Myth #3: The Words Aren't Important
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In today's age, we are all in such a hurry to "get in and get out," I often feel as if good writing can be neglected in blogging. We push the importance of having lots of pictures of our tutorials, our kids, our homes...but we don't push the importance of using words to convey our thoughts, feelings, and dreams.
Readers aren't expecting Perfection:
We all have different writing styles, different tones we use when we write a blog post. I like to use a conversational tone when I write...almost as if you were sitting in my family room with me, except the pile of laundry on the couch would not be there.
But if my posts were filled with consistent spelling errors, no punctuation, and grammar that a third grader would frown upon, my readers might begin wondering just why I got into this blogging gig to begin with.
Thoughtful writing can be good writing.
Rather than just tossing some words onto the page to go along with your super-fantastic-awesome new post about your living room makeover, stop and think about your readers.
- What can you tell them about the process that they can't see from the photos?
- How do you feel about the work you did?
- What was the experience like?
- What would you do differently next time?
Taking the time to thoughtfully share your knowledge and expertise will go a long way with your readers.
Taking time with your words shows Respect to your readers.
Visitors and regular readers (not to mention sponsors!) will take you seriously if you take yourself and your work seriously. Showing a certain degree of professionalism is important when you blog for income (no matter how much), and even when you write solely for the pleasure of interacting with the blogging community.
When it comes to reading blogs...
Instead of powering through your Blog Roll and eyeing a few pics so you can leave quick a "that's cute!" comment, I challenge you to slow down and actually read what the blogger has to tell you. It's so easy to miss important directions or other information when you are programmed to glance at the pictures before moving on to the next blog.
Remember that we all make mistakes.
I am certainly guilty of my fair share of mistakes here at Serenity Now. I enjoyed the literary side of studying English, but neglected (or purposefully ignored) the time my teachers and professors spent over the years imparting grammar lessons. Adverbs, participles, conjunctions...it made my head spin!
Focus on good content and proofreading (read your post aloud to yourself before you hit "Publish"), and take a deep breath. If you find an error after your post has gone live, just edit and republish. No big deal!
If writing is not your strength and grammar makes you nervous, I hope you'll stop by and see my good friend Richella. A former grammar teacher, she has an entire series devoted to Grammar.
As Richella says, "Good grammar is not the point....So what IS the point? Communication."
Focus on communicating with your readers beyond pretty images, and you'll grow as a blogger!
Hope you'll join me next week for Myth #4.
Is there an aspect of writing that makes you nervous?
(My thing to work on is editing my posts down!)