I worked with a writing specialist for one year, and it was a great experience. I learned that my writing had a lot of clutter. I was given to long-winded introductions that were not necessary. My coach would draw big X’s on my papers and say “get to the point”.
Writing for digital media does require clear and concise content. Also, instructions on how to properly use the features in WordPress is a big help.
Looking to add a few custom tweaks to your blog? Interested in simple ways to personalize your site? Read on.
Display a Text Widget for updates
In the first Declutter Your Prose post, we suggested avoiding phrases like “Sorry for my absence, but I’ve been…” Readers reiterated this suggestion in the second post of the series, saying you don’t have to apologize for not posting, or explain to readers where you’ve been.
Instead of diluting a post introduction with this information, consider adding a Text Widget to the top of your sidebar for updates, like a “Where am I?” blurb for travel writers or a “What I’m reading now” message for book bloggers. You can use this space for general news or specific details about a project, upcoming event, and more.
Get started: Go to Appearance → Widgets, drag the Text Widget to the area where you’d like it to appear…
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