Editor's note: We worked with one of BlogMutt's amazing writers, Janelle Behr, on this series of four posts to give a good, concrete idea of the kind of content you can expect at each of BlogMutt's word counts: 250+, 600+, 900+, and 1200+ words per post.
This series focuses on samples from the healthcare/medical industry specifically, all focused on the same keyword across every word length: patient blood management.
What follows here is a brief overview of Janelle's process and how she approached each length of post.
By Janelle Behr
Regardless of blog length, my goal as a writer is to provide the client with unique, valuable content. Whether the blog is 250 words or 1200 words, clients must receive substantive content, no filler.
Here is a brief description of my thought process for each blog length, specifically related to the healthcare series.
- 250 words is very short. I look for content that will grab the reader's attention, primarily by using a thought-provoking question in the title. In the healthcare series, the 250-word title was, "Is Your Hospital Reaping the Benefits of Patient Blood Management Techniques?" With no time to waste, I let the reader know immediately what they will learn about. I included short, to-the-point bullets, often backed up by links to further research and detail.
- 600 words gives me an opportunity to expand further. For the healthcare series, I chose to select one piece of research, expand on it and show how it relates to "Patient Blood Management" (PBM). While the 250-word blog was a general overview, the 600-word blog dug deeper into a specific area that is effected by PBM.
- The 900-word blog illustrates the benefits of PBM, originally noted in the 250-word piece. However, the additional length allowed me to expand the benefits of PBM to six bullets, and include highlights from the research and quotes from reputable sources. Each bullet title was expanded to a call-to-action as opposed to a short phrase, as seen in the 250-word blog.
- The 1200-word blog detailed just how a medical organization can implement a PBM plan. I saved this content for the longest blog because it's a topic that requires a lot of content to be fully informative. Medical facilities needed to know about preventive measures, pharmaceuticals and medical devices in order to get the full picture. The expanded length allowed me to include case studies and research.
In my opinion, healthcare topics benefit from the three longer blog lengths. Research can always be included with links to outside sources to save space. However, the longer lengths allow you to highlight to readers exactly what they need to know from the research. The 250-word piece may direct readers where to go for research, but it makes them wade through text to find the key points.
If your purpose is to become a trusted source of information to potential clients, you need a blog that allows space for your commentary. In essence, do the work for your readers. Provide the links for back-up, but use the necessary amount of space to make the point and establish your online reputation.
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