I’ll freely admit that on occasion, I find trying to proofread and edit my blog posts a bit frustrating. To help improve the overall experience I follow some simple, yet essential practices that deliver a more organized and trouble-free experience.
Editing remains an integral part of any writing process; whether it’s for a poem, magazine, book, newspaper, social media post or blog, it shouldn’t be overlooked too often (I’ve definitely been guilty of this).
Rereading our own words can sometimes lead to overcorrection or second-guessing ourselves — in some cases, triggering a mental block or general dissatisfaction with our work. Avoiding this isn’t always possible but there are some things we can implement that will make editing a blog post more practical — even enjoyable.
Why Blog Post Editing Is Important
Checking for grammatical accuracy that corrects syntax, spelling mistakes and typos is what blog post editing is built on. However, an equally significant aspect of it involves making sure we’ve maintained an authentic blogging voice/style while also ensuring readability. It is fundamental visitors to our site can understand what we’re seeking to convey and/or share.
Editing improves the quality of our blog posts; a requisite element that determines what search engines recommend to their users. The likes of Google, Bing, Yahoo!, DuckDuckGo, etc. want to provide the most useful search query answers they can — which won’t be our blog posts if they’re riddled with errors. If we want to produce successful, coherent and engaging content then skipping or cutting editorial corners is not an option.
Give Yourself Time
We shouldn’t try perfecting every sentence as we go or jump straight into editing after completing our first draft. Reworking constantly while we’re in the middle of formulating a blog post is not only inefficient it hinders clarity and purpose by introducing doubt into our creative process. Ideally we should allow for a day or two between writing and editing a finished piece — fresh eyes provide an alternative perspective and read things differently. However, a couple of hours will suffice if we’re in a rush.
Read Your Post Out Loud
One of the most straightforward ways to check readability and spot any spelling mistakes and grammar issues is to recite out loud what we’ve written. This helps highlight sentences that are hard to understand, pinpoints erroneous words and phrases and checks our content for logical order.
Upgrade Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
After reading through a blog post; I’d recommend using a grammar checking program that will look over any problems and catch any errors that may have been missed. These are available as onsite plugins, apps or websites — some even being free to use/only requiring an email sign-up to access them. They can be utilized to evaluate word repetition, offer vocabulary enhancements, identify run-on sentences and highlight/correct general grammatical inaccuracies.
Blog Post SEO
The planning stage is when we should prepare for blog post optimization but editing represents an ideal time to make sure we’ve utilized things like: keywords; post loading speeds; image alt-text and internal linking, etc. There are a number of blogging tools available that will do all the SEO checking we need (most require a fee/subscription to access all features).
Useful Article | Blog SEO: The Complete Guide – Backlinko
Another great editing step to take before we publish our work is to preview our posts. Even if we’ve found all the typos, spelling mistakes and problematic sentences in our text editor draft; there may be things to tweak and restructure once we’ve proofread and visualized the final product.
Editing Your Way
The most noteworthy thing to remember about blog post editing is that while authenticity, consistency and engagement are key drivers; it isn’t about being flawless — we can adjust, update and restructure even after publication. What’s important is we do our best to develop something as well-written as we can manage; which depending on any number of factors may well look different from time to time. Be kind to yourself as you figure out what’s going to work best for you; hopefully, the suggestions and reminders in this article provide some guidance and support.
Do you make time for editing? Is it something you find frustrating; do you have any editing tips?
The Top 15 Blog Post Writing Tips – Semrush