Simple Cardinal Rules of Blogging That You Need To Follow

The internet allows for much room for everyone to voice out their thoughts and look for what they need with practically no limits. However, you do need to follow some rules of blogging while start-your-own-blogexpressing your thoughts. Today, blogging is one of the most common and most preferred methods that people use to share their thoughts.

Some succeed greatly at it, while some don’t. When you really think about it, there is more to blogging than just putting sentences together. There are several things that you need to remember when making your own blog:

Don’t let simple grammar or spelling errors get by

As a blogger, you need to remember that what you write reflects who you are, it reflects the way you think, the way you arrange your ideas and the way you write. Before hitting that publish button, make sure that you have read through your work at least twice until you are confident about it.

Put yourself in your readers’ position, what would you think a blog entry is credible if you can spot errors all the time? Would you even be interested to keep reading?

Don’t write with such complicated words

Unless you are writing for a government blog or an educational blog, it really is not a good idea to write in such complicated words. Keep it as simple as you possibly can and make it easy for your readers. You may be thinking that writing in such way makes you sound articulate, but in fact, what you are really doing is driving readers away because your style is too heavy. There is such a thing as a Grandma test. So ask yourself after you’ve written everything, “Will my grandma be able to understand this if I made her read it?”

Don’t copy someone else’s work

This is a cardinal sin for writers and of course, you know you would be extremely hurt if you found out that someone just copied what you wrote by word and passed it off as their own. Moreover, Google can now detect duplicates, so your work can be rejected if it has been found to be an exact copy of an already existing blog.

If you must borrow someone’s words, at least quote them and mention their names as a sign of respect.

Do keep updating your blogs

If you want more people to visit your site and read your work, you need to make sure that you have updated information. Refresh your site with at least two blogs a week to get it started, just so it remains active. You cannot expect your readership to grow in number if you have nothing for them to read in the first place.

Do make sure that your website as a whole is designed neatly

Sometimes it is better to keep something simple so make sure not to over decorate your website with too many flash images. You wouldn’t want your readers to be distracted from what they really are supposed to be looking at. Remember, sometimes LESS IS MORE (plus it doesn’t give off the idea of desperation!).

Do keep your articles brief

Before writing the article itself, try jotting down your ideas first. If you feel like it’s probably too much information to put in one article, it probably is! What you can do is break it down to several blog posts instead. Follow a limit of up to 500 words. Extremely long articles can be off-putting to certain readers. In the same sense, don’t write articles that are too short either!

Blogging allows for much opportunity, but one can easily fail in it as much as one can succeed. Try the aforementioned tips when you decide to create your own blog. Good luck!

Author: Kimberly Darvin

Kimberly Darvin is a graduate of AB Media Arts from Southville International School and Colleges in the Philippines. She currently works at home as the Content Manager of OnlineJobSite.ph and Outsourcing Exposed

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  1. Thanks for sharing some great rules for blogging.I always try to stick to these basics.First of all if you are strong at basics then you are a good blogger.I often see newbies going after pro’s asking what is seo ,how to do it ,how to increase traffic instantly, and many such rubbish questions .Some of them are not even taking time to study the basics.Thanks for this share this awesome post! 🙂

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  2. Hi Kimberly!
    Great advice! I especially agree about keeping articles brief. I tend to lose interest in extremely long articles even if they are informative. I recommend that if someone has that much great information to write about, why not write 2 articles that focus on different aspects of the topic?
    thanks again!
    Lisa

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  3. Kimberly, You just nailed a few key points here. A blogger must try and be himself. We all have something unique in each of us, so trying to copy another person would only make you a photocopy, but not original.
    I have seen several bloggers whose blogs are filled with grammatical errors. A blogger is like a journalist that is held in high esteem in society. A lot of educated people read our blogs, so if we can’t write in simple and correct English, we would never be respected.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! Writing is my serious problem because I am a none native English, some time I feel, I made mistake with my topic. Anyway, I love this and it is useful for me.

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    • Glad to help, Kimsea. Making mistakes is normal, it’s part of blogging! But one more advice I think I can give you is don’t feel like you made a mistake with your topics. As long as it’s something of your interests, it’s never a mistake, you’ll be able to write something great, still. 🙂

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      • Thanks for responding brother, I hope I did. I bookmarked the site and will be back for new topic. thanks for good advice I will follow this.

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  5. You are welcome! I can totally relate with you. Sometimes, keeping it simple really is the best way to do it. I mean, why make life so hard when you have the option not to, right? Good luck with your blog! 🙂

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  6. Thanks so much for this, as well as for the starter tips! It’s very helpful for someone in position. I have a tendency to use superfluous vocabulary…. I’ll try to keep that in check.

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