Six Elementary Rules for Good English Writing

by RobSake on July 2, 2012

There are different ways to convey your message in your blog but we have to be careful to put emphasis on our readers. Due to the busy schedule of every individual browsing our article they tend to just take a glance with our page, therefore we should follow some rules for our blog to fill the needs of our audience.

In our journey as bloggers, we should give priority on using an effective language if we want to be understood and read widely. The internet is flooded with mediocre blogs, so you must make sure that you stands out. Good English writing matters most in our blogging career.

Good English Writing

Here are the 6 simple and elementary steps to follow on Good English Writing:

1. Never use a metaphor, simile or a figure of speech:

In blogging be concise and direct, don’t try to use simile and metaphors which involves comparing two different things by employing the words “like” or “as.” Particular examples were “her eyes twinkled like stars,” and “he was as tough as a bull.”

Using these phrases will lead to boring blog posts and groans from your readers.  Simply take time to make your post interesting, inventive and original.

2. Never use a long word where a short word can do:

As bloggers we should put our ideas direct to the points, don’t use long words only to feel that you are clever. Your blog should be easy to read and aimed at broad audience. If there’s a short word use it instead of long words.

3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out:

There are instances that we can convey our ideas in a short but fashionable way, when words are unimportant cut it out.

4. Never use the passive where you can use the active:

Always try to use the passive tense when sharing your ideas and solutions. Active phrases are more shorter and direct.

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word: 

The best way to target your audience is to use jargon-free English to appeal to the largest possible audience. Always aim for the average reader, just try to help people understand with what you are talking about.

6. Break any of these rules sooner:

In your blogging career always make sure that you use your common sense as a sign of good English writing. The above-mentioned rules are easy to remember but hard to implement and apply. If you failed to implement those rules then you can break it, instead of saying negative with the suggestions above, break the rules as soon as possible.

How about you? What are the rules do you follow in implementing good writing in your blog.

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Ian August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

The rules you describe are from George Orwell’s essay “Politics And The English Language”. One must understand these rules in order to write and speak clearly.

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