The Metal Weather Blog Method

Run that by me again?

A exercise in the attention-grabbing, interest-piquing, neuron-stimulating, pupil-widening, hyphen-excessive blog style that I’m developing for my own use.

Why?

To produce one or more articles a day, I’ll need a easy formula or template that does some of the work of formatting an article for me. I recently read an article about a prolific pulp-fiction writer that was able to churn out a large volume of material by reusing several storylines and varying the characters and events. My goal is to have five article templates that I can fit my content into, over and over again.

What do other bloggers say?

10 Writing Tips For Bloggers

  1. Keep your paragraphs short and sweet
  2. Do you switch from 1st, 2nd and 3rd perspective?
  3. Do not make silly spelling mistakes
  4. Do not use txt talk
  5. Proof read your blog post four days later
  6. Proofread line by line
  7. Check for contradictions
  8. Write about things you’re passionate about
  9. Break your text apart when you proofread it
  10. Run a spelling and grammar check

Article Writing: 6 Rules To Getting The Perfect Format

  1. KISS (Keep it Simple, Stupid)
  2. Seeing is Believing
  3. Bold and Italics make your Point
  4. Subheadings Rock
  5. Avoid Useless Content
  6. Lists Rule

These are good things to consider but not what I need.

Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery

There’s no denying Cracked.com has the art of list-based articles down to a science. Attempting to distill their lists down to a few different formats yields the following:

  • Examples of something interesting
  • Rules to follow if
  • Points to an argument

Perfect. With slight tweaking and one addition I have:

 

  • Examples of something interesting
  • How-Tos (Rules to follow if)
  • Persuasive (Point to an argument)
  • Reviews

I was hoping for five but these four should be a good start. Examples of each forthcoming.

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