Why you should heed your English teacher’s advice when it comes to blogging

I just read a lengthy post from someone’s blog and I have something to share.

1) Go back to your primary school lessons and remember what your teacher taught you about writing composition.

There has to be an introduction, your arguments in points and a closing para that slam shut the whole package. Many bloggers who think they are so perfect and good in their English failed to remember this. I finished reading an over 400 words post and I walked away with ‘WTF is she talking about?’

2) Say what you mean and say it loud

I hate posts that have no opinions. I hate people sitting on fences too. If you dislike something, say it. Give your valid reasons and no one is going to burn your doggie. Otherwise, just keep the mouth shut and find something else that you have an opinion on. Like which dog food is good for your doggies and not try to discuss about the latest SERPs or SEOs. Your post just give me the impression that you are an old aunt mumbling about her glorious past aka boring, heard that kind of stuffs. (read bloggingcents who wrote Why You Should QUIT Reading Blogs)

3) Don’t use bombastic words

No one is going to be impressed with it. Unless you belong to those elitist writers circle. Otherwise if you think Google suxs, just say Google suxs. Full stop.

4) Keep it short and simple – KISS

If you are writing a personal blog, you can ramble on from topic to topic. Bad weather to your PMS to politics and etc in one blog post. If you are trying hard to write a niche blog, stay with your title and niche and stop there.

The end. Class dismiss.

Post Author: lilian

3 thoughts on “Why you should heed your English teacher’s advice when it comes to blogging


    (December 3, 2007 - 1:35 pm)

    thats it!
    the first prerequisite of blogging is good English.
    then only you’ll be able to attract readers.


    (December 3, 2007 - 3:00 pm)

    yeah.. i agree with u.. nothing more important than stating ur own opinion. no need to become “Talam Dua Muka” .. :D


    (December 4, 2007 - 12:05 pm)

    Absolutely! Although I disagree about ‘elitist’ words … readers don’t want to be overwhelmed with a million words they’ve never encountered before, but they don’t want to be underwhelmed by the type of vocabulary you’d find in Newsweek, either.

    Still, I’m always far more impressed with the way people express their thoughts, and connect them with other ideas, than which particular set of words they use.

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