Minutes


If you’re a hobbyist or the owner of a small business, then there’s a tremendous opportunity waiting for you online! As more and more consumers shop online, having your own online store is becoming increasingly more important.

How To Create A Strong Password That’s Hard To Guess But Easy To Remember


Password protection is crucial in today’s digital age, and the strength of a password is becoming increasingly more complex. We all know that “password” and “123456” are not strong passwords (and yet they remain the two most commonly used passwords!). But passwords like "redhouse146" and "rover1987" are safe and difficult to hack, right?

Wrong.

Hackers and hacker software have become so efficient that passwords we think are strong are actually shockingly easy to crack. So what should you do (and not do) in order to come up with passwords that are easy for human beings to remember, yet hard for computers to guess?

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If you can find it in the dictionary, it can be guessed

Don’t use words that can be found in the dictionary. This means any word, from “aardvark” to “zymogen” and everything in between. Software specifically designed to plug in words from the dictionary exists, and some are even able to combine multiple words from the dictionary at a very high speed. This means that passwords like “GreenApple” or “SunnyDay” are also too easy to crack.

The longer, the better

We’ve all heard that a password should have at least 8 characters. The more characters, the better. But do you also know why? Say you have a password with 5 letters, like “maria”. A five-letter password has 10 billion possible combinations, and can be cracked in 5 seconds. A six-letter password would take 500 seconds to crack, seven letters would take 13 hours, and eight letters would take 57 days. So you see: for each additional character you add to your password, the amount of time it would take to guess increases immensely!

Don’t re-use the same password across multiple sites

Let’s admit: many of us do this, because it’s simply the easiest thing to do. But using the same password for multiple websites and accounts can lead to identity theft if just one of these accounts gets hacked. You wouldn’t use a single key to open your front door, your car and the door to your office. So try to use different password for your accounts. If you still want to do so, at the very least use individual passwords for your most important logins, like your bank account, your e-mail accounts, and your social media accounts.

Personal information is not so personal

Your name, age, date of birth, the name of one of your parents or children or pets… All this information is neither private nor difficult to guess for either computers or hackers, as much of this information is readily accessible on social media accounts and other websites. Steer clear from this “easy to remember but also very easy to guess” strategy.
So how should you come up with passwords that are harder to crack, but still easy enough for you to remember?

Think outside of words and letters; think shapes

Instead of using the letters on your keyword to create words, look at the keys on your keyboard to create shapes. For example:

Try to follow the keys that make the password 3EDCft6 on your keyboard – it makes a V shape (see image). The same for the password 2WDCft6YHNji0 – except this password will create a W shape on your keyboard.


The only things you need to remember is whether you have a V or W shape, which key on the keyboard you should start with, and where you used lower or uppercase letters.

Phrases and abbreviations are better than words

Instead of using your pet’s name and the date of your birth as password, you can use an abbreviated phrase instead, such as “I got my dog Rover on the first day of October 2006”. This becomes the password IgmdRot1stdoO2006. You simply have to remember the first letter of each word in the sentence.

Another tip is to take a sentence, such as ILoveBurgers, and for each account you have you add the relevant word in front of burgers. For example: ILoveBankBurgers, ILoveFacebookBurgers, ILoveYahooBurgers, and so on.

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SimpleSite Password Tricks & Tips


Forgot your SimpleSite password? Go to www.simplesite.com, and click on “Login” in the upper-right corner of the screen. Click on Forgot password and fill in username you’ve used for your SimpleSite. Please note: If you are already logged into your website, it will SiteEditor instead of Login in the upper-right corner.

The new password will be send to the e-mail address you used to create your SimpleSite with. Remember to check your spam/junk filters when you’ve requested a new password from SimpleSite, as it may end up there.

Don’t reset your password multiple times – this means you will have to figure out which password is the latest one that has been recreated for you. Request a new password once and check your e-mail inbox.

If you have more than one website with SimpleSite, be aware that the username you fill in actually belongs to the website in question you are requesting the new password for.

Author: Michelle de Marée

3 Questions To Ask To Make A Better Website [Infographic]


Before you start designing and adding content to your new website, take a moment to consider the following 3 questions. Answering these questions will help you get an even better grasp of your site’s design and function, guaranteed!

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Author: Michelle de Marée