Hopefully you are already editing your posts regularly, by which I mean every time you write one. Writing and managing your own blog takes time. You need to continuously work on and develop your techniques. The more you develop your content, the more your content will attract readers.
Editing is an important aspect of every kind of writing. If you develop your editing skills, you have a better chance of drawing in new readers. On the flip side of this, readers might flee at the sight of your blog should you neglect the editing aspect of blog-writing.
If you’re still not convinced, here are a few more reasons as to why writers in general should be editing their blog posts.
Stream of Consciousness
Inspiration can strike at a moment’s notice. You might have a great idea for your next blog post and know in your heart that it will drive traffic to your site and bring in new users. This is always great. Inspiration is a fantastic thing. The bad part about this type of writing is that your thoughts can be like a speeding car on an icy road. When you just let your thoughts fly, they will soar, but they might also lack direction.
Writers often let themselves get lost in their words without going back to check to see if the writing would make sense to a reader. Going over the post again and editing will give you the chance to organize your thoughts and make them more readable. During this process, you might also notice a few stray thoughts that aren’t relevant at all.
Grammar Can Be Tricky
A lot of writers prefer to edit while they’re working on an article or post. It doesn’t always work out as well as they think it does. It’s important to take the time after you complete a post to read over it a couple more times. We all miss a couple things while we’re editing. You may have pressed the wrong key without noticing, left out a comma, or just completely missed the proper punctuation.
Editing afterwards is a definite must! Spell-checking a document doesn’t always catch every spelling mistake. There might be a stray “greet” where you meant to put a “great,” or you may have used the homophone of a word by accident. Spell-check certainly isn’t going to catch the difference between to, two, and too or there, they’re, and their.
So, You’re a Native Speaker?
There are a lot of people who think that just because they were born into an English-speaking culture, they automatically have perfect English. This is not true. You may have learned about English grammar in grade school, but you probably don’t remember even a quarter of the principles that you were taught. Don’t assume that your English is perfect. Even if it is, it’s still very likely that you’ll make a mistake while you’re writing your latest post.
You might be a native English speaker, but don’t be naïve English speaker.