How to Write with a Knife: I have been a big fan of CopyBlogger for some time and I try to read their articles as often as I can, though not as often as I would like to. The above article, followed by another one in the series called “Do Long Blog Posts Scare Away Readers?“, have some really good advice for bloggers. I have implicitly tried to follow some of them because my past training and weakness for the English language, but having them spelled out succinctly is really helpful (I already caught myself making one of the mistakes mentioned in the article, can you tell which one?).
In addition to the above suggestions, I would like to add a few of my own. Please feel free to add others in the comments.
- Make your titles short, sweet and eye catching. Long titles lose their punch.
- Proof read. As Michelle says so well, write for yourself and then edit for your readers.
- Don’t be afraid to type it out and read it aloud. Sometimes a blank slate can be vanquished with a quick swipe of the brush.
- Punctuate and format. Big blocks of text are easy to gloss over and lose interest in.
How much time do you spend on average, on writing a post?