12 Ways To Add Variety to Your Christian Blog Posts
What is the “unforgivable sin?” Bible students know there is only one such sin, and that is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32).
However, for Christian writers, there is another sin that is hard to forgive. That is the sin of being a boring writer. Why go to the effort to write if you are not able to capture the mind of your readers? Paint your prose with many colors to add variety and engage your readers.
Many Christian bloggers have trouble in this area. Conscientious bloggers what to blog on a regular schedule (once or more per week) to hold their audience, and sometimes they get in an unforgivable rut. Here are ways you can make posts distinctive.
12 types of posts to add captivating color to your blog.
What in the world is a “listicle?” It is information put into the form of a list. They are fun to create and readers love them because they can quickly gather tips and techniques. It doesn’t make any difference what the topic of your blog is, you can create interesting listicles. This blog post is a listicle.
2. Top 10
A “Top 10” is a list with a twist. You are offering your readers the top-ranked choices based on your research or opinions. If you write a cooking blog, you can write a post on the “Top 10 Air Fryers.” If you have a Mom Blog, you can offer the “Top 10 Things to Keep Kids Occupied on a Rainy Day.” If you have a Bible teaching blog, you could present, “Top 10 Things You Can Do Today to Help Your Neighbor.” You get the idea. You present a curated list to your readers, explaining why each item made the list and why you ranked it as you did.
“How shall I prepare?” People ask that question on a wide variety of topics. Planning is half the battle for any task, and an expertly prepared checklist is helpful in any field of endeavor. A checklist provides people with a systematic approach to making sure they don’t forget to do essential things to achieve their goals. Checklists can be about how to prepare for a camping trip, how to clean a bathroom, how to have a great wedding or anything else you can imagine. A checklist ensures that actions are not overlooked. Checklists can come in many forms, from simple to complex, and with forethought, you can create these helpful aids for your readers.
Offer your readers helpful resources about some aspect of your topic. You may offer links to the best software apps to accomplish a particular task, the best people to contact to solve a certain problem, key books that have helped you provide solutions to issues you faced, and a host of other subjects. At ChristainWritingToday.com I have a whole section dedicated to writing resources of various kinds. People are always looking for resources that will help them, and they especially appreciate free resources. Curate a collection of resources on a given topic that they will love.
5. How-To Steps
Everyone wants to learn how to do something. You can show the steps in your blog post no matter what your subject may be. “How to Prepare Baby Formula,” “How to Plant Roses,” “How to Use Make a Book Cover with Canva,” “How to Pick the Best Watermelon”—the options are endless even when you gear them to the topic of your blog. Add tips and traps at each step to help your readers. You can make it more interesting if you add photos of each step. That’s never been easier with cellphone photography.
6. Success Stories
You can always grab and hold reader attention when you tell success stories about people in your field of interest. People love success stories because they imagine they are the person who succeeded. They want to emulate that success if they can. You can gather success stories from people you know, stories you have read, or from people you interview.
7. New Method
If you are on the leading edge of your field of expertise, you are aware of new methods that will help people achieve their goals. Share those methods. As always, people read posts because they are looking for solutions to problems they are experiencing. Most of the time they are familiar with standard solutions, but they are always looking for methods that are easier, cheaper, and work better. An interesting way to present a new method is by framing it as a case history. Tell your readers how the new method worked for you.
Review anything that relates to your blog topic. Readers are always interested in reading about products or services they may be interested in buying. The simplest type of review is when you explain what the product and service is, and then provide the pros and cons. Readers are always interested in the reasons for your opinions.
9. Q & A
Dedicate a blog post to questions and answers on a particular topic. For example, if you have a gardening blog, you could answer 10-12 questions about the best type of tomato plants to buy, when and how to plant them, and a host of other questions about their care. What kind of burning questions can you answer? Tip: Ask your readers if they have questions on a particular aspect of your topic, collect them, and answer several related questions in one post.
10. Expert Advice
You write a blog on a particular topic. You may even have written a book on it. That makes you an automatic expert. The old saying is true: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed is king.” Therefore, you are the right person to offer expert advice on your topic. Offer it was authority. Your advice has a greater impact on your readers if you address a genuine problem about which readers need a solution. By the way, there are times when you might want to temper your expert advice to stay out of legal problems. Never offer legal, financial, or medical advice unless you have official credentials to support what you say.
11. Breaking News
As a recognized expert in your field, you are probably privy to news from specialized newsletters or other sources, or you may have personal contact with trend-setters. Leverage that and occasionally deliver breaking news to your readers. You don’t have to scoop everyone in the world, you just need to be the first provide the breaking news to your circle of readers. You may also want to add your analysis of the information you share.
Another way to use news items to arrest reader attention is to summarize recent news in your field of expertise in one post. You are “rounding up” bits of news for the education or entertainment of your readers. The round-up is an old newspaper method of giving attention to several stories, none of which deserve a dedicated headline or much space on their own. A round-up is a good place to have some fun. You have informative stores mixed in with some weird and wonderful ones that will make your readers smile. You only need about five interesting mini-articles to round out a 1,000-word post.
Keep Your Blog Alive by Expanding Variety
Remember, the only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions. Stay out of writing ruts and your blog will not become a grave that people seldom visit. Keep your blog alive by presenting interesting information in the fresh ways listed here.