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10 Ways to Make Your Blog Less Sucky

by Danielle Rodabaugh  |  
November 18, 2011

In this article, you'll learn...

  • How to write blog posts that'll attract and maintain an audience
  • Why high-quality, accurate content is crucial for blogging

We all know that blogging is important. But whether it's used to educate peers or increase a website's SEO, writing for a blog can be effective only when it's done well. No matter your reason for blogging, you shouldn't take it lightly, nor should you put it on the back burner until you have a few spare minutes at the end of the day.

That doesn't mean you have to spend all of your time overhauling your blogging strategy. However, you should take the time to produce quality content as opposed to redundant, poorly written word garbage.

Whether you're setting up your first blog or looking to improve your current one, here are 10 tips to make your writing better than most other blogs'.

1. Take a crash course in grammar

This is the single most important piece of advice I can offer those inclined to share their thoughts via blogging: If you can afford it, enroll in a college class that specifically covers grammar rules or English usage. In my last semester at the Missouri School of Journalism, I took a magazine-editing course that took me back to fifth grade English. That was when I first learned about sentence structure, word choice, and parts of speech. It's amazing—and embarrassing—how much you can forget about a language that you daily speak and write in.

If you can't afford to take a class, get a copy of Working With Words and read it, cover to cover. Or, at the very least, watch "Schoolhouse Rock" on YouTube. Sure, the animation is lacking, but the catchy melodies will help you relearn forgotten grammar rules quickly. Of course, you can always choose to break the rules after you learn them, but you should never break them unintentionally.

2. Use a dictionary

If you're writing without a dictionary, chances are you're using words incorrectly without even knowing it. I visit the online dictionary I have bookmarked in my browser far more frequently than I visit any social media site. As for spelling, the red squiggly line in Word is your friend. Don't ignore it.

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Danielle Rodabaugh is the editor of the Surety Bonds Insider, a blog that tracks the surety industry. Danielle also writes about entrepreneurship and marketing.

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  • by Niti Fri Nov 18, 2011 via mobile

    Thanks for suggesting "schoolhouse rock" on you tube. I had been wondering where to start since long.

  • by er Fri Nov 18, 2011 via web

    Great points. I'm surprised you didn't mention the book "The Elements of Style" in #1. It's good to have around as a reference.

  • by Luciano Sat Nov 19, 2011 via web

    Your article on how to Make Your Blog Less Sucky, got straight to the point...
    it is funny to read, and it reminds us of the basic steps for good blogging...
    thank you

  • by Kano Sun Nov 20, 2011 via web

    Thank for good ideas!

  • by LanaeCEM Tue Nov 22, 2011 via web

    Great suggestions on content creation - amazing how much bad grammar and horrible spelling there is out there! Agree also that title is very important, just as important if not more than the meat of the article. If the title doesn't draw them in the post won't have a chance!

  • by Belinda Weaver Wed Nov 23, 2011 via web

    Ahh so simple and yet so effective!

    Extending your point about being "scannable" (in number 8) I suggest throwing in the use of sub-headings. Facing a wall of text is enough to put me off reading, unless the headline promised something rather amazing.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  • by KSingh Mon May 7, 2012 via web

    Another very important aspect is to keep going back and refining your older posts. I started doing this a few month ago. When I saw some of the posts I had written a couple of years ago, I was surprised to see how poor they seemed compared to my more recent posts. Some of them would not have passed the new quality standards I follow for every new content I publish on my blog.

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