So you have a research paper due. You have to have so many sources, and they all have to be different types of sources. Are you going to go to the Library and look at all different types of encyclopedias, dictionary’s, newspapers, magazines, etc? Of course not! Only a nerd would do that, right?! Reading in real books requires reading a lot of extra information just to obtain one piece of information that you actually need, whereas when you read online, you can get what you need right away.
Writing for online reading is becoming a very popular profession, but few people are aware of the do’s and don’ts for writing for an online audience.
So When asking if you Should or Shouldn’t do something when writing, here is what you should do:
1. The shorter, the better. This not only applies to short people, like myself, but it also applies to online reading. People don’t want to read long paragraphs – it is overwhelming and ugly. You can most definitely write a lot of information, but it is smartest if you can condense as much info as possible and keep them in short paragraphs.
2. Catch the eye. Nobody wants to go to a website and see nothing but words. BLEH! Add some color, some pictures, but just do not go overboard. Having some pictures that apply to what you are writing about is definitely the way to go.
3. The funnier, the better! I love to laugh. I mean, who doesn’t??? Being able to write with a little bit of humor is always going to draw in your readers. I know that not all topics can have humor, so if that is the case, then just make sure to write with a light style. Keep it young, and fresh.
4. Give examples. If I am reading a blog about makeup or photoshop or whatever, I like to see examples! Whether the examples be video tutorials, or just a numbered out step-by-step process, it is always better with examples.
5. Don’t give yourself all the credit. If you have information from another website, or even a picture, it is necessary that you cite the person through a link. To do this, it is best if you link certain words in your writing, rather than just copy and pasting the URL…because that is ugly and unprofessional. So, always…I repeat, always link/cite someone, or something else.
So there, my friends, are 5 examples of what you should do when writing for online reading. And if you are thinking “well what about what shouldn’t I do?” then obviously you should not do the opposite of what I told you to do. AKA: No long paragraphs, No pages with all words and no pictures, no boring, heavy writing, no examples/tips, and no giving yourself all the credit.
If you do all this, then you will be a successful online writer!