Sunday, September 27, 2020

Habits to Avoid When Blogging

Habits to Avoid When Blogging

One could distill the rules for blogging effectively into a few keywords: 

Write what you know, write well, write regularly, and write to your target audience. And while these rules appear on virtually any blogging blog, bloggers around the world refuse to follow them out of either apathy or oblivion. It's a disconcerting reality, but it gives capable bloggers a lot more of an edge in a competitively inundated market.

Instead of rehashing the things you can do to keep a good blog, I want to warn bloggers about harming blogging habits. I 'm talking about the kind of actions that makes you gag on reading it. At all costs, the following habits should be avoided; it will annoy me to see any blogger commit any of those transgressions. You are alerted.

Sloppy Writing :

Simply put, poor prose encourages readers to criticism and intense examination. Unfortunately most people who notice typos or badly written sentences on a blog don't think "Oh, they made a mistake, oh well, I'm going to move on." Typically they think something more along the lines of "Wow, how do you misspell 'networking'—I wonder what else the messed up on this post;" and then the rest of their visit to your site becomes a scavenger hunt for errors.

Sloppy writing takes the focus of your readers from the actual content of your blog and places it on what you have done wrong. Admittedly this is as much a challenge for the reader as it is for the writer, but the online culture is notoriously harsh and oriented towards information. Avoid unwarranted scrutiny by looking for grammatical and spelling mistakes and rechecking your writing before publishing.

Contentious Writing :

Avoid writing about topics that will kindle your readers' ire. You should know your readers' attitudes and opinions well enough to keep your articles free from potentially controversial subject matter. I will explain that I do not recommend hedging your writing to please your readers. When you write a post knowing it will cause confusion, think long and hard before it is written. I would particularly suggest avoiding litigious writing if you have a fast temper on yourself.

I'm sure you're familiar with the heated debates carried on through a blog post 's comments; they can make readings interesting, but it's rarely a source of respect for those arguing. When a post draws negative feedback from your followers, make every effort to prevent a direct confrontation with them by comment. Post a quick "Thanks to everyone for their feedback! The feedback is greatly appreciated "and is continuing.

Copying source materials :

Plagiarism, this greatest of no-no's, is rampant in the blogosphere. Although plagiaristic rules vary from blog to blog (if their case has been discussed at all), they are uniformly regarded with a negative light. Imagine browsing through your favorite blog and having a chance to review some new mobile technology. You note a lot of parallels to the review you read in another tech blog as you read through the article. Then it is dawning on you that this blog essentially copied-and-pasted the review and credited it as its own. Did you feel rejoicing at the discovery? No, when you see plagiarism from a blog you admire, you'll probably feel something similar to deception. Upon finding the plagiarism the readers will have the same feeling. The possible legal consequences alone will dissuade you from plagiarism, but if not, remember your readers' embarrassment if they find out about you. Do it not!

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