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Writing compelling content for your blog

Writing great content for your blog involves much more than having topic ideas. The devil is literally in the details when it comes to properly communicating an idea. The following are some of the aspects to adhere to if you looking to create compelling content for your blog;

Have a clear message

Having a clear message means weaving your ideas with the appropriate arguments. For each paragraph, include a topic sentence and then use the rest of the sentences to present arguments that support it. A topic is basically made up of a singular idea that should be backed by persuasive arguments and relevant evidence. Have a catchy sentence, and then support your ideas with interesting, compelling evidence.

A clear message as part of compelling content
A clear message with a picture works great

Stay true to your audience

Stay true to the topic of your blog
Stay true to the purpose of your content

The internet is filled with millions of blogs discussing different subjects. The blogs that focus on a particular topic or idea are more likely to get a consistent following. Staying true to your message entails considering the audience and what drew them to your blog. If your blog is aimed at discussing different recipes, do not digress into topics that are unrelated. Having a point of focus will not only get you a dedicated audience but will also improve your expertise in the subject matter you choose. Expertise comes with a certain level of confidence which usually resonates with the reader in the long run. 

Readable content

Readable content is seen in the simplicity of language and conciseness of the message. Understanding comes with simplicity in the message being conveyed. The user needs to use the least effort to read your content. Readability of content has become more important given the different distractions available on the internet for readers. As such, the main priority is delivering the message fast and clearly. Clear delivery not only involves the use of words. Include relevant pictures and lists that give a quick glimpse into the information in the content. Breaking down information into specific subtopics will also improve the readability of the content. Ideally, aim at using the simplicity of elementary education. This will make the reading process completely effortless for the reader.

Use of jargon

The use of jargon presents a challenge especially when looking to communicate to a specific audience. Depending on the subject, there are terms that will be strange for the new reader that is visiting the blog for the first time. As aforementioned, the goal is to make the content so simple that the reading process is seamless. On using jargon, the rule of the thumb is to use jargon when you completely have no alternative, simpler term. And in the instances where the word is really undecipherable for the audience, inform. Informing involves including a short, concise explanation of the word applied. Another strategy would be to contextualize the term in a way that makes its meaning obvious to the reader. But when it comes to the grammar, the simpler words make for better content than being unnecessarily verbose.

How to write good prose: A guide to effective writing

Writing good prose, whether in an article or book requires effective writing techniques. Writing effectively starts with the elaborate understanding of the nature of your writing project. You could be writing a letter, a personal statement, a school assignment or an article. For each of these projects, the tone, style and flow will differ. The one thing that is standard in good prose is making the text clear and concise. Other parts of your writing that require emphasis are as follows;

Catchy beginning 

Even in good prose, a great first impression works wonders. A catchy beginning will immediately grab a reader’s attention and keep them reading. Once they are reading, your task as a writer is to keep up the momentum. Elementary writing instructions suggest that the subsequent sentences support the first one. There is no limit to what a catchy phrase could be. It can be a startling statistic, a universal truth, an interjection or just an insightful statement. As a writer, it is your to choose between these variations for the beginning most relevant to your writing.

Quote about having catchy beginnings
Catchy beginning is welcoming to the reader

Avoid jargon

Jargon and complex words make prose more difficult to read. Having got the attention of the reader, using indecipherable words can slow down the reader. Meeting words that they don’t understand can make the reader lose interest in the text altogether. Having to look up each word with every sentence can make the reading process tedious and grueling for the reader. By avoiding jargon, a writer can effectively keep the writer reading all through to the end. Because at the end of the day, the goal is to inform in the simplest way possible.

A statement about the use of jargon in writing good prose
Use simple words instead of jargon

Construct short, simple sentences 

Simplicity and conciseness are factors that cannot be understated in good writing. Words make up, sentences. But even while using words, a writer can make their writing confusing by using a complex structure. Short simple sentences also enhance the readability of prose through a seamless flow of ideas. Simple sentences use simple present or past tense, avoiding the use of passive statements. These sentences also connect ideas by ensuring that the topic position and stress positions are followed to the letter. Each sentence should blend into the next without effort. And each paragraph should connect to the next one in the same manner. This is how flow is achieved hence good prose.

Be accurate

Being accurate applies to blogs, articles or even forum contributions. These types of projects require accuracy in the information being conveyed. Achieving this will have the best impact on the reader

The internet is awash with a lot of information. Cutting through the murk and presenting clear, usable information will set a writer’s content apart hence improve readability. Readability is the hallmark of good prose. A combination of different factors help achieve good prose during the writing process. The first step would be to have an idea of information to be conveyed and then present it in a clear manner. Part of the process is writing a first draft and revising until all of these aspects are sufficiently addressed

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