: Take five minutes before you start writing to plan your blog post. Jot down briefly what you want to write about. A quick, short sentence or bulleted list will work well.
Some good ways to keep your writing short
- Stick to your topic. Don’t pick a subject that is too broad to cover in 500 words. Instead of American paper money write about the $2 bill.
- If you can say something in five words instead of 10, pick the shorter one.
- : Readers tend to scan blog posts rather than read them straight through. There are a few things you can add to make them stop and read what you have written.
- Lists: A numbered or bulleted list is easy to read and a great format for a blog post.
- Bolded words: A bolded phrase screams, Be careful bolding words. If you bold too much it will lose its punch.
- Links: If you find a neat website with more information on your topic, like how to write a scannable post, link to it in your post. That way you don’t have to write about everything on your subject.
- Pictures: People love to look at pictures, so try and find one that relates to your topic. Be sure to credit your source.
: Top your blog post with a short, catchy headline. Not “The life and times of Roman Emperors and their coins,” instead use “Roman currency and Julius Caesar.”
: Once you finish writing your blog post take a minute to look over it. Read it out loud. It can be easier to find mistakes and awkward phrases when you hear the words you have written.
: Poor spelling and grammar deter readers and make you look less knowledgeable. Read through what you wrote one more time and check your spelling and grammar.
: Don’t forget that writing a blog should be fun. Pick a topic you enjoy and have fun. We can’t wait to read your posts!