And I’d like us to focus on the little words we add to our content, words like like, and, so, because, cause, cuz, specifically, well, and so on.
In the last two paragraphs, other than the examples, I used too many of these little, useless words, didn’t I? Oh, I did another. Another two. Wow. Sheesh. Darn. Sigh.
When you write like you talk, even though you may clean up many of these words, they still slip in if you aren’t paying close attention, you know. So, it’s time to pay attention to these little slip-in words so you can edit them out of your post content.
We all have these words. Mine are so, you all/we all (the plural yous), and, well, and let’s. What are yours?
Your Blog Exercise today is to really re-read some of your posts to check for these useless little words you slip in, words we use in our day-to-day conversation as fillers, helping our brains catch up with our mouths. Yank them out of your content and turn your words into powerful authoritative statements, not conditional, passive tone babble.
As an example, my opening to this post would sound so much better written:
It’s word check time, time to check the words we abuse redundantly and unnecessarily when we write like we talk. The list includes small, often overlooked words such as words like like, and, so, because, cause, cuz, specifically, well, and so on.
Much easier to read, huh?
And clean up those smilies, the useless emoticons, while you are at it. As if.
Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.