We all make mistakes and the good thing is that we always have time to go back and improve on our skills. These mistakes are usually made by new or newer bloggers and writers, but some of these can be made by experienced bloggers as well. Let’s take a closer look at these common mistakes and how to correct them:
- Writing long paragraphs with no breaks – Keep your paragraphs short and interesting with images , photographs, bold or colour fonts in between.
- Not writing strategically – Your blog posts should help you achieve your blog goals and help your readers as well.
- Writing in a way that bores your reader – Write in a way that’s easy to understand, quick to read and free of unnecessary jargon. Write as you speak, make your writing friendly, conversational and welcoming.
- Too many mistakes – Make sure that your post is free of formatting, grammar and spelling errors. Ensure that your facts and research is correct as well. Preview your work before you post it.
- Using run-on sentences – A run on sentence is when two or more independent clauses are joined without an appropriate conjunction (words that join sentences together) and punctuation. g. Incorrect: It was a warm day last Friday they decided to get ice cream and go to the park. Correct: It was a warm day last Friday, so they decided to get ice cream and go to the park.
- Incorrect use of apostrophes – Apostrophes are used to indicate ownership: g. A girl owns a bag – it is the girl’s bag. Two girls own a bag – it is the girls’ bag. Two girls each own a bag – it is the girls’ bag. Certain possessive pronouns don’t need apostrophes, these include: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours and theirs. Apostrophes shorten words: He’s – he is, There’s – there is and You’re – you are are examples of this.
- Your and you’re confusion – your means it belongs to you and you’re is short for you are.
- Confusing their, there and they’re – Their means belongs to them. There indicates location and they’re is the shortened form of they are.
- Disagreeing subject-verbs – The subject is the thing doing the action and the verb is the action word used to describe what the subject is doing. g. Incorrect: The dogs barks all night long. Correct: The dogs bark all night long.
- Disagreeing noun phrases – A noun phrase is a word or group of words that function in a sentence as a subject or object. g. Incorrect: I would like to eat these cake. Correct: I would like to eat this cake.
- Using commonly confused words incorrectly –
Awhile – For a short period of time.
A while – A period of time.
Affect – To impact something.
Effect – The result of something.
Each others – This is incorrect, use each other instead.
Each other’s – Belonging to someone or something.
Years experience – Incorrect.
Year’s experience – Means years of experience.
A – Used in front of a noun with consonants or consonant sounds.
An – Used in front of a noun with vowel or vowel sounds.
Everyday – Meaning daily, ordinary or common.
Every day – Modifies a noun meaning each day.
You – Can be used as an object or subject of a sentence.
Your – Something that belongs to you.
Advice – To give guidance or recommendations.
Advise – Is a verb meaning to inform or warn.
Its – Something belongs to it.
It’s – Contraction of it is.
Do you make any of these mistakes? What other mistakes have you or other bloggers made? Was this post helpful? Let me know by commenting below!
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