A Writer’s Tips on Blogging

You don’t have to be a writer to write a good blog post.  But just because you hated English in high school doesn’t give you an excuse to write a sloppy blog post, either.  Consider these tips from a writer to make your blog better than ever:

  • Keep it short– People don’t have all day to read your blog post.  If you have a lot to say, consider splitting into two posts.
  • Lists – Use bullets or numbers to break up text when making a list like this one.  It makes your blog easier to read.
  • Spelling– Please spell check your post before publishing.  It only takes a few minutes.  At WordPress we have a spell check feature built right in, although I have to say it is not foolproof as these types of programs never are.   If you are in doubt over a word or it looks funny to you, look it up online.  Merriam-Webster has a great online dictionary that is user friendly.
  • Titles are Important– Write an interesting title for your blog post.  Why?  Because if people aren’t interested, they won’t read it. 
  • Bad Grammar – Bad grammar is just bad.  Please consider proofreading your post carefully before publishing.  A good way to do this is by printing your text and proofreading from the paper.  There is a simple way to do this rather than printing the entire page using your print functions at the top of your screen and saves paper too.  Simply highlight all of the text in your post box and then paste it into a software program like Microsoft Word.  That way you are only printing the text you need to review.
  • Links– This last tip has nothing to do with being a writer but I thought I would throw it in for good measure.  If you include a link in your blog post please test it to make sure it actually works.

While these tips may sound like common sense to some, I have read enough blogs to know that everyone (including myself) could stand some improvement.

Happy Blogging & Happy Independence Day!


1 Response to “A Writer’s Tips on Blogging”

  1. 1 Don July 4, 2008 at 8:15 am

    One thing I run into a lot are long paragraphs. These are the worst. Even a short post with one long paragraph will deter readers.

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