5 ways Cosmo can help you be a better blogger

Like reading that infamous magazine at salons or secretly flip thru your spouse’s flush-tank library in the privacy of your bathroom? If you learn a few tricks from them, you just might get more clicks and likes on your blog.

1. Catchy titles. If you’ve read at least two Cosmos, you know what catches your attention. No, you don’t need to restrict yourself to writing about sex or steamy secrets to grab those (eye) balls, but choose a fascinating topic or a fascinating title to sell your un-fascinating topic. If it sounds controversial or like a self-help guide, it will arouse people’s curiosity, for curiosity doesn’t just kill cats. It kills time, too.
2. Philosophy-proof it. Ever had Cosmo preach you on morality or attempt a profound topic on your place in the universe? If people wanted to know the answer to life, they surely wouldn’t be browsing through their Facebook newsfeed or Gmail notifications to click into your blog. They want an easy, mildly intellectual entertainment. So entertain them. And keep a private journal of your philosophical arguments so you can laugh at them decades later. (Really? You thought they served single malt scotch in heaven?)
3. Timing is everything. See how they publish articles on how to keep your man from straying just when a celebrity cheating scandal hits the stands? Stay updated. Also, if you’re a FB blog promoter, remember that most people only see the top few items on their Facebook newsfeed, so put yours in the top five when they have the time to actually read it. Do not post just as office hours are starting or ending, or as weekends are beginning or ending, or when people are most likely catching their workouts or sleeping.
4. Photos. A picture speaks a thousand words, right? And no one has time or patience to read a thousand words. Admit it, you didn’t really pick up your first Cosmo for reading. So get clicking.
5. Lists, lists, lists. Cosmo has immortalized lists, and for a good reason. Your friends would rather get in on the hot gossip on their newsfeed than read a lengthy, wordy blog on why you love dolphins. So keep it short and bullet-point it to make it easier to browse through. Choose a nice-sounding number of steps (5,7 and10 sound better than 4,6 and 8; 3 is too short and anything more than 10 is too long) and make sure your title says ‘x-steps to …’ to tell people it’s a list.

Never thought that the quintessential waiting room mag could actually do more than help you kill time, right?
You’re now ready to celebrate this in 7 ways…

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About chaitanya

Since the day I realized that making two words rhyme was the first step to poetry (a step I've now thankfully outgrown) I've been writing. I've just been too shy to blog. But What is the Question? is a baby step toward exploring my blogability. I aim to post twice a month and I'll try my very best to not bore you, because I hate boring blogs too! Keep checking back in!

Posted on October 4, 2012, in Sunny & Funny and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. hahaha, nice tips! i have been following all this ever since i started blogging but unfortunately, some of my posts exceed that acceptable word count limit. need to work on that, yup.

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    • It can definitely be hard to put limits on creativity… I myself find it hard to follow my own tips! I guess when the content is interesting and composed well, readers forget about the length of the article.

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