Winter is coming: How to write a blog post a la Game of Thrones

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There’s too much going on in the HBO series Game of Thrones that leaves you either riveted or overwhelmed, amused or grossed out, but in both cased you’d still want to watch it. Since the first season, its popularity never slowed down on its way up the charts, and this year the show is on the running for an Emmy for Best Drama Series.

Much of its success can be accounted to its vivid (and sometimes borderline gruesome) imagery and production design, but also considerably noteworthy are the themes and plots that revolve around the characters. This caused a barrage of blogs narrating their own takeaways from the series, which here, too, shall be observed.

Reckon you’d fancy a teaspoonful of advice to make your blogging wickedly sound as a bloody pound?

  • Shock your readers. Some of the scenes in Game of Thrones are just difficult to watch; from acts of incest to murderous attempts on a child, it goes to show how ruthless these people can be just to get what they want. Despite of the sheer brutality, people still watch the show. Why? Because audiences love being flabbergasted by stuff they don’t usually see on a typical day. When you blog, don’t be afraid to jolt your readers with something unexpected. It’s the shock factor that leaves an impression in their minds and makes your mark as a competent blogger.
  • Convey a single idea. Robert Baratheon, the King of the Seven Kingdoms, demonstrated to his queen how an army works. He held up five fingers, and then held up one finger, and asked her which number is greater. While five was her logical answer, she was wrong; the strength of an entity comes from being a union of one force. Emphasizing multiple ideas at once destroys the coherence of a blog post, thus making it a weak tool for moving readers. Determine the focus of your article and stick to it.
  • Give credit. “A Lannister always pays his debts.” That’s the motto of the richest kingdom’s dwellers, a testament to their integrity and honor. Bloggers sometimes “borrow” ideas from other bloggers, which technically is not a bad thing (read: curation), but the act itself warrants an obligation to give necessary credit to the source. It’s not an act of shame or indignity; the more appalling move is to pretend that a stolen idea is your own.
  • Leave them wanting for more. With merely 10 excruciatingly hanging episodes per season, Game of Thrones has the burden (or otherwise, advantage) of stuffing each show with meaningful events to make the suspense more exciting. But each season finale gives justice to the whole period, with a satisfactory conclusion and just the right amount of cliffhangers. That’s exactly the way blog posts should go – a decent finish with a small window for curiosity.