If you told me last year that I would be writing two blog posts a week as part of my job, I would have never believed it. Throughout my school career I had always struggled with writing papers; give me equations, dimensional analysis, or any type math or science and I am all over it. So what do I do to write a coherent blog post?
Here are my tips:
I always outline anything I write; you can make it as vague as one word or a well-defined outline. For all my post I write down the words ‘intro’ and ‘conclusion,’ then write down three or more topics to support your post. Topics for this post: outline, Grammarly, Google translate, and pictures.
What my draft looked like when I began-
From there I picked whichever topic I felt more comfortable with, which in this case was Grammarly and jumped around from there. Remember it does not matter where you start as long as in the end when you read/listen to the final draft it sounds coherent and is fluid.
Next, I use one of the best grammar tools out there at the moment (in my opinion). If you have not used Grammarly, you need to start! It is the greatest tool ever created for writing and its pretty cheap. It reviews your spelling, grammar, sentence structure, there’s a plagiarism check, send to proofreader option, document type option and there’s even a built-in vocabulary enhancement. It provides suggestions to diversify your writing, and all of their suggestions are dependent on the kind of document you are writing. You can also download their extension for your browser or onto your desktop which will sync into your Microsoft Office which makes it effortless, painless, and time-saving.
My next tool is a little wonky; I put my document into google translate. I leave the settings on English, click on the ‘listen’ google read my paragraph and make edits as it reads my text out loud. This way I can make sure that what I wanted to say is written on the paper coherently. You do not need to use Google translate for this step; you can have someone read it out loud, or you can use another tool that does the same thing.
My last tip is pretty straight-forward, after uploading the post onto our blog, pick an appealing picture and a great header. Remember a picture is processed 60,000 times faster than words to the human brain. Why not choose an image that will entice people to read that header? Your header will then help people decide whether or not they are interested in the topic.
The human brain was made to learn anything, thanks to neuroplasticity and the tools that are out there; you can teach yourself anything. I always use to say I wanted to become a better write but had limited myself. Thinking that just because I always did well in math and sciences, I would never be able to be a writer, and now I write two blog posts a week! In today’s age, there are no boundaries to what you can do.