Write an Opinion Post [Day 19 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog from Problogger]

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

Here’s my notes on Darren Rowse’s Problogger Free Podcast on 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. You can listen to Darren Rowse’s free podcast here Day 19 Write an Opinion Post. The complete list of challenges can be read here on Day 0 – Welcome and Introduction

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As I’ve mentioned before, to get the full benefit of this series I’m going to go at a slower pace by posting this series on Tuesdays each week. I hope with this challenge we are all able to improve our blogs and websites.

So lets do this together! Day 19 here we go! Subscribe and check back often! #31DBBB

Day 19: The challenge today is to write an opinion post.

Some bloggers are not going to have an issue at all sharing their opinion. Some bloggers may go a bit overboard. Still other bloggers worry about sharing their opinion at all. How will these opinions be perceived? What will readers and other bloggers think? Some of us were taught growing up to keep our opinions to ourselves. Time to break free of those ideas and share your opinions.

3 Benefits of Sharing Your Opinion

Opinions are what your readers want

Here’s the thing, sharing your opinion is often what your opinions want. Opinions make your blog more useful and sets your blog apart. Readers typically aren’t just looking for news or advice. They’re looking to see how the news or advice impacts their situation. Reader’s want to connect on some level with the blogger.

If I’m going to buy a cell phone or laptop I want to know what other experts think of the product I’m looking at. While learning the features of the cell phone or laptop is great I want to know what features users like best. I also want to know what features users like least.

Regardless if you are interested in food recipes, fashion, parenting tips, health, fitness, self-improvement, DIY projects, relationships, photography, website development, wine, travel, or pretty much any other blog category… You want to learn from an expert or someone with experience in the subject matter. Someone that is authentic and you can relate to right

Opinions also make your blog distinct. 

There are probably hundreds of blogs in your niche. Your opinions and stories are what makes your blog stand out. Darren talks about how he used to blog on his first camera blog he used to report on the news of new digital cameras being released. The issue became that more and more photography blogs started doing the same thing. It wasn’t until he started sharing his opinion people began to engage him more. He began saying that this new camera is being released and here’s who I think this camera is for or this other camera has better features.

Opinions draw people into conversation. 

When you share your opinion it draws others in. This starts a dialogue or conversation on your blog. Your opinions can often stimulate more comments and interaction with readers on social media. 

Darren Rowse Quote ESH

So today write an opinion post. The whole post doesn’t need to be an opinion or rant. It could be adding your opinion to something you are already writing about. It will be easier for some of you than others depending on your niche or your personality.

Examples of Ideas For an Opinion Post

  • If your blog is about products go beyond just writing about the product. Give your opinion about what you think about the product. Or compare two products and give the verdict to the readers which one you think is best.
  • If your blog is about books write a review about a particular book and how it made you feel.
  • If your blog is about nutrition give your opinion on a popular diet.
  • If your niche is a about tech startups talk about why a startup succeeded or failed.
  • If your blog is about travel share why you think a particular destination.

I think you get the picture. You may have to work harder depending on what your niche is but do give this your best effort. I bet you will be surprised at the responses you get both on your blog and social media.

Quick Final Tips for Sharing an Opinion Post 

You don’t have to necessarily write a rant. 

You don’t even have to write on a hugely controversial issue. Those sort of topics can be good because they can lead to all kinds of great conversations. That said, they can also backfire as well. Choose something relevant to your niche and readers that will be interesting to them. Particularly pay attention to opinions that can help your readers make a decision they might be contemplating making.

Don’t be afraid of a bit of controversy. 

There’s nothing wrong with a diversity of opinion. A little controversy can bring some life to your blog. Try to do this in a respectful manner.

Write with some grace. 

There is almost always a way to be inclusive, gracious, and constructive. Even if you have a very strong opinion on a subject don’t resort to attacking, confronting language, or highly divisive language. It’s not necessary to insult others to get their attention. Just because people disagree with you doesn’t mean they’re intentionally insulting you as a person, writer, or blogger. Remember, it’s good to be able to agree to disagree if needed.

Invite other people’s opinion.

End the post by asking people’s question as to what they think. This gives people permission to share their experience and share their opinion. Remember you set the tone for your blog. Most readers will react in similar fashion to your tone.

If you haven’t noticed, it’s my opinion that Darren Rowse is the best coach for bloggers out there. He is one of my heroes and I hope to meet him one day. Listening to this podcast is one of the main reasons I continued blogging after the 2 month mark after launching this site. If you’ve blogged for any length of time you know that the 2 month mark is when the newness wears off and you realize blogging is hard work. However, the friendships and connections I’ve made with you the readership are totally worth it. I sincerely hope you are learning as much through this series as I am. It has revolutionized how I blog and engage readers.

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Previous Challenges in this series:
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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

69 Comments

  1. I am always honest on my blog and I think that definitely sets me apart. It’s my blog so I figure I can say whatever I want 🙂

    • I agree you Robin. Our blogs are our online homes so we can be as honest as we need to keeping in mind other people’s sensibilities though!

      I always give a real short brief of my opinion when I create a blog post. Its important for posture and so your audience feel that you know what you are talking about even if you are sharing some one’s content. Add your experiences and thoughts. Thanks for this Jonathan

    • Aletha book reviews are a great way to inject your opinion and distinguish your blog from others in your niche. Glad you found this useful and motivational. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Part of my goal with each book review is to share my true feelings about the book, but I know that others who are reading my thoughts could completely disagree, and it is those thoughts that I often value the most. It shows they read my thoughts and have their own. No one wants facts all the time!

    Marissa

    • Marissa, it is true that the opposing view are some of the thoughts that I value the most as well. It serves to challenge and to broaden our horizons right? I love it when people share additional tips or provide a different perspective. Thanks for commenting and reading!

