Introductions are written daily, by writers, journalists, students, and even bloggers. However, only some find the hook that will get you reading their whole post. This is no small trick; One of the hardest things in any sort of presentation is getting people's attention in the first place. Readers claim to judge books by the first few pages, I think they exaggerate. The essential judgement is made in the first few words - great writing pieces have great beginnings. If you want to get somebody's attention, then speak to them directly. Look at them in the eye. Set in front of them a very simple fact, perhaps use a conversational tone. If you have some surprising information, deliver it without delay.
After doing some research, I've concluded that a in order for a post to be interesting, an introduction should, without a doubt:
- Prepare the reader from the information they'll gain from the article
- Convince them that they want to read the article
- Shouldn't be too long - you don't want to bore the reader
- Shouldn't contain just one sentence
- Shouldn't be completely absent from the article
While brainstorming ideas for my first post on this blog, I couldn't help but address this topic. I find myself reading the oh-so-cliche "I'm bad at introductions" at the beginning of a post far too often. Rarely do I see a topic sentence - possibly the most important part of an introductory paragraph. I guess I only recently noticed the lack of good introductions in the Stardoll blogging world. After all, our initial impressions of anything are the ones that stay in our memories the longest.