An essential part of your web content creation. Writing the words that speak to your audience.
The information needs to be absolutely correct, and also in the correct language and tone based on who your readers are.
News, Blogs, and Social Media
Even when reporting on complicated subjects, you often have to write for an audience who are non-specialists in that topic. This means breaking the subject down into shorter sentences for better readability, and by using simpler words. No jargon! Unless you specifically explain what that term means and why it is important to use it.
The tone of these types of articles can be more conversational. If it is an opinion piece then it will often be written in the first person perspective – “I think this…” and “I have experience of that…”. Other more factual writing is usually in the third person perspective – “This event happened, due to those events”. Either way, the content of the phrasing needs to be understood by everyone. Simpler is always better!
For marketing, headlines need to be catchy – and obviously correct! The headlines and the articles should also contain any keywords and phrases within the content that are good for SEO and that may be specific to your branding.
Technical and Scientific
Articles aimed at those people who already have a certain level of knowledge of a subject can be written in a more complex way. You can use more technical language and jargon, because the audience should already know these words.
For example, an article which describes the latest scientific breakthrough in (e.g.) treatment of disease, doesn’t have to describe the history of medicine or the history of that particular disease in great detail. BUT it does need to add references to other information, so that the audience can go read more about it, and to show that the facts are true.
References and Attribution
In both cases, if facts are taken from elsewhere, it is best practice to show where the information came from. This lends credibility to the article, the author, and the company represented.
Get in touch to see how I can write for you. See below for some current examples.
EXAMPLES AND MORE INFORMATION
Language and readability
Writing for a lower reading age does not mean “dumbing down” your content. It actually means giving the text the ability to reach the widest audience. The message has to still be accurate and correct.
Latest Work: First look at the prototype “Virtual Agronomist” app from iSDA Africa
A brief description of my writing process. I’m excited for an app such as this which leads to the increased profitability of smallholder farmers in Africa.
Latest Work: University of Aberdeen Case Study for iSDA Africa
Through interviewing (via Zoom) the University of Aberdeen project members, I created a case study article explaining their use of the API to access the iSDAsoil data for Africa. A brief description of my process.
Latest Work: AfCPA conference Article for iSDA Africa
Following the first African Conference on Precision Agriculture which took place online from the 8th to 10th December 2020, I was tasked to turn the 2 hour long recorded youtube video into a more structured article.