When jumping into the blogosphere, one definitely wants to have the kind of content that attracts an audience, but to keep them coming back for more, editing is just as important as content, if not more so.
To help you out with the editing process, Natalie Contreras at Social Media Today has seven tips to keep in mind to make your content shine.
1. Take a breather after writing. The first mistake writers make is editing their post right when it’s done. Writer’s thoughts are fresh in their heads and when re-reading their article they might not pick up on the errors right away. Giving yourself time will put you in the reader’s seat without prejudice to your own work. You won’t remember why you chose that exact word over another. This is the only time I recommend distractions: TV, music, Facebook, what have you. The key is to focus on unrelated things then come back to your article.
2. Divide and Conquer. Divide your editing into three processes: content editing, structure editing, and grammar editing. Being more specific while editing will help you focus on specific grammatical errors. Again, take your time.
-Edit content. Review your article keeping an eye out for sections that don’t make sense. Look for unfinished paragraphs and fragments. After identifying them, work towards fixing the errors.
-Edit structure. Write your articles in a way that the reader will be able to follow your content. Structure your content using bullets or bold headers.
-Edit grammar. Lastly, edit grammatical errors. This shouldn’t take more than 10-15 minutes for a 800-900 word article.
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