Blogging can be for fun, or to promote your business, or share your great ideas with the world, but did you know that you’re blog can also be a learning tool?
There are so many benefits from blogging that you might not even be aware of. Whether your a seasoned blogging vet, or a first time blogger, your blog can improve your life.
Searching for blogging topics:
If your like most bloggers, you have a specific topic in mind before you even launch your blog. But that doesn’t mean that you wont run out of topics or change your mind as you start and continue blogging. While searching for trending topics, keep an open mind for topics that may seem out of your niche. You’d be surprised how many different topics can actually be related for blogging. You could be learning and discovering something new every day if you expand your topics. You may discover a new take on an old topic that you love!
Connecting with others in your niche:
While blogging, you may be spending a lot of your time reading other blog posts in your niche, commenting on relevant info, or exchanging messages with other bloggers that intrigue you. Simply connecting with other writers, or people interested in your topics can be a great learning tool; sharing ideas, arguing values, or just learning about another persons point of view are all things that will not only improve your blogging, but could also improve your outlook on life.
Challenging your own ideas and arguments:
When you feel strongly about a topic, then blogging about it is simple right? But the next time you have a post, try to put yourself in the place of your readers; how will they respond to your ideas, conversational style, etc… As you’re revising and editing your post for final draft, you may be learning different things about your topic simply by taking the time to reference your audience!
Of course you don’t have to use your blog as a learning tool if you don’t want to, but why wouldn’t you?
It’s not a subject that gets nearly as much attention as we think it does, but we’ve been learning English grammar rules since we were small children.
From our parents teaching us the proper words to use, to elementary school exercises proper English grammar has always been a part of life. So why as adults in the blogging world have so many of those grammar rules been lost? Many bloggers adapt their blog language to fit their personal style. And we love it! But there’s a big difference between conversational language and just plain stupid.
If you’re an English grammar major, or have been doing professional writing for years, some of this information may seem redundant. But for new bloggers its important to see the connection between the proper use of English grammar and blogging. Not only does well written content gain you credibility in the blog world, but misspelled words and nonsensical sentences make it harder for search engines to rank your blog!
Grammar rules that apply to your blog:
Watch the Contractions:
your vs. you’re, its vs. it’s, their, there vs. they’re
It may be as simple as a typo, but reread all your content before publishing to make sure you’re not using a contraction when you shouldn’t be. It looks uneducated and makes it hard for a reader to grasp the perspective of the sentences.
When To Use a Comma:
(I love blogging, dancing, reading, etc.)
Never put a comma where it doesn’t belong again! Here’s where they go…
- Before a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, or, so, yet) that introduces an independent clause.
- After conjunctive adverbs (however, finally, furthermore, indeed, meanwhile, nevertheless, therefore, unfortunately).
- After most introductory phrases and clauses (the part of a sentence preceding the subject and verb is usually an introductory phrase)
- To emphasize an adverb
- When adjectives come after the noun
- In lists
- With direct quotations
Don’t Start a Sentence With a Conjunction!
“But I want to!”
While speaking you may start some sentences with conjunctions and there’s absolutely no reason why your blog can’t reflect this. Just make sure you pay attention to grammar rules about conjunctions and try to keep your post as grammatically correct as you can.
You can have fun with English grammar:
“Sometimes when I’m blogging I feel like a shark!!!”
The most important thing to remember is that it’s your blog and it should be fun! While proper English grammar will lend credibility to your blog, it might not be the best or most appropriate way to get your message across. Stay smart so that the grammatical errors that you choose don’t make you look like an idiot.
You’re blogging so that you can say what you want, so why bother with sentence structure and proper English grammar?
Well, do you ever feel like your readers are missing out on the great ideas and content that your blog has because its just not readable enough? It’s great when you’re blogging and you’re finally free to share your thoughts and ideas your way, but not everyone’s writing style translates into great reading.
Don’t be afraid to add your personal flair to English grammar, but try to pay attention to a few things that will improve your writing skills AND keep readers engaged:
Vary Sentence Structure:
A paragraph on it’s own may be engaging, but could get lost if it’s placed within several paragraphs that have the same sentence structure.
When blogging, to keep your readers following you til the very end of your post, try to use a variety of different organizational patterns such as mixing up short and long sentences. Or using some independent clauses. And some dependent ones! English grammar should be fun!
Use Effective Transitions:
While not any less important than sentence structure… Making an effective transition from one paragraph to the next may seem overly simply, it is something that if not done correctly can lose your readers interest or focus quickly!
Try to reference clue words from English grammar such as first, second, lastly, in addition to,etc… if you have a topic that will span several paragraphs. Your readers will know what’s going on, and it may make blogging easier on you if you have a good flow.
Choose Appropriate and Consistent Style:
It’s not fair, but many of your readers will judge you based on not only what you say, but how you say it!
Make sure you’re using language that is appropriate for your target audience to make sure they’re getting your message. Sentence structure is also another area where you may want to rearrange your words until they convey the correct tone you’re using. Basically if you’re readers are expecting something casual then keep your sentence structure casual, and if you’re looking to reach a more educated crowd then proper English grammar.
Always have fun and say what you need to when blogging, but pay attention to your audience and what they need to stay engaged and focused!