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Essential Tips For Easy Blog Post Editing

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.

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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. 

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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

Preview Formatting

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?


Further Info:

The Top 15 Blog Post Writing Tips – Semrush

38 thoughts on “Essential Tips For Easy Blog Post Editing”

  1. I always edit and preview! For the reason above, that I want google to think it’s legit. Not saying I never make errors. But I try!

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  2. These are all wonderful tips Molly! Editing is my least favourite part of blogging but I find Grammarly helpful. I’m learning more about SEO as I continue to blog but there is so much to learn. I’ll check out the link you provided. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I have been blogging a long time and I am still learning about SEO so don’t worry if it feels like you’re weighing through a lot of info. Editing it my least favourite aspect of blogging so I’m glad others experience the same issues!

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  3. I spend so alot of time editing my posts because I feel it also helps with the anxiety that comes from hitting that publish button. Your list is very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

    Lauren

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  4. Thank you, Molly, for this wonderful and well-written post. Editing is a big part of creating content. It is difficult to get through a texr riddled with mistakes or lack of flow. I always reread my work and besides grammar and spelling, I see if it flows nice. If I can read it again and find that there are litte to no stumbling blocks I’m fine with it. Moreover, I question the points I’m making. I put on the critic hat and see if my text holds. Which sometimes causes rewrites.

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  5. These are really great tips. I admit I end up getting lazy but it’s definitely worth just setting aside even ten minutes to proof read makes a world of a difference!

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  6. These are great tips for blog editing. Grammarly and other spell check programs have been super useful to me, I’d also still recommend reading it aloud because sometimes these programs may miss stuff. Another thing is to have an outline done, that way you’re not stuck trying to write a single paragraph for so long.

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    1. I agree, proofreading aloud is a must and shouldn’t be skipped; I usually do it before and after using any grammar programs as it’s such a useful way to check for errors and ensure that flow/voice is maintained, etc. Thanks for reading!

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  7. Thank you for sharing these. I try really hard not to make mistakes but sometimes they slip through. I find the preview option really helps. If someone else is home I also have them read it for me. 🙂

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  8. Reading my post out load has helped me so much. It helps me to realize how much editing need to happen. I used to just post and tweet without re reading my writing. Now I re read constantly and make sure I edit everything.

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  9. These are great tips on editing posts! It is definitely a process, but I do find reading my post out loud and using a grammar check helpful! Also, I do make sure to preview my posts to make sure my post is structured right and pictures are in the correct place.

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  10. When I’m writing a blog post, I usually start by just getting my ideas down and arranging them into the right order, even if I can’t think of the best wording right away, and I know the sentences aren’t quite coherent. Once I’ve got a draft written, I’ll go through and write it properly with better wording and sentence structure. It often takes me several read-throughs before I get to a final version I am happy with. I have a grammar-checking plugin which definitely helps pick up some errors that I might otherwise miss!

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