Joe Elvin

6 Comments

  1. Elvis Michael
    August 2, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

    Hiya Joe 🙂
    Sorry for the delay in publishing this; the blog was on hiatus for a few months.

    I’ll be the first to admit my lack of taste for intros. Whenever i’m reading something, my first thought is usually, “Get to the point!!!!!! I already know why i’m here reading this!” So, sometimes i skip it and jump straight to the body.

    That said, i absolutely LOVE introductions that tell a good story, build mystery or ask a curious question. Take a look at Jon Morrow’s blog, for example (SmartBlogger.com)….

    These people know how to hook even the biggest intro hater (me). That says a lot, so you brought up a very good point in ‘creating mystery’ and ‘asking the right questions’…..

    Thanks for the awesome post, man. I will go check out a cat video now, but i totally read everything beforehand – and enjoyed the crap out of it :p

    Elvis

  2. Priya Singh
    August 8, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    Use a headline that will solve a reader’s problems is one of the reasons most people click. Anyway, this is an amazing post. Glad you published it.

  3. Emmanuel Chidiebube
    November 5, 2018 @ 6:01 pm

    You’ve got a great piece here, Joe.

    Introduction, after title is the next most important part any article. If you are not persuasive in your introduction, no one will care to read further.

    Thank you for this great insight.

    Emmanuel

  4. Jamie Smartkins
    February 5, 2019 @ 3:26 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the amazing article. All points are spot on. Basically Introduction decides the fate of the story. That’s the reason first four or five sentences are very crucial. I feel starting with dialogues in introduction itself creates great suspense to your story and can hook the readers. My thoughts only.

    Thank you,
    Jamie

  5. Steve
    February 6, 2019 @ 4:02 am

    Thanks for this — clean, simple advice about a critical aspect of engaging readers. It’s especially useful for those who have a tendency to overwrite and overcomplicate things.

    That would be me… 😉 Going to take your advice to heart.

    Steve

  6. Brandon Lazovic
    March 22, 2019 @ 12:45 am

    Nice piece Joe! My writing style still conforms to the inverted pyramid style imprinted in me from my days of journalism, imparting the most important information at the top and funneling down to the least important at the bottom of the page. Obviously I try to draw the reader’s attention with the lead, or first paragraph, but writing in this way has really helped retain readers for at least the first half of my site content. Having said that, I need to get better at answering a reader’s problems and even adopting a more personal tone to build that rapport/connection with them. Definitely a few good takeaways that I plan on implementing for my current writing style.