Inspiration. One of those words you just love to hate sometimes. It’s unreliable. And when inspiration hits, you just gotta start punching those damn keys.
Nothing wrong with that, but after do you do after you’ve transformed a blank page into what resembles a blog post?
And then? How do you know if your post is good enough? How do you know if your post is worthy of being read by other folks on the world wide web?
It’s not like trying to lift Mjölnir, so how can you be sure your post is worthy?
Actually, I believe we could all improve a lot of our posts by asking a few simple questions before hitting that publish button.
Here are twelve questions that I ask myself.
- Does this post add value to my readers?
- Does this post help my readers solve some of their problems?
- What is the main point of this post? What is the essence that I want my readers to internalize by reading this post?
- What do I want my readers to do after reading this post?
- Have I used a headline that draws people into my post?
- Could I have said the same thing in less words?
- Have I previously written an article that relates to this post that I could link to?
- Did I do everything I could to make my post engaging? Did I ask my readers to comment? To add to the conversation?
- Is the spelling correct? What about grammar? Could this post still use a bit more editing?
- What parts can I edit out to make the post more concise?
- How could I format the blog post in such a way that scanners will be compelled to read my post. What about sub-headings, images, block quotes, etc?
- Should I wait a little more time before publishing this post? Would coming back to it in a few days’ time help me to come up with new ideas that can improve it?
What questions would you add to this list?