It seems like the mention of a blog puts business owners in a very awkward position. Blog writing is a task they don’t really want to tackle and they aren’t sure where to start. They are often unsure if their ideas are good enough; therefore, they end up completely paralyzed. As members of the Digital Marketing industry, we believe that content is king. The best leaders in a field/industry put together content that is then published to showcase their expertise while providing helpful information to clients and prospects. The paralyzation occurs when the leader’s ideas are whizzing around in their head but never end up formulated into a published blog article. We even experience this here at Omnibeat. You would think the cobbler’s kids should have shoes but sometimes we are also paralyzed when it comes to content development. I am now exercising new techniques that I am also passing on to our clients. These techniques provide solutions by allowing them to be creative, to have fun, and to publish good content that people will truly appreciate. Hopefully it will drive readers, and prospects, to feel more confident working with an expert in the industry.
My tips for releasing your blog paralyzation:
- Keep it simple. Put together the general ideas floating around in your head and categorize them by topic category. This could be industry/business related, techniques you utilize, community relations, human interest stories and the fun that your team has while serving your customers. The variety of content is paramount in making your blog interesting. In this day and age, less is often more. Blogs do not need to be 1,000 or even 500 words. These articles need to get the point across as concisely as possible so they are not boring or distracting to the busy reader.
- Do not make the development of the blog too difficult for yourself. At the moment, I am speaking this blog into my phones voice recorder so that it can be transcribed and edited by my good buddy and partner, Nate. His fingers work at 10x the speed of mine on the keyboard so it not only is mocked up more quickly, it allows his ideas to be infused into the article before I formulate supporting pictures, video, links or other components for publication. The blog ideas are ping-ponged back and forth until ready to publish.
- Lastly, utilize a service, like Omnibeat, to help you with your blog. Once you have developed an idea and the written text with photographic or video components, hand this over to a professional to manage the layout of the blog as well as posting and linking other places such as an email blast or on LinkedIn page/groups you are engaged within or other social media platforms. This ensures the background aspects of the blog posting process are optimized.
With these three tips, I hope you will find the blog writing and publishing process much less paralyzing.
John Zahn is a Co-Founder of Omnibeat. As a long-time business owner with an interest in technology, he strives to help businesses embrace new technology while sharing their unique story online. John loves helping business owners “Catch the Wave of Digital Marketing.”