When starting a journey, like Content Editing; you can often ask yourself a lot of questions. You may wonder if you can be a good content editor or if you will manage to actually write something; all these can make you doubt whether you will end up being any good in your newly found adventure. That is absolutely normal and nothing to be ashamed of. I do believe if you are going to do something that is worth your time, you should at least aspire to be good at it, or even an expert. But just like any other thing, it is a journey.
Luckily for content editors, I would not say the journey is too long. There are things you can implement right at the beginning stages, to start charting the path you will follow. What is wonderful is if something does not work, you can always find a way to make it work, or start something new; possibilities are endless.
Follow the series:
a) My Remote Content Writing/Editing Journey b) 7 Tips Become a Content Editor Today c) What you need to be a good Content Editor d) The Joy of Content Editing/Writing e) Perks of Content Editing at TMK f) Content Editor/Writer on the job
If you are a beginner there are 6 tips I would give you to help you start your journey with blogging and to actually help you start with a bit of a bang so that you do not get discouraged after just a few tries.
1. Find Out All You Can about Content Editing
The concept of content editing is so broad, but there are more specific roles you can choose. The first thing you will need to do in order to know which route to take is to find out all you can. I go into detail about what content writing is in my previous articles, I hope they can assist you to make your decision. So the type of editing I do is blogging, where I write about my opinions, observations and give useful information in a friendly tone. there are other forms of content writing, written for a specific audience and purpose too.
2. Get Training
I promise you after you decide to be a content editor/blogger, getting training for it will be very exciting. It is the type of training that you get on the job, you learn by doing it. There are a ton of articles out there that will entice you by telling you where you need to start first, and they are really good; however, some of them do not give out all the information you need without you having to pay a certain amount. It’s really commendable though because if you are serious about learning you will not mind paying for it.
Then there are places like TakemetoKorea, that are generous enough to invite interns for training on the job, and one of the perks after training is that you leave there with content editing experience. The application process is very easy and you can see it in this link. If you cannot get the free training, then read as much about it as you can. After the training, you would have been exposed to so much that you would probably be in a place to:
3. Decide on the Type of Content Editor You will Be
There are really a lot of content creators/editors, in different industries, different departments, and for almost any product or service that can be sold. At your fingertips now will lie the world to choose from, and you can choose any industry that you think suits your taste. You can also create video content for places like YouTube, or other similar platforms that will reach your intended audience. Speaking of audience:
4. Choose Your Niche & Content Strategy
So let’s say after all of this you finally see that you are a person that can work on their own, one who does not need to be pushed in order for things to happen. You also realize that you are creative and like to work around flexible hours. Then blogging would probably be the best content editing solution for you.
In order to be a good blogger; you will need to decide what you blog about, who do you want to read the articles you write. Choose your niche, there are plenty to choose from: you can start a blog on parenting, fashion, music, food, or travel. The list is endless really so you just need to decide on what speaks to you most. This way you will know how to approach the audience you are trying to reach, it will determine your tone and style of writing, then you will have a winning strategy which must be informed by:
Now it’s time to do extensive research on your targeted market. Your blog should be informative, entertaining, and solving a problem. What you will need to find out in order to strategize your content, will involve the problems your target market faces, is there a gap in the market for you to fill? How will you solve the problem you see? Is there an actual demand for the information you wish to supply, if not are you willing to create demand, how are you going to advertise your content in order for the people you are targeting to see your content? This research will make you really rich in information and equip you for a bright future in blogging.
6. Schedule Management
Having been one of the people who have had their own share of difficulty in this area, I really cannot stress the importance of scheduling enough. Patterns you choose to live by will determine how good of a blogger you are, or if you achieve your goals in your life or not. In blogging, you will need to plan and decide how many times you will publish an article a week, how many times you will advertise your content. Managing your time from the start will help you see if you are making any progress or not and it can also either encourage or discourage you.
When you have all these things in order, you are good to go, and already a good blogger even as you start, there is nothing you cannot achieve.