This isn’t a matter of a minor misspelling but piss poor writing practices. I wish I could excuse it with “well, it’s a personal blog” but I can’t even do that.
I’m finding poorly written, obviously not proofed and edited, technical and educational blog posts.
This is how not to provide technical how to information:
I decided one day that I wanted to figure out how to save a web page to my computer’s hard drive so I could look at it any time I wanted to. Don’t you ever want to do that? Well, I did so I started hunting around the web to see if I could figure out how to save a web page to my computer.
I hunted here and there and found some help but I thought I’d go to the source to get the real help I needed. But that didn’t work, so I hunted some more and read Sally Suzie Whosit’s blog on browsers which told me that I should check my browser’s Help system. Who would of thought that would be helpful? Duh!
So I hit the Help button from the menu and hunted around, trying different keywords until I found “Save File” as the right combination. Who knew! That told me that I could save a web page to my computer by going to the menu bar, you know the bar at the top of the screen which says things like File and Edit and View and so on. I looked under File and there it was: Save As. So I saved it but I didn’t know what to save it as. That took me back to Google to do some more searching…
Are you bored yet? The right way to deliver this information should be:
You can save a web page to your hard drive for future reference through your browser’s menu, File > Save As. It will save automatically as a web page. Save the file in a place where you will be able to find it for reference later.
Honestly, no matter how hard the search was for you to find the information in order to share it with your readers, your readers want to know:
- Why is this important?
- How to do it.
- Tips on doing it better.
I’ve written technical how to articles that took me months of research and study before bringing it to you. Did I share that information with you? No. Did you need to know how hard the subject was to research? No. Did I tell you about how I had a viral infection for two weeks, followed by a sinus infection that almost put me in the hospital, so I could barely think but I still kept blogging because that’s the kind of blogger I am? Of course not.
While you might care, you really don’t. You want the information I have to offer now so you can get back to your own blogging and life problems.
What does your readers want to know from you?
They want to know how to do it, whatever it is you offer. They want to know your insights, expertise, tips, techniques, and tricks on what you specialize in. They want to know how and why they should do it, and how to do it better now that they’ve learned from you. For the most part, they want you to get to the point.
If you want to share the information on how you researched and wrote the story, share it later in the post, leaving the instructions at the top of the post, or put it in another post as another lesson on blogging and blog writing. Please, give us the information we need and don’t bore us with how hard it was for you to find it or about how much your personal and work life was disrupted in order to bring us your blog post.
Edit your blog posts to keep the information pertinent and concise. You can use fun and social word choices, but don’t ramble on with useless information. It wastes your time and it definitely wastes your reader’s time.
Don’t ramble to your point but get to it. You’ll make your readers a lot happier.
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