Writing is a very good approach to earning money online, but what most people don’t take into account is the differences in writing style that are involved. The words you use and the way that you write change considerably depending on the type of writing that you are using. This is very important to take into account whenever you are writing and it can change how effective your writing is overall.
1. Personal blog
There are few rules associated with how you write a personal blog, and pretty much anything goes. You can write in any style that you want to, and don’t need to worry about whether you write in first or third person. In fact, first person is generally better for a blog, because it makes the audience feel more connected to the content.
2. Online business blog
With an online business blog, you need to be a little more careful in the way that you write and what you promote. This is partly determined by where you are hosting your blog. Some sites don’t like you directly trying to sell things and may be restrictive on the links that you have in place.
For a business blog, you also want to be aware of how much you are telling your audience. While personal stories normally work well, you don’t want to be sharing intensely important elements of your life, such as an illness that your family member had or a fight that you and your partner had.
3. Professional writing
There are a lot of different types of professional writing, such as business proposals, formal letters or resumes. Often clients on freelance sites may want you to do professional writing, or this may be something you need to do for yourself.
With professional writing, there are a lot of different things to consider. You need to be very careful with your language. While you tailor your language somewhat based on who you are writing to, in general you need to choose formal language, avoid contractions (can’t, didn’t etc.) and don’t use slang.
4. Scientific writing
Most of you probably won’t end up doing scientific writing, as it is a pretty specialized field. However, you may find yourself needing to use scientific writing approaches on some occasions.
Scientific writing is similar to professional writing, and the biggest difference is personal pronouns. If you are writing scientifically you avoid using I, you or we and talk in the third person the entire time. It can take a little bit of getting used to.
Mixing it up
One of the biggest challenges I find with writing is constantly having to switch between styles. I write a personal blog, an online business blog and frequently do scientific writing. I have to remember when it is appropriate to talk about personal information, when I use contractions and when I use formal language. I find it very confusing sometimes.
This video provides some information about the main differences between informal and formal writing and can help you to work out exactly what approach you need to take to writing.
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