You can see I am posting more often lately, maybe it’s the good weather coming or that I took a needed pause in this blogging world. One can’t imagine the huge amount of work a blog represents, but I swear it’s a lot! Not just taking some fancy pictures and write a bit about you’ve done and then, magically, you appear in Google searches and your posts are viral on social media… forget it.
I won’t bother you with all the details about devil SEO and Alt Tags and renaming images and hashtags and algorithms that love to change more often than all of us would love and (let me breathe) and … well, enough, I told you I didn’t want to bother you so let’s leave it here and celebrate I’m back and with much more stuff to share with you 🙂
One of the main differences between blogging and formal content writing such as web content is the fact that in a blog, almost anything goes. Blogs are, by their very nature, informal and conversational. Yes, they are meant to impart information, but their purposes are many, one of which is to keep readers on the site to reduce bounce rate.
It’s like speaking with a friend. Every now and again you’d probably insert a bit of humor, have a good laugh and continue on with your conversation. The same should hold true for blogging as well and if you want to spice up your blog with a bit of effective humor, you can try these on for size.
1. Comical Extremism
Sometimes, the truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. Inserting a bit of comical extremism into your blog can often lighten the mood while expressing a different vantage point. This is a technique whereby you express reality in such a way that it becomes almost ridiculous. Political pundits often use comical extremism to drive home a fact about the opposing party in the hopes that you will see just how laughable the ‘other side’ views current issues.
Without mentioning a former first lady’s name, she ran on a ticket of being “For Women,” yet was known to have hidden her husband’s many indiscretions from the public view. Yes, it could be an oxymoron, but it is a laughable and extremely contradictory ticket from the reality of who she appeared to be as a woman not working for those particular women!
2. Humorous Oxymorons
An oxymoron is really nothing more than a contradiction in terms, but some are so funny that they will have you literally LOLing your way through the article. One really funny oxymoron listed in first place on The Freeman Institute’s Top 47 might have been written by Apple. If it doesn’t get a chuckle, your surname must be Gates. The winner is, “Microsoft Works.”
3. Employ a Funny Meme or Two
And then there were memes! Can you honestly say you haven’t accessed your social media page of late without seeing a friend posting a funny meme? Hardly a day goes by that you don’t see at least a dozen funny memes, and if you are a blogger, why not capitalize on this! They are thought-provoking and often highly humorous, and you can even quickly create your own on sites like Rage Maker Images.
Start with a basic primitive face expressing an emotion, then add color and the meme text of your choice. Not only does it break up content, but it can drive home a point with just a quick glance. In this case, a picture truly is worth so much more than a thousand boring words.
You can see the meme I shared on the post I wrote about different ways to make mornings more enjoyable.
So, whose side is the pundit on? You’ll just have to read the blog again to get all the hidden innuendos you missed the first time around. That’s a great blog post if ever there was one!
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