As per request from one of my 3-4 loyal readers, Geoffrey Bird (aka instructor of my website design course at BCIT, for which this post is required)… and since I have six blog posts under my belt, which basically makes me an expert… I will do my readers the honour of presenting 5 tips for great blog posts.
Coincidentally, these tips also work for becoming a successful contestant on The Bachelor.
Please get out your pens and papers, because whether your path takes you into the world of blogging or onto a weird dating competition reality show, you’ll want to keep this advice in mind!
1) Show your personality
Both your blog readers and Juan Pablo want to see your personality. Readers and bachelors alike want some sense of your opinion and uniqueness to keep them coming back for more. Otherwise they will just go to the local tabloid or back to their ex-girlfriend. Don’t be afraid to be silly, make a fool of yourself (but not TOO much of a fool – ie. easy on the champagne) and crack a joke or two. Otherwise, no rose for you!
2) Keep it short and sweet
This goes for your one-on-one time with the Bachelor, as well as your blog posts. You don’t want to be caught rambling your way through either of these scenarios. This will just lead to embarrassment and the scaring off of Juan Pabs and/or your readers. Not ideal.
3) Be yourself
Juan Pabs doesn’t want any phonies, and neither do your readers! Authenticity is key, and this ties in with the “Show your personality” tip as well. Readers and bachelors know when you’re being insincere. Let your true self shine, and if it doesn’t, you better be citing your source, girl!
4) Be scan-able
For blogs, this means breaking up your text with some pictures (or clearly in my case, gifs), bullet points, headings, or anything else to help direct your readers’ eyes. Sometimes we find ourselves scrolling through blogs while doing other tasks, such as, I don’t know, watching reality TV, and we want to be able to get a sense of the blog post without having to read the whole thing!
For you bachelorettes, this means make yourself look presentable. If Juan Pabs can scan you and you don’t give the impression of a homeless person, prostitute, or all around hot mess, you have obviously read this blog post and you’re good to move on to the next round!
5) Portray a similar theme.
This will explain to you why I’m not writing about politics every second week. Trust me, I have resisted the urge and it hasn’t been easy. If you see a blog post on Reality Bites that is not reality TV related, I encourage you to call the blog police and have me deported back to Facebook.
For bachelorette contestants, a similar theme means DON’T BE A DIFFERENT PERSON TO JUAN PABS THAN YOU ARE TO THE OTHER WOMEN. This leads to women not liking you, and this leads to you being the drama queen of the season. Take it from Vienna – it’s not worth it!