Today, sites like WordPress, Tumblr, and many others allow just about anyone to have a voice on the internet. While there are innumerable benefits for anyone to be able to share their thoughts online, the general quality of work on the internet, though, is fairly questionable.
While some people I have followed over the years are overall pretty strong writers, others are really… bad. With the ability to post as frequently as we want, at any instant that we please, it is now more important than ever to be aware of how to make quality posts.
When it comes to blogging, there are as many possibilities to be creative and to write strong work as you can think of. That being said, here are a few rules of thumb regardless of the what and where of your post.
- Beware the listicle. While I am partially utilizing a listicle format for this particular blog post, I am doing it with purpose; I am not using it simply for convenience’s sake. There are certainly occasions for the listicle, whether it be best for a funny, entertaining piece or best to get short bits of information/advice out in a piece like this, writing an article that is intended to be a strong argumentative piece likely isn’t the best candidate for a listicle. Pick a format that you think can work, proofread it, and don’t be afraid to adjust accordingly if you need to afterwards. Pick a format that you think can work, proofread it, and don’t be afraid to adjust accordingly if you need to afterwards.
- Wear your grammar hat. Just because you can type how you please on the internet doesn’t mean you ought to. Cater your language toward your readers; don’t talk above or down to your readers. Utilizing your whole vocabulary on a blog that reviews video games or discusses sports won’t impress anyone. Do your readers a favor, though, and simply write well.
- Have a focus. When I read blog posts, I often see a writer start off with one premise for a few sentences only for it to take a sharp left turn for the rest of the piece. He or she probably realized what they really wanted to write about a few sentences in, and, unfortunately, the whole piece suffered for it. Take a few minutes of prep time beforehand to avoid this. Go back and reread your piece and see if you can highlight a thesis statement, evidence points, and a conclusion and call to action. Your work will be stronger in having these core elements.
- Write about what really interests you, and don’t hold back. We all have written a paper for school or some kind of document we had zero interest in, and that is always bound to happen. We might even have a piece we know we really should do voluntarily, and we still aren’t interested. In your personal writing, though, try to find things that interest you. Write about them. But, don’t stop there. Find what fascinates you and learn more about it. Find something that makes you uncomfortable and either figure out why it does or how you can be more comfortable with it. Then, write about it. There are always bound to be critics of any controversial piece, but that comes with being a public voice. Don’t be afraid to be controversial, but always be respectful. No powerful piece can stand firm if the first response to a comment is a personal attack or a stupid remark. Tact has to be an aspect of everything you do on your personal blogs.
We are living in a golden age for everyone to be heard, but make sure everyone hears the best you have to offer.
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