Blogging Is Easy: The Importance Of An Outline

Introduction (What The Reader Can Expect)

Hello and welcome to The RAWRMY. I’m Joeydotrawr and today I wanted to talk to you about one of the most constructive ways to produce consistent and on point blog posts.

It Starts With An Out line (The Reason For The Post)

The outline is the foundation (literally) for your post. It’s the bare bones formula that allows you to keep your topic straight and on the path without over delving in limitless conjecture.

It allows you to organize your thoughts into a clear vision for the post while also illustrating clear disconnects you might not have seen until you were 2000 words and 2 hours into your freehand draft.

Remember the outline should require little to no effort, spend that energy on the actual content, just ‘brainstorm’ your thoughts in an organized fashion and call it good.

How To Begin (The Basic Steps)

The basics steps in creating your outline are simple and should remain that way. You want to avoid exhausting yourself before engaging in your core content.

So pull up another page, or sheet of paper, and follow these simple points:

Blogging Is Easy: The importance Of An Outline
Single Sentence Introduction-
(Body)The Reason For The Post-
(Body)The Basic Steps-
(Body)The Deadline / The Restrictions-
(Body)Embellishments-
Finishing Statements-
Connecting Material / Call To Action

You can see from that list that we are currently on step four of my outline. When I envisioned “basic steps” here I wanted to list the above list, in addition to introducing the number and length of “body” paragraphs.

The Body Of Your Post (The Deadline / The Restrictions)

This is where the real meat and potatoes of your post belongs. All the points that caused you to create the post in the first place should be organized here. Each point receiving it’s own paragraph within the body and organized in an ‘easy on the eyes’ format.

You’ll see for me I began the body with the “Reasons For The Post” and had two additional topics I wanted to touch on before the final touches.

This gives you a restriction to what you’re going to say, and how much of it. You might have a 101 tidbit details to add to a topic that don’t necessarily constitute having their own paragraph within the body so they’re left on the drawing board to be brought into a future topic.

That’s perfectly fine. Not every detail should be discussed it it will only serve to bombard and confuse your reader. This also takes into account your deadline. If you only have an hour you’ve allotted yourself for a post, then the details you cover have to be the most efficient  and important to the content!

Formatting And Design (Embellishments)

If I had to pick a most important topic it would be this one. The format, the eye catching potential, and readability, of your post are the key to capturing your readers attention.

Most of you have seen the phrase “too long didn’t read”. Made so popular it’s being shortened into the acronym “TL;DR” which basically means your piece wasn’t formatted in a way that was easy to digest for the reader.

A wall of text can be daunting for most people so take the time to break it up with small lists, photos, and brief reprieves from the act of heavy reading. There have actually been studies that concluded people respond best to lists! The human mind have the easiest time processing information in the form of formatted lists, and photos. Use them!

Whatever Remains (Finishing Statements)

Here is where I allow myself to add any little details that couldn’t make it into the body but I felt were still important enough to mention. Things like:

  • Your font should be kept easy to read, and professional.
  • Consider who your target audience is. Don’t write an article intended for veteran writers but bolster it with menial content.

Also give your closing statements. For me it would be this:

Without an outline you are wandering through the forest with no compass. You can walk 30 miles and still have no idea where you are or how to get where you’re going. It’s easy to get lost in the woods and decide the easiest option is to abandon the journey altogether. Your outline will make sure that you always have the end in sight.

So What’s Next? (Connecting material / Call To Action)

I hope this post gave you some inspiration to try it in your own way. I want to thank you for reading and your continued, or initial support!

If you are excited to try this method then do me a favor; Post a link to your article and a photo of the outline in the comments below!

Thank you again and I’ll see you next time.

-Joeydotrawr

 

 

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