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Good blog posts vs bad blog posts

We all know that one key to a successful blog is quite simply to feature “good” quality posts. But, what is it that distinguishes the good from the not so good and even the downright horrible? It may seem like a complicated issue but it really is not.

As a person educated in journalism and sometimes working among my region’s writers for hire, I’ve always prided myself on writing well. But when it comes to writing blog posts, the concept is an entirely different beast than pounding out an article for a newspaper or writing a report for a college class for example. In cyberspace, people want quick information delivered in an easy to digest manner that is also useful and valuable.

Good blog posts

The keys to a good blog post are:

1. Keep it simple and fairly short. No, I’m not saying to write something that is 200 words and suited to a 2nd grade audience. But, you don’t have to write a novel either.

2. Even if your content is promotional, doing make it so obvious that you turn off your readers.

3. Avoid using large numbers of links in your posts, especially to your own content from another source.

4. Always make sure you use good language and grammar skills.

Bad blog posts

1. These are often either short on content or heavy on repetition and redundancy.

2. Nobody likes excessive self promotion and linking.

3. Poor language skills and grammar can undermine the quailty of even the most interesting posts.

4. These posts usually don’t offer the reader very much at all.

And for those of you out there who either buy or consider buying articles or article writing services from someone else, be very selective. Sure many providers out there offer ridiculously inexpensive rates (like say 2 cents per word or several articles for $5.00), just remember, you get what you pay for.

Songwriters like Taylor Swift have big talent

As one of many writers for hire out there, I’m always fascinated by the talent of today’s musical artists that also write their own material.

One such amazing young lady is Taylor Swift.

For such a young woman, she is mature beyond her years in how she conducts hersalf as well as her ability to write amazing lyrical content.

And considering the Grammys just took place last night, I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight a few of her lyrics form the song “Long Live” below, hope you enjoy it.

“Long live all the mountains we moved 
I had the time of my life with you 
Long, long live the walls we crashed through 
How the kingdom lights shined just for me and you 
I was screaming long live all the magic we made 
And bring on all the pretenders 
I’m not afraid 
Long live all the mountains we moved 
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you 
I was screaming long live the look on your face 
And bring on all the pretenders 
One day we will be remembered”

 

Text speak – give me a break.

As one of many writers for hire out there, I take my craft seriously. I love the English langauge, at least so much as one can love such an inanimate concept, thus can’t stand seeing it mutulated.

What do I mean? Well, I’m talking about text speak.

While this sloppy jargon does have it’s place, that place is not in business e-mails, academics, professional documents or any similarly formal writings.

Could you imagine seeing a cover letter starting like this?:

OMG, I’d luv to work for your company. My skills would make me the best employee ever!

I would simply throw it in the trash can as that it is not worth the cheep, recycled paper it was written on and is even an insult to the printer that had to use up valuable ink to produce this garbage.

Then what would I do? I’d probably sit back and wait for the author of the cover letter to textually berate me with a big fat WFT?

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