Friday, August 5, 2016

We can all relate to a period of high school/middle school writing woes, when our English teachers worked so tirelessly to engrain the rules of proper grammar into our brains, only for us to misuse who/whom on a state test. If you were paying any attention during ENG101, you may have a few of these rules still lodged in your memory.

Well, I bring you good news: if you're writing copy for anything web-related, you can forget everything you learned! Just kidding. You still have to use the proper form of there/their/they’re. (Google is a great resource if you find your grammar skills a bit rusty.) However, here are a few rules I am giving you full permission to break when writing for the web, particularly website copy.

Rule #1: You must write in full (long and detailed) sentences

Readers are most likely coming to your site for one of two reasons. They’re looking for an answer to a question, or they’re looking for a solution to a problem.

Give them the answer or the solution and do so quickly, or you’ll lose them. And choose your words carefully--you should be able to justify each one.

Rule #2: A paragraph must contain 3-5 sentences

Nothing says “skip over me” more than a large block of text. Visitors aren’t reading your text the same way they would a book. So, don’t write the same way you would a book, article, paper, etc.

Use short sentences that get your point across quickly and efficiently.

Rule #3: Never use the word “you”

It’s okay to write in a conversational tone. Actually, it’s better in some cases. It makes your readers feel more engaged, so don’t hesitate to write in a second-person point of view.

Rule #4: Bullets should not be used in formal writing

  • People like bullets
  • They're easy to read
  • They allow you to organize your content
  • It’s as simple as that

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