8 Ways to Write a High Quality Post
March 24, 2008
Writing a high quality article is certainly not an easy task. You already know how to write a successful post, but now you’re going to learn how to write a high quality post effectively and understand how to be productive when creating your articles. Combine productivity and an amazing post each day and you’ll have a goldmine of valuable content on your hands.
1. Close everything else you have open.
While it might be hard to completely distance yourself from everything you do online during the day, all of those distractions can not only make writing a post take a lot longer, but they can also ruin the quality of your post as well. When you open up WordPress or your writing program, close everything else – the internet, any instant messaging systems, and make sure you log out of your email – you don’t want to be tempted! If you need to, leave an online page open for research or reference, but make sure you don’t stray off to any other sites that’ll just prevent you from doing your work.
2. Know about your topic.
You should know about what you’re going to write before you do. If you sit down thinking that you’re going to tell your readers how to code a certain part of a WordPress theme, make sure you actually know how to do that yourself. Why teach people about something even you don’t understand how to do? Sure, you can reference other articles and basically just take their information, but that’s not going to do you or your visitors any good. Before you write an article on any subject, make sure you’ve researched it and know it completely, even if that means putting off writing about it for several weeks or more.
3. Have a schedule set and stick to it.
If it helps you, make a schedule for yourself and your blogging. Learn the power of planning for blogging success. You can plan out what you’re going to do throughout the day, including the time you sit down and write your content. During those timeframes, do only what you’re supposed to be doing. When writing an article you can also give yourself a certain amount of time to perform each task, such as thirty minutes to an hour with writing the article itself, ten minutes to come up with a good headline, twenty more to proofread, etc. This will make you feel like you’re not rushed and yet it will also force you to stick with what you’re doing and not take forever.
4. Write an outline for your post.
For some people it’s easier to create an outline for an article instead of writing it from start to finish. Grab a piece of paper and jot down all the main ideas of your post. If you’re writing a list, such as this one, write down all the key points but not the details. If there are any certain witty lines you’ve thought of that you want to include and not forget, write those down as well. Then when it’s time to write the actual post you can refer to your outline and fill in all the blanks.
5. Take breaks when you need to.
If you sit down to write and are going good for a while but then your creative juices stop flowing, don’t make yourself keep writing – that will only make the article quality suffer. When you find this happening get up and take a ten minute break. Walk around, stretch, go outside and get some fresh air if possible, or maybe get a small snack. Do whatever makes you feel relaxed and energizes your brain, and then come back and start writing again.
6. Always proofread at least once.
When I first started blogging I didn’t proofread my articles at all, which let grammatical mistakes and typos just slip through. When someone reads an article with bad English or a lot of misspelled words, they won’t be impressed and might not even continue reading if it’s bad enough. No matter how good of an idea you have for your post, it will be ruined if you don’t proofread it at least once or twice and catch all the errors you made. Even better, ask a friend or relative to read through your article before you publish it and see if they can catch any mistakes you might have missed!
7. Edit and touch up your article.
After you have finished writing your actual post, edit any mistakes you may have found after proofreading and touch up what you’ve written. Make the article appealing and attractive to readers – add an image and center or format it properly in the right place (try the Photo Dropper plugin if you use WordPress), add links to other articles on your blog or those on other sites where appropriate, include quotes that will be interesting or useful, or anything else you deem necessary. Preview the article to make sure it looks all right and that everything is in the proper place and all the links work.
8. Never publish something you don’t like.
Let’s say you have an amazing idea that you can envision becoming one of your most popular articles, or an idea for some strong linkbait or social media content. You sit down and write, except it’s “one of those days” and your writing quality is suffering and the words aren’t flowing like they should. Instead of publishing something you don’t like and is only half as good as it should be, either save the article as a draft that you can edit some other day, or delete it altogether. It’s better to not have a post at all one day than waste an idea on something that is low quality and won’t be appreciated. If you feel it’s not as good as it could be, don’t publish!
What do you think? How do you write quality posts effectively? Leave a comment on this article and let us know if you have any rituals or certain things you do to create a better post in a more productive manner. And if you liked this article, subscribe to Super Blogging so you won’t miss others like this in the future!