C = Cleanup
Southerners have a propensity for talk. Ask them how they’re doing and you’ll get a vivid description of their last gallbladder attack. They then segue into Aunt Martha’s bad hip because even God can’t keep that woman off of a ladder. Before you can say, “Okay.” You will know more than you ever wanted about this lovely person, their family, their dog and be invited to stay for dinner. When all along you were expecting a simple, “Fine, thank you.”
Yeah, I like to talk. This can show up in my writing and blog. Which brings me back to the letter C and the A-Z Challange and what I’ve learned over the past year from an amazing Web of Writing Bloggers.
“Cleanup this mess.”
As a child, this was one of my mom’s constant phrases. You’d think I’d atomically apply the concept to everything in my life especially my writing.
But, I didn’t. Not until I began to listen and learn from a Web of amazing Writers. Did I mention I hate housework?
Here are the things you guys taught me about cleaning up my blog and my writing style.
- Use headings.
- Keep paragraphs and sentences short and concise.
- Use clean, crisp phrases. No extraneous adverbs or unnecessary descriptions. In other words, don’t waste the reader’s time.
- Avoid dark, bright or garish colors. It distracts from your message and exhausts the reader.
- Keep widgets, pictures to a minimum. Readers glance first read second.
- Optimize website and book for mobile devices. Funky text, or images that blur when converted to eBooks or mobile devices will have a negative impact.
- Remove unnecessary ads. If you use ads on your web, make sure they are related to your brand.
- Don’t clutter up your sidebar with award badges. These are cool and a fun way to connect with other writers but put them on a separate page.
- White space is your friend. Don’t crowd too much together on your website or in your book.
- Watch out for Dead Links, these are frustrating to your readers.
- Above the fold. When writing a story or post remember this newspaper term. If the first paragraph doesn’t grab, no one keeps reading.
- Produce a friendly, easy to use (or read), and professional product.
- Formating is important. Text should be formatted for easy scanning. This is true in eBooks as well as on blogs.
What do you think?
Could your website, eBook or story use a little sprucing up?
Talk to me, comments are now open.
If you would like more tips on cleaning up chick out the links below.
Write Clearly and Concisely – IEEE Professional Communication Society
11 Things to Remove from Your Website (Declutter Your Blog) By Gina Alyse