We learn a lot of things during our college years. Aside from discovering which Greek organization throw the best party and how to survive on three hours of sleep a night, we also learn who we are, what interests us, and how to survive in the "real world". Of course, our college years are a very important part of our lives. While there are many things from the classes we take and the subjects we study that are easily forgotten and left behind, as bloggers the things we learn in our introductory writing and literature classes can really ring true outside of the college campus. While blogging is very much about knowing how to market online, using social media, and understanding SEO, it is also all about the writing. Without strong, well-written content, your blog isn't likely to get very far online. Remember these three lessons from your college Writing 101 class for a more successful content strategy with you blog.
|3 Essential Blogging tips learned in College writing|
Grammar, Grammar, Grammar
While grammar can certainly be a bit annoying and some people all too far, understanding the basic principles of grammar is important for a blogger. You want to create content that shines because of what you are saying and how you are saying it—not because it is confusing or riddled with distracting errors. Pay attention to your grammar as you write a post. Make sure that you are using punctuation correctly. While it's pointless to waste your time with nitpicky grammar rules, it is important that you follow basic grammar rules in order to make your post more readable.
So, this is another sticky topic. In academic writing, thesis statements are essential—anyone who's taken an English or Writing class in college will agree. But, with blogging a central thesis is not necessarily as important. However, this is not to say you should just write down words for the sake of writing words. Come up with an idea and direction and be sure you accomplish it—that's the central objective of a thesis. All too often, bloggers will write posts that just don't seem to have a central purpose. This is a surefire way to lose readers. Find a point you want to discuss and write about it. Internet readers are looking for blog posts that accomplish something. Posts that give tips (like this one!), how to tutorials, or lists are always hot online. Keep a general thesis in mind when you are writing a blog post.
Proofreading and Editing
Editing is everything. Well, maybe not everything. But, it's important that you look over your post before you publish it. Make sure that you've spelled everything right. Check your grammar. Look out for any little typos or careless errors. A post that is unpolished looks unfinished and can be a huge turnoff to readers. Blogging is all about the writing. You want to create a blog that provides useful and engaging material. Little errors and mistakes can really distract from the actual information you are trying to provide. Do a quick run through of your blog post after you write it. Go through and make corrections and then set it aside for a day. Come back to the post in a day or so and give it a fresh look. Sometimes a fresh look at a piece of writing can turn up things you didn't see before. We want to provide the best writing for our readers possible.
Samantha Gray freelances for various websites and publications, and her writing often focuses on providing information about obtaining an online bachelor degree. She also enjoys writing poetry and short fiction. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to email@example.com.