The 4 Grammatical Rules You Can Break in Blogging

One of the biggest mistakes new bloggers make involves the style in which they write their posts. What usually happens is a new blogger will write the way they were taught in high school English class – formal and in third person. However, what these new bloggers fail to realize is that blogging is not about being formal.

It’s about being conversational.

When you blog, you should be speaking directly to the reader. And that means writing like you’d speak. Sure you don’t want to sound like an uneducated fool, but you also don’t want to sound like each blog entry is a research paper.

With that in mind, here are a few grammar rules that it’s okay to break when you’re blogging.

  1. Start sentences with conjunctions – As you likely recall, beginning a sentence with “and” or “but” was always a huge no-no. But that was then and this is now. When we speak, we use conjunctions at the beginning of sentences to help transition. So it’s okay for blogging too – as long as you don’t get too repetitive with it.
  2. Fragments – A sentence fragment is nothing but an incomplete sentence. As grammar rules go, all sentences should have a subject and a verb. If they don’t, then you have yourself a fragment. However, in blogging, sometimes add to what you’re saying. You know, really help you make a point. See, I just used one there…
  3. Short paragraphs – A paragraph is traditionally defined as 3-5 sentences. However, there are times when you will find yourself begging to use a one sentence (or even one word) paragraph to draw specific attention to what you’re saying. Guess what? Do it!
  4. Contractions – Have you ever heard someone speak without using contractions? Me neither. Just give it a try. You end up sounding like a robot. If you want your blogging to engage others in conversation, you need to use contractions in your writing.

Sure your high school English teacher won’t like you messing with her grammar rules, but consider this: is she your target audience?

This article is written by Mickie Kennedy, founder of eReleases (, the online leader in affordable press release distribution. Grab your free 160-page copy of the Big Press Release Book – Press Releases for Every Occasion and Industry here:

7 Responses

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  2. Yay for rule breaking!!!

    OK, I’m going to push the limits here: is it ok to say “gonna”, “dunno” or “cos” to name a few I do in the privacy of my own emails?


  3. Kathleen says:

    I think the extent to which we use conversational English depends on the subject. A blog about performance management that is targeting c-level executives probably should be written more formally, while still taking advantage of the four rule-breakers Mickey talks about. If you are blogging about, say, a day in the life of a personal clothes shopper for a rock star, it’s almost imperative to let the “gonna’s” and “dunno’s” fly.

  4. Well, alrighty then! I think maybe I’m just gonna do it!

    Then again, Ms Perfect gets squeamish, so maybe not. Depends on if my Inner Rebel wins out.

  5. Tom Wrona says:

    These four “rules you can break in blogging” are perfectly acceptable in virtually ALL writing. I’ve been breaking them daily since I started working as a writer more than 30 years ago.

    And my work has appeared in magazines that run the gamut from Woman’s World to Barron’s.

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