Writing an engineering blog is like a marriage between art and technology. You need to be a good story teller to write a blog.
Engineers should look at blog posts as a way of crystallising ideas like the code.
The major challenge is to identify what to blog.
Being an engineer, you have insights into technology that may not have been elucidated. You need to ask what others do not understand, and how can I explain it clearly.
You can also highlight the specific problems that you encountered, methods that proved to be a workable solution, and some advantages/disadvantages of alternative solutions.
As a writer, your role is to sieve the content from the fat, give life to the technical jargons like characters in a novel.
Six principles for a good story telling are: 1. Absence of lengthy verbiage; 2. total objectivity; 3. truthful descriptions; 4. extreme brevity; 5. audacity and originality…and; 6. show and not tell.
The two basic building blocks of a story are the anecdote and a moment of reflection explaining what it all means. In other words, the most satisfying structure for a story has a simple pattern: action followed by summary.
The purpose of the anecdote is to draw the reader into the action, and the point of the summary is to tell the reader why the story is being told in the first place.
The topic sentence is the opening in the paragraph where we routinely set forth our purpose.
Before you start, draft a template – write the main headings first. Then focus on sub-headings. Under the sub-headings, write whatever comes in your mind. Don’t focus on grammar. Whatever technical knowledge you have, put it in writing. You can revisit and edit. Make sure all the knowledge is captured in the blog post. Put images where possible. Get the feedback from your peers.
The next step will be editing. Editing is where you fix up the grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Make your sentences short and easy to read. Write in the active voice. Trim wordings if the sentence can convey the meaning correctly. If that is not your expertise, engage a professional freelance editor to format and edit the blog post. The presentation and grammar are equally important. They help express the meaning.
Check out this link for writing best practices http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/mc/WriteThinkLearn.pdf
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