“Nothing can be more annoying to your reader than an article that ends too abruptly or shabbily,” Elizabeth Soumya writes in BlogVault.com. “As writers we can often feel complacent, as if we have little to say by the time we find ourselves at the end.” But concluding means bringing your blog post to a convincing end, one that doesn’t leave readers feeling dissatisfied, Soumya cautions.
My favorite trivia magazine, Mental Floss, understands the importance of last words, devoting a long article to 64 famous people and their famous dying words, including:
- Blues singer Bessie Smith: “I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord.”
- Frank Sinatra: “I’m losing it.”
- Benjamin Franklin: “A dying man can do nothing easily.”
- Charles Gussman (writer and TV announcer): “And now for a final word from our sponsor…”
- Sir Winston Churchill: “I’m bored with it all.”
- Steve Jobs: “Oh wow, oh, wow, oh wow!”
“How you start will determine if you get read,” says Brian Clark of copyblogger.com, but “how you end will determine how people feel about the experience.” Of course, he admits, the direct response copywriter’s favorite closer is the call to action. “Make it clear what you’d like to have happen,” Clark warns. Endings are critical, he points out, because the last impression you leave with people is the most important.
End with a lesson, a discovery, or a revelation, is the advice of world-words.com. You shouldn’t simply repeat what you’ve already said, however. Use an image, fact, or anecdote that helps summarize and demonstrate all that has gone before, while simultaneously hammering home the main point.
A great opener with a lame last line is.., well, lame, I point out to business blog content writers.. Sure, it’s super-important in blogging for business to have great titles and strong, curiosity-stirring openers, but you’ve got to “close your parentheses”. One way to do that is the tie-back, a news writing device that refreshes readers’ memory about earlier parts of the business blog post.
In corporate blog writing, it all matters – the title, the opening line, and the reader-friendly, relevant, updated, useful content. Somehow it’s not the same, though, without a great finish. Have the last word in your own business blog!