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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.
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 Grammarly tool before I go further, but I don’t go to the 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.
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.