Friday, 22 May 2020

11 Tips for Writing Technical Blogs for i4C Blogathon

As you’re aware, together Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovations Center (i4C) & Smart India Hackathon (SIH) have presented you with an amazing platform to showcase your technical writing talents – i4C Blogathon. Make the most of this opportunity and win exciting prizes by writing a technical blog on any one of the following three topics:

1. How Smart India Hackathon (SIH) participation has helped me to strengthen my competency and enhance my skillsets.
2. Innovative Cyber security and Data Protection Practices for the Digitally Driven World.
3. a. & b. Student Innovation - Any topic on the themes of Renewable Energy OR Healthcare Automation. 

Click here, for more details about the contest!! Hurry last day for sending entries is Monday 25th May, 2020. 

Writing technical blogs and sharing them through social media handles can not only help you establish yourself as a tech expert or influencer but it is also a great way to earn by monetizing your blogs. However, to achieve this and be a good technical blogger you must know small tips and tricks for writing that will make your technical blog interesting for your reader. For example, did you know that it is advisable that you convert a lengthy topic in to a series of short readable blogs for the ease of the readers? This will also encourage them to revisit your blog for more information, thus, giving you better digitally driven blog promotion opportunities and more clicks to your website. If you are participating in the i4C Blogathon or planning to start a blog on your own, here are few tips for writing excellent technical blogs and winning the judges’ votes! 

#1 Know your reader!
While writing technical blogs, understand who you’re going to cater to. For example, is the blog going to be read by technical students or experts, you will have to change the language of the blog accordingly. If writing for students, merely using technical terms may not help, you may have to describe it a bit in detail for their better understanding. On the other hand, when you are writing for technical experts, you have to be sure that you use the industry terms accurately and wherever necessary. For i4C Blogathon, write for both technical students as well as experts, as the winning entries will be posted on i4C website. 

#2 Spruce it up with Visuals
Sometimes, technical blogs can get a bit content heavy. However, if you can just utilize the right visual aids like tables, images, infographics, icons,  graphs, charts, diagrams, etc. to explain the content, it makes things extremely easy and fathomable for the reader. It also gives a seamless structure to the blog where there is a pattern of content and visuals that make the reader stay hooked to the blog post. Even for the contest, it is advised that you use free images, icons, tables, etc. as it will add a little extra to your blog entry. 

#3 Language skills
Let the language and tone of the blog be easy to decipher and lucid. While using of jargons is discouraged, it is advisable that you use the correct technical terms wherever possible. If you’re giving an acronym for a term, make sure that you mention it with the full form once at the starting of the blog. For i4C Blogathon also, we discourage the use of heavy words but technical terms need to be addressed in your blog entry. 

#4 Make it Easy to Read  
While, it is said that slightly longer technical blogs get a better read, we also have to understand that your reader is a busy person who may not be able to browse through the entire blog. So use small tricks like sub-heads, sub-sections, bullets, numbering, highlighting key words, etc. that will help your reader to absorb and decipher the content of the blog in an easier way. Also, breaking 
large sections of paras into small palatable ones with right spacings and line breaks, will visually give a structure to the blog. Ensue you use this tip in your blog entry for i4C Blogathon! 

#5 Research well
Accuracy of content is extremely crucial as technical blogs are majorly data intensive in nature. It is recommended that you refer to different sources to corroborate if the data is accurate. Most of the technical content is extremely fact based and your readers will be quick to point out any disparity or ambiguity in it.  This is true in case of Topics 2 and 3a & 3b of i4C Blogathon, for the 1st topic sharing your own personal experience is expected. 

#6 Structure the Blog
Structure the blog well by dividing the content into different sections. Giving a natural flow to the blog like establishing the challenges, what is the technology/product/service all about and its benefits and disadvantages, this can help you get a lot of likes and shares.  The i4C Blogathon judges will also observe how well the blog has been structured and all points are addressed. 

#7 Interesting Titles 
Ensure you have interesting titles for your blogs that encourage your readers to click and read further. You can add an interesting statistic or fact that will draw attention to the blog and the content it offers. One trick is to add an odd number to your title, just like our blog here, 11 Tips for Writing Technical Blogs for i4C Blogathon. 😊 All this will result in getting better clicks. You can give well-thought and creative titles for blogs 3a & 3b for your i4C Blogathon entries, for topics 1 & 2, a title is not required. 

#8 Use References
To lend credibility to your blogs it is extremely crucial that you add the sources and references for the ideas expressed (that have been inspired from someone else’s blog). Please refrain from using any copyrighted images and content, it can land you in legal trouble. It is an important rule for i4C Blogathon that you mention the right sources wherever required. 

#9 Be creative
Just because it is a technical blog doesn’t mean it has to be written in a formal essay style. You can add your creativity and ensure that you engage the reader in your own unique way.  Adding a humorous creative touch to the blog can also make the content informative as well as entertaining. For i4C Blogathon, try some ‘infotainment’ twist to make your blog stand out from the other entries. 

#10 Originality is Power
Though you will draw inspiration from other blogs for reference, ensure that you also add value to your blog by expressing original ideas. Take up an angle that has not been explored earlier but will definitely benefit your target readers. This will make your blog an interesting read. Originality and innovation is one of the key judging criteria for i4C Blogathon, so please display that through your blog. 

#11 Proof check & Plagiarism check
Ensure you proof check for any fact-based, grammatical and spelling errors. Also, run a plagiarism check online just to be sure that your blog does not have elements taken directly from other blogs. I4C Blogathon judges are very serious about plagiarism and will disqualify entries that show any signs of it.
Judging Criteria for i4C Blogathon

Your contest entry for i4C Blogathon will be judged on the following criteria, so make sure that your blog has the following elements:
Relevance to topic
Utilization of visual aids
Originality and innovation
Quality of analysis
Understanding and research
Applicability of solutions
Structure of blog and technical concepts
Credit to sources

Now that you know how to get started with your technical blogs, we hope you will be able write prize winning blog entries for i4C Blogathon  or even start your own blog that you always wanted to! We wish you all the best! 

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