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How To Write Articles For Your Blog Or Website

Submitted by on June 14, 2014 – 10:00 pm

How To Write Articles For Your Blog And Website

If you’ve started your own blog or looking to branch out into the world of online article writing, you may find that it takes you a great deal of effort to write simple articles. Perhaps, you’re a club member who is looking for a way to speed up the process of writing papers for your organization. No matter your reason, when writing you need to consider your audience at all times. Knowing who will read your article or blog post and what you plan to accomplish are the key points to creating fluid content.

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Consider your audience
First, remember who you are writing to and start by asking what they need to know, outline the main points you will need to address when writing and then begin to form a skeleton (or bulleted list) of the points that you want to get across in your article. Once you’ve addressed all of the questions your audience will ask begin to create content.

Start your rough draft
Putting words to paper is an interesting process that takes several tries before you create something that’s ready for publishing. Start your process by writing one or two lines about each of your main topics. Don’t start by trying to write your entire article start to finish. You’ll likely drift during your writing and fail to stay on point, giving you more to edit later on.

 Step away from your project and research
Do your research

 Stepping away from your writing after you’ve finished your rough draft is a great way to spot errors in your writing. Take the time apart from creating to research the points that you need stronger content to be authoritative. Be sure to reference the information that you’ve gathered within your article, remember citing references only strengthens your paper, it doesn’t weaken it. 

Form your first draft
With your new found research, fill in your article including everything you’re going to want to discuss and bring the article up to the length with relevant, on topic content. If you find yourself trying to add ‘fluff’ to bring the article to length take a break and research more. When you come back to your article read through what you have already and then add more content. The article should now somewhat resemble a finished product and is ready for review.

Read through your article
Read through your article aloud to catch mistakes that you won’t see by simply reading the words. Correct any errors you find and rewrite sentences that don’t express your meaning.

Use a third party or editing software
While self editing is a great method, only by asking someone else to read your writing will you gain a level of distance needed to correct some grammatical errors. Someone else can tell if you’re accomplishing what you want with your writing or if it is just falling flat. If someone else isn’t available use an editing program that monitors style to catch long sentences, poor word choice, and sentence structure. An excellent tool is “Ginger” – a free and paid upgraded version that does a lot of the heavy lifting for you.

Look over your writing one last time
Publish your article

On your final draft give your writing one more read aloud before sending your article off to be published, after all you don’t want to find that embarrassing mistake a few minutes after you hit Publish!

 

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