7 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Write Funny Blog Posts
READY TO WRITE FUNNY? GOOD! BECAUSE IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR LEARN ON!
Don’t forget that the “Talk Wordy to Me: 14 Days to Write Funny Challenge” is up inside of the Wham! Bam! Business Plan! membership! You can join anytime!
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Today…I’m going to spend a little time talking about YOU. Dontcha just LUUUURVE that topic? We are going to tackle what makes a comedic writer, why you are perfect for the job, the differences between various types of comedy, and figuring out which one best suits your skills!
Comedy doesn’t just make your reader laugh…it helps to build trust, keep interest, and sway an indecisive customer. Writing with comedy will help you stand out from the rest of your colleagues in a saturated niche. Plus…it’s so damn fun to do!!! 😀
There is a workbook at the bottom of the post…so AFTER YOU’RE DONE READING, be sure to download it. It will help you work through each day’s homework of the mini-course, as well as help you to build habits to create uniform and character infused content!
The Traits of a Comedian
Comedians are interesting people. Sometimes they are outspoken ass holes and sometimes they are shy folk, hell-bent on surprising you with hilarious views on the world. We are going to go over various types of comedy in a sec, but first…I wanted to touch on the overall qualities that almost EVERY comedian has. If there are some of these you don’t think you possess…than ignore my last sentence! The comedic race is made up of every color of the rainbow…the below list is just what I’ve observed overall.
Observational - Comedians are constantly watching the world around them. This is where they get their material! They develop an overall, basic understanding of what is going on not only with the world (current events, politics, Hollywood, etc) but also with friends, family, and that weird kid skateboarding in the park with his pants on backward. I recommend watching the news (or if that’s too depressing…watch Last Week Tonight or Ellen.), taking daily walks in populated places like parks or malls, and subscribing to daily news feeds. I LOVE me some theSkimm! You don’t need to dive into the sources hell-bent on learning everything…just know what’s going on! This is how you will connect with your readers!
Enjoy to Laugh As Much as they enjoy to make others laugh - I’m going to tell you right here and right now, you are NOT the best comedic writer to have lived. Get the damned chip off your shoulder and join the rest of the crowd. I know…that sounds harsh…but bloggers tend to think they are the bee’s knees, and refuse to come off their high hobby horse. Don’t expect bloggers to come to you for guest post opportunities because you’re just “sooooo unique”. Start up conversations with them! Build a comedy community!
They love to learn - This is a SUPER important one…and an incredibly underestimated one! Some of the best places to get your alliteration and new material are NOT through current events…they are through past events! Seriously devour comedy! Watch everything from Cheers to Saturday morning cartoons! Read authors like Terry Pratchett, Christopher Moore, and David Sedaris. They have NOTHING to do with business (although as a writer, you’ll love Sedaris!!). They will start to help you hone your writing, timing, and voice. Watch old black and white movies like Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Doody, and all the SNL you can manage. Watch documentaries about events in history that you can use as a witty comparison in your work! Not only will you be one smart cookie…you’ll have rich content to pull from for your own rich writing.
Liberal Views - I know in this arena of political nuts, this point might come off a bit biased. Let me elaborate before you bite my head off in the comments area!! I don’t mean “liberal” as in your voting preference, you ninny! I mean “liberal” as in your overall views of the world. I’m telling you RIGHT now that gun toting, tobacco chewing, Trump loving Republicans are JUST as hilarious as comedians spouting unicorns and glitter. One thing that they ALL have in common, though…is acceptance. They may WANT change, but they also accept how things ARE. They accept that their beliefs are their own, just as much as their reader’s beliefs are theirs. In other words, it’s perfectly ok to bring their own politics into it…just don’t bash your reader’s opinions and politics in the process.
Empathetic - Empathetic is one of my favorite words. It’s the ability to feel what someone else is feeling. It’s what causes us to cry when Old Yeller kicks the bucket. It’s what makes us want to throw the “Order of the Pheonix” across the room when Umbridge thwarts our favorite wizards YET A-FREAKIN-GAIN!!!!!!!! It’s what makes you connect and be moved by the story of a perfect stranger. Empathy is a huge part of comedic timing. It’s all about understanding your audience, and what points are going to hit home with them the most. In order to REALLY succeed with a comedic blog (or book or course), you need to understand the audience you are creating it for. What problems are they experiencing? Dive beneath the surface of the business problem. Can they pay rent this month? Do they have no time for their family? Are they so stressed they don’t know which way to turn? What are their business problems…and what PERSONAL problems are those business problems causing.
