Welcome back to Remedial Blog School!
Today’s topic is writing an excellent ending for your blog post.
As in, you better do it.
Because when your blog post just peters out, the reader becomes unhappy. “Why the hell did I read through the whole post?” the reader wonders. And seethes. And plans for revenge.
We all have our personal styles, and for me the ending is the most important part. It’s what gives the post a punch and makes the reader remember. It’s hard to describe exactly what makes an blog post ending a good one, so I like to revert to the United States Supreme Court definition of pornography: I know it when I see it.
Don’t believe me? I asked some of my favorite writers to weigh in on a good ending to a blog post. Enjoy!
Jill, Scary Mommy A good ending makes me want to share the post or click that magical little button called continue reading for more. It also prevents me from screaming, “what the fuck” at the computer screen. All are equally important.
Neil, Citizen of the Month A good blog post should end like a soap opera episode, teasing the reader to return tomorrow if they want to find out more about the sex-change operation that you just scheduled…
Lisa, Smaksy I like a little twist or a surprise to end with. I sometimes I like to jolt the rhythm of the writing by ending right before it feels like the ending should be.
Alice, Finslippy The best endings have made me catch my breath. Usually they have some arresting image that seems to come out of nowhere but perfectly ties with the theme of the post. But it has to come naturally, because if people sit around trying to think of an arresting image that seems to come out of nowhere but perfectly ties in, they will either 1) go mad or 2) come up with something execrable.
Heather, The Mouthy Housewives A good ending makes me think. But not too hard.
Ann, Ann’s Rants If you want a lot of comments ask a question. But if the question is a favor you might not get any comments.
Wendi, Wendi Aarons A good ending calls back to something in the first paragraph and ties it up in a bow.
Jenny, The Bloggess A good ending is one that I didn’t see coming.
Kelcey, The Mama Bird Diaries A good blog post ending is one that makes me cry, laugh or remember that I still have salt & vinegar chips left in the pantry to enjoy.
Loralee, Loralee’s Looney Tunes What makes a happy ending? Why, eleventyhundred ‘Post Scripts’ and an emoticon and freshly made baked goods, of course! 🙂 P.S. We ARE talking about a ‘written’ happy ending, right? P.P.S. Because if it were that ‘other’ kind of happy ending, my answer would be QUITE different. P.P.P.S. And I could fill you in on what that could be. P.P.P.P.S. And there are multiple kinds of THAT happy ending as well, you know. P.P.P.P.P. Like, what would be a happy ending for, say, Mr. Rogers might not be nearly as interesting as if we were talking about a happy ending regarding massage parlor with questionable business practices. P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Although, you never know…those cardigan wearing types can be preeeeetty kinky under that woolen outerwear! P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. NOT that I would know anything about THAT or anything. P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. Cookie, anyone? P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.P.S. 😉
What about you? What kind of blog post endings do you like? Ones that ask a question? Ones that save the best for last? A surprise? A cliffhanger?
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