Writing is one of the most important skills that students need to succeed in today. However, new technology such as the Internet has changed the way people write. With the advent of blogging and its present popularity, even the methods of presenting and gathering information have also been altered by the new media.
While it is essential for students to learn and practice academic writing, it is also important that they know how to write for online readers and connect with them through blog posts and articles. Through online writing, students need not be adept at the usual requirements of traditional writing such as long paragraphs, indentation, and proper use of citations. Nonetheless, there are three writing pillars that students have to grasp and focus on if they want to master both traditional and modern writing.
Here are the top 3 things you have to learn about online writing:
Extensive and Profound Research
Research is the foundation of all online content. Without research, you cannot write a formal and comprehensive article or blog. You have to search for facts that will back up your article, and those facts should come from reliable sources that will support your claim. However, with the abundance of content that can be found online, it’s hard to know which sources are reliable and reputable. Thus, you have to corroborate by analyzing your facts carefully and finding multiple other sources that will support your facts.
You can also check the background of the author or look at the website of your source to know and confirm that it’s reliable. Apart from the author and website, you will need to check the date, since old articles are obviously not credible materials for well-researched and well-written online content.
Online Writing Format
While traditional writing requires long paragraphs, the modern way of writing doesn’t need long explanations. Because the attention span of people reading online is very short, online readers prefer shorter articles to long ones. Hence, students have to learn the format of online writing, in which they have to use short paragraphs.
Readers tend to get easily bored when they see long articles, so make sure to keep your online content as short as possible. Take advantage of subtopics or subheadings to organize your articles and present your facts well. It will also help your readers scan your article much faster. Another thing that you have to focus on is the quality of your content. To keep the attention of your readers, provide interesting and up-to-date content that is also social media friendly.
To maintain the social friendliness of your online content, use photos, videos, and other files that most people are likely to share on their social media accounts and blogs. You must know how and where you can find high-quality content that will cause readers to embed them. This will also make your article or blog even more interesting and appealing to your readers. Eventually, readers will become fond of your articles and blogs and will continue to read them as you improve your online writing skills over time.
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