Remember…YOU’VE BEEN THERE!! You’re blog is helping them solve a problem that you’ve already found the answer to! What emotions did you experience at the beginning of your career? How can you use those emotions to connect with your reader on an emotional and personal level?
(Shit got real…sorry….back to the funny!)
Storytellers - Comedians are storytellers! We paint pictures of events and thought processes! We help connect the dots for readers so that they can see the funny pictures in their heads. Start thinking of ways to incorporate funny stories into your posts. I recommend writing down one funny story a day for 30 days (I’ll give more deets in the homework section below). This will help you to start developing your storytelling skills…and comedic skills will come pretty much immediately after.
Great Listeners - Finally, comedians are GREAT listeners. In case you weren’t aware…being a great listener is two-fold. First…you have to listen (duh moment of the day). Secondly, you have to respond. Think about a conversation you’d have in person. If someone is telling you a story, you don’t just stand there staring at them blankly. You respond by laughing, saying “Oh no he didn’t!” and snorting where appropriate. So how do you do that when you’re writing?
Reference stories of fellow bloggers and writers! Not only are the outbound links great for SEO, but they are also great for building up communities. If you reference another blogger (who wasn’t even aware that you were reading their stories) they sit up and take notice!
WHY YOU ARE PERFECT FOR THE JOB
Everyone is funny…but not everyone has the same sense of humor. I have NO DOUBT that some of you will read my posts and think “she’s not funny…who is she to tell me how to write funny when SHE doesn’t even know what funny is!?” Loooooord knows I’ve heard it before. HELL, my friends even roll their eyes at my humor!
But…what I’ve also been told is “You’re seriously one of the funniest people I know.” “I LOVE your writing style! That alone makes your posts worth it!” These are the comments that let me know I have a target audience.
And trust me…the more you read, watch and write…the more you’re blogging voice will start to come through. I know you have a funny bone or ten in you (I was always partial to the humerus, myself…buh dun ch), we just need to uncover and refine it. 🙂
THE 8 TYPES OF COMEDY IN WRITING
Alright…here’s where things get interesting. Writing comedy is VERY different than performing it. The one connector with ALL of these forms of humor is the ability for the comedian to connect with the reader. SO, no matter which style you tend to lean towards, make sure your content and tone connect. This, in turn, will pull your perfect reader in.
Punny Humor - THIS is my kind of comedy. Puns are the ability to play off of numerous meanings to a word…OR the ability to play of the various sounds. A great example is the “humerus” pun I so wittily included two paragraphs ago. I used “humerus” as a bone as well as “humorous” as the definition of “funny”.
Damn, I’m good.
This particular form of comedy is GREAT for a writer. It becomes much easier to illustrate the differences between the spelling of two words when your reader can actually SEE the two words.
Deadpan - Deadpan is a type of humor that is an obvious joke, told with a VERY straight face and serious undertone. Deadpan comedians in action are Christopher Walken, Ben Stein (Bueller….?) and Aubrey Plaza. They give the reader the sense that THEY don’t think what they are saying is funny…so why are you laughing. Writing in this tone is SUPER difficult, but amazing if you can pull it off. A lot of times, without the correct punctuation and alliteration, your writing will come across as harsh and not funny at all.
Sarcastic & Satirical - Some people might say that these are two separate forms of comedy…and to a certain extent, they are certainly right! Sarcastic is the art (and I say that with all reverence) of saying something, but getting across to your listener that you mean something completely different. Satire, on the other hand, is the ability to OBVIOUSLY make fun of a person’s traits…or even an entire community.
So why did I stick these two together? Because writers often use them interchangeably. Think about them like the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum of the writing world. A great example of these styles meshing is The Onion. (Not to mention the amount of Deadpan they use to GREAT success.) Their sarcasm and satire hold no bounds and take no prisoners.
Gutter Humor - Alright…first thing’s first. Please remember that MOST of you are business writers. A few of may be able to get away with this…but in general (minus the artistic use of the word “shit” on occasion) gutter humor is NOT a great way to go for the business blogger. Gutter humor focuses primarily on sexual innuendos, racial slurs, and offensive language. A great stand up example of this is Andrew Dice Clay. I’m going to lie…I hate the guy…but his humor is relatable to a certain audience! If you’re going for the shock factor…light ‘er up!
Topical Humor - Topical humor is some of my favorite humor! It takes current events…think politics (not too difficult to find humor there these days), foreign events, what’s happening in your industry, what’s going on in Hollywood, etc! These are all topics that your readers are probably up to date on in some fashion, so relating your in-blog references to what they already know will help to create a connection between the two of you!
