Writing Roots: 3 Ways to Nourish Yours
Do you have to be an experienced writer or an award-winning author, if you want to make money blogging? No, of course not. If you did, there’s be a lot fewer blogs on the Web. But there is a big difference between being able to write and being able to write in a manner that engages your audience and keeps them on your blog. Here are three ways to nourish your writing roots so you can make your blog more interesting for your readers.
Increase your vocabulary
While it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly how many words you know, but it’s safe to assume you only use a fraction of that number in your every day life. For example, you probably recognize the word “paraphernalia” yet I’ll bet you’ve seldom used it in normal conversation. It’s difficult to pronounce, it sounds kind of hoity-toity and maybe your readers don’t know the word. It’s easier to just “all that stuff” and you know everyone will know what you’re talking about.
However, adding colorful words to your online vocabulary has a couple of benefits. First, they make you look smart, and some bloggers need all the help they can get in that department! Second, they add color and texture to your content. Even if your readers don’t know the definition it makes your content less boring, less like it was written by an encyclopedia salesman, and more interesting.
Third, and maybe most important, those words help your readers grow their own vocabulary. If you didn’t know the meaning of the word “paraphernalia” before you do now because you either got it from the surrounding content or you looked it up. Now you have a new word to use and you’ll remember where you learned it.
Study writing styles
I’ve always been an avid reader so studying writing styles comes natural to me, but here’s what I suggest: Visit your favorite blogs and the big-name bloggers you look up to and don’t just look at what they’re saying, look at how they’re saying it. What emotions do you feel when you’re reading those blogs and what words are they using to create those emotions? Do they use lots of imagery and metaphors to convey their message or do the just put it all out there in plain, unadorned text?
Learn to be concise
Concise means to convey your message in as few words as possible. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all the colorful language we’ve just been talking about. That’s an important part of your message, too, because it sets the tone for your blog post.
But learn to provide all the necessary information in a straightforward manner. Don’t forget – online readers are always in a hurry so don’t give them too many new vocabulary words in one sitting.
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