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10 Sure-Fire Editing Tips That Work For Bloggers

how to edit a blogA guest post by my colleague, Robert Morris.

You write great social media posts and blogs, but still don’t get the best feedback from your readers?

No matter how creative and inspired you are, there are always a huge number of posts that cover similar points. How can you become the best one?

When your visitors don’t bother reading the entire post, you should consider the length, quality, format, and logical flow of the post.

The matter of attracting more readers usually comes down to editing.

Since all bloggers and writers are aware of the importance of editing, it’s strange how so many of them neglect that part and publish their content without making it flawless.

There is no other way to deal with inspirational chaos; you have to take the time to edit, proofread, and format to perfection!

The following tips will help you do that:

Don’t edit while writing

This is a terrible mistake. You write one sentence or paragraph and read it few times before you continue with the rest of the content.

This is a certain recipe for forgetting all cool ideas you had and falling into a writer’s block. Write when you write, and edit when you edit. That’s the first thing to remember!

Use the right editing tools

Have you ever wondered why professional writers never edit their own novels? Unfortunately, great authors are not always successful editors.

However, you can always increase the quality of your articles if you rely on online apps, websites, and guides. There are many tools that can help you deal with the editing process more effectively.

Some of them are automated, while others provide personalized assistance that replaces a real (and rather expensive) editor. When you want to make your content perfect, these are some of the best tools you can rely on: 

   -   Polish My Writing

   -   Custom Writing Service

   -   Quick and Dirty Tips

  -    GrammarBase

  -    PaperRater

Don’t edit right after writing

When the post is too fresh, everything seems perfectly normal to you. However, if you take a break after writing and go back to the piece after few hours (or a day if you have the time), you will pick up on the errors you missed.

Once you finish a post, you are allowed to indulge with as many distractions as you want. Watch TV, have a coffee, spend time on Twitter and do whatever you want. Then, you can come back to the article from a reader’s point of view.

Have an editorial strategy

Editing is much more than reading an article and correcting minor mistakes after you’ve finished writing it. Every change you make should contribute to the goal you want to achieve as a blogger or social media writer.

You need a posting schedule that will enable you to keep track of your goals and focus on the work. Create a strategy that enables you to be productive, but also gives you time to revise the posts and make them perfect. 

Approach editing as a process.

If you simply read the article, you’ll be able to find and correct some minor spelling and grammar issues. That’s not editing!

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This stage should be divided into three steps: content, structure, and grammar.

  • The first thing you need to do is consider the content and make sure that everything makes sense. If there are unfinished paragraphs and arguments that need more background, then you should add more content. If you identify wordiness and unneeded sentences, get rid of them.
  • Once you’re done with this part, you can think about the structure of the content and organize it in a way that will keep the reader’s attention.
  • Finally, you can correct the grammatical errors.

Make your ideas powerful

You can easily get carried away when writing a post.

When you are editing the content, you should cut back on wordiness, complicated jargon, and big words. Adverbs and adjectives are distracting, so keep the sentences concise and short.

Your readers are smart, but that doesn’t mean they would like to spend too much time trying to make sense of your writing. 

Excessive diligence is wrong

Some bloggers don’t edit at all while others go to another extreme – they overdo it!

If you catch yourself correcting a single article for hours or days, then you’ve had it enough.

If you are still not confident enough that it’s ready to be published, then give yourself few hours away from it before you read it once more. (Remember: published posts are always better than the ones you keep in your drafts folder).

Read random parts

This is a very effective technique: try to read random sentences and paragraphs of your article. Can you still sense the main idea of the whole piece?

You don’t have to look at the content from the beginning to its end; simply choose random parts and work on them until you have the entire post edited. That will help you notice mistakes that didn’t seem so obvious before. 

Once you’re done editing, it’s time for proofreading

There is a big difference between editing and proofreading.

When you are sure that the logic is preserved throughout the entire article, it’s time to check each sentence and word in terms of grammar and spelling.

Don’t trust the spell-check function of your word processor too much. Although this feature is effective in identifying most misspellings, it doesn’t view the content as a logical whole.

Pay attention to the presentation

The way you present the content to your readers is part of the editing process. If you don’t like how the article looks when you publish it, then you cannot expect your readers to spend their time on it.

The appearance of your website is very important, so pay attention to the visual aspects and include photos, graphics, and videos to break up the text.

If your readers can benefit from a certain social media app or the latest widget, then you should make sure to feature it on your website.            

