Whenever I think of composition, I think of those grand black and white notebooks that my kids use in school. I have to confess, I still use them too. They help me keep my story ideas together, and come in handy while I’m sitting in the car waiting for one of the kids at an event.
But that’s not the type of composition we’re talking about today. Now that your brainstorm has ended, it’s time to begin composing your blog post. And in order to do that you need to start with a format.
Who, What, Where, When, Why
Do these sound familiar? My english teacher in highschool would be proud to see that I’m still using them. And so should you. It’s like using all your five senses. You hear, smell, touch, see, and taste. By adding the who, what, where, when, and why into your post your also adding those fives senses to your writing.
So what does your blog post need to compose of?
There are 3 main elements to composing a blog post:
1. Opening Paragraph
2. Back up information (middle paragraphs)
3. Ending/ Closure Paragraph
Your opening paragraph is a compliment to your blog post heading. Don’t worry we’ll get to your headline in tomorrow’s post. Remember those 5 w’s we just talked about? This is where you want to implement them into your post. It’s important to start your first paragraph with details of the message your conveying.
As you noticed, I started out the first paragraph of this post talking about composition which took you from a regular composition notebook to the method of composing a blog post. It’s transitional and convey’s today’s message.
In the second paragraph we move to presenting facts, details, and other relevant information that moves the reader forward to convey your message. You may use a quote or a short story to back up information in the first paragraph.
It’s important to use these middle paragraphs to highlight your main points of your message.
Remember, people who read blog post are there because they want to get to know you or the topic of discussion of your blog cost. We’ll talk about your readers more next week. For now, all I’m saying is keep your post friendly and conversational. You’re not giving a three page report on the history of blogging, you’re sharing information with a friend.
And just like you would say goodbye to a friend after talking on the telephone, you need to wrap things up in the last paragraph of your blog post and say goodbye until the next time you see them. Make sure you reinforce when that next time will be. Maybe it’s tomorrow, a few days from now, or next week. Let them know when to expect hearing from you, just like you expect to hear from them.
Which leads us to the conclusion of today’s post. Have fun composing your blog post today, I’m excited as we move on tomorrow and put a title to your hard work. What type of post shall you compose?