Parody Humor - Parody humor is a way of writing that “makes fun” of something factual. Think SNL skits and MadTV. The simple act of Tina Fey dressing up like Sarah Palin is a a parody of the already strange politician! A written parody is a little more textual…such as parodying a “roses are red” poem or something already super famous. Remember though, in order for it to be a parody, it has to be humorous!
Gallows Humor - Gallows humor is EXACTLY what it sounds like. It’s dark, it’s morbid, it’s bleak…but it hits home to an audience that might be feeling something similar and can see the humor in a shitty situation.
Ironic - Irony (the most common definition) is the idea happens EXACTLY the opposite of what the assumed action would have been. For example, a tax accountant getting arrested for misfiling his taxes. What is NOT ironic? Rain on your wedding day, not having enough money for a free ride (this one just makes no sense) and a black fly in your white wine. THESE ARE JUST BAD LUCK, ALANIS!!!! STOP LYING TO PEOPLE!!
Look…I know you’re saying “but I don’t want to to write in all of these voices!! I just want to write in my own!” And you will, my friend! There is NO reason to memorize the above types of comedy…just be vaguely aware of them! Pay attention to them when you see them.
Comedy is a form of high intelligence…
Simply being aware of your surroundings, striving to learn more about the world you (and your readers) live in, and learning how to make light of situations are the skills you’ll need to master…and GOOD NEWS!!!! WE ARE GOING TO GO OVER ALL OF THAT IN THE 14 DAY CHALLENGE!
SO…what are you hoping to get out of the challenge? What’s your blog…and where are you at with your writing voice? Are you looking to completely revamp your style, or just inject a little bit of humor into your posts to keep your readers attention? Tell me below in the comments section (with a link to your blog, of course!)
I’m not sure what you would call my kind of humour. I have just started my blog and hopefully, the first two posts both had something that would make you at least smile, even though the second one was about a serious subject. http://www.upandocer50.com.
I love being humorous in my blog posts, because that’s how I am in real life. I want people to hear me when they read my posts, and I want them to laugh even while they are learning from my posts (hopefully). Great points!
Absolutely Kristin!! Being informative is the backbone of a great post…but writing to keep the attention and amuse your readers should be running a close second. 🙂
Love the post! I was pondering on this very topic and poof - there was your post. THANKS. I would LOVE to do the challenge….but I’m not sure if I can fully commit. But I’m for sure going to try to do it (because I see the Universe’s connection to my thoughts and to your deeds)
WOOHOO!! I’m so glad it was right time, right place!! 😀 This challenge is going to be OFF the hook! I’m so excited!!! Don’t forget to join the Facebook Group if you haven’t already!
Oh wow what an awesome challenge! I am going to join in, now to figure out which blog I shall apply it to.
Oh yay!!!! I’m so excited to have you in the challenge!! Don’t forget to join the Facebook group (the link is in the welcome email along with your pre-launch workbook download!)
Whew!!! That was a novel, girlfriend…but very worth the read…I LOVE funny posts over the boring teach me another thing or two type posts any day. 😉
Such a great post, Terra! I think a lot of bloggers - especially when they’re new - are afraid of trying to be funny because they don’t want to look unprofessional or “not-smart” (which isn’t the same as stupid, exactly). But a little humor thrown into your posts - which you do so well! - is a great way to really connect with readers and start building relationships.
Loved this! Humor is usually the first thing to draw me to a blog, and I definitely try to incorporate humor into my writing on a regular basis. I’d say that parody and satire are probably the two areas that come most natural to me, along with-not sure what you’d call it, but ‘real-life humor’, seeing the funny things in real life and telling stories of my misadventures in a funny way. The funniest recent creation of mine is a parody music video of the song “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth-I had a lot of fun putting that together! http://www.therandomwritings.com/2016/08/this-ones-for-all-smartphone-lovers-out.html
When I started my blog four years ago, I was unsure of exactly what I wanted to write and where it would go, but I DID know one thing: I wanted it to be funny. Even my most serious posts/topics have a humorous undertone or a sarcastic quip. It’s such a big part of my personality and I definitely want it reflected in my writing 🙂
Amen!!! Funny in ALL the things!! Even sitcoms had their serious episodes! 😀
I tend to dance the line between Sarcastic/Satirical and Deadpan… though I was an improver for YEARS so I’ve definitely relied on all of these.
though I love a good pun when I can find it (ex: my cottage name is “Rock, Bought’em” - GOLD)
I love this post, adding humour to your work is a definite must!
Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com
BHAHAHAHAHAHA…punny for the win! In case you can’t tell…we happen to have the same type of humor tendencies. 😀
I so wish I could be funnier in my blog, but I’m just not very good at it. I really enjoy reading blogs that are funny and witty. Hope I can do that one day.
