A few Wednesdays ago at the #IFBchat we had the pleasure of having Ann from Holier than Now and Sharon Graubard from Stylesight. It was such an informative chat and I absolutely learned from it. One thing Sharon mentioned that she looked for in a blog is good vocabulary. Bloggers that stray away from calling everything “awesome” and “amazing”. I admit, I might be one of those individuals more often than I’d like to. Not because I don’t have good vocabulary, but because I subconsciously write in the same style I talk to my friends and well truth be told… Everything is usually “awesome” and “amazing”. It’s a hard habit to break but I suggest we all go out of our way and do it. Not only because it will be better for our articles, But to be professionals we should get use to good vocabulary in our everyday conversations. Believe me, people notice small details like that more than you think. For that reason it’s imperative to build up your vocabulary. It truly is a syndrome, I’d like to call it the
It’s hard to shake, and I can tell you from personal experience it’s contagious sort of like “Potty Mouth” syndrome. But back to the topic, here are 3 ways you can slowly but surely improve your vocabulary.
4 easy ways to improve your vocabulary
- Post-it’s: Hang post it’s on your computer or around your desk with words you heard that sounded appealing to you. Try neon ones! This will definitely stand out every time you sit down and blog.
- Read your favorite fashion publications: Whether it be an novel or an issue of vogue, these are ideal places to find adjective hunting!
- Thesaurus: This is a quick fixer-upper and probably the resource I use the most because it’s so quick and easy. My only tip regarding this is try to remember the new words you use to replace others.
- Word of the day calendar or app: I know it sounds cheesy but it works! If you take 1 minute out of your day to look at the word on the calender and try to use it through out the day… SUCCESS! Also I have this app on my iphone so it’s very convenient.
Put this to work on your blog! You will be happy you did. Do you have any tips or tricks to improve your vocabulary? What are some of your over used words and what do you replace them with?