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5 Ways to Improve Your Blog Writing

5 ways to improve your blog writing

 

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a stickler for correct spelling and grammar. I like to think my blog posts are evidence of that, give or take the odd fat fingers-related typo. I think good spelling and grammar can make or break a blog post; you might have the best story or idea in the world, but if you get “your” and “you’re” muddled up or confuse “then” and “than” it undermines your credibility.

A great way to ensure your posts are up to scratch is to edit them, sometimes more than once. Here are XX top tips for making sure your blog posts are tip top…

 

1. Read, read, read; write, write, write.

The best way to learn about proper sentence structure, spelling, grammar and word meanings is to read as widely as possible. And then to practise writing. Writing great blog posts is not something that just happens; it takes practise, just like anything else. If you look back to some of my first posts on this blog, you will hopefully see that there has been an improvement since!

2. Break up long sentences

When you edit your post, take a look at how long your sentences are. If you have one sentence that goes on and on for several lines, consider breaking it up into a couple of shorter ones. If you have several commas in one sentence, see if you can break that one up too. Shorter sentences are easier to read and follow.

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3. Use better verbs.

It’s simple to say “I went to the shop” but how much better is it, to say “I ambled to the shop” or even “I sauntered to the shop.” Go back through your post and see if you can amend a few verbs for something a little less common. Don’t go bonkers; there’s no need to have your readers reaching for the dictionary every few words!

4. Say no to adverbs!

What is an adverb? It’s a word that is used to modify a verb. For example, instead of walking to the shop, you walk quickly to the shop. Many people believe an adverb can add emphasis to a sentence, but does it? Stephen King hates adverbs; he argues that if you’re any good at writing, the text immediately before and after the place you would put the adverb should render it useless. This goes back to Point Three: if you use a better verb than “walk” in the first place, you don’t need an adverb. So instead of walking to the shop or walking quickly to the shop, you rush to the shop. See?

5. Remove -ing

This is probably more a matter of taste, but if you remove “-ing” words from a sentence you can make it flow better. It’s also a stronger sentence without the passivity brought in by the “-ing.” For example, instead of “as I was drinking my water” you say “as I drank my water.” You see how the second version sounds better?

 

Now you’ve read this one, why not check out Elena at Fabulously 50 and Living with Batman’s post about writing better blog posts?

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

15 Comments
  • Leah Nicole (@LeahAndTwo)

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    Fab tips, just what i needed!! Leah x

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Thanks Leah, I hope you found them useful.

  • Hannah Budding Smiles

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    Yes, yes and more yes! This is a great post because these are simple tips that anyone can follow. Poor spelling and grammar is a huge issue and it infuriates me as much as it does you xx Hannah Budding Smiles recently posted...Doddl Ergonomic Children's CutleryMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Thanks Hannah what a brilliant comment!

  • Ali

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    this is really, really useful. I can see how it makes the writing flow better. I'm just wondering how many times Ive used the -ing now! #weekendbloghop Ali recently posted...A Living Room Spring MakeoverMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      ha I'm terrible for the -ing thing and also adverbs. But I'm working on it... oops, did it again!

  • Louise B

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    Some great tips. I will be thinking of these when I write a blog post! #weekendbloghop

  • Elena Peters

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    thank you so much for linking to my post Vicky! You truly are the best! Elena Peters recently posted...My Liebster AwardMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      You're more than welcome of course - after all, you did it first! I figure if someone's looking to read a post like this, yours fits perfectly alongside it!

  • ReelCarina

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    I should really work on using adverbs sparingly... I already got this feedback for every school assignment when I was a teen xD But I can'thelp it, I simply find these wonderfully versatile adverbs so incredibly awesome!

    1. Vicky Charles

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      lol fantastic comment!

  • Liv

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    This post is going to be printed and stuck to my wall next to my laptop!

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Ooh it's you! I've written quite a few posts about blogging and what have you lately but I did enjoy writing this one!

  • amiecaitlin: bumpbabyme

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    Love this post!! Bad grammar so rubs me up the wrong way - we all make mistakes, not least when you're rushed to write during a short nap time, but some things are basic. Couldn't agree more about the verbs tip, great idea. #grammarjunkie amiecaitlin: bumpbabyme recently posted...Mama needs a bloggy breakMy Profile

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