After a successful stint speaking at Blogworld & New Media Expo in New York last week (see this flattering write up of my “Reporting for Bloggers” presentation on their site), I’m hoping to speak at their next conference in Las Vegas in January. So much so I’ve already submitted a proposal for my presentation, which will once again be in the content creation tract:
Ten Blog Posts That Got Shared, Informed Readers, Generated Clicks and Kicked Ass In 2012: Writing instructor and pro blogger Dave Copeland will take a look at 10 of the best blog posts from 2012 and discuss why they worked: both in informing readers and in generating clicks and shares. The goal of the session is to show bloggers what works when they write for online audiences and what pitfalls they need to avoid. The truly brave participants will be invited to share their favorite post from their own blog for an in-session critique by Copeland.
1) Simple techniques to develop habits for great online writing.
2) Writing a compelling headline then making good on the promise delivered in that headline.
3) Making your words “visual” so readers can quickly navigate your copy and easily find the information they need.
So here’s where I need your help: if you write or read a blog post worth consideration for this session (as well as sessions I’ll be doing in my Writing For Online Readers class at Bridgewater State University this fall), email me a link. I’ll leave it to you to decide what qualifies as best: most readable, most fun to write, most traffic, etc. Also send a sentence or two explaining why you think it’s the best. The more examples I can get, the better.
In return, I’ll share any common themes and patterns I see in them to see if we can start putting together a best practices list.