10 Language Rules When Writing Your Articles

Language is important – to some more than to others and even though this post may seem irrelevant to those of you who uphold grammar and language, I hope that you will find some inspiration and tips when it comes to language in your writing. You see, blogging is not supposed to be academic and it’s not a competition to see who can form the longest and most complicated sentences curling the words and meanings in witty and different ways. It’s about getting your point across – quickly and precisely.

10 Post Writing Language Rules

  • Simplicity: Follow the K.I.S.S. principle {keep it simple, stupid!} when it comes to sentences, paragraphs and even posts. Even though most sites are about personal views and opinions about specific subjects, it’s important to stay clear through the entire post and stick to the point.
  • Stick to one subject at a time: This way the post and point will be clear, you’ll have more material for your website, and you’ll have a great opportunity to link within your post.
  • Avoid smileys: Personally, I find them unprofessional, annoying and disturbing while reading. Keep your post sleek and elegant. You can say whatever you wanted to say with a smiley in a few extra words.
  • Everyday language: You’re not writing a Russian novel – you’re writing your thoughts in a post. Everyday language can be beautiful too and it’s much easier to skim short(er) sentences, than tangled paragraphs.
  • Terminology: If you want to reach a wide group of individuals avoid using terminology that is most likely only popular amongst professionals and experts in your field. Your readers will not be looking up terms – they’ll move on to the next site. The same goes for Internet slang!
  • Use of foreign words: Less is more in this case and if you must, make sure you understand the meaning of the word, before you use it.
  • Proofread: Blogging is all about personality, simplicity and quirkiness, but make sure that your text isn’t full of typos. Typos make you seem lazy! Use the spell checker in WordPress. It’s pretty good.
  • Tell stories: Be personal and use storytelling in your posts. Stories are more interesting than facts and they are easily remembered.
  • Use keywords: You want the language to flow and be natural, but you can still use keywords that are relevant for your topic and write in an organic way. It’s great for your posts and your SEO.
  • I as opposed to we: Sites are personal and that’s what we love about them. As soon as I turns into we, the site loses a part of its soul. If your site all of a sudden becomes huge and gets more writers, the writers should still use I and continue the personal perspective throughout their articles.

The most important thing is to stay true to your own writing style, however if you’re used to academic writing and have now decided to write about your love for traveling, make sure to adjust your language to a more personal and down to earth audience. That’s what blogging is all about… Keep it simple!

P.S. No one likes grammar nazis so should you come across a post with a typo, be the bigger person and don’t leave a comment correcting the writer – leave a link to this article!

A post by Milana Saric.