I am a journalist. I am also a blogger. One might say being a journalist makes me a good blogger because I have a good command of the English language. Yes, knowing how to use words effectively to get your point across is a key element when it comes to writing—especially when you’re writing for others.
What makes a good blogger?
The good bloggers I know and follow have a strong vocabulary. Now, this doesn’t mean they have to have a journalist background or know how to use the right $10 words in a sentence to impress someone. It simply means they know the right “choice words” to use in their communication to help you understand clearly and concisely what they’re talking about.
The good bloggers I know have some expertise in the subjects they’re writing about. For example, Mitch Mitchell shares his experience as a self-employed businessman on his blog: TTMitchellConsulting Often times he provides a personal account of something he’s been through as it relates to his professional leadership role. He also provides “tips” and other nuggets for the reader. Mitch can be very “wordy” but it doesn’t seem to matter since he has established a pretty good following.
The passion for living a healthy lifestyle comes across loud and clear when you read the LivingWellConnections weblog by Health and Wellness expert Robin Thomas. Robin’s site is unique in the sense that you not only get good information but you can also join her “community” to “receive Healthy Tips on Living a Healthy Lifestyle that includes delicious food, fitness that’s fun, proper supplementation, and stress management.”
Some bloggers like Heidi Richards Mooney are strictly about passing on useful information to help educate others on how to grow their businesses by offering some key resources and tools.
Heidi makes it a point to share her marketing expertise, very generously I might add, with her readers on her RedHeadMarketing blog.
The same goes for Paul Barton, who uses his PhoenxiPublicSpeaking blog to help others overcome “stage fright” when it comes to public speaking.
Marcie Hill is a blogging expert who shares tips on her MarcieWrites blog to help beginners get started on their own blogging journey. In addition to her blog, Marcie also conducts video interviews, which are referred to as V-blogs.
While chefs (and the wannabes) may offer up their favorite recipes and entrepreneurs may share their business secrets and strategies, the expertise doesn’t always have to be professional. It can be from “life experiences.” For example, journalist Vicki Larson’s blog is the OMGChronicles a journalist and author’s musings on love, marriage, divorce and life. As a divorced mother of two, Vicki is uniquely qualified to write on these subject matters.
Eileen Williams shares a combination of professional and personal expertise with her FeistySideofFifty She not only offers tips on how to land the job you love after 50, but she also educates and entertains us with her midlife musings.
Then some of the good bloggers I know just want to share their blessings and good feeling with the world and are very expressive in how they go about it. Take Dana Arcuri for example. She says her blog is a reflection of her life, health, faith and being true to herself.
These are just a few of the good bloggers I know who use good vocabulary to express their thoughts and ideas. Their content provides useful and valuable information and inspires.