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Blog Post Editing Explained: My 3-Step Process

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Most bloggers pay close attention to keywords, blog post topics, and blog writing, but only a handful of bloggers talk about blog post-editing.

As a blogger, I know that blog post-editing is vital to blog post publishing, but still, I also find it a little mundane.

However, I have been thinking about sharing my blog post regime with readers so that it may help them in editing the content.

Let me tell you something I figured out about blog post-editing: if you don’t come up with a plan to sort this thing out, you’d procrastinate in blog post publishing — it’ll eventually hurt your blogging.

You don’t have to agree with my process of blog post-editing. You should do whatever works best for you. I came up with a three-level content writing process that I’m going to share with you. The reason why I’m sharing this with you is that if I don’t share what’s working for me, then I’m not doing justice with my blogging career.

It may sound cliche but it’s true: a blogger wins when his/her audience starts winning.

Meaning, if I’m a blogger and my content isn’t making any difference in your life, then I’m not doing something extraordinary.

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So keeping this philosophy in mind, I’d like to share my 3-step process of blog post editing:

1: Grammar and Spelling

Once I finish up the writing part, the next thing I do is look out for the grammar and spelling errors in the copy. Sure, I double-check using the Grammarly tool before I go further, but I don’t go to Grammarly on a whim. I do have a habit that I don’t edit blog posts the day I finish writing them.

Perhaps, I like to get started with a fresh mind. So the first step of the blog post editing process begins the next day. I go through the blog post and fix grammar and spelling mistakes. Then, I use Grammarly to deeply check the grammar and spelling errors. Once this process completes, the blog post editing enters into phase two.

2: Clarity of the Context

The very next day, I sit down to deeply look at the clarity of the context of my content. What it means is that I make sure that I’ve chosen the right words, analogies, and phrases according to the situation or topic. I often replace certain words with their synonyms, and the effectiveness of the content improves three-fold.

It happens because the quality of your content gets better, which means, you’re narrative is clear and visible to everyone. For instance, the words “understand” and “know” are synonyms, but if you don’t understand the clarity of the context, you’ll spoil it.

Let’s take a look at the very example:
“I know your home address, and I’ll be there at 3 p.m. tomorrow.”
“I understand your home address, and I’ll be there at 3 p.m. tomorrow.”

Both these sentences are telling the same or similar stories, but they’re actually telling a different version of it.

I’d say, “I know your home address, and I’ll be there at 3.pm. tomorrow.”

So pay close attention to what you’re saying, how you’re saying, and when you’re saying.

3: Sentence Structuring

Sentence structuring refers to the process of using the words in the right place. If the sentence structure isn’t correct, the sentence doesn’t make sense. Sometimes, it indicates that the written piece isn’t edited properly.

So using the right structuring isn’t just important for content writers, but it’s also important for content editors.

One of the ways of improving your sentence structuring is by reading lots of books and blogs to understand how professionals write sentences. It must not scare you as a blogger or freelance writer, especially if you’re starting out. Read this blog post on improving your blog writing; I shared seven ways to improve blog writing.

Your Thoughts

Every blogger has its own system of editing content. I shared my 3-step process of editing content.

I didn’t develop this system the day I started blogging. I did try lots of strategies over the past few years.

One day, I realized that I can’t edit blog posts the day I finish writing a blog post. So I decided to edit the content the following day. It led to a realization that I could edit better if I don’t edit the blog post the same day I finish writing it.

Similarly, I moved sentence structuring to the third day, and it also helped improve the process.

So that’s how I built this blog post editing strategy. If you have a different approach to editing blog posts, let me know because I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

If you’re going to write your first blog post and want to make it a successful first blog post, then pay close attention to what I’m sharing on this blog.

3 Comments

  1. Hey Hassaan,
    I love the shortest articles you post. It saves time and has a lot to learn. So, thank you very much. I know my English is not perfect. I do not afraid to tell it anybody and that does not block me from writing articles and publish online.
    So, I think Grammarly is the best grammar app for all. Even writers can get some extra help from it as you’ve mentioned. I’m using the paid version of Grammarly for years.
    The only drawback is, it still does not work with the Microsoft Office package on Mac. I know that they are about to launch the addon for mac Office. Except that, Grammarly is the best.
    Thanks for sharing this and I just wanna tell how important this Grammarly app.

    1. Hi Nirodha,

      Sorry for responding to your comment so late. My apologies.

      Look, I learned that there are a couple of ways to write epic content, which are “share what you know” and “tell what you have done.”

      This is exactly what I try to do.

      Cheers.

      1. Great article on editing Hassaan.
        I use Grammarly as well. I just use the free version on their website.

        I thought about getting the paid version, but don’t know if it is worth the cost. Do you use the paid version? Is it worth the cost?
        R.G. Ramsey

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