This is my second post in the Challenge, "A Guide for Blogging Success," hosted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, and Brian England. In this post, I will highlight a few areas I think all bloggers should consider when creating a blog post.
First, in my previous post, I talked about posting quality images. Having a quality image means formatting the image correctly.
Suggestion One - Avoid Unformatted Images
IF an image is beyond 700 px wide, the image will not fit in the post or be formatted properly. The width will be squeezed to make it fit. The image may appear contorted.
The width of the entire post is approximately 700 px, so any image larger will not fit.
Here are the examples below:
Image at 1244 pixels wide
It may not appear correctly in your post, or the image may appear contorted.
Image at 600 pixels wide - Just Right!
2nd Suggestion - Avoid Grammar Mistakes
To avoid mistakes, proofread your post. This may seem easy to do. However, if we make a mistake, we may not catch it because we think it is correct. We might skim over it because it looks right to us. Some do not have the luxury of having someone else proof our work before we publish it. But you can get a writing tool to help. I started using the free version of Grammarly years ago. Though it is not a perfect tool, I feel confident it catches 99% of my mistakes. Sometimes, it may highlight a particular wordor phrase that I think is better than the one it is suggesting. So, I kept the word or phrase I typed.
Example... In the previous paragraph, I chose the word "free." Grammarly asked me to change it to "accessible." That word did not adequately describe the program. The emphasis is ($)FREE($)!
After seeing all the benefits of using this program in every aspect of my business, I decided to pay for the premium. I have absolutely no regrets.
You can get Grammarly for every browser. It can be accessed on Mac/Windows operating systems. Add it to iPhone or Android phones.
Grammer Checker - Spelling Checker - Plagiarism Checker, Citation Generator, Essay Checker, Tone Checker, Style Guide, Snippets, Analytics, Brand Tones.
The more you use it, the more it learns your writing style. It has helped me improve my grammar as well. This app will help take your writing to another level.
Real-Time Example From This Blog
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Old School vs. Embracing Technology
When given the opportunity, shouldn't we take a chance and embrace the technology that is being developed at a rapid pace? We should always keep an open mind and give tech a chance. There are AI programs that you can program and give parameters to, and they will create content in your writing style.
Here are two examples. Copymatic and Jasper. I cannot endorse these products because I have never used them and don't intend to use them in the future. They are paid platforms, and I enjoy writing. I would not like to give up that enjoyment to an Artificial Intelligence platform.
Grammarly helps me create a more professional writing experience with suggested words or phrases. I can accept or reject these suggestions. Grammarly does not take over the writing for me. Also, I have found that it spurs an idea and can take me in a better direction. Check it out and see if it is something that can benefit you.
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