"The Milton"As a new blogger to Therap, I wanted to start my blogging experience in a successful manner; and, in order to do that I needed to come up with a good blogging strategy. So I decided to do some research on “How to write a compelling blog article”, and I must say that there are a lot of tips and opinions on how to write a good blog. So I decided to take what I thought were the best tips and apply them to my new Therap blog!

Tip 1 – Have a powerful headline.  I went back and forth with creating a headline that was interesting and powerful, yet describes exactly what I want to talk about in this blog. My first thought was “Milton’s Training Tip Tantrum” (notice the alliteration), but then I thought the word “Tantrum” was too strong and made me sound angry. So maybe a good headline would be “Milton’s Tantalizing Training Tips”, but then I thought the word “Tantalizing” described something that people may want, but then can’t have. This should not be the case. So finally, I came up with “Milton’s Training Tip Titillation”. This I believe is a headline that people will remember because it grabs people’s attention and tells people that the blog is going to provide training tips that will pleasurably excite them.

Tip 2 – Have a Theme that your audience can relate to.   So I thought to myself, what is a good theme that I know a lot about…TRAINING (since I am a Staff Development Coordinator). And guess what; since this is a Therap Certified Trainers blog, TRAINING is something everyone reading the blog should be able to relate to.

So my first Training Tip is actually a reference to a FREE online learning source at http://www.gcflearnfree.org/. That is correct, it is FREE. This is an online learning source that provides free videos, step-by-step instructions, online tutorials, etc., on various learning subjects including computer software like Excel 2010 (which a lot of Therap users use for reporting). For a full list of computer technology learning just follow this link http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers. Enjoy!

Tip 3 – Enrich your entry with various media – Don’t settle with just words. Grace your blog article with images or videos to further its appeal and complement your textual content.

So here is an example of an Excel video tutorial that you can find on www.gcflearnfree.org/computers:

Excel 2010: Navigating Excel 2010

Tip 4 – Tell a story – Start by raising an issue, continue with answering it and providing backup or proof, then end with reaffirming the solution to the issue you raised. Enough said…read the article.

Please stay tuned for more training tips from “Milton’s Training Tip Titillation” Blog. Until next time, in the words of SPOCK, “Live Long and Prosper”.

The End!