Robert Morris is a content writer with 5 years of experience. He writes about social media, content marketing and education. Follow Robert on Google+

 

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35 comments on “10 Sure-Fire Editing Tips That Work For Bloggers”

  1. Hi, Robert (and Sue).

    I think that first point about not editing while writing is key for me. I have a tendency to do that all the time, and I really must stop it when I write.

    The three-step editorial process sounds good and structured. Another tip that I read before is to save the document as a PDF, then read it again. I have tried it, and it certainly does work! Re-reading it backwards is also good.

    Thanks for sharing your practical tips.

    Nathan.

  2. [ Smiles ] Brilliant advice!

    Trying to edit one's post while they are writing it is counterproductive.

  3. Hi Robert and Sue,

    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome tips! I am guilty of "Don't edit while writing" and "excessive diligence". LOL. I should remember to not fall for these next time I write.

    The editing tools you suggested are great. I checked them all out and think Polish My Writing will work for me. I use wordcounttool.com when needing to check for the number of words.

    Brilliant, helpful post.

    Have a beautiful day!

    Luna

    1. Hi, Luna,

      Thanks for your comment and the recommendation for wordcounttool.com

      I'm going over to check it out right now!
      Sue

  4. Hello Robert !

    Well ! I agree with you on the point about proof-reading . Proof -reading is must to ensure that our article is correct and is without error . It helps to identify flaws in the content which is something bad for the blog reputation .

    I loved this article and its was great reading this post !

    Happy Blogging !

  5. Thanks for this valuable post.

    The point about dipping in and out is key. Once I learned how to edit out of order, my writing got a lot better.

    I've never avoided editing while writing, however. And now I do it by default because I use the Hemingway app. The program literally forces you to edit while writing - and it's a good thing. It rewires the brain to write simpler sentences.

    That said, they can sound stunted later, which is why your point about leaving the final polish for later is good. Fresh eyes are a writer's best friend.

    1. Hi, Anthony,

      I also use Hemingway and I'm going to switch to something else so I don't edit as I go along.

      Thanks for your feedback today!
      Sue

  6. Hello Sue and Robert,

    Thank you for this useful and encouraging post.

    Such useful tools - if only they were not confined to writing and could be available for my life in general !

    (Looking forward to the Webinar tonight - thank you).

    Kindest,

    Zara

  7. Editing is one area I REALLY need to step up my game. I'm a visual gal because most days I can't use my words, so writing for my blog has been a huge struggle. These are some EPIC tips I will definitely employ into my blogging process! Thanks for the editing badassery Robert & Sue!

    1. You would never know that writing isn't a big strength of yours, Dre. I think your posts are so well done!

      Glad this could help and thanks for your comment on Robert's post.
      Sue

  8. I always do editing for improving the level of presentation and this thing bring my blog to the next level. Your point is about to edit after few hours of writing the content is really true because after writing fresh content our mind get tired so there must by freshness in our brain for improving writing level.

  9. I'm taking your advice, Ryan. I never leave enough time between writing and editing. Except last week I was really tired after writing my blog post in the evening and went to bed before editing it. When I got up in the morning and reread it, it was so easy to see what needed to be changed.

    You've convinced me to do that every time!

    Thanks for your comment.
    Sue

  10. Great tips, Robert! Every time I draft a post, I force myself to follow the one-sentence rule -- sum up every single main point in only one sentence. It keeps me crystal clear and super focused to always stay true to that one sentence when I expand and edit. Plus, it keeps my writing lean and concrete while I "pretty it up" for editing. Really enjoyed these -- thanks!

    1. Hi, Anne,

      Love that one sentence rule! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

      I appreciate your comment.
      Sue

  11. Hi Robert,

    Hi Sue,

    I completely agree with the fact that proofreading, editing and writing should be completely separated processes. Losing sight of your train of thoughts while writing is the worst thing that can happen.

    One thing that often helps me is to temporarily turn off the real time spell check...I hate those underlined words and I automatically feel compelled to go back and modify them (and subsequently forget what I was about to write.)

    Another trick that has helped me a lot with editing: after coming up with a structure for the post I start filling out the chapters I outlined with ideas and paragraphs. At this stage, I never censure my thoughts even if I immediately realize that they are not relevant and that they will eventually be removed from the draft. I simply continue writing because, very often, these ideas trigger other posts; I simply cut them out and paste them in a document where I keep all the unused paragraphs. No wastes! This way I automatically generate in average four posts out of a single article 🙂

    Thanks a lot for the great tips and tools.

    Emily

  12. Hey Sue,

    Wonderful article I landed here from another site and found this informative article. From next time I will surely stick with your saying " Write when you write, and edit when you edit. ".

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