12 Most Hysterical Ways to Add Humor to Your Blog
(Yawn!) Sorry about that. I was reading your blog. Not yours personally. I mean collectively all of your blogs. I’m sure your blog is riveting.
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 368 gazillion blogs on the internet today (if you are writing a book report, please do your own research here because that number may or may not be 100% accurate). A majority of them are tired, boring and quite frankly, torturous to read. If you would like your blog to stand out beyond all of that muckety muck, you are going to have to do something exceptional.
Sure, you could give away tons of value. Teach people how to do stuff that only you (and tens of thousands of others) can do. You could be controversial. Say something that half the people on the planet are going to hate and the other half are going to love and then sit back while they fight it out.
Or you can be funny
Being funny is freakin’ awesome. You don’t have to worry too much about being smart. No need to piss people off, just bring the funny. But not just any funny will do. Here are a few of your best chances at being funny…
1. Be sarcastic
You know that sharp quip with the snarky tone? The one where you don’t know if you should laugh or be highly offended? That’s sarcasm. It’s not something that you learn. Sarcasm is something you acquire. It’s often passed onto you at birth, but there have been cases where it was acquired by males upon getting married.
If you are in possession of this gift, I should warn you. Only use it for good. Not evil. Being sarcastic is often confused with being a complete jackass, so use it sparingly and be careful with this one. You may be asking for an occasional verbal smackdown so make sure you have thick skin before using it. Trust me. I know first hand.
An exaggeration is that gray area that lives between what really happened and what you wish really happened. It makes lying fun! I’m sure you do it all of the time already so you shouldn’t need much help here.
What’s the first thing you do when you come back from a fishing trip? You exaggerate. “I caught a fish THIS BIG!” When really it was only this big. OK, so that’s a really bad example without the visual, but you get what I’m saying. The key with a good exaggeration is to make it obvious and unbelievable. Otherwise I just might take you up on your offer to walk 5 miles for my smile. Better make it 1 million miles.
3. Use self-deprecating humor
As long as you are able to take it and you don’t go too far to where it gets kind of creepy and depressing, poking fun at yourself is a real winner… you loser! The secret to self-deprecating humor is to find something that other people can relate to and are guilty of themselves. Except you just use yourself as the fall guy. It’s sort of a sneaky way of poking fun at everyone, but at your own expense. Plus it makes you seem a little more human. Unless of course you are a robot or the Tin Man. Then you’re screwed. No pun intended.
4. Tell stories
One of the best ways to teach something is through a story. People relate to stories. They trust stories. They actually read stories as opposed to just skimming the page. If all of your posts are blah-dee-blah information with no end in sight, people won’t naturally connect with them. Add some stories.
Now, with that said, not all stories are created equal. If you are going to tell a story, best to add a touch of humor to it. Make your story entertaining. And funny! If you are the author of the “Terms of Endearment meets Social Media” blog, don’t plan on having a lot of fans but keep a box of tissues on hand.
5. Quote someone funny
If you are lacking the gift of the funny, it’s OK. There is plenty of good stuff out there for you to quote. You could easily get away with letting the pros do what they do and you just focus on writing killer content. Write your post as usual and when you are done, go searching for a funny quote that supports whatever it is that you are writing about. You could work it right into the content or you can use it as an opener or closer of the post. Just be sure to give credit where credit is due. The last thing you want is a comedian with a chip on his or her shoulder coming after you.
6. Respond to comments
Oftentimes the funniest part of a post has nothing to do with the post itself. Comments give you some of the best opportunities to flex your funny bone. Especially the bad comments. It’s tough to be funny when someone is complimenting you without sounding ungrateful. But when someone else starts flinging poo poo at you, it’s your chance to have a little fun. Bring your sense of humor to your response. It will lighten the situation. Make you look like the better person. And maybe even become one of the highlights of the post.
7. Tell jokes
Telling jokes within your post is a good strategy. Assuming that it is a good joke and not offensive. Unless of course your blog is pretty offensive then it might fit right in.
The best place to work a joke into your post is right in the beginning. Grab people’s attention with it and then moving forward, make sure the point of your post is related in some way to that joke. Otherwise you will have something like “Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side! OK, now let’s talk about how to make a bazillion dollars in 18 minutes using Facebook!” Doesn’t work. The joke or the tips.
8. Use metaphors
I love metaphors. If I knew that it wouldn’t almost immediately end my marriage, I would do nothing but speak in metaphors. Metaphors are a great way to take the attention away from the details of the subject and give readers something they are familiar with to get a better understanding of your point. Something to compare it to. And it works.
Think of it this way. Using a metaphor is like painting a picture for your readers, unless you are a really bad painter in which case it’s nothing like that.
9. Use images
Do you judge a book by its cover? No? Well then apparently you are the only one left because the rest of us do. Like it or not. We are always making decisions on what to do based on how something looks. And reading blog posts is no different. It’s always good practice to include some type of image to represent your post. But if you can find something that’s actually pretty funny, that’s even better! Just don’t steal pictures from Google images. Getting a bill from Getty for $1,500 is not so funny.
10. Be ironic
A wise old poet once described irony like this: “It’s like rain on your wedding day. It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid. It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take.” Who would’ve thought? It figures. Irony is a reversal of expectations. For example, if you are a self proclaimed “Social Media Rockstar” and you are following 142,573 people while only 18 people are following you (half of which share your last name), that’s a bit ironic. With a dash of ridiculous. And yes, we all point and laugh at you when you aren’t around. That parts not ironic. Just true.
11. Use random references from the past
This one’s a winner. I can’t tell you how many times I have brought up some bizarre reference from the past that made absolutely no sense and yet it struck a nerve with my readers. I know, it seems pretty ridiculous but all you have to do is work a “CHiPs” reference into a sentence and you’ll have somebody laughing. If you don’t know what CHiPs is, I’m sorry. I’m a child of the 70′s. Meaning I’m old and I occasionally bring up things that prove that fact.
12. Be honest
OK, in all honesty, I could only think of 11 of these and so here you go. Number 12. Be honest. Kind of lame. I know… but hey, I’m just being honest. And sometimes being brutally honest is funny. OK, so this may not be one of those times. But it is true. Again, just being honest.
That should do it. A bunch of new ways for you to be funny on your blog. Now it’s time to put it to good use. Ready, set, be funny!
(Insert awkward silence here)
Ok, I’ll give you a little more time. Let me know when you are ready in the comments below.
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