This guest contribution was submitted by Pamelia Brown, who specializes in writing about associates degree.
As the blogosphere continues to expand, more and more people are turning to blogging to advance their businesses, share their opinions and explore their creativity. With this informal medium, you can post whatever you want over the internet without going through the same stringent editing standards that you would have to in print media. Because of this, many bloggers know how to produce content without really knowing how to write well at all.
Part of producing high quality content is making your posts look as professional and polished as possible. Here are three habits that can help anyone write perfect posts:
Three Wonderful Writing Habits
Proofread. How many times have you reread something more than once, saw nothing wrong with it, only to later notice an obvious typo after you already posted it? This is common. Although we go over things with a fine toothed comb, we can still miss errors. There are two remedies for this. First, you can have someone else proofread it for you. Because blog posts tend to be on the short side, you can probably have a friend or colleague read it and return it to you within hours or even minutes. The second choice is to print out your post and read it on paper. This can make a huge difference, as seeing the words in print instead of on the computer screen allows you to see mistakes much more clearly.
Tighten. While we were in school, we were told to expand on our sentences with adjectives, adverbs and fancy phrases like “therefore” and “in conclusion.” A blog post is not a dissertation, so less is more if you want to hold onto a reader’s attention. You can tighten your work by eliminating those extra words. You’ll also want to avoid being redundant or getting off topic. The more focused your post looks, the more professional it looks.
Have a clear beginning, middle and end. One of the reasons that people enjoy reading stories is because they know what they’re going to get out of it: a clear beginning, middle and end. Your blog posts should also follow this format. You should start your post with a promise to your readers regarding a topic. The middle of the post has that topic explored in more detail. When they get to the end of your post, your readers should feel like they’ve accomplished what your post’s headline promised to offer them. You can create a small outline before you start writing so that you have an idea of how to start, what points to make, and how to wrap it up.
These three habits can help you in writing more polished, professional posts. Anyone can create high quality blog posts with good content as long as they go that extra mile to make sure they’re as close to perfect as possible.