Whoever you are, whatever your passions are, you have something to offer people. And when it comes to your blog, you want people to listen.
Today’s A Successful Blog tip is so simple and yet essential when it comes to staying power in the blog-o-sphere. And it could be the difference between someone stopping to read what you have to say or moving on with barely a glance.
I wish someone had told me just how essential this tip was when I was a newbie blogger.
Proofread Your Work
Whether you’re just getting started with your blog or you’ve been blogging for years, it’s essential to look over your writing BEFORE hitting publish.
Look at your writing format (paragraphs, spacing, etc.), your grammar, and your spelling. And of course the overall tone of your post. (But more on that later. Today, we’re sticking with the basics.)
Yes, it’s that simple. Yet you’d be surprised at how many bloggers don’t proofread.
It’s worth that small extra effort and you’ll thank yourself for it later.
Proofread Point #1: Writing Format
Do you write in one big rambling paragraph? (That’s what I call it.)
Think about it. Maybe you don’t even realize it. Most people don’t.
It’s easy to do. Believe me, I’ve been guilty of rambling paragraphs myself.
Look at this clip from a post I wrote over 4 years ago about calling Poison Control.
See? Rambling paragraphs. I should have split them in half. Easily.
People are less likely to read something if it’s grouped into long paragraphs.
Smaller groups of words are easier to read. It’s easier on the eyes. Which means people will be more likely to read it. Take this A Successful Blog post right now. If this was one big paragraph, would you still be reading? I doubt it. Because that would be quite boring.
I don’t want my writing to be boring. And neither do you. Because I’m not boring. You’re not boring! Just like when we talked about showing off your photos in our last A Successful Blog tip, you want to show off your writing!
And that brings me to my second point.
Proofread Point #2: Grammar and Spelling
Grammar can be subjective when it comes to blogging. Because you’re not writing a book. You’re blogging. You’re writing to others.
Personally, I like to write as if I’m talking to a friend. Afterall, many of you are my friends and have become friends through my blog!
I’m not going to harp on grammar. But there are certain things you can do to make your writing more appealing. While some people could care less about grammar, to many, it is important and a sign as to whether you should be taken seriously or not. Especially if you want to broach the money-making aspect of blogging.
The same goes for spelling. With spell checker readily available on most programs, bad spelling should be a thing of the past.
But I’m not here to give you a grammar lesson. Or lecture you on spelling.
I’m here to remind you of this one simple yet essential writing tip for your blog: Proof-read your work. Write it and read it. BEFORE hitting publish.
It will pay off.