Hello Miss Teenage Canada Regional Delegates from Blog Network Admin. We thought perhaps it might be time to add some fresh content to the Blog Tutorials here.
Its almost time for the big show…
As each year develops, the Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network gets busier and busier (the official blog assignments will be coming down the pipe shortly so stay tuned) and in July the traffic spikes up right before the grand finale.
But of course we are always reading the blog entries, all year long. Its true we really start paying attention in March, April, May and June as the new Delegates introduce themselves. We really enjoy reading about each new delegate and seeing pictures of their surroundings, and learning about their regions – we hope you’ll all continue to use your blogs after the grand finale on Saturday July 23rd 2016 to tell the world your stories. You’re each building a unique legacy, and in the future, other Miss Teenagers from all across Canada but especially from your region will surely read your posts and be impacted by your journey.
Have you ever wondered what makes a good blog post?
There are a bunch of factors, the first of which is having a great idea. The best blog posts are loving handcrafted articles that transcend time (which means they are relevant next year, and the year after, etc) The best posts are rare and precious because they are written by a young person and they communicate her thoughts and feelings and not just a lot of data and interesting information (which is also important). Writing great blog posts requires doing some research and we like to see delegates visit the setting or the location of the story and take pictures.
Length – between 600 and 1000 words
Embed Original Photos and Videos even if you have to record the media on your phone – the iPhones today have great camera and Android phones are okay too but often its hard to get the media off the phone. Make sure you know how to do it before doing any ‘live blogging’.
Use original photos. Crop and touch up your best images to use in your posts. One or two is good, but three or four pictures are GREAT. Make sure you remember to add proper Image Titles and Alt Text attributes and even Captions if you dare (they can really mess up your formatting – TIP add them at the end, the last thing you do before you post).
Quotes – If you’re talking to somebody who is somebody then record a quote and either put it in quotes or use the block quote function and attribute it to them.
“Blogging is character building.” Rob Campbell Toronto SEO Expert
This is real citizen journalism, and its what people notice and what really good writers use to shape compelling arguments in their editorials, especially in opinion pieces (like good blogs).
Facts – Do some research. Find out cool stats and share them in your posts and its also standard practice to link to the source of the information if its rare and special and not so much if its common knowledge or Wikipedia page.
Promotions – After the piece has been published, its good practice to tweet the blog post’s URL (permalink) and add it to your Facebook page to widen your audience. Be sure and include @TeenageCanada in your tweet, and we’ll be quick to retweet.