Useless Words You Need to Remove from Your Cluttered Posts

Clutter

Even rigorously edited and revamped content has room for improvement. As you publish more and more blog posts, there will be a need to improve your old blog posts.

I have discussed updating old blog content in my previous blog posts.

In this blog post, let me tell you about smart ways to edit blog posts and remove unnecessary words from your blog content.

In the book On Writing Well, William Zinsser explains,

Clutter is the disease of American writing

The above saying is damn true.

It is not applicable to America alone. But to the entire world.

Try to keep the sentences short, to the point. Ditch filler words. This is what half of the articles about "editing tips" advise you.

Everyone has the practice of using some filler or unwanted words. I have the habit of using filler words like, "As you may know that", "your blog or site". Like this, every blogger has some of the filler words in their writings.

However, in this blog post, let me give some examples. I will take it in heuristic approach.

Example sentences

  • Many of the people are obsessive about their appearance
  • In order to rank higher you need to optimize your blog for search engines
  • I am going to tell you how to weed out unnecessary words from blog posts
  • Some of you may have noticed that…
  • You are pretty close in winning the trophy
  • Remove unnecessary words Read each and every point that I have mentioned in this blog post
  • That shirt is blue in color
  • He is in needsof support
  • Since the time when I started blogging
  • The seminar will be held on Monday
  • For a period of 10 days, I will be very busy
  • My future plan is to dive into vBlogging
  • That site was a great one
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I hope you got some idea about what sort of words you need to trim out of your content.

Some smart editing tips to weed out filler words

  1. Don’t try to make weaker adjectives stronger by adding intensifiers (like very, too). Add one-word strong adjectives.
    Like instead of using "I'm too hungry", use "I'm starving".
  2. Avoid adding unnecessary words to sentences that already makes meaning.
    Like the word "plan" already refers to the thing to do in the future, but what the heck is "future plan".
    "Replica" means the exact same thing. Then what is "exact replica"?
  3. Use adverbs ending with –ly instead of using several words.
    Instead of using, "All of a sudden", use "suddenly"
  4. Make use of search option (CTRL+F) on your word editor. Search for common filler words and reconsider them.
    Common filler words: many of the, there, here, it, going to. Search and reconsider those.
  5. Keep sentences short. A sentence with 15 to 20 words in it is digestible. Choose active over the passive one. It cuts down the sentence to its root.
    In longer sentences, readers miss the linkage between sentence elements.

Hope you enjoyed this post and benefited from it. Do comment and share.

DISCLOSURE

7 thoughts on “Useless Words You Need to Remove from Your Cluttered Posts

  1. Akshay
    Good post! I often have to weed out filler words in my writing. I'm getting better, though, as I continue to write more and more posts.
    For your editing tips, I disagree with point 3 to add adverbs ending in -ly instead of using several words.
    In writing, you should try to avoid using adverbs as it weakens your writing. It's better to use stronger verbs. For example
    "He ran quickly," can be expressed as, "He sprinted," or "He raced."
    Your other points, though, are spot on!
    Thanks

    • Hey, Elna, I would like to thank you for the first comment on my blog. Using adverbs, certainly weakens the expression that the sentence is ought to intend.
      For those who love writing less words in their sentences, using adverbs works great.
      As you said, replacing intensifiers with strong adjectives works.

      Hope you are doing well with your posts. I am having a time editing my earlier blog posts. I have become a filler words hunter!
      Hope you enjoyed this post.
      Thank you.

  2. Hello Hallur,

    Hmm, this is really difficult becuase of the words has become part of us. The English a second language to many of us and there are more than 150,000 making the language.

    I guess it will be prudent to take notes instead or better print this out.
    Thanks and please do have a great week!

  3. Great topic Akshay. I can see exactly where you're coming from. Another one I think we're using too often is, "to the next level". It's not a filler word but could be considered a filler phrase. Everytime I hear that phrase I can't help but wonder if they have any idea what that "level" looks like or if they're just repeating what they've heard a hundred times over from others that were at a loss for words.

    • Hey Brian, I would like to thank you for the first comment.
      “to the next level”, it's definitely a filler phrase. Phrase like "take it up a notch", seems to be an effective alternative for the above phrase, right? You can also use words like progress or advance.

      Anyways, glad you loved the point. I am sure that you got my exact point.

      Thank you. Have a nice day ahead 🙂

  4. Hi,

    Very interesting post.I’m getting better thought, as I continue to write more and more posts.I am agree with you, all of us need to remove useless words from our cluttered posts. Hope you are doing well with your post .

    Thank you. Have a nice day 🙂
    Regards,
    Mazid Irsad

  5. Akshay, you analyzed this mishap or technical-error artistically. But, you can not overlook necessity of words, sometimes these filler words make content elaborative or nicely-explained.

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