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Want to write a blog but not sure where to start? Expert blogger Liz Charalambous has some top tips to help you get started 
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Want to write a blog but not sure where to start? Expert blogger Liz Charalambous has some top tips to help you get started

I am always amazed at the marvellous work being done by nurses every day alongside, and as a result of, their front-line work.

Many nurses are happy to search the internet for a quick fix to their daily problems. So why not write a blog?

Top tips

Blogging (or writing a digital piece on a website) is fun, quick and easy. I was recently invited to a workshop to encourage nurses to write for publication, especially on how to blog. They wanted to hear my top tips, so here they are:

  • Just write. One technique I like to use is to open a Word document and start writing, do not stop, do not pass
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Want to write a blog but not sure where to start? Expert blogger Liz Charalambous has some top tips to help you get started

Blogging
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I am always amazed at the marvellous work being done by nurses every day alongside, and as a result of, their front-line work. 

Many nurses are happy to search the internet for a quick fix to their daily problems. So why not write a blog?

Top tips

Blogging (or writing a digital piece on a website) is fun, quick and easy. I was recently invited to a workshop to encourage nurses to write for publication, especially on how to blog. They wanted to hear my top tips, so here they are:

  • Just write. One technique I like to use is to open a Word document and start writing, do not stop, do not pass go, do not collect £100. Just write. Turn off autocorrect if you have to. This will get your creative juices flowing and allow you to ‘park’ all your thoughts without fear of making a spelling mistake, or worry about grammar and punctuation. It’s a useful technique because it gives you a hard copy of those thoughts whirling around your head about your project. 
  • Read through what you have written. It will look a mess at this stage but do not be deterred. You are the master and commander of your project and you know it better than anyone. You will have so many thoughts and feelings about it that the piece at this stage will lack any kind of logic or order. That’s okay, it’s only a draft.
  • Take each section and sentence, and start working on it. Piece by piece it will start to take shape.
  • Take all the reworked sections and try to piece them together into some kind of structure. Maybe they don’t fit? Add or subtract some sentences, keep working on it.
  • Sleep on it. Put it away and look at it the next day. Rome was not built in a day, and nurses are used to firefighting, troubleshooting and doing 20 jobs at once. This is different and will take some time to perfect.
  • Ask someone else to read it through. This could be someone who knows nothing about your project. Does it make sense to someone who is not in the know? If not, think about rephrasing or explaining terminology. Remember, a blog is a way of reaching people who may not know anything about your work, they are probably not even nurses.
  • Think of a snazzy title. What seems to be popular and contemporary may have absolutely nothing to do with your project… or does it? One of my most popular blogs was called 50 Shades of Safeguarding, which addressed the problem of older person abuse, but rode on the back of the film of the moment.
  • Blow your own trumpet. If you don’t, no one else will. Get on social media and publicise your work widely – Twitter is the prefect platform for this. 

So what are you waiting for? I’m already searching the internet to read about your latest project.

Liz Charalambous

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

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