Do you feel like you throw your blog posts together, then have to reorganize them a lot to get the topic to fit together? How can you get better at organizing your posts from the beginning? What are some ways you can organize your topics?
Writing a blog post that’s well organized takes some thinking and planning, and maybe an outline. As you’re trying to figure out how to organize your blog post, start by thinking about different ways you can divide your topic
This advice works not only for written blogs, but also for podcast or video topics.
There are five ways you can organize your main ideas for your blog topics.
1. Organize your idea topically.
Sometimes, your idea will naturally divide into parts. Sometimes, the parts are equal in importance, so the order doesn’t matter. Other times, one part may be more important than the others. If this is the case, you can arrange them in one of three ways:
- Primacy, with the most important or convincing point first.
- Recency, where you discuss most important last if it is the one you want the audience to remember most.
- Complexity, where you arrange your points from simplest to most complex.
For example, if you’re writing about the benefits of stem cell research, you could use primacy. Put a point about human development first, then follow it with developing and testing drugs, then cell therapy.
2. Organize your idea chronologically.
You can organize your topic by time, or in order of a sequence of steps. Historical articles, or any story in which you describe the order of events that occurred, use this type of organization. “How to” posts, which describe a process, also use this.
For example, if you’re writing about how to strip paint from furniture, you want your post arranged in the order of steps. If you’re writing about the evolution of YouTube, you might use reverse chronological order. First, talk about where it is today, then take readers backward to its beginnings.
3. Organize your ideas spatially.
This type of organization works when your idea has a specific location or direction. It might be useful if you’re focusing on different parts of a building, organization or machine. It might also be used for different regions.
For example, if you’re talking about the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., you could arrange your post to take readers through the grounds of the museum.
4. Organize your idea to show cause and effect.
This method works if you want to identify a situation or cause, then discuss the results or effect of it. You might also want to show a relationship between certain factors and certain results.
For example, if you’re writing about the level of increasing destruction from hurricanes, you can arrange your post from effect to causes. If you’re writing about adult literacy, a good way to arrange it would be from cause to effect.
5. Organize your idea by problem and solution.
This type of organization is good if you want to explain a relationship between something that is wrong and how it can be corrected.
Say you’re writing about increased crime in a neighborhood or in your city. You might first identify the problem, then give solutions. If you want to talk about the benefits of partnerships between businesses and schools for college students and the community, you could first discuss the partnerships as the solution. Then talk about the problem that public schools no longer have funding for special programs.
If you don’t think about the organization of your idea before you begin writing your blog post, you will either end up with a disorganized post that goes up on the web for all to see, or you will spend a lot of time revising. If you want to be a better organized blog writer from the beginning, it’s worth it to take some time to organize your idea. Spending time planning will save you time revising and result in a better blog post.
Readers, how do you organize your blog posts? Let us know in the comments.