Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Be the Perfect Blogger

Well, I was clicking around  last night....just following links and stumbled upon a blog post that was all about ways to write the perfect blog post.

Well, I read about a third of it and then dashed off to create a poster....
cause I like to make posters.

So, stick around and see what you think!

According to the article I read (and you can find it right {HERE}) there are


Friends, you must have the perfect title. Only 2 out of 10 people will keep reading after they read your title, unless it is perfect.
People tend to skim and they will see the first three words and the last three words and then move on- unless you catch their attention.

So, I'm guessing this title is a no-no:

"Tried It Tuesday! A Combo Pack and a Powerpoint Tip"

Well, that is one of my titles and that page has had 5000 views.....

Anyway... the point of this suggestion is to craft a title like you teach your students to craft the opening sentence of something they are writing.

I guess that's why this title:
"Some Truth and Some Spaghetti!" 

has had 7500 views.....course this photo probably helped .....


 You should begin a post with a story or personal anecdote. I guess that makes people find common ground and keep reading cause they want to hear more. 

So, I found this post.

It's called "Missing a Regular Classroom".
It's all about how I miss reading to kids cause I don't do that very much in the science lab. I included a lot of comments about books I love:

It's a poignant post that makes me cry. Not many views, though.

Then I tried to find another  post that was more personal and at least started with a story. A favorite is from a year ago where the whole post was the story of moving my classroom.

That little cart carried my stuff from my old third grade room to my new giant science lab. It took about 10,000 trips. It's a great post {HERE} but has less than 100 views. Wonder what that means??

Your first paragraph should have fewer letters per line. Maybe include a photo on the side. The article says this tricks your brain and makes you read into the post faster. The author even suggests that you trick people by using a bigger font in the beginning- to make shorter lines.

Hmmmm......I make shorter lines
Pretty annoying, right!?

Make Subheadings. Cause people scan and look for the sections they like best.

I have nothing for this. Sorry. No advice. 

Oh wait. I do make subheadings all the time.
And I change their color.
I usually make them red.


The article says that blog posts of 1500 or less words get more views.
Holy Cow! Does this guy know me?
I bet I never have less than that!
How on earth can you find out how many words you have??

I decided I needed to find out. So, I picked a post that I thought was rather long. I copied the post into a Word Document and found that its word count was 943. It was my Guest Blog Post about STEM:

and I thought it was too long! But 943 is good, right?

So I tried another one!
I picked it because I remember it being lengthy and it has tons of views.
It's a great post about things I have learned over  the years but it only had
720 words.

So I think I'm doing okay on the wordiness essential thing.

My posts look longer because I use a lot of photos.


Have a featured image at the beginning. Well, jeez I do that all the time!
I start posts with a funny picture! (It's all about grabbing your attention.)

You know you have seen the picture right here on this little blog.
It made you laugh too. Ha!

Have something people can quote.
Wow, I am failing on that one.
But I do post things that you can PIN!
Isn't that almost the same thing!???

Now I know that is THE SEVEN THINGS, but you are not going to believe this. The guy adds a few more.
We are going to call these BONUS THINGS!

Include links.
Are you kidding me. That's like Blogger 101. Go back and count the links in this post.
Go ahead.
I counted TEN. That includes the photos that are linked to something.

Have some great visual content.
That means photos.
I got this one!

That's my cat, Wookee, sitting in the dishwasher.
Great visual, right?


Include social media buttons.
Teacher friends, I think we are the experts on this one. And if you need any help go watch my video.

This one had something to do with searchable links and it was too technical for me. 

Well, there you have it.

So, I think in the end what counts in a blog post is that you are yourself. People read your stuff cause it's funny or informative or teaches you something.
Or you find a picture you can pin.

So, what do you think? What makes a blog post great?

Hope you are having a great week.

See you for Five for Friday.
With a perfect blog post!


  1. Thanks for these tips! I need to analyze my blog to see what posts are "working" and what aren't to see where I can improve!

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  2. I thought this one was a great blog post! I loved the humor! ;P I do appreciate the tips too. After reading them, I think I need to do some work on my posts. BTW Your title is why I clicked on this post to read it. ;)
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. This was awesome, Carol! Both for the humor and for the ideas... if nothing else, it makes me want to go analyze some of my more popular posts. I love your picture of your cat in your dishwasher. I literally laughed out loud a bit. :)
    Tales of a Teacher

  4. Great post, Carol!!! You had me giggling, I just love your humor. As a new blogger, I know that I have a lot of things to work on!!! :) Have a great day!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  5. Lots of helpful information. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading your blog. I love the humor and what seems to be a little of you in your writing. I think that is important.

  6. Carol, what a wonderful blog post! Thank you for sharing. You really are quite funny!

    (The Purple Teacher)

    1. Thanks for visiting! The whole post was meant in fun! I think blogging is very personal and I rarely plan posts based on essential tips. Sometimes what I am thinking turns into something else entirely! Makes it fun!

  7. What makes a blog post great?? You do. Loved everything about this...and of course you had me laughing!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. I guess that's why no one visits my blog! Ha! This was hilarious!

    1. Aw, thanks Abbey. We need to talk about the "No-Reply" blogger thing!

  9. You are so funny...and that is why I read your blog, because I like you. You have great content and a great sense of humor. I guess I am pretty much failing if I need to have all of the essential thingie's above. However, it has given me some good food for thought! Thanks so much for another great post.

    Luv My Kinders


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