These 9 tips for newbie article writers is by and from the perspective of an author who remembers the early misgivings. It is written especially for the beginning article writer. (If you’re wondering about the benefits of Article Marketing for your blog, it’s a free way to get your blog link in front of a very large audience.)
Articles and Blogs are necessary in today’s scheme of search engine indexing. Probably not what the newbie blogger wants to hear. Just remember what the Bible says, “there has nothing over taken you that is not common to man”. That’s right! All of us hate article and Blog writing at times, and some of us dread the journey to pen and paper (or keyboard as the case may be) all the time. Many a webmaster would call them “a necessary evil” as they are not generally anyone’s best liked house keeping chores.
Just Start, It Gets Easier
First it is sometimes difficult to get a subject or theme and to get the first couple of lines scribbled down. Lighten up. Once an author has a starting point and gets past the initial thoughts, article and Blog writing usually goes fairly smoothly.
The main thing is that you get started. Pick a subject you know something about and just start. You will be pleasantly surprised at just how easily ideas flow. Don’t assume everyone knows what you know. They don’t. Will Rogers once said, “all men are ignorant, just on different subjects”. And, it’s so!
Good vs Perfection
Your old English comp professor is not looking over your shoulder. This post does not have to be perfect. That is not to say it does not have to be on point or to say that it does not have to be correct. It does or at least it should be. But, perfection is not the goal and is, in fact, seldom possible. Too much detail and you run the risk of losing your reader on several levels. Too long and most readers simply don’t have the time or interest to wade through the material regardless of how important it is.
Spelling and Grammar
Once you have your article or Blog, run it through a good spell checker and a good grammar checker. Microsoft Word works well for these purposes. Use it’s suggestions to make any necessary corrections to your post or article.
Check back on Friday for Part Two of this post!