MANHATTAN – NOVEMBER 25 : Sponge Bob character balloon passing Times Square at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 25 2010 in Manhattan.
I know, it sounds silly! We are professionals, yet I am about to share with you a few tips you can learn to improve your article writing based on lessons from a cartoon character! We all know that wisdom can be found in the weirdest of places – but it’s wisdom, nonetheless, right?
I have to admit that when my daughters were younger, this cartoon drove me absolutely insane! I just didn’t get it! My oldest is 22 and when I found her watching the cartoon in my “candiecave” the other day, it got me to thinking. We can actually learn a lesson about article writing from our little yellow friend under the sea and his friends.
When writing for your blog or website think of yourself as one of these characters from Spongebob Square Pants and then decide if that’s who you want to be online.
Squidward is, let’s admit it, BORING! Certainly when you are writing you want to keep your audience coming back for more because your content is interesting, relevant and engaging. You have to make every effort to make your article stand out from the rest. Case in point, if I had just titled this article, “Steps to Writing a Good Article,” you might not have clicked to read it. Finding interesting and out-of-the-box ways to engage your audience will ensure that your articles will get read and your visitors will come back for more. When appropriate share personal stories or let your personality shine through your writing.
Mr. Krabs: This crustacean, with dollar signs drawn in his eyes, is only interested in making more and more money; he thinks of only one thing – himself! When writing for your blog and/or website, is your content focused more on you or your reader? Is your ulterior motive only to see how you can make money from the article or are you trying to provide content that your reader can consider valuable and beneficial to him/her? Be careful, your readers are intelligent and are consumers of massive amounts of information online, they can see right through your motives if they aren’t pure.
Patrick, the starfish, is SpongeBob’s best friend. He has a good heart but he isn’t the brightest creature in the sea! Do your articles make you sound like an expert or are you just trying to push out articles as fast as you can although they are filled with typos and grammatical errors? Always double check and proofread your work and send to a friend, if need be, to ensure that your work appears exemplary and professional. When I was in grad school I made a habit of walking away from a paper that I had written until the next day. I found that re-reading my work the next day, after a good night’s rest, often opened my eyes to errors that I didn’t catch the day before.
Plankton: The smallest creature in the sea is also the sneakiest. Plankton will do almost anything to hurt others or steal work from someone else. Don’t plagiarize! Be creative, put the hard work in and write your own work! Don’t steal someone else’s work as your own. I remember when I was Editor-in-Chief of WOW! Magazine, I had more than a few people try to steal my work – even down to trying to duplicate my magazine design – page for page! Plankton never gets away with his ploys and neither will you! Put the same energy and effort into developing your own ideas!
SpongeBob: Whether you are irritated about the story of a sponge in the sea or not, you can agree that SpongeBob is a good guy! He’s a hard worker, he’s thoughtful, and he is a good friend. Even when he doesn’t get the results he’d like, he gets back up and tries it again. Think of SpongeBob when you are writing your articles, let your hard work, care for your audience, friendly tone and your determined spirit shine through your articles so that your audience walks away enlightened and interested to come back for more!
Yes, it was a silly little lesson but a lesson, nonetheless. All those years of listening to that silly theme song that I hated to even get in my head, I now have a little more respect for that big, yellow, square headed guy and his underwater friends!
Don’t forget the lessons for writing great articles for your website or blog:
1. Be entertaining. Not boring.
2. Write articles to help others, not with dollar signs in your eyes.
3. Proofread your articles carefully, and provide valuable information.
4. Write your own material. Don’t copy others.
5. Be a SpongeBob! Hard work and persistence pay off.
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