On a regular basis I try to visit at least 5 blogs a day for 3 reasons: to read, to learn, and to enhance my own knowledge.
I also, leave some Comment Luv and finally hope to development relationships with other bloggers, i.e., build a blogging community.
With that said, I am always looking for quality blogs/posts.
I’ve visited many blogs that are just poor quality.
The lack of quality can be any one of the items below and are a sure-fire turn-off to many readers. These include:
- Multiple grammatical errors
- Multiple typographical errors
- Incorrect information or info you can’t verify
- Lack of a conversational tone – too straightforward and boring
What Is Quality And Why A Quality Blog Post?
A quality blog post leaves an impression on the content of your work and on you as the author.
A great quality blog post includes no typos, good to great grammar, great story lines, interesting points and pertinent facts or instructions to help a person learn something relevant to their lives or business.
If you want to be known as an expert in a specific field, you must present yourself as ‘clear,’ knowledgeable, articulate and professional. Give me a second and I’ll explain why below.
A Commitment To Quality
I work in Quality in Information Technology (IT) (that’s my regular day job).
I’m basically an auditor/compliance manager and I look for quality in my work. I also look for quality in my life including the posts that I read.
Quality in your blog post shows a serious commitment to doing it the right way and providing reputable information.
In the IT world, quality means a great system or application or mobile app you can use without issues and works as you expect it to.
Imagine downloading an app to your cell phone and finding all types of typos in the information.
Imagine that the app does not work according to its specifications. Imagine typos and grammatical errors that make it hard to read or use.
At the least you’d be annoyed. At the most, you’d be frustrated. Particularly if you paid for it.
Now you’ve got to contact the distributor and find out what happened and how to fix it.
It is the developer’s job to read, test and ensure the app is working and reading properly to prevent frustration and aggravation on behalf of you (the client).
I feel we should do the same in our blog posts.
Ensuring Quality in Your Blog Posts
When I write a post, I check it for grammar and spelling because I want the presentation of my blog to be professional and my information to be accurate and usable to the reader.
It represents how I present myself to the world and what I know to be as picture perfect as possible. No typos, no grammatical errors, no crazy blooper stuff in your writing.
There are tons of tools out there to help you. I use Word, spell check, grammar check and sometimes one of my daughters will read it before I post it. Another person reading it will help eliminate many issues.
Now don’t get me wrong…people do make mistakes and typos and stuff are bound to happen, however, it should not be consistent.
Consistent Quality Blog Posts
If you don’t look to provide quality blog posts on your blog in content and in appearance, it shows a lack of commitment to what you are really doing.
It shows a lack of caring about how you present yourself to your readers.
It’s like going outside with a stain on your dress or shirt after you’ve dressed up for a cocktail party.
You want to look nice and show yourself off – be impressive, but if your blog and posts are full of typos and misspellings or bad grammar, then the view others have of you is diminished in appearance and capacity.
Basically, it shows a lack of commitment that comes through and people typically will not take you seriously if you or your blog lack quality.
Soooooo with that said, what can you do and how do you improve to add quality to your posts:
Quality Checks – How To Improve These Items and Get A Great Quality Post
- Use Microsoft Word or whatever tool you use to write to perform grammatical checks. Word is actually good at catching grammatical bloopers. Check this link for some tools (Free Grammar Checkers For Bloggers and Writers) to check grammar and spelling in your blog. There are a ton of good references here.
- Use a spell checker tool or plugin to check spelling. Nothing is worse than a post full of typos.
- Verify your information that you are providing. Make sure it is accurate and true.
- Have someone read it for you or to you. It’s a great way of finding issues.
- Print it out and read it without looking at your computer. You’ll be amazed at the things you find. It’s sort of looking at it from another angle.
We all make mistakes. But it really is important to have quality in your blog. You would do nothing less for your regular job, raising your children, buying a car or whatever.
So do your due diligence for your blog and provide quality posts as your blog represents you.
Over to you?
What do you do to ensure quality in your blog posts? Please share as some of your ideas may be able to help others reach that goal as well. Here’s a test – Can you find a misspelled word in this post?
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