What skills are required to join the writer’s team?
Writers that can produce content in a logically coherent and exciting way are very much in demand. Although seemingly straightforward, fulfilling this task is harder than one might imagine. Writers must be able to easily connect their ideas in a way that makes sense to the reader. Starting off a paragraph with a connecting phrase is an easy way to make that happen (i.e., “As a result,…”). Understanding how to segue towards a new train of thought is also remarkably helpful.
Writers must be able to convey their thoughts with clarity. While we love insightful content, editing is required if it’s perplexing to the reader. Simply put, any sentence the reader needs to reread needs editing. Following a few simple rules can help. Writing in active voice and not employing overly long sentences is paramount. Ultimately, the best writing advice may be to “Keep it Simple and Straightforward” (the KISS principle). Finally, writers can get a good feel for prose simply by being avid readers. Creating good prose is often an intuitive endeavor.
What has the writing team achieved so far?
Although blog posts get all the attention, the writing team is often focused on refining our less visible content. On any given day, they may be tasked with generating press releases, revising announcements, producing help center answers, and editing website content.
What challenges do staff writers face?
Writers must constantly come up with content that adds to the conversation. Early blog posts were designed to highlight XTRABYTES™ many notable features (especially in comparison to better-known cryptocurrencies). However, our readers also desire more diverse and sophisticated content. As a result, we’ve asked our writers to consider more imaginative and thought-provoking topics.
Another challenge is allowing one’s content to be edited. As might be expected, writers generally do not care to have their content changed. Like a painter whose finished painting is trifled with by another painter, stylistic changes can be somewhat contentious. However, writers must be willing to work with an editor to resolve problematic issues.
Google Docs is extremely helpful in this regard, as it allows writers to make editing suggestions without losing the original content. Their version-history tool is critically important in this regard, as it reveals what recent content changes were made and by who. Best of all, writers who employ Google Docs can converse about disputed content on the document.
Finally, it’s relatively easy for an editor/writer to overlook grammatical errors, particularly when they’re rushing. As blog editor, I’ve pleaded mea culpa to missing such errors more than a few times. As a safeguard, I now subscribe to Grammarly.com. Writers will find the site to be surprisingly helpful at catching errors (particularly those ‘hiding in plain sight’).
What’s next for the blog?
We’re not planning any new format changes at present. Instead, our focus remains rooted in generating quality content based on bimonthly themes. Recent themes include code-agnosticism, network nodes, security challenges, financial regulations, and dapp platforms. In the future, we plan to cover consensus methods, core modules, cryptocurrency trading, and dapp creation. However, we’re broadly construing these themes so as not to forsake highly compelling content.
To gain audience share, we’re also reviewing Curation Suite software to better determine trending topics. In addition, we’re beginning to employ Moz SEO software to help with keyword analysis and backlinks.
Finally, we’re setting aside a small budget to recruit experienced guest bloggers. Since many crypto writers associate themselves with a specific cryptocurrency, we believe guest blogging may generate goodwill and additional cross-promotional activity.
When a planned submission falls through, another writing-team member has frequently come through with quality content. Writing team members have also remained versatile in their approach to new ideas and topics. As blog editor, I prize their dedication and teamwork. Writers who reflect such qualities and are interested in joining the team should contact John Potter at [email protected]
XTRABYTES Copy Manager