Monthly Archives: June 2017

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7 Hacks on how to create a readable blog

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Let’s be sincere.

 

Isn’t blogging a hard task? Do you know how to create a readable blog?

 

How to create a readable blog

 

Is your blog worth your efforts and investment? What do readers think about your blog?

 

The answer to that lies on its readability. A perfect blog is the one that users desperately follow up and wouldn’t want to miss a single post.

 

But how?

 

Let’s have a look.

On the previous post, I talked about writing short readable sentences. We are going to learn more about that and how it improves readability.

Readability is how easy your blog posts are to read. Flesch-Kincaid is a popular tool that measures readability accurately. If your score is between 60.0-70.0, then your content is readable.

Google considers readability of the content in your blog before ranking it.

 

 

How can you improve readability on your blog?

 

  • Use short paragraphs

 

A short paragraph should have a minimum of 2-4 sentences. A short paragraph is easy to read and scan through.

A paragraph with one sentence is okay too.

 

Each paragraph should have one idea. A blog post with many white/blank spaces is very readable because at least a reader can skip a line without missing the point.

 

  • Shorten the length of your sentences

 

Did you know that the secret to avoiding common mistakes in writing is using short sentences? Cut off extra words that don’t add value to the content. Get rid of adverbs for example, and, generally, e.t.c.

 

  • Utilize formatting tags

 

What are formatting tags for if you don’t use them in your write-up? Make use of bold, underlines and italics to spice up your content and enchant your readers.

 

 

  • Use alternative to common words

 

Examples of an alternative to common words are fantastic, friendly, great, good, etc.

 

  • Avoid prepositional phrases

 

Don’t use common prepositions e.g., include of, among, around, about, into, without, through and many others.

 

  • Replace a phrase with one word

 

You can use words like suddenly in place of all of a sudden, instead of to replace at this point in time and much more. You can check on 50 plain language substitutions for more details.

 

  • Spice up your writing

 

How do you plan to catch the attention of your readers?  You can improve readability by writing in a conversational tone. You speak to the reader by including questions and even cooking up stories.

 

Just imagine if you were watching your favorite movie and you receive an email. On checking the email, you find the sender is narrating a personal story. Wouldn’t you be distracted a bit and read the story?

You might want to find out the message behind that story. To be precise, spicing up your writing has authority over your reader.

 

Finally, avoid using passive voice as much as you can.

  1. The book was written by her.
  2. She wrote the book.

 

Sentence two sounds better compared to sentence one. Active voice affects the readability of your content.

Do you know how to make your blog readable now? Before you start marketing that product or service in your blog, make sure that your readability score is more than 60.0.

 

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5 Sure-fire ways to write damn sparkling short sentences

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Correct sentence structure

Have you ever thought of perking up your writing style?  Yes, I am talking about you. Do you use short sentences?

I know you are a good writer, but can you strive to get better than that?

 

Why?

 

According to studies conducted in 2017, your website content determines the traffic you are going to have on your site. It persuades your readers to take action and contact you.

 

You don’t have to be an average writer forever. Experiencing a slow growth in your writing career can lead to death.

 

Death?  Yes, death in your site, morale, self-esteem and finally you might quit.

 

Soon people are going to get bored of your content. Nobody would want to read your work.

 

By learning how to write damn sparkling short  sentences, you are going to become that much coveted super-duper writer.

 

How can you write sparkling sentences?

 

Your sentences should have emotions, images, and logic.

 

How can you write a sparkling sentence?

 

  • Use short sentences

 

Did you know that short sentences have less grammatical errors? They improve readability and make your content lively. Read more about sentence structure.

 

  • Get rid of unnecessary words

 

Can you imagine that moment when you are reading and realize the content has unneeded words?

It sucks!

Get rid of terms such as that, very, just, really, definitely, probably and many others if the sentence makes a meaning without them.

 

  • Evoke emotion

 

Sentences with emotions attract many readers. What is the general mood of your audience? What problems are they trying to solve?

 

It might be unemployment, trying to cope with death, divorce, etc. Slot in that emotion in your sentence.

 

  • Write conversationally

 

When writing, you are talking to your readers. Put your focus on your audience and address them as if you were doing it face to face.

 

Example

  1. Most women get confused when they start adding weight.
  2. Have you ever felt confused when you started adding weight?

 

Example 1 sounds too general. Example 2 sounds specific because it addresses you. Readers love conversational tone and are likely to comment to that blog.

 

  • Paint a picture

 

How can you create an image in your sentence? Giving the reader a clear picture of your mind depends on your words.

 

It is possible to do that through entertaining your audience. Combine abstract and concrete images. Abstract is that which you can imagine/image in your mind. Concrete is something you can see.

Image in your sentence

Do you attach images in your write-up?

 

You can also create abstract and concrete language.

The best way to combine abstract with concrete language in an article is through connecting your facts with data.

 

 

For example:

“Alice is a talented author but she hates one thing about herself. Whenever she sits down to write, she finds herself staring at the screen or browsing through the social media.”

 

According to an American journal released on 7th July 2011, 40% of authors have talent in writing but aren’t motivated to do it. The Journal further states that most writers can’t accomplish their goals because they are lazy.

 

  • Add facts in your sentences

 

Currently, there is too much information in the internet. If you say a fact, you need to prove it. Otherwise your readers might underrate you.

 

Remember the online world is full of annoying sales pitch and advertisements. How can your audience know that you are different from them?

 

You can do this by showing your readers what you say. Don’t mention a statement without proof. That’s all!

 

  • Practice

 

Hidden treasures have to be searched. Likewise writing well needs practice.

The more you write, the more you learn. Think about a baby boy learning how to walk. At first, he tries and falls down.

Next he moves two steps and stands. He then runs without falling. Who knows, later he might be a famous athlete.

The same applies to writing. It might seem daunting at first. Don’t give up. Write, write, and write.

 

Are you going to change your perception?  What is your choice? Take action today!

 

What  else should we do to write sparkling sentences? Feel free to comment below.

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