Every Blogger’s Guide to Writing High Quality Blog Posts Using Dissection Technique
Writing blog posts involves great effort, and not everyone seems to get it. But the great part is that blogging is not like creative writing, you really can learn to write blog posts the right way or let us say the more popular way.
Is There Something to Do Before Writing a Blog Post?
Blog posts should be written with an intention, I mean the first thing to do before writing a blog post is to have a clear idea about why you are even writing the blog post. What is your intention in creating the post? Is it because:
- You want to fill up your blogging quota for the day
- You really have an awesome idea/ great piece of info that you are desperate to share with your readers
- You have a unique viewpoint about a trending topic
- You just used a great product and can’t wait to write a review
- You want to vent your anger at a horrible product that wasted your hard earned money
- You have a point to make about a certain topic, either because another blogger wrote something contrary or similar to your opinion about it
- Your readers have asked you a question and you want to help them out by posting a tutorial or a “how to” post
- You really have no clue and have nothing else to do so you decide to write a blog post.
I guarantee you that when your reason to write a blog post is either the first or the last of the many reasons that I just listed above then your blog post is doomed to fail. Really it will be an epic fail. Take my word for it.
Other than that, the remaining reasons are gonna work well and now that you have started out well, you are gonna end well. I mean your blog post is going to be well received by your readers and will be read and shared many times over.
What To Do Next?
Yeah, the next step is to focus on your reason for creating the post and then take it further from there. So now let us suppose your reason to post is like mine for creating this post i.e. to create a “how to” then you must follow a disciplined and systematic approach to effectively get your point across to your readers and blog followers.
OMG! Long Blog Posts Are Tough Work
Usually bloggers complain that it is very tough for them to create long posts. The maximum they can come up with is just a short post with 300-400 words and they are saturated. I am guessing that you probably know by now how Google tends to look down upon short and petite posts and the best way to convince Google that you are creating quality posts is to create blog posts that are between 600-2000 words long.
I am sharing my technique with you all today and I am sure if you follow these steps, you too can write long posts. And by long posts I mean long posts that are truly high in quality and not just filler and useless yawn-worthy material stuffed between the blog title and the summary.
My Technique of Writing Quality Blog Posts
To be honest I do not have a single technique to create quality and long blog posts; I actually have many. I keep using and reusing each one or combining one or two as and when the opportunity arises and according to the type of post I am creating. The first one or the only one technique that I am going to share with you today is the dissection technique.
Maybe it is because I am basically a doctor by profession and my mind has been trained to learn about the human body by dissection, that I prefer using this technique a lot in my blog writing.
[Just to give you a heads up about how dissection works-when I was a first year student of medicine, we had a subject called Anatomy. This subject dealt with the study of the human body and its various organs and components. We used to have practical instructions in Anatomy, where we used to dissect or cut up the human body (cadaver) and look at the inner parts and then compare it to the manual that described in theory about that part. This always left a lasting impact on my mind and was the best way for me to learn about how the human body is built up from the inside.]
Okay, so you guys got an idea of how dissection of the human body into smaller parts helped me to understand the big picture of the human body. Now that you have understood the basics of dissection, you can easily apply this foolproof method when writing high quality blog posts that will be shared and read many times over and more importantly- bring benevolent attention from the Big G (Google Inc).
Your Exact Steps in Blog Writing With Dissection Technique
First of all choose a topic to write about. Hey, remember you have ALREADY done this step BEFORE starting to write the post (go back to read the 1st sub-title of this post in case you cannot recollect).
Now that you have the topic, break it down / dissect it to smaller components. You should be able to dissect the topic into at least 4-7 sub-topics / components.
Next, you can describe in detail about each of these smaller components one after the other and by the time you are done, you will have an awesome blog post that provides detailed, useful and high quality information on “how to do —” (fill in the blanks with your chosen blog topic).
Even if you use 200 words to describe each sub-title you will have completed 800-1400 words for your high quality blog post. Simple, isn’t it? And by the way, 200 words are just 6-8 sentences.
How to Choose Sub-topics of Your Blog Post?
Great question! Remember, that this is the MOST CRUCIAL step of your entire dissection technique. Any floundering here will cause your entire blog post to collapse like a house of cards.
Really; no matter how long post or awesome descriptions that you put into your sub-titles, your end product will not be appreciated by your readers, because it is like making an awesome looking cake, decorated with the grandest of embellishments you can think but it is made of PLASTIC. Yuckkk! No one wants to eat it buddy!
To make your readers have the cake and eat it too, choose sub-titles that conform to the following criteria:
- Are relevant to the main topic
- Are closely related to the main topic
- Will actually help your readers in knowing more about the main topic
- Are actual steps in the “how to” post / tutorial post you created
- Are crucial factors without which your main topic cannot be explained / understood well
- Are vital points and leaving them out will leave the reader confused or misinformed or ignorant about the main topic
- Are extra points that serve as nuggets of information giving YOUR readers an edge over the readers of other blogs on same topic
- Are based on FAQ or actual comments left by readers interested in the main topic
- Are based on questions that you asked yourself when you were learning about the main topic
- Are based on answers that helped you become an expert in the main topic
Final Steps in Writing High Quality Blog Posts
You need an introduction before you can jump onto the sub-topics. This introduction should be at least 50-150 words long and must do what it is supposed to do, i.e. introduce the reader to the ideas you will be discussing in your post.
Also, write a nice recap/ summary at the end of the post to help the readers recollect everything at the end.
Remember you are writing a long post and majority of us can’t even recollect which blog we are on (have to keep checking the URL again and again :)) This recap will also help the scanners (not the machines but the human scanners who want all info within 30 secs).
Finally read your post, do necessary edits, give it a great title and add an image.
Quick Recap of the Dissection Technique of Blog Writing
- Choose a great reason to write your blog post
- Think over the topic and break it down into 4-7 sub-topics
- Write at least 200 words of solid info about each sub-topic
- Make sure you have an introduction and summary
- Review, edit and polish
- Provide a great title
- Make sure you have placed a relevant image
- Ensure that the comment section and social media share buttons are working on your blog
- Click publish; share and track analytics to check post performance