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Blog Post #8 - By 11th Grader D.J. Faison

You think it's easy to write a blog, that is, until you actually start writing one. Now that I'm attempting it now, I see that it's just not the case. 

Finding a topic to brainstorm is pretty difficult to do, especially if you're limited to certain topics. You're just left to stare off into space wondering what you could talk about for a good length of time. You could have an idea for something you really like, until you’re told to write about a certain topic like school or society. How this affects your blog is dependent on your knowledge of the topic. If you know a lot about the topic, you can run with it pretty far and make a decent to excellent blog. However, if you don’t, then prepare to take a trip through the depths of your brain to find any little information you have. If you have the option to pick a topic, you should pick one that you have a vast knowledge about so you don't run into this problem; otherwise, it can't be helped. 

Next is the planning stage. You should write a planning sheet to know where and when you want something said in your blog. This way you’re not winging it the entire time. Once that's done, you should write a rough draft. You don't want to be in the middle of your final draft and then realize something you wrote in one area should be placed in another area. With a computer, that's not a problem, but if you're writing it on paper (for some reason), then you'll have to start all over again. Also with a rough draft, you can have someone read your blog and ask them for revisions. 

When writing a blog, you want to be expressive. Showing expression in a blog makes it unique and your own. This'll give your blog feeling and will make it more enjoyable to read. If a viewer has seen many of your blogs, they'll feel like they know you personally. Throw in some words or catchphrases that are unique to you -  something no one else can take away from you. This includes a certain greeting and closing that the viewer will expect to see from you every time. It can be written in some kind of style that you like; for example, using a question as your opening or being very “punny” with your jokes. Personally, I like breaking the fourth wall when writing stories or blogs. 

After you've found your idea, planned it out, wrote it out, and made it your own, then congratulations, you've made a blog. Next you upload it to wherever you'll upload it. That process should be simple enough so I won't explain. As for me, I'm going to take my own advice and make a blog now. "Isn't this your blog?" I telepathically hear you say. No, no, this is just a tutorial on writing a blog to help you know what and what not to do. If this was my blog, this conversation would never have happened. You'd be failing, and I'd be laughing... Ha...