    • Carmen I don’t do sponsored posts either. I guess sometimes I am just reporting my findings instead of giving my opinion on the subject so this challenged me. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

    • Carol it’s so true that you have to be prepared for some pushback when you give your opinion. I think it’s great to welcome all viewpoints as long as it’s presented in a respectful manner. I agree it can sting when people overact for sure. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Andi, I think you bring up a good point. I will say that I believe not sharing your opinion is somewhat the PC thing to do these all for the sake of not stirring the waters. That said, standing for the truth and sharing our voice can be quite liberating. Thanks for reading!

    • Jennifer, it’s all about calls to action and good content. I think you have really great content on your blog perhaps just need to tweak the calls to action? Let me know if I can help. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

  3. I always try to capture the reader’s best interest while being true and honest in my blogs. For the most part, I just write as a form of expression and hope the reader can relate to what I’m feeling/saying. When I do sponsored posts, I make sure I capture the essence of the product, while I still portray my opinion in a positive manner. You have some great content here! Thanks for sharing.

    • Liz it’s great when you write honestly. I think your voice is really authentic. I think you do well on sponsored posts as well giving your opinions. Glad you found this useful! Thanks for reading and stopping by!

    • Helen, I can relate to being scared to start controversy on the Internet as there truly are some nasty people out there. That said, it is really good to stir people to a respectful and gracious conversation. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Tara I agree one should be able to share their opinions without ranting. It’s so interesting the law of reciprocation. Hear someone out and I bet you they’re 100% more likely to hear your point of view. Great tip for life too! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Hi Jonathan,
    This is my first time visiting your blog and I have two things to say right off the bat – you have a beautiful family (your little ones are way too cute!) and second, I love the name of your blog. It is interesting, unique and I am sure it has a lot of meaning to you.

    Onto what you wrote – I’m not entirely sure what the series is that you’re doing currently, however the topic you wrote about today is something that everyone should think about for a little bit and apply it to their own blog. There’s plenty of times where I’ve run across a blog that does reviews (that’s almost entirely what my blog is about), but it’s not really a review or anything like that; it’s just info about the product and one or two sentences saying they liked the product because ____. I will not say my blog is controversial or anything, but I do not just add fluff, I tell it like it is when it comes to an opinion post. In addition, I am not afraid if my opinions differ from others, as it is /my/ blog.

    “Opinions also make your blog distinct.” That is so incredibly true because there really is tons and tons of other people in the same niche as all are blogs are. I do not want my blog to be boring, so I am more than willing to share my opinion and I welcome others opinions, too.

    This was definitely a great read and I wish more people believed that their blog is their own and felt that they could share their opinions and was not so worried about what others thought. Jeez. Could I have said “and” one more time? LOL. Anyways, glad that I stopped by and checked this post out.

    • Ashley thanks for stopping by and leaving such a well thought out comment. Thanks for the family compliment too and on the name of the blog. I am slightly biased but I think I have the most beautiful and wonderful family in the world.

      So why the name Eagle Soaring Higher? Seems a bit random no? Actually the blog name came to me a few years back when reading from Isaiah 40:31 “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

      My hope is that through this site that readers will find renewal and strength. Be that renewal in your journey to financial freedom or a breath of fresh air to your blog. I hope that what I write helps to strengthen your resolve and encourage on the journey to attaining financial peace. I hope my blogging tips help to improve your blog and encourage you to keep sharing your voice. Nobody can take that away from you. Don’t let them even try!

      Finally, I don’t want you to just hover in mediocrity but to truly soar in becoming all that you can be. I hope and pray for the same for myself and family.

    • Ashley, as to this article the series is based on the podcast by Darren Rowse from Problogger on 31 days to build a better blog.

      Originally it was a 31 day straight challenge but I just couldn’t keep up. I figured the content and tips were so great that others could benefit from it as well. So I’m taking the series at a tortoise pace posting on Tuewdays instead of a rabbit pace of daily posts to really get the full benefit of the series. I hope others are enjoying it as well.

      I love that you share your opinions even when they differ from others. Opinions and experiences really do make our blogs distinct as they showcase our unique voice.

      I’m going to check our your blog your comment could almost be a blog post in and of itself. I love it!

      I’m very glad you stopped by and checked out the post too! Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you on the blog again sometime.

  5. Great review of what sounds like an informative session.
    I am not a ranting person at all, when I write it is because it is something I want to talk about, not something to bash other people or rant.

    • Terri thanks for encouragement. I think when I write it’s typically to engage others and help them maybe with something I am familiar with. Not sure I like the idea of drama just for the sake of drama either. Thanks for reading!

  6. People know exactly where I stand I am pretty opinionated about certain things. I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind. You’re right without your own opinion your blog would be very very bland.

  7. Sharing opinions can be intimidating at first, but it really does open things up for good conversation. Learning to respond with grace is a must, but that feedback that goes against the grain can really be useful!

    • Stephanie I would agree it can be intimidating to share your opinion. It does often create good conversation when you are vulnerable and honest with others. I totally agree responding in grace and the feedback. So important to allow the different perspectives for discussion purposes. Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Travel Blogger perhaps get a second or third opinion before posting on your blog when you do share your opinion? There’s wisdom in listening to counselors and friends. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Travel Blogger I totally get it and can relate. Sometimes what I say sounds good in my head but people don’t always interpret it the right way. Or at least the way it sounds in my head or on my blog. Thank you for commenting and reading!

    • Rika expressing your opinions can be challenging. Hopefully our readers take what we say in the context of our entire blog. Or, we give room for someone to disagree with us. Thank you for stopping by and reading!

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