Writing for an online format, such as a blog, is not as easy as the barefoot blondes of our world may make it seem. Thankfully, there’s plenty of tips and tricks to help you reach your blogging prime. Since I’m still an infantile blogger, I’ve sourced my list of writing tips from true heavy hitters of the blogging world. Without further ado, here are five ways to avoid majorly failing at your online writing ventures:
1. DON’T BE A ROBOT
Simply put by Peg Fitzpatrick, “If you can’t inject some of your personality into the content you create for your blog, don’t bother.” Who wants to read something that sounds like it was written by Siri? I’m sure she’s a great gal, but skip the bland formalities and let your voice shine through authentically.
2. SPELLCHECK IS MAN’S TRUE BEST FRIEND
Spelling errors practically scream that your content is amateur and probably not worth reading. If you can’t bother editing the words you’ve chosen to use, what’s to say your content itself isn’t full of errors too? If you don’t believe me, at least believe Michael Pollick’s words of wisdom that, “Speling erors our anoying and kan make your con tent dificult to understand.”
3. SWITCH UP YOUR CONTENT STYLE
It’s important to, “make an effort to provide a little something for everybody in terms of length, format, and content” according to Irfan Ahmad. You wouldn’t eat the same meal every day, so don’t feed your readers the exact same content style every day. Keep readers hungry for more by catering to all kinds of appetites.
4. PICTURES ARE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed that books seem to have more and more words and far fewer pictures – don’t let your blog follow this pattern! Use visuals to break up lines of text and engage readers, and be sure to cite image sources appropriately. As Peg Fitzpatrick explains, a blog without pictures is a recipe for boredom.
5. USEFUL CONTENT > USELESS CONTENT
Give people a reason to read what you’re writing. Being beneficial is key according to Rebekah Radice, along with being creative and original. Be sure to share content that stands out among what other blogs have to say within the same niche.