Writing is an art that everybody cannot master. Even people who consider themselves to be good writers commit some common mistakes while writing their blogs and gets abandoned by the readers in the mid-way. Then they keep guessing about the reasons behind this attitude of the readers but are left without an answer.
There are issues like incomprehensive sentence structure, misapplication of comma, common spelling and grammar blunders, and usage of incorrect words and incoherent organization of the subject. All these problems often provoke readers to move over to some other piece of writing.
Below are described some very common blog errors:
- Use the same tense throughout the blog and never jump from one tense to the other. Usually, a narrative is in past tense. A story, book or a movie is in the present tense.
- Commas are an important factor when it comes to sentence construction. So:
1. Avoid using commas in between cumulative adjectives that modify a noun
2. Always use commas before “and”, “or” and “but”.
3. Try to use a comma after an introductory phrase.
4. It is imperative to use commas in between two or more coordinate adjectives.
5. Use commas to separate phrases without altering its meaning.
6. Also, use a comma to separate transitional phrases.
- Organizing the entire written piece is very important. Before you initiate the writing process, create an outline so that the miscellaneous issues can be written down in the margins like the topic of the paragraph and other things. Provide the paragraph with a proper introduction and conclusion, provide sub-titles and topic sentences also. All this provide the paragraph with a coherent look.
- Nouns and pronouns are extremely important in a paragraph. Try to avoid usage of singular nouns with plural pronouns.
- Try to avoid inflated sentences and flowery language. Use active voice and active verbs more often. Drastically scale down on passive voice. Discard phrases like “in the event of”, “I am of the opinion that” and others.
- Apostrophes can be aptly used to substitute deleted letters or numbers like the ’80s’. It is also used to turn nouns possessive.
- Maintain the difference between speech and writing. Speaking can be termed informal but writing is much more formal in nature. For example, when we speak we often say, “I wanna go” but while writing we write “I want to go”.
- Never use a sentence where a subject or a verb is absolutely missing or a sentence with an excess of one subject-verb set with no word or punctuation mark in between them. Avoid two or more complete sentences joined by a comma.
- Use similar sounding and easily baffling words carefully like “there” and “their”.
If the above grammatical issues are taken care off then not only a writer can retain their existing readers but also can add on new readers.