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This introductory section should not have a heading. Introduce the topic of your listicle article with some general descriptive information here to orient your reader. Remember to talk to your reader as someone who is equally intelligent, but assume that he or she does not know the things you know. It might help you to imagine that your reader lives somewhere else on the planet and so does not know about your local school system or economy. Start with a general statement like, "There is," and then continue with some basic information. Organize information from more general statements to more detailed and specific statements.
1. Your first heading goes here
Your second paragraph will come under a heading. The headings should be short general statements that the paragraph below will explain. Use your imagination or research you have found online to support the general statement in the heading. If you use other people's information, do not quote. Paraphrase the idea and give the source in parentheses like this (link). There is a button on your tool bar above with the label "Link" that you can use. Simply select the text you want to link with your mouse and click that button. Copy and paste the URL or the website where you found the information.
2. Your second heading goes here
Notice that headings should be parallel. In this context, the word parallel does not mean "two lines that never meet." Instead parallel means that you should repeat the grammatical structure. If number one is a question, number two should be a question unless you have a good reason not to use a question.
3. Your third heading goes here
Three reasons are enough to write a successful listicle. If your supporting paragraphs are short and you have more reasons, by all means write extra headings and paragraphs. If you look up at the tool bar on Blogger, you will see that there is a dropdown menu with the following choices. Heading, Subheading, Minor subheading, and Normal. Use "Normal" for your paragraphs and "Heading" for your paragraph headings. To add a new heading, start with a number and period followed by a short sentence stating with a capital (uppercase) letter. Select it with your mouse and then select "Heading" from the dropdown menu. Hit return and Blogger will automatically default back to "Normal" so that you can write a paragraph below it.
4. Add images
Here is a problem. Most people will simply use images they find online. If the image is copyrighted, that is not allowed even if you provide the source. It is much better to use public domain or copyleft images. One great source is commons.wikimedia.org, an organization related to Wikipedia. Wikimedia has a huge repository of free to use or free to use with attribution images. Use the search bar and follow the directions for using those images.
You don't need a conclusion, but it is always nice to see one at the end of an article. A conclusion helps the reader know what you were trying to do and can include a call to action that could help you get your message out. Why not invite readers to comment. If people comment, it helps to demonstrate that your blog post is engaging, something that will make it more attractive to advertisers.
Make sure to right-click on your text editor in compose mode and set your spell-checker to English. After fixing all of your spelling errors, visit VirtualWritingTutor.com and check your article for grammar errors. If your text is error-free, include this badge below at the foot of the page to let people know that you care about the quality of your English.
My name is Nick. Let's go straight to the point: I am a paramedic student in Quebec, Canada. I am 18 years old, and I love my field of study. In Quebec province, the course is 3 years, but I extended it to 4. I am now at the halfway point.