Opening my browser this morning the headlining story was that Mark Zuckerburg has revealed a new Facebook option that allows you to search for Organ Donors. 112 – 113 million people in the United States alone are in need of a transplant. For them and their families the potential of this app to connect them with donors is an answered prayer. Others are more reserved about sharing their medical information so publicly and question the security of their records.
Myself? I am wondering if similar applications will soon be functioning through social media. Adoption?
Social media is a fickle mistress that all content writers must woo.
Let’s face it most people don’t want to write a blog if no one is sharing or at the least looking at the content. The web has us under the impression that “If content is any good someone would have already shared it.” Making life for the startup writer like myself that much more difficult.
I like to put myself in the shoes of my visitors. If I look at my blog and see it has over 300 shares I’m much more likely to share what I see as “social proof” than what might be a better article if it only has 60 shares. My point is no one wants to recommend a post that isn’t popular because they might lose face from their contacts. Finding a page with tons of popular content makes the decision to share that much easier.
This is part one of a series of posts where I will show you how to write captivating articles guaranteed to squeeze shares out of your visitors and transform them into loyal readers.
DO – Keep it short. People have a very short attention span and many of them prefer to skim a short paragraph and not a page full of text. If you have a lot to say you may want to break your post into a couple different segments. This will engage readers and keep them coming back to your site.
DO – Proof read. Often times if I like an article I will scroll down to see the comments. You can glean valuable information about your readers there. I’ve found that no matter how good your post is if you have misspelled words or bad grammar it automatically discredits you to your readers.
DON’T – Use the same format in every post. This is something I am guilty of and am working to improve. I’ve found that people get bored easily so it’s important to switch up the way you display your writing. Some might incorporate lists, while others might be more narrative. Some posts might include a lot of images, while others will be more copy-heavy. Don’t do the same thing every time.
Be sure to check back for more writing tips and ways to captivate your readers!
This will be by first post in my Men’s Interest segment of The Shanty Town. I am very excited to finally be expanding in this direction. I promise to keep this section entirely devoted to Men and the things that interest you. If there is a topic you would like to read about contact me through comments, on Facebook or twitter and I’ll get right on it. Enjoy.
I’m going to kick off Men’s Interests with a question I get all the time and only one person in the crowd ever seems to know the answer to. How do you tie a tie? Below I’ve provided step by step instructions on two types of knots to cover each mans height and girth. If you’ve mastered the basics and would like to try more intricate looks click here.
First I’m going to be showing you a tie called The Four in Hand. This is probably the most common way I’ve seen men wearing their ties and it’s also very simple. I recommend this look for tall or medium height men because it is an elongated look and can make a shorter man look dwarfish.
A good tie for shorter men would be The Double Windsor. It has a larger knot so it draws up the length of the tie making your torso seem longer. It is however a more difficult knot to master but with a little practice you should be tying it with ease.
That’s it really not much to it other than a little practice. Now you will be able to impress your wives and friends with your knowledge of how to properly tie a tie. I plan to make one Men’s Interest article per week so keep in touch. You can sign up for our newsletter or connect via twitter and Facebook to get updates when new posts are published.