by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Blogging, Communication, Make It Happen TipsheetTagged as: Copywriting, Productivity, Strategy
Many people are interested in writing a blog, particularly if they have special expertise. Yet, the specific topic area of the blog usually eludes them. Choose the wrong topic area, and you’re stuck with it, and because of Google, it sticks to you… forever.
The overall blogging rule is simple: write for your reader. Imagine who that reader is, what interests them, and choose your topic that way. Simple.
But if you stop there, however, you’ve only done half of the work. The reader might benefit, but how do you know that YOU will?
To truly benefit, you need to add two additional criteria:
Is it Strategic? How does writing on your topic help you personally? Your team? Your organization? Does writing help position you (or your organization) in a different light? Is there a way to slightly change the topic so the benefit improves? How does your topic tie in to your organization’s mission, vision, and values? If you are writing for yourself, how does your topic help you grow?
Is it Synergistic? How does the topic complement other elements of your organization’s marketing strategy? Can you repurpose the blog content in another format, such as a white paper, video, or presentation? Can blog post ideas naturally be derived from your day-to-day work? And does it help you explore an area of professional interest?
Choosing strategically ensures that the blog effort points you in the right direction. Choosing synergistically helps you be more productive with your insight.
Synergy and Strategy apply to just about every activity that you do. This week, before you say “yes” to someone else’s request of you, ensure that the activity is both strategic and synergistic. If not, then work with the person who made the request, to see if a minor change might make it so.
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