Blogging should attract attention and deliver value.
It would be nice if every blog post was created by an author-expert, but this isn’t a perfect world.
Amateurs are able to write blog posts about any topic, however, it’s hard to take them seriously when they have the English skills of a 4th grader.
If you’ve read any number of blogs on the internet, you know they are out there.
There are better ways to write so that more people take you seriously. Here are a few, simple tips!
Use A Word Processor!
When writing a blog post it’s best to type it out first in Microsoft Word; or any other professional word processing program.
Why? Spell check.
Not only does Word check for proper spelling, but it will also help you catch simple grammar errors.
It works well and everyone should use it.
It can be tempting (and even faster) to type directly into the HTML editor of WordPress or any other blogging tool, but resist the temptation.
The tools aren’t as powerful within your blog editor, as they are within a word processing program. You’ll also remove the distractions of other blogging tools and sidebars, by working away from your blog.
Instead, focus on the words that need to be written and use a word processor.
Don’t make up too many words.
It might sound cool to be a wordsmith, but other people aren’t going to have a clue as to what you’re talking about.
They will likely think you had a typo.
It comes back to using Spell Check.
If your writing is too confusing to follow, nobody will be coming back to your blog because the spelling and grammar mistakes are just too much for anyone to take.
Study Basic Grammar & Writing Skills
Read a few books on grammar.
There are lots of rules out there – such as prepositions and participles that shouldn’t be broken. I’m sure I’ve broken a few on this post already.
Blogs break these rules every day, and thus, their blogs don’t reach the level of traffic they could potentially receive.
No one wants to read a blog that is poorly written.
Most bloggers don’t want to write something that isn’t going to be read.
If you don’t read any books on English grammar, there are three things that you can still do to improve your writing: use Spell Check, buy a thesaurus and re-read everything you write before posting it for the world to see.
You may be surprised by how much more traffic you get just by writing better.