I am not yet a professional blogger, I am still learning a whole lot of things and I know so many bloggers just like me are still learning too. Although, I aim to be a professional blogger, right now, I am still a newbie. I don’t know everything and I am not an island of knowledge but the tips I am about to share with you are tips I use when writing blog posts for my blog. Different bloggers use different tips for writing better blog posts and if you are looking to write better blog posts, this might be of use to you.
PROOFREAD POSTS BEFORE PUBLISHING
It can be very tempting to write a blog post and just publish without checking for errors here and there but it is very important to proofread your posts as many times as possible before publishing so as to avoid errors of any kind be it broken links, misspelt words, etc.
We are humans, we are prone to making mistakes and that is why it is very important to take your time to analyze your posts before publishing. I have come across some bloggers who have countless errors on almost every single one of their blog posts and for me, reading a post with countless errors is a huge turnoff. It is extremely discouraging.
I am not trying to be judgmental. Even I am not perfect, I make mistakes too but if writing an error-free blog post/content means you need to hire a proofreader, hire the damn proofreader.
HAVE A BOOK & A PEN AT ALL TIMES
Most people underrate the importance of always having a book and a pen. Carrying a book and a pen with you at all times can save you the stress of thinking about what topic to create a blog post on. As a blogger, you never know when inspiration will come. There have been times where I was just sitting down or doing some random stuff and boom a killer blog post idea comes to mind.
If I am with a pen and a book when that post idea comes to mind, I quickly write it down but when I am not with a pen and a book, I do my best to remember the topic until I get home or get to a place where a pen and a paper is available but often times than I would love to admit, I end up forgetting the topic and all effort I make to remember proves futile.
Technology is taking over and most people have apps on their phones, tablets, etc for taking notes but one advantage of having a real notebook and a pen with you at all times is that the technology can start acting up at any time. Your phone’s battery might die. Your phone might develop a fault? What are you gonna do then?
I personally have not tried writing blog posts ideas on my phone. It does sound like a good idea and I would love to give it a try but I’ll still take my notebook and pen with me just in case haha.
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WRITE WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT
Ever wrote a blog post when you weren’t in the mood to write and ended up asking yourself why you wasted your time? Almost everyone, if not everyone, has felt like they weren’t in the mood to write at one point or another.
As a blogger, there will be times where you won’t feel like writing and I advice that if you ever feel like you are not in the mood to write, do not write, just do something else and wait for a time when you are in the mood to write.
I always write my blog posts when I am in the mood to write as I find that writing when I am in the mood makes me write better. When I write when I am not in the mood, I do not give it my best and it always ends up looking like a forced effort.
DO NOT COPY ANOTHER BLOGGER’S WORK
When blogging, it is very important to be 100% yourself. Copying another blogger/blogger’s work is very shallow and the idea of copying another blogger’s work irritates me but some bloggers do this. It really sucks to put your whole into a blog/blog post only to have someone copy it.
Funny enough, these days, blog posts are not the only things that are copied as people go as far as copying everything on someone’s blog. Like WTF?! It is important to not copy another blogger’s work. Your writing will never get better if all you do is copy and paste someone’s content.
The phrase practice makes perfect is facts and no matter how terrible you think you are at writing right now, you will get better with continued practice and time. Copying someone’s work is never the solution.
If you can’t work to create your own unique style and content, then shut down your blog as closing your blog is way better than stealing some ones hard work. You don’t need to copy someone’s work. Make sure your blog and your blog posts are a reflection of you. Be yourself and your audience will love you for who you are.
BREAK YOUR POSTS UP
Lengthy posts are great, they are considered more informative. They are wonderful for SEO. I don’t have a problem with lengthy posts but I have a big problem with posts that are too lengthy. It is okay to be super expressive in your posts but posts that are too lengthy are a very big turnoff for me.
If I had to choose between reading a 5000 word post and a 1000 word post, I’ll definitely choose the post with 1000 words and I know so many people will do the same too. I don’t know if I am the only one that does this but before reading a post, I always scroll down to the end of the post to see how lengthy it is and often times, if I find that the post is too lengthy for my liking, I don’t read it.
Everyone is not like me but believe me so many people do not have the time to read extremely lengthy posts so I advice you keep your posts lengthy but not too lengthy. If you have a post that is very long, break it up into multiple posts instead of making it one extremely lengthy post.