9 more things to watch out for in blog posts

1. Master the blogging basics
Make sure you are covering the blogging basics

2. Is it newsworthy?
Is it new? Is it informative? Is it local? Is it something we don’t know? Is it surprising? Is it interesting? Why is it interesting? If you are not interested, your reader will not be interested.

3. Use active voice.
My first trip to New York City will always be remembered by me. vs. I will always remember my first trip to New York City.

The ground was covered in dead leaves. vs. Dead leaves covered the ground.

4.  In general, punctuation goes inside quotes.

5. Don’t mix past and present tense.
“Yesterday I went to the shoe store,” she says.

6. Omit needless words and phrases.
the question as to whether vs. whether
there is no doubt but that vs. no doubt
he is the man who vs. he
the reason why is that vs. because

7. Avoid using “you”
Don’t assume to know what your readers are thinking or what their experiences have been. (“You know when you are jumping on your pogo stick and your foot slips off? I hate that. Here are five tips to avoid that unpleasant experience.”)

8. Your friends are great, but they make lousy sources.
Quoting people you know is easy, but you rarely learn anything new. It undercuts your credibility. And it can cause problems. If you have a personal connection to the person, you should disclose it.

9. You must hook your reader in your lead
Here, courtesy of the North X East writing blog, are 10 Ways to Write a Great Lead for a Blog Post.

 

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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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