5 Hints for Writing a Great Tutorial, DIY or Recipe Post
Our guest blogger this week is the fabulous Francesca from On The Bias. She has given us her time to write a super-helpful blog post about how to write a tutorial, DIY or recipe post. Enjoy the post and please feel free to leave a comment if you have any helpful hints to add!
I’m a bit of a creative soul; I love DIY projects, and between that and my constant experimentation in the kitchen, most of my posts over on my blog, On-The Bias, end up being recipes or tutorials of some sort – but getting together the perfect ‘how to’ post can be a bit of a struggle, no matter how simple it might seem to you, in real life. Really, though, there are some simple steps you can take to make your tutorial posts a little easier to follow, and I’m going to share them with you!
Preparation is priceless;
Whatever your tutorial is, be it a recipe, some interesting new DIY, or a clever storage solution, make sure you have everything to hand before you start shooting or making notes for your post. Personally, I try to take at least one photo with all the necessary items (ingredients) in it, just so readers know, at a glance, what they need to grab. I’d also recommend that, the first time you try out the project or recipe you’re going to post about, you take notes along the way – just anything that pops into your head – you never know which comments might make the process easier for your readers!
Quantity and quality;
When it comes to photos, quality is obviously important, just as much as in any blog post. However, where tutorials and recipes are concerned, there’s no such thing as being too ‘picture heavy’- you’re guiding your readers through the process, and steps that might seem ‘easy’ in real life don’t always translate well into writing – so pictures at every major step will really make it easier to follow.
Sum it up;
Whilst explaining the full process is pretty crucial, some readers might just want the cut-and-dry steps – particularly when it comes to recipes – so you might want to write a brief paragraph at the end of your post with the basic instructions, something that sums up the basics. Personally, I like to sum up the entire post in four or five steps at the end, just for anyone who’s reading along as they make it.
Sell, sell, sell;
Well, okay, it’s not exactly selling – but tell us why you love this project/recipe; does it solve a storage problem? Does the recipe remind you of a childhood treat? People are reading your blog for a reason – because they care what you have to say – so knowing why you decided to share the post in the first place might be the inspiration your readers need to get creative!
Remember, you’re the only one who’s done this project, so far, so any handy hints you can think of – whether it’s something tricky you struggled with when you first tried it out, or a clever use for the leftover materials, it all makes for a better project for your readers!
So, those are my best hints to writing a successful ‘how to’, tutorial, or recipe post – I hope you found them useful!