You absolutely can!! It’s human nature to be funny…we just have to bring it out naturally! 😀
Count me in! I’ve signed up and am excited to get started!!
WOOHOO!!!! I’m excited to get started too Tawni!!!
You have definitely inspired me to add more humor to my posts. Thank you!
I’m so glad you’re inspired!!! Bring on the giggles!
Great post, and great insight. Thank you for sharing this.
Thank you for stopping by Diana Lynn!!
Wow! This post has so much information! I love it! I will admit, I struggle with comedy in writing. Actually, in acting as well. I am a naturally funny person when I don’t TRY. I have to learn how to just let the funny happen for an audience - whether virtual or live. This is a very inspiring post. Thank you!
I’m so glad you think so Lauren!!! 😀 And that’s actually one of the keys…just be yourself when you write! The challenge is all about bringing out your natural funny…not trying to force it.
Great, informative post!! I’ve noticed that for the most part I have a very sarcastic sense of humor, so I try to stay away from using it on my blog posts lol.
Embrace it!! Just don’t confuse your readers! Sarcasm is my FAVORITE kinda humor.
So much great info! Even though I do a lot of serious topics, I do like to lighten it up too. This was really helpful, as I’m always trying to improve every aspect of my writing. Great challenge too!
I hope you have fun with it Shann!! (I mean…it would be hard not to. lol. It IS a “funny” challenge.)
This sounds like a great challenge. When my kids did competitive public speaking in high school, we told them that a good speech would make the judges laugh or cry. If they could make them laugh and cry, even better. 🙂
That is a such a good point, Barbara!! It’s all about emotion and getting your readers to feel something!
Interesting! I’ll apply your ideas to one of my posts. I have to master the art of doing a funny blog then. 🙂
YOU CAN DO IT, LYNN!!
Hey Terra! I’m so looking forward to the challenge 😀 Not so sure if I’m all that funny, but I manage to crack myself up a lot (could be the sleep deprivation though.) Babies have no respect for the whole mandated 8 hour sleep per night thing.
Love this and love your blog! Very useful, fun and filled with lots of helpful tips and tricks. I have just saved your website into my bookmarks toolbar and will definitely be popping back for more! Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks so much Sam! 😀 So stoked you like it!
Love reading a post that makes me laugh. I hope mine bring a smile to others also.
I’m looking to revamp my style a bit, hoping to improve both of my blogs. Anything that will help me reach my readers and new readers is helpful.
Anyone know any good clean jokes about “”Charity” or “Music”? 😀
I definitely have to rethink my blogging style. I look at many of my posts and think “I am teaching and preaching”, which means there is very little humor. Thanks for posting this great list and I will try to start using some in my future blog posts.
Definitely add a “punning” to that “teaching and preaching”!! 😀
Like the idea of your 30 day challenge! Just found your site and am looking forward to your ideas.
I love these ideas about writing a funny blog. I just started a blog because I “think” that I am funny! Don’t we all thanimals that need a punchingThink that. I mean honestly the highest compliment I have ever been paid was by myself. So these ideas just resonated with me. I would love to hear your honest ideas about how many posts an average blogger should have a day, a week, a month to have a blog be successful? By the way I would love to add your blog to my blog links and if you love my blog feel free to add me to yours, because honey a girl’s gotta work, and honestly I am the best at begging when I don’t have to do it in person!
Ha, I am using a new computer and I love how it just adds random things INTO my comments 🙂 Good LORD!!! Apparently I am not a tech dork because I would have noticed that before posting 🙂 LOL!! Sorry!!
HAHAHA…I am NOTORIOUS for that same thing List Mommy!!! I always get super excited, hit send…and then do a Head/Desk. lmao.
I’m so glad you love the post!! Humor is SOOOOO important, no matter which audience you are talking to!! Even more important is tapping into your OWN brand of humor so that your audience can connect with who YOU are!! 😀
As far as your question on post frequency goes…for SEO purposes, you should be posting AT LEAST once a week…but THAT’S the simple answer!! lol.
More importantly, Google is looking to make sure your site is active and relevant to the answers Google searchers are looking for!!
The frequency at which you update lets Google know you are incredibly active on the blog…and keeping information up to date. The QUALITY of your content is even more important, however!! If you are writing GREAT content, readers will stay on your posts longer and click around inside of your site. THIS is even more important to Google than frequency and is called “Bounce Rate”.
SO, make sure you are posting as often as you can without over burdening yourself and your business…and make sure your content is SUPER helpful! Be sure you are linking to other posts in your blog inside of your content! This lowers your bounce rate…which is a great thing!!