Starting a blog can be exciting. All writers should consider blogging. It’s a great way to express your voice. However, you need to be careful. Avoid these common mistakes.
Avoid Attracting The Grammar Police To Your Blog
Your blog is all about your voice. That’s true. However, your voice needs to flow. Avoid simple grammar mistakes.
“Your”, and “you’re”, “to”, “too”, and “two” are commonly misused words. These, among others, can be easily fixed. Download a grammar tool for your blog. Grammarly, Scribens, and Language Tool are among the best.
These tools help with punctuation. Your blog needs to avoid poor grammar. It may seem small, but it isn’t. A reader will move on quickly. If you give them a reason, they’re gone. There are far too many blogs online. One mistake could be all that it takes.
It’s about credibility. It’s about attention to detail. Check for minor mistakes. If you don’t, there’s no reason to take your blog seriously. Without credibility, your blog suffers.
Show readers what you know. Make the blog smooth and concise. The tools are at your disposal. Use them and attract readers. Avoid the grammar police. Be the judge and jury of your blog.
A Blog Isn’t Just A Rant, It’s A Focused One
This is a big one to avoid. There may be no rules for writing a blog. But there are rules to writing a good blog. This is true in all avenues of writing.
Stay on topic. This is crucial to keeping readers engaged. Avoid senseless rants. Have a voice and have a vision. Consistency is key. If you’re writing movie reviews, be relevant. Compare movies and TV shows. If the film has a book, draw from the source material.
As a writer, you need to be a reader. Think about your favorite books. Check out popular blogs. Read and understand what others are doing. Make a checklist. Mistakes that they avoid on one side. What makes their blog great?
Remember this. Every word should have a reason for being. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. Make your blog fun and informative. Avoid a directionless approach.
Write Like You Talk. No One Likes A Pretentious Blogger
This is a mistake that should always be avoided. You’re not writing for scholars. If they read your blog, great. It still isn’t for them. It’s for everyone who’s interested.
Write like you talk. Look over your blog. Are there words you should have avoided? Are you 100% sure of their meaning? If not, delete it. Check an online thesaurus. There’s always an easier word for your blog.
It may seem wrong to blog like that. But it isn’t. Pretentious writing gets rid of readers. If grammar is bad, pretentiousness is the devil. Avoid trying to sound better than anyone. That’s a big mistake. The goal is to inform and relate.
Don’t read this and think blogging won’t be fun. It is. Enjoy your blog. Enjoy the freedom that comes with it. Just watch your grammar. Avoid weaving lanes like a drunk driver. Stay in your lane. It makes for a much smoother ride.
Lastly, we want to hear your voice. Not one you think you need. The voice you have is perfect. Write like that. If you follow these steps, you’re on the right track.