February 7, 2016

Recipes for Great Writing and Why I Feel Like a Rockstar

ann-tran.com blog recipe

See me lookin' like a boss? Thanks Ann!

When Ann Tran – yes, the Ann Tran – asked me to share my thoughts about the ingredients that make up a great blog post, I had to clutch my electronic devices tighter than ever. She planned to ask several top freelance writers and bloggers about their recipe for making a winning blog post. Needless to say, I’m still so tickled that she counted me worthy of this group that I need to get The Prof and have a pillow fight to release some of this energy.

Do you ever wonder why one post resonates with an audience, while another flops? Some of the newbies I mentor tell me that the articles and stories they think will stir up high engagement end up with only their moms reading, while those they thought lacked panache ignite a comment party and sharing frenzy.

Do you need a few new ingredients to add to your writing recipe? Perhaps you need to scrap your old ways and start cooking from scratch. Check out what the other participants and I had to say here.

Oh, and come back here to add your own ingredients or entire recipes. Spread some of your glitter, so the other FWD readers can sparkle.

Follow Ann on Twitter: @AnnTran_ or just hang out on her website to see why she inspires the world through social media. Get ready to sparkle.


Photo from Ann-Tran.com, of course!

About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.


  1. I can say “I knew her back when…”
    Don’t for get us little people. ;)
    Michael @ adaddyblog.com recently posted..Girls are like Apples on TreesMy Profile

    • Hi Michael! I feel like even more of a rockstar now that you’ve commented on my story. Seriously. You’re not the “little people” — I’m the little, forever-naive, freelance journo who thinks she can change the world and who gains energy and spunk through her amazing friends across the array of platforms we frequent. You, my friend, were one of the first who helped me through those early awkward moments on Twitter. Remember that? LOL! I had no clue. I’m an everybody hangin’ around a bunch of stars who make me look like I might resemble somebody special. XO #friends4ever

  2. Congratulations Samantha! I’m headed over to read more. You are a rock star writer for sure!
    Lisa recently posted..Are Your Blogging Friends Leaving Social Media?My Profile

  3. I have known you for such a little time but I am not surprised as to why she asked you. Your energy and love for writing is contagious! :)

  4. I ditto what everyone else has said. You are a champion of good deeds, goodwill, and inspiration. Count me as one of the people you have inspired. The Captain thinks you definitely have rockstar status (he is a big fan of Lisa and Michael, too).
    Creed recently posted..Still DaddyMy Profile

    • Thanks, Captain, for stopping by! I’m honored to know you and to collaborate with you, friend. I saw your call last night, but was embroiled in a beautiful chaos of kids, Dragonslayer wasn’t home yet, so I didn’t have a free hand to answer. Will call today! xo

  5. Just went over to the website and found some great tips. Thanks for inspiring this story and reaching out to other bloggers for information. It is always great to have a large collection of information, especially when it concerns writing!
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