I really feel all of the books we were required to read for class had a similar pitch. So with that said, instead of just making individual blog entires about each, I'm just going to combine my thoughts. Shorten that text, right!?
I never realized I had to change my writing style to write for an internet audience. Yet again, I'll mention the fact that I'm so used to writing in my online diary, I never thought there was a seperate way of writing for the internet. These books helped me avoid the mindless rambling I tend to do more than often. Here are a few things I picked up from the books.
-Shorten the text! If you can say something in two words instead of twenty, do so. This helps maintain your readers attention
-Link it up! Include informative links in your blog entry, this provides readers
with more information on the topics you're blogging about ( I know I personally need to include more links. Something to work on for next semester!)
-All for one. Write for a general audience. Make your writing appealing and interesting to everybody
-Structure! Organization is VERY important, try to include good titles or headings in your blog entires so the readers know exactly what to expect inside the blog
-Holla at me! Comment, people! Nobody likes a stagnant blogger. Sheer lazyness may be the reason some people don't comment, but it's very important. You need feedback in order to improve your blogs content and broaden your horizons.
-The good chunks. Separating your text makes things easier to read. Your readers will be able to scan through for information they think is most important
-Play nice, children. Nobody likes a cynic or bitter blogger. If you disagree, please do so in a polite manner. Try not to start ridiculous and immature fights online. It's a waste of everybody's time and sometimes the writing takes a backseat to the fighting!
Well, those were the facts that stuck with me most. I fought Writing for the Web and Hot Text were the most informative for me. The Weblog handbook was also a good piece of literature for an amature blogger, but I've been blogging for 5 years.
What do you all think is most important to remember when blogging?