Whether you’re new to blogging or looking for ways to improve your craft, there are always ways to get better. Obviously, practice makes perfect, and as you take more and more time to churn out good articles, you’ll get incrementally better. Below are some ways to help jumpstart that process, or provide you with new pathways that can lead to creative avenues.
1. Your Readers
Even if you’re publishing high-quality content, none of that matters if your audience doesn’t think the same. Be prepared to change your writing style or adapt to their needs and wants. Even the subjects you write on are subject to change, depending on how they are received.
2. Providing a Question
A blog post is primarily used to solve some sort of problem or dilemma. To that extent, you should try to always provide some sort of question that you will probe and solve throughout your article. Once you’ve done that, you will have a better understanding of what you want your blog to accomplish. Obviously, if you ask a question be sure to answer it!
3. Constructive Criticism
Everyone makes mistakes, and many people don’t take criticism very well. So, instead of berating them throughout the blog, consider using constructive feedback that will give them a chance to identify their mistakes but also solve the problem. Be sure to add some sort of pointer to guide them towards the end of your blog, and the answer to the question mentioned above.
4. Being Direct
Remember, your goal is to educate better your audience in some shape, form or way. This means that any flowery language -while great when sprinkled throughout the article – should be limited. Your audience is looking to be inspired, so don’t go out of your way to impress them with an arsenal of complex words. Use your active voice and inspire.
5. Watching Your Paragraphs
More often than not, your article will be overflowing with rich information that you just can’t wait to share with the world. While this signifies an exuberant and joyful approach, remember to structure your paragraphs so that they aren’t too long. Separate them as well as possible and create your own masterpiece.
6. Peer Review
Being a good writer doesn’t mean you don’t need someone to look over your work. In fact, no one should be exempt from receiving a second opinion on their work. In doing so, you are expanding your own writing capabilities by incorporating edits into your own work in the future. It’s a win for you, your editor, and your audience.