Have you read a paragraph that started out clear and to the point, only to find yourself lost a few sentences later and back on topic again and lost again? I have. I can’t say I’m not guilty of this myself. I tend to babble on about stuff when I’m in the mood without even knowing that I’ve gotten off my initial train of thought.
It’s annoying, I know. But it happens. In as much as writers don’t like this, once they start getting passionate about what they’re writing, they don’t notice that they’re doing it already.
If you’re looking at your own work, you might not notice it. How can you when you’re the one who unconsciously went off topic? Why not have someone else look through your piece for a change? An outsider perspective is often better when you want to spot your mistakes, especially on subjects which you feel passionately about.
Seeking out someone’s help to spot the unrelated points of your post will make re-writing your work easier. Not to mention it’ll lessen the confusion your original post could’ve give your readers.
On the other hand, if you’re self-editing, always refer back to your main paragraph to see if your succeeding ones are still on track or if they have taken their own direction.
If you’re able to spot the flaws, good for you. Rewrite and read your edited content again. If you don’t see any mistakes yet you feel unsure about what you’ve written, find someone to help you. It doesn’t hurt to ask for help.
I find that the more passionate you are about the topic, the more ideas come out from your mind to write. However, just because you’ve got a lot of ideas, it doesn’t mean they’re all connected to the topic at hand.
When was the last time you’ve caught yourself writing off topic paragraphs in your posts?