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.