Do you worry too much about the quality of your content? No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to make it right. And after all the time you’ve spent, you still think that your work sucks.
If you can relate to this, then you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, I will explain why you shouldn’t worry too much about perfecting your craft. I will teach you where to look when editing your blog posts and give you some tips on how to do it.
Stop Trying to Be Perfect
Inside each one of us is a natural tendency to grow and excel in our daily lives, and it’s a wonderful thing. But in some cases, what we’re expecting becomes too much that it shifts our thinking towards perfection.
However, perfecting every detail of your work is time-consuming. You end up overwhelming yourself because getting everything right is hard to do. When you know it’s hard, you procrastinate, so you end up doing nothing.
As a blogger, understand that your writing will always have mistakes. Even after you’ve edited enough, there will always be some part of your blog that you’ll miss and it’s inevitable.
No worries, because what matters in the end is having a finished output.
Think of it. If you spend 7 days trying to improve a single article, wouldn’t it be better to use in writing new blog posts instead? Remember, the more content Google sees in your site, the better your chances of getting ranked in search.
The bottom line: Write your draft, edit what needs to be edited and move on. Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes 10,000 hours to be very good at any skill. So if you keep writing post after post after post, then you will inevitably get better at your craft. Just keep practicing and you’ll see your content looking more awesome with time.
Refine Your Posts by Using These Tips
After writing your rough first draft, take a break. Once you’re relaxed and completely unwound, go into editing mode and try these following tips.
1. Start off with a Nice Formatting
I used to type my articles in plain, bland text with almost nothing special in it, no wonder why I was struggling in writing. The document had no life because I wasn’t willing to give it life.
Now, I started adding elements such as headings, subheadings, numberings, and bullets into my draft to give it a nice upgrade and it felt better in my eyes. I recommend you do the same because it will help your audience to better read and scan your content.
When you start editing with a clean and well-formatted blog post, one that entices you to work on, the better your thoughts will flow in the process.
2, Check Your Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation
This is an obvious one and you must not forget to check this while editing. Do you have misspelled words? Are there rules you violated in grammar? Did you use the right punctuations all throughout the article? Pay close attention to this as you don’t want to look bad in front of your audience. Try using Hemingway App or Grammarly to discover errors in your content.
3. Choose Your Words Wisely
Do you often find yourself repeating words in your blog posts? I do, and I still struggle even up to this moment. This is often my enemy when it comes to writing and it creeps me out because I fear looking like a spammer to Google if I keep repeating the same words or phrases over and over.
The way I deal with the problem is with the help of tools such as OneLook and LSIGraph for rephrasing help with better alternatives.
Another thing, don’t speak jargon if you can explain it in simple words. People will appreciate your content more if you tone down to their level by including easier words or phrases in your blog.
4. Make Sure Your Thoughts Flow
You don’t talk peaches in the first paragraph then talk apples in the second one. Make sure that the transition of your ideas is gradual so that readers can pick you up easily and they won’t get lost in the details.
Rearrange the parts of your content that are disordered and place them in the logical order. Once done, reread the whole article to see if you’ve done it right and that it fits with the big picture.
5. Remove the Fluff
Eliminate all the words, phrases and characters that don’t add value to the thought of your sentences. There are many culprits to this, the most common being adverbs, clauses, and the ever popular passive voice (Trust me, it’s bad for your blog).
Also, instead of using it is, he is, she is, you are, they are and I am, I suggest that you contract them by using apostrophes (‘) to make them it’s, he’s, she’s, you’re, they’re and I’m.
6. Revise Whole Sections If You Have To
Sometimes, the quality of your content simply isn’t enough for a quick revision, and therefore it needs a total makeover. I know you’re feeling lazy in doing this, but if quality is what you want, then don’t be afraid to replace large chunks of content with a better one.
I suggest that you first write new paragraphs and don’t delete the old ones yet. When you do this, you can compare the two to find out which one is better for keeping.
7. Sprinkle Your Art with Stories and Metaphors
People love stories. They tend to stay hooked to your content if you can tell something that might interest and get them reading more. So if you can tell a simple story of some life experiences you had in the past or someone else’s, then you can engage your readers more.
Another option is metaphors. If you can’t leave a story because you’re too shy to tell one, then make them think of something related to your topic. If you’re explaining the Internet, try comparing it to a spider web. If you want to explain the basics, try comparing it to the roots of the tree. Simply any analogy will do.
8. Follow It Up After Publishing
I find myself revising my blog posts once it gets published on the Web. I don’t know for you, but it gives me the urge to update my content more often. It’s funny because when I get back to my posts, I often ask myself, “What on earth did I just write?”
By getting your blog posts into the world, you might discover how terrible your writing and ideas are. Just leave it out there or better, have others do the feedback for you. In my case, I ask some of my friends at Wealthy Affiliate for feedback and from there I can improve on my work.
Keep Calm and Hit “Publish”
It’s okay to be worrying about the quality of your content. But when your perfectionist instinct starts to take over, I suggest that you calm down for a while.
Let me ask you, what’s the worst thing that could happen if you write content that sucks? Maybe you’ll lose readers and some will laugh at you. Maybe some people will expose your errors and tell their friends how horrible you are. Maybe your content won’t get ranked in search and find your efforts being wasted.
Is that it?
Even if you have lots of mistakes in the content, do readers get turned off that easily when they see a typo within the article? Chances are they don’t. They still understand your point and the thought you are delivering despite all the errors. They simply don’t care.
The most important thing when writing blog posts is being unique because this signals your readers to stay more. Typos and wrong choice of words don’t necessarily kill your blog by themselves. They simply tell readers that you’re human who’s capable of making mistakes.
Do me a favour and just hit the publish button once you’re done editing and tell me in the comments how it went through.
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Do you often struggle with editing your blog posts? How do you deal with it? I appreciate it if you share your thoughts by leaving comments below.